November 18, 2013

Sensitive Skin Makeup Removal Routine

Sensitive Skin Makeup Removal Routine

I can't help but cringe when I think about all the times I wore makeup to bed.  These days as soon as I get home the first thing I want to do is take it all off and pop on some moisturiser.  Don't get me wrong, I love wearing makeup and putting on my face in the morning but when the foundation starts to wears off and the shiny face starts appearing I'd much rather take it all off than pile on the powder.  Now that I've found a routine which finally works for my sensitive/oily skin there’s no excuse not to remove that waterproof mascara before my head hits the pillow.  Sensitive skin sufferers take note, this one’s for you guys.

The first step in my routine is to take off my eye makeup.  Although I don't tend to wear eyeshadow very much, waterproof mascara and eyeliner does take some time to remove so I always find it best to remove these first.  My product of choice has to be my trusty Bioderma Sensibio H2O as it removes everything with very little effort and it’s suited for sensitive skin so it never irritates the eye area.

What I like to do is pour some Bioderma onto a round cotton pad and once the cotton pad is wet, split it in half and place one half on each eye.  I find I go through much less cotton pads that way and it keeps me away from Boots for a little longer!

Once my eye makeup is removed, I’m ready to remove the rest of my makeup.  You might remember me saying how much I loved my L'oreal gel makeup remover and how sad I was that it was discontinued.  Thankfully after months of searching I've finally found a great replacement with the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-Up Removal Gel which might actually be even better than L'oreal’s version.  It’s made for those specifically with sensitive skin who are prone to redness so it’s really gentle when it comes to makeup removal.  Plus my favourite part, it’s non-foaming!

I apply 1 pump on the whole face on top of makeup, apply in circular motions as if I'm lifting my makeup off the skin and use a wet cellulose sponge (the ones therapists use to remove face masks) to remove it in one swipe, it’s that simple! The instructions on the bottle do say to remove without using water but I've found much better results using my method.  The makeup remover applies quite cold and leaves a cooling/calming effect so my face feels really refreshed and clean without that sort of tight feeling.

See how easy that was? Two quick swipes and you're done!  You can of course use Bioderma on your whole face but I find a gel cleanser takes off large areas of makeup much easier.  I’m really happy that I’ve found a routine that works for me (and appeals to my lazy side) but if you have any tips to share on how you remove your makeup let me know!
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