Are you removing your makeup the right way?

February 11, 2022

Are you removing your makeup the right way?

Let’s be honest, removing your makeup at the end of a long day can feel like a bit of a chore.Day to Night Foundation, long-wear lipstick, and waterproof mascara are all great products to have in your makeup bag. But removing them at night can be a challenge - if you don’t have the right product. Despite our love of clear, glowing skin, removing our makeup is something we often neglect. Maybe because we’re just too tired. Or maybe because there are so many makeup removers on the market. At times, it can be hard to know where to start. But taking off your makeup properly is an important part of your daily skincare routine. Here’s how to wash away the day and wake up looking fresh.


The importance of removing your makeup

At the end of a busy day, there’s a temptation to get to bed as quickly as possible. However, that’s not going to do your skin any favours. Overnight, skin cells shed at a rapid rate. With a layer of makeup on the skin, those cells are forced back into the pores. Even leaving just the smallest trace of makeup on your face at night can lead to all sorts of skin issues – from clogged pores and breakouts to dull skin and premature ageing. Unless you’re planning to give up wearing makeup forever (surely not!), you’ll need to find a no-fuss makeup removal product that can take the strain. If you haven’t tried Code8’s Decode 3-in-1 Makeup Remover already, now might be the perfect time. This innovative and highly effective tri-phasic makeup remover whisks away even the most stubborn of makeup, leaving your skin feeling fresh, eyelids soft, and eyelashes protected. And all that without any oily film or residue.

How to remove makeup properly

Clear, healthy skin starts with the right products. If you’re new to using a multi-phase makeup remover, there are a few things to bear in mind. The first involves a bit of shaking. Because Decode contains a blend of natural oils – coconut and macadamia nut – as well as Aloe Vera gel and thermal water, it’s important to combine the different phases for optimal results. So shake it up! Next, using a moistened cotton pad, start with the eyes, slowly breaking down the makeup before wiping it away. Depending on how much eye makeup you’re wearing, you can then either use the same pad or moisten a new one to remove the rest of your makeup and any impurities that have built up during the day. As the name suggests, Decode 3-in-1 Makeup Remover works in three ways: cleansing, soothing and hydrating. That means it:

  • Cleans pores, removing excess oil and dead skin cells
  • Calms and soothes the skin, priming the face ready for the next step
  • Prevents moisture loss, restoring the skin’s suppleness and flexibility

7 makeup removal tips

Not all makeup removers are created equal. Just because it feels like you’ve got rid of all your makeup, doesn't mean it’s actually gone. Here’s how to get every last bit of makeup off your skin so you can sleep easy.

1. Take your time: The more time you take, the better the results. Apply your makeup remover and let it sit on your skin for a while. This allows makeup to soften so it slips off your face when you do a final wipe. It also reduces the need to rub or scrub your skin, which can cause irritation.

2. Focus on your eyes: The skin around your eyes is more delicate than the rest of your face, so it needs to be treated with care and respect. Eyelids are often neglected during makeup removal leading to a build-up of mascara and eyeliner along the edge of your eyelid. Wipe the pad in the direction your eyelashes grow to remove every trace. And use a different pad for each eye.

3. Ditch the wipes: Arguably the most convenient of makeup removal options, wipes are often seen as a quick-fix. However, some of them are bad for the environment, can irritate sensitive or dry skin and may not even remove makeup completely. It’s time to ditch the wipes and look for a gentler alternative, such as Code8’s Decode 3-in-1 Makeup Remover. Less abrasive so it’s kinder to your skin. And with a frosted glass bottle it’s kinder to the planet, too.

4. Use a product specifically designed to remove makeup: A common mistake is using a product that isn’t designed to remove makeup. If you find smudges of mascara or foundation on your face towel or pillow, it’s time to make some changes. Switching to an oil-based remover will make a big difference. Because oil dissolves oil, even just a small amount can go a long way.

5. Don’t wet your skin first: It might feel like the right thing to do, but wetting your face before applying your makeup remover is not a good idea. By wetting your skin, you’re diluting the makeup remover and reducing the impact of the ingredients. Use on dry skin for maximum benefit.

6. Use flat cotton pads rather than balls: Always use flat cotton pads rather than cotton balls. Cotton balls can leave fibres or residue on your skin after use. Rather than detoxing and soothing your skin, this can end up irritating it.

7. Make time for moisturiser: If you have dry skin, you’re probably used to moisturising at every opportunity. But even if you don’t, it’s important to hydrate when removing your makeup. Some products are naturally hydrating, such as the multi-action Decode 3-in-1 Makeup Remover. Containing macadamia nut oil to provide a high level of moisturising power, it starts replenishing your skin even before you apply your night cream.

A good quality makeup remover is one of the fastest ways to healthier skin. Work Decode 3-in-1 Makeup Remover into your daily skincare routine and get ready to see the difference.

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