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Posted on: November 10, 2015

Proper Makeup Removal

When you're tired after a long day, it's tempting to skip your normal skin care routine, give your face a quick wipe and just go to sleep. However, while it can seem harmless enough, that leftover makeup will wreak havoc on your skin and eyelashes. Neglecting to thoroughly remove it can cause pimples, brittle lashes and cracked, peeling lips. Taking care to remove your makeup is a small price to pay for clear skin and healthy lashes. Here's how to do it properly.

Eye Makeup

Because the skin around your eyes is so delicate, eye makeup removal is arguably the most important part of your skin care regimen. Start by soaking a cotton pad or ball in a gentle eye makeup remover. For water-proof eye makeup, you may need to use an oil-based remover. Use a gentle downward wiping motion until all the makeup is gone.

The Rest of Your face

There are many skin care products available for makeup removal, but not all of them are created equal. Be sure to use one that is made for your skin type, either dry, oily, sensitive or normal. Place a quarter-sized dollop of the product on your hand and use your fingers to apply it to your entire face, making sure to get along your hair line, and gently massage it in to dissolve the makeup. Use a cloth or cotton pad to remove it when you're finished.

Your Lips

Some women try soap to remove lipstick, but this will cause your lips to become chapped. Instead, it's use petroleum jelly, olive oil or coconut oil. Simply apply a small amount to your lips, gently rub it in, and let it sit on your lips for about five minutes. All of your lipstick should come off with the oil when you wipe it away.

Finishing Touch

Now that your face is makeup-free, the only thing left to do is rinse any product residue from your skin. When you follow these essential steps, you'll enjoy cleaner, fresher and clearer skin that's ready for a new day.

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