Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone knows sleeping in your makeup isn’t great for your skin. It causes acne, spearheading those gnarly whiteheads we all loathe. And if you consistently avoid removing your eye makeup, the residue will rest in your eyelids, which ultimately increases fine lines (argh you, crow’s feet)—not to mention waking up with dirty pillows (read: more laundry).
We get it, sometimes a makeup wipe is the most we can manage at the end of the night, and that’s totally OK (as long as you don’t make it a habit). For a peek inside how the Poosh team removes their makeup each evening, we’re each sharing our step-by-step process inside. Spoiler: nearly everyone on the team uses an under-$10 micellar water.
“I have two ways: I either use micellar water with a cotton ball and then I wash after with the regular Peach and Lily gel cleanser, or I use a cleansing oil (right now I’m using this Tatcha one, but I love trying new ones).”
“I follow the double-cleanse method because I have acne-prone, sensitive skin and really want to make sure I get everything off. I typically cleanse with a gel-based cleanser first to get through my makeup. Right now I use iS Clinical’s Cleansing Complex. I follow up with a cleanser that has active acne-fighting ingredients in it, like salicylic acid. I love PCA Skin’s Blemish Control Bar, but right now I am using their BPO 5% Cleanser. To remove eye makeup, I use Bioderma Sensibio H20 micellar water. It is my favorite! I have tried other brands, but always come back to this one. If I am lazy, I will use the micellar water to remove all my makeup and skip the first cleanse. I also skip the double-cleanse and go this route if I find that my skin is on the drier side.”
“I use Bioderma Sensibio H20 micellar water effectively as a first cleanse, and then I use a pH-balancing foam cleanser. I love the Dr. Barbara Sturm one and a new discovery, Clear Stem Gentle Clean. If I still feel like there’s makeup on my face, I follow up with witch hazel applied as a toner. Once the cotton pad comes back with no makeup, I move on.
Other people can get away with just wiping makeup off with cleansing wipes (ideal for late nights), but I always feel the need to wash my face and apply my nighttime routine. Chalk it up to being a beauty editor and blogger for 16 years!”
“The most important thing I use is Pond’s Cold Cream. I use it to take off my eye makeup. I buy it at any pharmacy, and it’s amazing and so gentle on the skin. After my eyes are clean, I use my facial cleanser—right now I’m using Rejuvi because my facialist loves this line. I clean well with warm water and then use a warm washcloth to remove the soap, which helps exfoliate the skin.”
“I start with this micellar water to remove my face makeup and mascara (I don’t really wear eye shadow). I’ll reuse the same cotton ball until I feel like all my makeup is off, and then I’ll swap between this amazing cleanser from Versed and this one from Macrene Actives—both are gentle enough to rub around my eyes. Once I massage my face with either cleanser for 20 seconds(ish), I’ll rinse and pat my face dry with a muslin cloth. Voilà, I’m on to moisturizer then bed.”