At night, your skin stimulates its repair process—and you need to let it breathe while this happens. “If you don’t remove your makeup at night, everything that’s been sitting on your face all day long can contaminate your skin and clog your pores,” says makeup artist Adriana Aude. Removing your makeup in the evening also gives you the chance to wash away free radicals on your skin, which is important, as these can accelerate the aging process.
We asked Aude to give us her seven favorite makeup removers based on your most pressing requirements. Do you avoid removers because they sting your eyes? Do you want a multipurpose remover? Are you in need of one that’s an ace at swiping waterproof mascara clean? Have you been looking for an organic product but couldn’t find one that stacks up?
She’s got you covered for all of those issues—and more.
Aude looks for a cold-pressed, unrefined organic coconut oil (Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil is a solid choice). “This will melt your makeup away,” says Aude. “It’s similar to a cleansing oil. She adds that it won’t make you break out. Apply to dry skin, massaging in circular motions. Then splash off with warm water.