Should You Always Remove Makeup Before Bed?

We get it - it’s been a long night, and all you want to do is jump into bed. Before you do that, however, dermatologists and estheticians everywhere will beg you to do at least one thing first: Remove Your Makeup!

Why Is It Bad to Leave Makeup On Overnight?

For many, applying and wearing makeup is a daily routine. Some of us even reapply makeup multiple times a day to ensure a perfect look. This means that for many hours each day, our pores are covered in makeup. Pores need to “breathe,” and can become clogged with things like makeup and dirt.

When this occurs, bacteria and dirt can get trapped in the skin, causing a reaction - this reaction is more commonly known as “pimples” or blemishes. The irritation causes redness and/or raised bumps to appear on the face which can vary in severity depending on your skin type and other lifestyle factors. 

It is important to remove as much daily grime from your face as possible before sleeping to encourage new skin cell growth as well as prevent bad bacteria from forming into pimples!

What Can I Use to Best Remove Makeup Before Bed?

Your typical facial routine should involve cleansing, toning, moisturizing, serums, etc - but it is important to start that regimen with a clean face. This means you should invest in a product and/or method of choice to fully remove makeup from your face. 

Makeup Remover

If only using makeup remover is all you can do before bed - great! Is it ideal? No. We understand that sometimes you just can’t muster the energy to perform your full multi-step facial routine! However, it is a great idea to utilize a makeup remover in conjunction with other skin care steps to ensure that you are working with a clean slate before applying other products. This will ultimately make things like your acids, moisturizers, retinol, etc, perform way better.

We recommend the Rhonda Allison Makeup Remover - applied using a cotton ball or other cloth, it breaks down makeup and dirt on the face and completely removes it, leaving you ready for your next step in your routine!

This is a great alternative to makeup remover wipes because it does not simply move the product/dirt around on the face, but lifts and removes completely. However, there are plenty of other options that ensure you are makeup-free before bed.

What Are the Best Makeup Removing Cleansers?

Fully cleansing the face before bed is one of the top recommendations of skin care experts worldwide. So it only makes sense to use products that really, truly remove all of the products from your face before moving on with the remainder of your routine. Here are some of Bare Necessities eBoutique’s must-have makeup removal products:

Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

Obagi is an incredible brand that boasts formulas that are backed by science and their own clinical director. Celebrities worldwide fawn over their products, including the Obagi Gentle Cleanser

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This product ensures complete removal of all makeup, dirt, and grime that accumulates on the face throughout the day. Its gentle formulation is great for those who have sensitive skin, or suffer from redness/rosacea. 

iS Clinical Cream Cleanser

The very popular iS Clinical brand has one of the best cream cleansers on the market - and the upside to this particular product is that it is gentle enough to use around the eye area, meaning it's a fantastic way to ensure complete removal of eye makeup!

Photo of iS Clinical Cream Cleanser

Using a cream cleanser is a great way to remove dirt and grime from the face as its rich texture penetrates deep into pores. The iS Clinical Cream Cleanser's hydrating properties even support double-cleansing (cleansing twice to get maximum effect)!

Make Removing Makeup Every Night a Habit!

If you are currently struggling with completing a full face routine, be sure you are at least removing your makeup - whether through makeup remover products and/or facial cleansing. Your skin will thank you for it - and you will reap the benefits in the long-term by taking care of your skin now!

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