"As much time as you spent putting your makeup on, use the same amount to take your makeup off. Makeup isn't bad for your skin, but poor cleansing is."
- Branislava Kostic, ELLE Serbia
I read those words of wisdom in this months ELLE magazine, and I believe Kostic is correct; people who work in the industry hold much prudence, after all. Luckily, I now would never dream of going to bed with my makeup on, as my mom did, confessing reluctantly, all through her twenties. Luckily, I've changed her for the better. But adding that extra step--even if it is fantastic for your skin--can be tough, especially if it's not an enjoyable task. Heck, sometimes, your method of madness may not even be taking your makeup off at all. Don't be insane: change around your makeup removal method. Here are some options:
The simplest of the options is to just use your regular cleanser. But don't get excited too soon--you still have to double cleanse. A choice as such cuts down on the need for an additional cleanser, and, if you travel a lot, your travel beauty stash will be light and petite (unlike mine). For the lazy ones, choose a micellar water such as the cult favorite, Bioderma. The invisible suspension of oil in the mixture slices through makeup in a breeze. Although, you will need some cotton pads, which, if you're anything like me, may give you a panic attack when you see that your trashcan full of them is heading to the dump.
Although the aforementioned products tick excellently for general makeup, they don't handle the armored truck of your face: the waterproof stuff. My biggest vain is waterproof mascara, which, while it's worth it for the extra lash curl and inhibited panda-eyed situations, is ridiculously difficult to scrape off. If you are a waterproof wearer, here are some options:
The balmy texture of Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish is a good bet for such a task. The minty-ness feels awesome and the shea butter content will also leave your skin moisturized but not too lubricated. Nevertheless, it does lack slightly on removing our waterproof friend. In other words, it might not take it all off. But, a step up from the Liz Earl is the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, which does, indeed, take most of it off. It's a simple, no frills balm that removes makeup with a cinch, but sometimes leaves a little bit of mascara removal fallout come morning (which can easily be wiped away). Alas, we've reached the most heavy duty, but also the second most convenient of the options: coconut oil. If you've got in in your pantry, crack it out for eye makeup use because it will get everything off--and I mean, everything. No morning mascara residual, and no pulling or tugging; it's also a plus that your lid space will be moisturized, nearly deleting the need for eye cream (for me, at least). I'm wary of using this on my acne prone skin, but I add it on for eye use to any of the methods listed above and--voom--it's all off.
If you're already a member of the "double cleanse club," then keep on sudsing. If you're not, don't let me know, because I don't want to have the same conversation with you as I did with my mom.