Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Makeup Removal

If you don't completely remove your makeup daily, it can attract dirt, clog pores, and cause breakouts. Women who use water-based products may be able to remove all of the makeup with the same cleanser used on the face in the morning. However, oil-based makeup used on dry or combination skin will need to be removed with a makeup removal product.
Makeup removers are formulated for skin type. Once you've selected one for your skin, apply the product according to instructions. You may need to leave it on your skin for several minutes to give it time to dissolve the cosmetics. Use tissue or cotton balls to gently wipe away the residue. If makeup does not come off, you may need to apply additional remover or switch to a more effective product. Women with sensitive skin should avoid products containing irritants such as alcohol and fra­grance.
Take extra care when you remove your eye makeup or apply eye-care products because the skin around the eyes is extremely thin. When removing your eye makeup, use 100 percent cotton eye pad. Moisten it with water then split it in half and dispense a small amount of cleanser or fragrance free eye makeup remover onto the eye pad. Next, gently apply the cotton to the eye area, hold it in place for a moment, and then sweep it over the skin. Use very little pressure. Repeat this action until the eye area is free of makeup.
Pencil and powder eyeliner or eyebrow makeup will be easier to remove than liquid prod­ucts. (If you wear contact lenses, look for eye makeup labeled "for contact-lens wearers" to avoid irritation.) Your choice of makeup formulas depends, of course, on personal preference, but consider the time you're willing to devote to makeup removal before you buy.

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