Because sleeping with your make-up on is a major no-no
Words by Natalie Lukaitis and Lucy Abbersteen
When it comes to make-up, there’s really only one rule you HAVE to follow and that’s to take it all off with your best make-up remover (followed by your best cleanser) before you go to bed.
Yes we know it’s a chore. And how sorely tempting it is to just fall face-first into a pillow after a heavy night out. But while it may be OK to skip using the best night cream once in a while, sleeping with a full face on is a major no-no (even if Kim Kardashian has admitted to sleeping with her make-up on).
Why, we hear you ask? Because this is the time your skin repairs itself, shedding dead skin while renewing your cells. By going to sleep with your make-up on, you’re stopping this process from being effective.
This in turn increase the likelihood of clogged pores, irritation, inflammation and exposure to free radicals. A pretty high price to pay for not taking a couple of minutes out of your evening to take it all off, no? Investing in the best make-up remover will cost you far less in the long run.
So with this in mind, scroll through our round up of the best make-up remover money can buy, to maintain clear and healthy skin.
Lancôme Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover, £19.35, Fabled
If you’ve had a heavy night accompanied with heavy eye make-up, you’re going to want something that little bit stronger in your corner to take it off before bed. Enter Bi-Facil; strong enough to take off a heavy duty waterproof mascara, but won’t sting your eyes in the process.
NARS Gentle Oil-Free Make-Up Remover, £18.50, Fabled
While most heavy-duty make-up removers will contain oil to help budge waterproof mascara, NARS’ Oil Free remover doesn’t. It’s a bi-phase formula (meaning you shake it to wake it) and won’t leave any greasy residue all over your lids. Bye, mascara.
Garnier Micellar Water, £4.99, Boots
While there are many great, this is a frontrunner for us because it leaves no residue behind . It’s got no scent whatsoever and is really gentle on even the most sensitive of eyes – if you’re not keen on oil-based eye make-up removers, this makes light work of mascara, shadow and stubborn liner.
La Roche-Posay Respectissme Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover, £11, Boots
It’s normal to have slightly blurry eyes after using an oil-based remover (so don’t panic if things are a little fuzzy just after using one), but they’re the only thing that’ll get heavy duty or waterproof makeup to budge. Shake it to wake it.
bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil, £17.60, Fabled
Using an oil cleanser is an ideal choice for drier complexions as it won’t leave you with that, uncomfortable tight feeling afterwards – for oilier complexions, oil cleansers can feel a bit much. BareMinerals’ Oil Obsessed is raved about by just about any oil cleanser enthusiast, dissolving make-up upon contact with your face (massage it gently into dry skin) and then washing off as a thinner, milky formula when rinsed with warm water.
Read on to shop five more hero make-up removers your beauty arsenal should never be without.
Arguably the most iconic micellar water on the market, Bioderma’s Sensibio isn’t the cheapest option, but boy does it get the job done. Super gentle in its make-up removal, it has a gentle fragrance and leaves your skin looking clean as a whistle.
Simple are well known for effective products that don’t cost the earth, and their relatively new cleansing oil is no different. As oils go its quite lightweight, but removes make-up in a matter of seconds. Great for skin that’s lacking moisture.
Great for sensitive skin, Darphin’s gentle eye make-up – enriched with white lotus extract – doesn’t irritate the skin while you remove all traces of the night before.
Another soothing oil option, all-natural Caudalie’s lightweight formula is a great make-up remover for drier skin types. Just a few pumps and all traces of make-up are gone in a jiffy.
The trouble with long-wear make-up that’s designed to last through just about any situation is that, as a result, it’s pretty difficult to get off. Fortunately there are specially designed removal formulas that can coax it off your face – not only is Bobbi Brown’s great, but it doesn’t strip the living daylights from your skin along with your slap.