I want to start by saying that every single person on the planet should wash their face every morning and every night. Period. There should never be an excuse for not washing your face, especially if you wear makeup. NEVER go to bed with makeup on! I personally think that everyone should have some type of skincare routine, but you should at least remove your makeup every night if nothing else. I am not going to get into my whole skincare routine today. I will save that for another post. However, I do want to talk about the very first step to my routine, and that is removing my makeup. I follow a two-step process using two products to rid my face of all makeup, and that is what I am going to share with you today.
The first thing I do when I am getting ready for bed at night is to remove my makeup using a Norwex Microfiber Body Cloth. If you have never heard of Norwex before, it is a direct sales company that sells environmentally friendly cleaning products for your home and body without the use of harmful chemicals. They are a great company and have so many amazing products that I highly recommend you check out. Anyway, I love the Microfiber Body Cloths to remove my makeup for several reasons. One is that it only requires water to remove my makeup. I just wet the cloth with warm water and gently wipe away all traces of makeup. Another reason that I love these cloths is that I can get 8 uses out of one cloth before having to wash it. I like to fold mine into quarters and use only one quarter per night. Each night when I am done, I rinse it thoroughly, wring it out well, and then use the tag to easily hang it to dry. Then it is ready for me to use another quarter then next night. A third reason I love these cloths is that they come in sets of 3 and in a few different colors for a very affordable price. These towels are super soft and gentle on my skin, and they easily remove all traces of my makeup and prep it for the rest of my skincare routine. I have been using them for about 3 or 4 years now, and I love them.
While the Norwex cloths are great, they don’t seem to remove all of my mascara that well. It does remove some, but it would take more rubbing to remove it all. I am very careful with not rubbing my eye area too strongly because the skin around your eyes is thin and delicate. I don’t want to cause any more wrinkles than necessary! As part of my second step in my makeup removal routine, I use Rodan + Fields Essentials Complete Eye Makeup Remover. This oil-free, dual-phase remover gently erases all traces of mascara, including hard to remove waterproof mascara. I have tried numerous eye makeup removers over the years with very little success. Either they don’t work, leave your eyes with a greasy feeling, or cause an allergic reaction for me. I have very sensitive eyes and many eye products irritate my eyes. They cause me to get little white allergy bumps all underneath my eye lids which are very irritating. Anyway, the R+F Eye Makeup Remover does not do this. It is safe for sensitive skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. I simply shake it well to activate the ingredients, apply it to one of these Cotton Rounds, and then gently swipe it across my lashes. (I prefer the cotton rounds to cotton balls because they require less product to be effective.) The eye makeup remover works great and does not require harsh rubbing. It also contains ingredients like biotin that help to nourish and strengthen your lashes. It is by far my favorite eye makeup remover for sensitive eyes.
Once I have all of my makeup removed using these two products, I follow through with the rest of my skincare routine. If you get nothing else from this post, I hope that you get the importance of at least washing off your makeup every day. It honestly doesn’t matter what you use as long as it isn’t just a regular bar of soap that is not made for your face. Leaving makeup on will clog your pores, cause unwanted breakouts, and lead to signs of aging faster. Plus, it just makes you feel better and more refreshed when you have a clean face. You only get one face, so you better take care of it! As Rachel Hollis says, “Girl, wash your face!!”