Why you Don't Sleep in Makeup! (Cleansing) | Highlights Makeup Articles

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There is nothing that cuts me deeper than having to slaughter my makeup with makeup remover and wash away it’s remains after a lot of time and effort to slay my face to begin with. I understand the importance of skincare however, I am trying to focus on being able to maintain healthy skin I can afford to rock with light to no-coverage as I continue to age with grace (speaking it into existence). In the event you are not aware of the benefits and risks associated with cleansing your face, continue reading to gain a little nugget of knowledge.

There appears to be too main issues with makeup removal and cleansing among women (and men). They are not taking off their makeup before bed and if they are, they are not doing it properly.

The first main component to proper makeup removal is using a makeup remover prior to washing your face and secondly, using eye makeup remover for your eyes. This is an important step before cleansing, because cleanser alone will not remove all the product. Even more important than that, leftover mascara can cause  eye infections, discoloration of your skin and puffiness around your eye area.

Using a facial cleanser on your face is crucial as it removes residual makeup, pollutants from every day exposure, any possible bacteria you came in contact with and anything thing else that is icky that might be in your face.

In addition, it’s important to recognize that properly cleansing the skin prepares your skin to absorb products you may put on after, like a serum or moisturizer. Clearing out your pores allows the moisturizer to penetrate into your skin for maximum effectiveness.

The only downside to cleansing your face is that the soap will strip your face of some of its natural oils. Which is why serums and moisturizers are important secondary steps in the process. But be careful when cleansing because if you overdo it, it can lead to your skin over producing oil to make up for the oil you lost. Anyone reading this who is a mom and has breast feed, it is the equivalent of over pumping and your boobage almost quadrupling in size because of it and imploding.

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Cleansing by Skin Type: 

Dry Skin:

  • Look for products that have few to no chemicals in them (i.e. fragrances or dyes). These additives will dry your skin out more and only make it worse before it gets any better.
  • Use a gentle, non-foaming, oil or cream cleanser. The thicker consistency will work better to both clean and replenish you skin as it removes the grossness from your face.
  • Vitamin A, C and F are your friends

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Oily Skin:

  • Find a cleanser that does not strip the skin
  • Gel and Foaming cleansers work wonders for your oily skin
  • Oil-Free everything!


  • Gel, foaming, natural oils or cream based cleansers work great
  • You may need to use multiple products to treat for the 2 different skin types you have 
    • Astringents for the oily bits work great after a wash

Acne and Sensitive Skin

  • Salicylic acid is your friend
    • This is the active ingredient in most major acne products 
  • Sensitive skin may require a lot of trial and error but if you have a reaction to the product, stop using it because it will only make things worse

How to Wash your Face

  1. Wash your hands to remove any grossness from your hands
  2. Remove your makeup
  3. Rinse your face with warm water (Hint: It opens pores)
  4. Grab that cleanser, using circular motions (promotes circulation), lather up your face
    • Be GENTLE aound the eyes! The skin is thinner and tugging/pulling can create wrinkles (Yikes!)
  5. Rinse
  6. Towels off your face using a patting motion
    • Take care to swap your towels often because the water and left over makeup can breed bacteria


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Lamont-Djite, Tara. "Get It Off! All You Need to Know About Makeup Removers." Beautylish. N.p., 31 July 2012. Web. 25 Jan. 2016. <http://www.beautylish.com/a/vcsis/get-it-off-all-you-need-to-know-about-makeup-removers>.

Derrick, Julyne. "The 12 Best Cleansers Right Now: My Top Picks for Every Skin Type." About.com Style. N.p., 20 Jan. 2016. Web. 25 Jan. 2016. <http://beauty.about.com/od/top10skincareproducts/ss/12-Best-Cleansers-of-2015-My-Top-Picks-for-Every-Skin-Type.htm#showall>.