Many times we spend countless hours researching how to apply makeup perfectly. We watch intently how to apply the perfect mascara, winged liner, and contour but we aren't always encouraged on how to properly and thoroughly remove the makeup we've applied. Not properly cleaning your perfectly "beat" face can lead to pimples, blackheads, and rashes which in turn will leave a horrible platform for your next makeup application. While having a beat face in important, having clean and clear skin is even more important. We're not in the business of just getting the surface makeup off, we want clear pores and a fresh face and if you follow my steps you will DEFINITELY have a clean and clear face to brag about during your no makeup days.
Step 1: Wipe off the excess
Have you ever washed your face with face wash and when you went to dry it, there were streaks of foundation left behind on your towel? A lot of times we think just diving into washing your face with soap and water will rid your pores of makeup. Wrong. When you apply your primer, foundation, blush, eyeshadow, etc. it's a process, so is properly taking off your makeup. First, we want to use a pre-moistened makeup removing towelettes. My favorite has been "Just The Basics". I like this brand because it's dermatologist AND ophthalmologist tested, it's Paraben free, hypoallergenic, alcohol free, and oil free. It's the perfect makeup removing wipe for a girl with oily or combination skin and even sensitive skin.
Don't be afraid to use more than one towelette to remove your makeup. I used a total of two wipes front and back. You want to wipe down your face thoroughly, you want to try to get every inch of makeup off your face.
Step 2: Oil Cleanse
I know that sounds weird but trust me, this next step is nothing short of AMAZING! Oil cleansing is a great method to dissolve dirt and makeup from your face. I like to use Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, my motto is "the purer the product, the better". Coconut oil not only melts away makeup and dirt but it also is an antibacterial, which is great to kill any bacteria that's been chillaxing on your face. It's also an anti-inflammatory product which means if you have a huge pimple hiding under that concealer, it'll calm that puppy down.
You want to take a quarter sized amount of coconut oil and rub it all over your face, don't forget your ears and your neck too. Take extra time to really massage your eyelashes and underneath your eyes. If the oil get's in your eyes, no worries! You shouldn't feel a burn but your eyesight will get a little blurry due to the oil, just wash out your eyes and you'll be fine. After you've rubbed in the oil thoroughly, grab a piece of paper towel and wipe off the oil. Brace yourself, you might be grossed out by all the makeup left behind.
Step 3: Wash your face
This step you should be most familiar with. Grab your favorite facial cleanser and scrub that face! I've been loving the Aveeno Clear Complexion daily cleansing pads. These pads are great for combination/oily skin because they help to prevent breakouts and has gentle exfoliation for daily face scrubs. One side is soft and great for lathering and the other side has a rough texture great for exfoliating. I normally give my face a good scrub with the exfoliating side first so when I flip the pad to lather, those soap bubbles are sure to get deep down into my pores. After you wash, pat your face dry and prepare for step 4.
Step 4: Moisturize
Making sure your face is properly moisturized is so important to any skin care routine. When you wash your face, you are stripping your skin of it's natural oils. When those oils aren't there, you skin goes into over production mode and creates an overload of oil which can cause breakouts or irritations. I like to use my Ambi: Fade Cream to lighten the dark spots left behind by my adult acne caused by PCOS and I follow up with Biossance : The Revitalizer, a lightweight moisturizer that leaves my skin rehydrated after all the washing.
Now you have a wonderfully clean face! All together this process takes about 20 minutes but your skin is so worth it!
Njeri is a lifestyle blogger with a focus in all things beauty and fashion. Her expertise also includes event corresponding, brand consulting, and encouraging people to find happiness by living their truths.