To look good we put on makeup, and to look good we need to keep the skin squeaky clean free of any gunk. It’s a catch 22 situation.
For that natural translucent glow in your skin, that sets off any makeup it is a must that you remove every trace of the foundation, mascara, and lipstick. The reason is that the better your skin breathes through unclogged pores, the better it will look. According to celebrity makeup artist Vidya Tikari, you can keep your regular makeup on for the whole day or about 16 to 18 hours, but heavy professional makeup or bridal makeup should not be left on the skin for more than 10 to 12 hours depending on a number of products used.
We can’t stress enough on the fact that removing makeup thoroughly at the end of each is the most important beauty ritual for any woman today. “Even if you are dog tired, make sure to wipe off makeup from your face. Don’t sleep with your makeup on. It will spoil skin’s natural balance,” adds Aesthetician and founder of Aroma Magic, Dr Blossom Kochhar.
Makeup experts claim that chemicals in stale makeup are very harmful if left on our skin overnight. “A good cleansing routine not only removes makeup but also the grime and pollution that build up on your skin throughout the day. During the night our skin regenerates itself and to do that effectively it needs to be free of all the chemicals which are there in makeup products,” emphasizes Herbal and Ayurvedic Beauty Advisor, Suparna Trikha. Some skin care experts even advise even removal of night cream before going to bed. Otherwise, the morning after you may get up with a bad case of breakout or red patchy skin. So whatever you may put on your face to look good the whole day must come off every night before you hit the snooze button so that you can come out glowing with perfect skin the next morning.
The cleansing routine
To take off makeup effectively, pull your hair away from your face so that you can reach the farthest corners of your face and neck.
Start your cleansing routine by removing eye makeup first. Take some creamy eye makeup remover and massage it gently around your eyes going from inner corner of your upper lid to the outer corner and the inner corner of your lower lid in a circular motion. This allows the cream to set in and dissolve waterproof heavy makeup like eyeliner and mascara. Then take a moist cotton ball and gently wipe away. To remove mascara effectively, close your eyes and wipe from the top of your upper lid to lower lid in a downward movement.
Once you have removed your eye makeup, massage in your regular creamy cleanser on your face and neck. Wipe with moist cotton wool. Complete the routine by washing your face with a foamy face wash and lukewarm water, the best temperature for lathering up and dissolving makeup residue.
Spend about a minute to rub away the dirt and rinse thoroughly. Post cleansing tone up your skin by splashing it with cold water or dabbing some rose water with a cotton ball. Moisturise as usual.