The importance of make up removal with The Skin Nerd

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We are all aware that removing our make up on a daily basis is essential to a successful skin care regime. But while we are armed with this knowledge, there are more than a few of us who are guilty of leaving it on occasionally. But whether it’s a late night or just a pure lazy indulgence, either way, it’s a major skin faux pas when it comes to looking after ourselves.

Leaving your make up on over night is bad for all skin types and if you manage to get yourself into a make up removing habit, you’ll thank yourself in the future when your extra efforts start to pay off. But why is it bad to leave it on over night? And are you taking your make up off correctly? We chat to The Skin Nerd, aka Jennifer Rock, to ask her advice on make up removal and her top tips for doing it right…

Why is it so important to remove makeup every night? 

In recent studies, a third of women admitted to sleeping in their makeup at least twice a week! So while you may not be alone, this is a terrible habit to have. Not removing your makeup at night is NOT ideal for any skin, but it’s particularly bad for those of you with acne, sensitive or reactive skin, or who are wishing to slow the rate at which you age.

The pores are the opening into our skin, and makeup, oil and pollution tend to sit in our pores. If you choose to sleep in makeup, these toxins and chemicals remain in the skin overnight preventing the skin’s natural cell regeneration programme from taking place. It will act as an occlusive shield preventing the skin from working optimally. Remember that the skin is an organ, so respect it accordingly! 

If we leave makeup on, what does it do to our skin over night?

Leaving your makeup on leads to congestion, lethargic, oil imbalance and sluggish, poor-performing skin health. 

What is the ideal/recommended nightly cleansing routine?

A simple regime is preferable, firstly because it’s more realistic to follow, but also because layering lots of products doesn’t always mean you’re getting the full benefit of all of them, as some may counteract the benefits of the other or indeed not penetrate into the layer needed for it to have a desired effect.

How do we go about removing eye make up gently?

Lash extensions are a big trend right now; if you are wearing extensions, it’s vital that the product used is oil free so it does not break down the gracile bond of glue used to adhere the extension to the natural lash. If you are not wearing extensions, the key is to not aggressively remove your makeup. Gently support the eye area as you remove the product downwards and then outwards. I recently spoke to an optician who said that she sees an awful lot of mascara and eye makeup clogging up behind the eyelids thanks to improper makeup removal – this could lead to eye problems in the future.

What are your recommended products for makeup removal?

  • First, pre-cleanse with a micro-fibre mitt to ensure the majority of makeup is removed, therefore getting longer from your cleanser. Interestingly, many cotton pads contain high amounts of silicon and wood fibre, meaning they can potentially scratch and irritate the skin, so opting for a cloth to remove is preferable in the long term. Also, splashing water can be ineffectual in removing all the product.
  • Use a cleanser specific to your skin type and concern.
  • Next, apply eye cream, as the delicate area needs all the TLC it can get. Many brands prevent you from applying it to the eyelid area; I would suggest choosing a brand and product that allows you to apply the eye cream to the eye, not the area surrounding it! 
  • Follow with a specific active cosmeceutical skin serum.
  • Finally, use a SPF during the day, and possibly a more hydrating cream at night.
  • Regular professional treatments are key to skin health and provide a more potent and thorough treatment than any homecare regime.

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Jennifer Rock, The Skin Nerd

Jennifer Rock, The Skin Nerd