Make-up removers are cosmetic products used to eliminate impurities, dead cells, sweat, sebum and, of course, make-up. Most of the time, make-up removers remain on the surface and are rarely moisturizing since they are more of a “detergent” and must meet the skin’s pH level (hydrogen potential). Using a make-up remover for daily facial care prevents high-concentration pigments, which are found in make-up, from mixing with the hydrolipidic film and forming toxins on the skin’s surface, which can cause the skin to age.
What are the risks of not using make-up remover?
The skin is subject to daily micro-inflammations; fatty substances and pollutants cause oxidation and inflammation that are responsible for the skin’s aging. The skin’s barrier then becomes dehydrated, which makes it vulnerable to aggressors, such as the sun, and may cause pigment spots. In other words, the risks of not removing make-up and constantly keeping your skin congested leads to a faster appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The imbalance of the hydrolipidic film can result in more “sensitive” skin problems in addition to dulling the complexion. Consider that the skin under the eyes is up to four times thinner than on the rest of the body; it is also one of the main regions most affected by cosmetic products. Lack of removing make-up for many days leads to a loss of eyelashes in addition to creasing the eyelids over the long term.
How to remove make-up properly
Make-up removal is also a form of cleansing, because even though not everyone wears make-up, having clean skin is very important—just as proper hygiene is the basis of good health. Make-up should be removed from the skin every night before you go to bed because during the night, the skin repairs and regenerates itself from the day’s impurities (pigment powder from blushes, SPF from sunscreen, volatile metallic particles, etc.).
Good reasons to remove make-up:
Eliminate superficial impurities: Gently massage the make-up remover on dry skin with your fingertips or a cotton swab/sponge, starting with the neck and moving up to the face as well on the nose and towards the ears. It is important to wash between your fingers and under your nails beforehand.
Dissolve the deeper toxins: Rinse your face with warm water and repeat the previous step. Your skin is clean when the last cotton (sponge) used is clean.
Remove oily substances from the eyelids: Remove eye shadows using cotton, making sure you use a gentle make-up remover that is suitable for your eyes. Soak a new cotton (sponge) and gently tap your eyelashes with it. Follow the shape of the eye from top to bottom and from the inside to the outside. Change the cotton for each eye.
Clean your skin: Gently massage moistened skin with your fingertips by using a gentle face cleanser. Start from the neck and work up to your face as well as from the nose out to your ears. Again, it is important to wash between your fingers and underneath your nails beforehand,
Moisturize your skin: After all these steps, apply a moisturizer that will maintain and restore your skin’s hydrolipidic balance.
Emu oil and removing make-up
100% pure emu oil can be used as make-up remover. It is especially recommended for sensitive, irritable and/or dry skin, or for removing make-up from the eyelids since it is hypoallergenic, odourless and not comedogenic.
Emu oil is a natural product that rids the skin of all make-up, even the waterproof kind. It also hydrates and regenerates the skin. Emu oil helps maintain your skin’s hydrolipidic balance, leaves no oily film on the face, and strengthens and helps your eyelashes to grow. You can easily remove make-up from oily, normal or combination skin using emu oil. To facilitate make-up removal and limit the amount of oil required, it is recommended to soak a sponge with warm water and to place a dab of emu oil on it for the entire face as well as the eyelids. This method is softer than cotton because it requires fewer strokes on the face to completely remove make-up. Check out our complete line of emu oil products for your daily facial care.
External sources, except for the last paragraph:
Moi&Cie, ELLE, Doctissimo.