How I: Remove Makeup

Removing makeup and cleansing the skin thoroughly is probably the most important step in one's skincare routine. Without removing all the pore clogging makeup and impurities, how will any of your serums or moisturizers effectively absorb into the skin? When I come home after a long day at work or school, usually the first thing I do is dash to the bathroom to cleanse my skin and let it breathe. Here are some great products I've been turning to lately:

Up&Up Eye Makeup Remover - This Target brand eye makeup remover works like Neutrogena's dual phase eye makeup remover or Lancome's Bifacil for a fraction of the price. I always go back to this and have went through numerous bottles. I always prefer to remove my eye makeup before my face makeup because I almost always wear waterproof mascara that doesn't come off easily with other makeup removers.

Suzuran Attirer Puff - I failed to include these cotton puffs in the photo above but you can see the packaging and design of them in the video below. I bought a pack of these Japanese cotton pads and absolutely love them. They're only $3 on and are super soft and high quality. Japanese cotton pads are way better than American drugstore cotton!

Biore Cleansing Oil - This is an Asia exclusive cleansing oil which I picked up in Singapore for about $10. I fully reviewed this cleansing oil recently and proclaimed it one of my favorite cleansing oils to date. When I'm wearing foundation, BB cream or any kind of heavier face makeup, I always reach for a cleansing oil to remove it.

Bioderma Crealine H20 - When I'm wearing just concealer and powder and lighter face makeup, I'll reach for a cleansing water. A few squirts of cleansing water on two Suzuran cotton pads and all my makeup is removed. I have to say I really like Bioderma like just about every other person on the planet. This stuff is golden! It's just incredibly difficult to get my mitts on this in the states for a reasonable price. I paid about $10 for this huge 500 ml bottle in Paris and refuse to pay more than $15 per bottle now. I have another huge bottle back stocked but I'll have to stock up again next time I'm in France... not like that's happening anytime soon....

Avene Micellar Lotion - A good alternative to Bioderma is Avene's cleansing water that is more readily found in the states but is a bit pricier. I really enjoy this cleansing water and use it when I travel due to the convenient little bottle I bought it in.

Shiseido Perfect Whip - After I remove my makeup with the cleansing oil or cleansing water, I go in with my normal foaming cleanser to really cleanse my pores. Right now I usually grab the Shiseido Perfect Whip cleanser which is from the same line as the Perfect Oil Cleansing Oil that I loved. Perfect Whip foams up really well and a little goes a long way. My skin feels very clean and fresh afterwards but not dry.

What's your makeup removal routine? What are your favorite products to get your skin clean and ready for the other steps of your skincare routine?


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