We’ve educated you on a whole host of makeup remover DIYs, and as you may have noticed, all of them used concentrated essential oils to get the job done. Yes, oil-based cleansers fare much better than water-, cream-, and milk-based ones, when it comes to cleaning the slate after a night out on the town.
This has a lot to do with the fact that beauty brands are aggressively promoting ‘waterproof’, ‘long-stay’, ‘long-wear’, ‘smudge-proof’, and ‘water-resistant’ makeup for the independent woman, who doesn’t exactly have time for touch-ups. So while it serves you well to look just as gorgeous after five hours of bringing the house down, the potent solutions have a clogging effect on your pores; almost like a mask or veil that doesn’t let anything in, or out.
Now, you can slow down the regression by ensuring that you take that makeup off before you hit the bed, thoroughly and sincerely. But, the under eye area, being as sensitive as it is, is sure to take a beating over time—at an accelerated pace compared to the rest of your skin.
The skin around this area is much thinner, making it prone to inflammation and water retention. To give it some much-needed TLC, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
- Stick to oil-based cleansers that are hydrating and gentle on the skin.
- Use makeup removers formulated specifically for the eye area (they are usually sold as eye + lip makeup removers).
- Saturate the wipe or cotton pad with the remover, and hold it to the eye for 5-10 seconds so that it dissolves the underlying makeup.
- Wipe in long sweeping motions in order to avoid friction; short, slight-handed jerkiness will cause inflammation.
- Be sure to clean off the residue and even minimal traces of makeup, using a Q-tip.
- Follow it up with a gentle, foamy cleanser for the whole face (try one with tea tree oil).
- Using the forth finger from the thumb (the one just before your pinky), dab (don’t glide) some cooling under eye cream or serum before you hit the bed.
Make note, if you wear contact lenses, be sure to put them in before you apply your makeup, and remove them before you use your remover.
With this checklist handy, you can turn things around and make this a detox session for your peepers, instead of a breakdown of the under eye skin, which is what it would have been without the beauty regime.