Why? That’s because we should get rid of all that makeup before hitting the sack.
When you don’t remove your makeup before bed, you’re clogging your pores with impurities and makeup pigments, allowing an entire day’s worth of bacteria to fester, causing acne outbreaks. It’s also known that our skin regenerates overnight. Instead of leaving behind all the bad juju and dirt from makeup, feed your skin with good nutrients to boost its overnight recovery.
Since we are using this at the end of a long day, say 11pm or 2am, a good makeup remover has to be convenient and fast, able to lift all that makeup in a single step (preferably). It should also be potent enough to remove waterproof and smudge-proof makeup.
Most of us swear by makeup remover wipes (most convenient), followed by micellar water (the beautiful French girls do it!), really questionable 2-in-1 makeup remover foaming face washes, and gentler cleansing milks. More troublesome options include oil-based cleansing balms that require 10 minutes of your time and a thorough face massage, and liquid oil makeup removers.
So, which is the best type of makeup remover? Do I opt for convenience or the awkward and messy oil-based makeup removers?
A Singaporean-based doctor put the most popular micellar water and oil makeup remover to the test. Here’s what he found.