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Your Skin-Care Routine Should Always Start with This Step

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By: Hannah Baxter

Sure, makeup is super fun and all, but when your day is done (or your epic night has finally fizzled out), it can be somewhat of a pain to scrub it all off before bed. And you are washing your face before you go to sleep, right? Because thats skin care 101—do not let all those cosmetics marinate on your face overnight; you’re just asking for clogged pores, dullness, and irritation. A truly great makeup remover should always be the first step before cleansing. That way, all your additional serums and creams are better able to penetrate deep into your pores for maximum effectiveness. Get the most out of your skin care by trying out one of these nine makeup removers, and again, never, ever leave your mascara on until morning.


Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $14

The crowned jewel of makeup removers. You won’t find a single makeup artist without this baby in her kit.

Physicians Formula Coconut Milk Eye Makeup Remover, $6

The coconut extract and mineral oil combo in this formula removes even the most stubborn mascara and lipstick. It’s also unscented, so it’s safe for ultra-sensitive skin.

Retrouvé Luminous Cleansing Elixir, $75

Who says a makeup remover can’t be seriously glam? This cleansing balm removes leftover makeup after just a quick facial massage, and softens your skin like a dream.

Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover, $5

Sometimes a simple, classic formula is the best. We love how there’s no leftover residue after swiping a cotton bud around your lash line.

DHC Eye & Lip Makeup Remover, $13

The lactic acid in this formula helps gently buff away lingering makeup, while the added vitamin E and glycerin keep your skin soft and soothed.

Mario Badescu Eye Makeup Remover Gel, $7

For those trying to avoid piling extra oil onto your skin, this gel-based formula is super lightweight. It’s also ideal for when fixing any rogue liquid eyeliner around your cat eye.

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, $5

Sure, maybe your grandma used this back in the day, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work equally as well now. Just apply the cream formula to any spot with makeup and wipe off with a clean towel. Easy!

Dermalogica Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, $25

There’s zero alcohol in the water-soluble gel, which keeps your eyes from stinging after you take off all your makeup. Bonus—it also strengthens your lashes with added silk amino acids.

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover, $16

If you want to dissolve your makeup without stripping your skin in the process, this is the product for you.

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