If the mission of makeup is to sublimate the look, it does not count only assets. Applied daily to the skin, if left in place, it hinders breathing. This is why we cannot repeat it enough, the makeup remover is the key to healthy skin, full of vitality and turns out to be a real Swiss Army knife.
Why is it so important to remove makeup?
Clear skin and anti-pimples objective
As its name suggests, like a surface technician, “the primary function of a makeup remover is to remove makeup, dust, sweat, pollution, to purify the skin texture, with radiance as a bonus. It prevents the clogging of the pores, the appearance of comedones and microcysts “, explains Mylène Vayssière, a cosmetic chemical engineer.
The other advantage of makeup remover is the massage that accompanies it. Particularly interesting before going to bed. In addition to dislodging impurities, responsible for micro-inflammations inducing an acceleration of skin aging, it boosts micro-circulation, oxygenation of cells. It plays double blow, it helps the skin to regenerate all night long, and limit wrinkles and fine lines.
Anti-puffiness and dark circles action
By purifying and massaging the thin and very fragile skin around the eye, it prevents the alteration of its hydrolipidic film, necessary for its protection. Plus, it stimulates lazy blood flow engorgement in this area to help display a bright, smooth, flawless skin look.
Which makeup remover for my skin type?
“Aqueous, milky, in gel, cream, balm, oil… The choice of its texture plays a major role. the oil which is the most effective and can be suitable for all skin types. It has the advantage of dissolving makeup, even waterproof, without rubbing and risking attacking sensitive skin, and it nourishes dry skin. Oily skin can use it as long as you choose it non-comedogenic. Jojoba, argan, and avocado oils are excellent in this area, “says our expert.
For addicts with lighter textures, the two-phase formula is a good option, its water and oil mixture allows you to benefit from its dissolving action without too greasy effect.
“The golden rule is to apply it with a gentle gestures using circular movements. We skip the use of cotton too aggressively for the skin and we prefer the application to the fingers. For the eye area, do not forget to gently massage the fringe of the eyelashes to remove the mascara which could suffocate them, fall and break the key. It is then advisable to rinse well and spray floral water to refresh and tone the skin“, says our expert.
3 DIY recipes to make your own makeup remover
Make-up remover whipped balm
- 15 g of shea butter
- 15 g coconut oil
- 15 g apricot kernel oil
- 4 g of emulsifying wax type Xyliance
- 0.1 g of vitamin E
- In a stainless steel bowl, melt the emulsifying wax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler.
- Off the heat, add apricot kernel oil and vitamin E, and mix everything together.
- Using an electric mixer, we whip the mixture. The preparation is placed in the freezer for a few minutes to let it set a little and it is whipped again using the mixer to obtain a whipped cream-like texture to pour into a pot.
- Apply a small amount of the product to the face, wet skin, massage and we rinse with clear water.
This recipe is taken from the book Slow cosmetics, the visual guide, Julien Kaibeck, and Mélanie Dupuis. Ed. The Duke. € 19.
Advice from Mylène Vayssière This cleansing balm offers a pleasant texture. He is ideal for dry, sensitive skins, including mature and / or dull skin. Shea butter nourishes and soothes, apricot kernel oil, antioxidant and rich in beta-carotene, revitalizes the epidermis and boosts the radiance of the complexion. His application on dry skin is mandatory to fulfill its role. Applied to damp skin, there is a risk of emulsifying immediately and sliding on the skin without acting effectively. Not recommended for oily or acne-prone skin, coconut oil is comedogenic and could, over time, cause pimples to break out. Take it out of the recipe and double the amount of apricot kernel oil, or replace it with jojoba oil.
Fresh make-up remover with aloe vera
- 60 ml of sweet almond oil
- 60 ml of aloe vera gel in tube
- 30 ml of rose water
- 15 drops of bigarade petit grain essential oil
- 10 drops of essential oil of geranium
- In a bowl, pour the sweet almond oil and the aloe vera gel that you emulsify with a whisk.
- After gently adding rose water and essential oils, pour into a flask fitted with an airtight stopper.
- Shake to mix well, soak a cotton ball and remove makeup from the face.
This recipe is taken from the book The Living Earth Guide to Natural Beauty. Editions Terre Vivante. € 29.90.
Advice from Mylène Vayssière This recipe is made in large quantities without preservatives, beware of the risk of microbial contamination! We add 15 drops of Cosgard preservative, or we prepare it by dividing the doses by two and we use it for a maximum of one week. Its essential oil content is high and can cause irritation, to be avoided for pregnant women and not recommended on the eye area, they are removed to secure the formula. Its combo, sweet almond, aloe, rose water is perfect for dry, very dry or dehydrated skin, as well as for sensitive and more mature skin, it soothes and boosts the repair of skin cells. Its gel texture allows it to be applied to the fingers.
Biphase make-up remover with white willow
- 20 g of dicaprylyl carbonate
- 20 g jojoba oil
- 50 g of white willow hydrosol
- 10 drops of Cosgard preservative
- 4 drops of vitamin E
- All the ingredients are poured into a flask fitted with an airtight stopper.
- We shake the formula, we soak a cotton ball that we apply to the face.
This recipe is taken from the book Green Cosmétique, Émilie Herbert. Ed. Mango. € 17.
Advice from Mylène Vayssière
Ultra-easy and quick to perform, this makeup remover Suitable for all types of skin. Jojoba oil protects the skin, softens the tissues and regulates the secretion of sebum. White willow hydrosol is an asset for dull skin lacking radiance and it soothes sensitive skin. This ingredient is difficult to find, it can be exchanged for rose hydrosol, ideal for calming and refreshing sensitive, irritated skin and toning mature skin. To apply it, we opt for washable wipes that do not risk tugging the skin. As a finish, you can spray rose hydrosol to boost the anti-aging action.