Makeup Removal: 3 Ways

In the past year or so I've incorporated a more thorough skincare regimen into my beauty routine. My skin has been in all sorts of camps this year: it has gone from dry and flakey, to blemish-prone, to combination...I can't keep up! One thing I have noticed though is how switching up products seems to help, so I have a few different products on rotation in each skincare category to try and keep on top of any blemishes and problems as they arise. Today I thought I'd share my three favourite types of products to remove makeup with: an oil, a cleansing balm and a micellar water.

Option 1: Oil

The lovely ZoĆ«  (Mammaful Zo!) introduced me to the Vichy Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil when we met up in Manchester last year...which makes me realise how long this bottle has lasted me! I reach for this cleansing oil when I have a lot of makeup on and need something that is going to do the job well first time around. I usually go in with one pump to start with, massage it all over my face and eyes (I feel like I need to point out: closed eyes. It seems obvious, but you never know...) and then wipe it away with a hot cloth. If I've had a super heavy makeup day then I might need a little more than a pump but this oil gets makeup off so easily that one pump often suffices! At first this may feel on the pricey side for those of us on a budget, but as I've realised that this bottle has lasted me over a year with regular use I must say it is worth it!

Option 2: Balm

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter - crikey, bit of a mouthful isn't it?! I reach for this cleansing balm whenever I am having a dry skin day. This balm removes makeup easily without leaving the skin stripped of moisture in any way. I love the way this feels on my skin the most: a small scoop massaged all over the face and eyes is enough to remove most, if not all, of my makeup. As for the price? Dubbed a dupe for the Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm you might want to pick this up first! You don't need a huge scoop each time and while I'm not sure whether this tin will last me as long as the Vichy Oil it is certainly a welcome addition to my skincare collection and I don't think I could resist repurchasing it.

Option 3: Micellar Water

Bioderma took the beauty world by storm a few years ago and has since become easier to get hold of here in the UK since Boots introduced it into their stores. Many other brands have quickly jumped on this bandwagon, including Garnier (with a cheaper, blogger-approved version) that I am keen to try next. I love using this on days when my face is feeling slightly oily and I want that extra bit of freshness on my skin. I pour a little onto a cotton pad and swipe all over my face. Depending on how much eye makeup I have on, I will take a separate cotton pad with Bioderma on and hold it over each eye for a few seconds before gently swiping my makeup away. While I love this product for removing makeup with ease and without mess, I do prefer double cleansing with a hot cloth, so when I use this micellar water I may end up effectively triple-cleansing (Bioderma, cleanse with hot cloth, then cleanse again) to make sure my face is thoroughly cleaned, particularly on heavy-makeup days.

So there you have it - three different types of product for removing your makeup. No matter how much makeup I've been wearing I will always go in with a proper cleanser and hot cloth after using any of these products! Let me know how you remove your makeup - do you use any of the products mentioned in this post or are you a firm makeup-wipe lover? Leave me a comment or tweet me!

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