How to remove makeup properly

You wash your face with very warm water? Your eye rims are red after removing makeup or eyelashes fall out? You do not use any care or make-up removal products that are specially adapted to your needs?


If some of the examples listed apply to you as well, you probably haven't heard about the 5 most common mistakes when removing makeup.


1. Don't Wash Face with Hot Water.


Warm water improves the solubility of water-soluble substances, but if it's too hot, it can aggravate the symptoms of sensitive skin. Ideally, you should use lukewarm water to remove makeup and refresh the skin with cold water after cleansing.


2. Avoid Rubbing the Eyes and Eyelashes.


The delicate eye area needs extra care when removing makeup but in a very gentle way. Be sure to use several cotton pads until the makeup is completely removed. With our step-by-step instructions, you can achieve a particularly gentle eye cleansing:


  1. Apply a sufficient amount of a cleansing gel to a cotton pad (for example, a special eye makeup remover or a micellar solution).
  2. Place the cotton pad on the closed eyelid for a few seconds.
  3. Gently stroke downward, pressing the cotton pad on the eyelashes for a few seconds.
  4. Repeat this process up to three times.
  5. Without opening your eyes, place the cotton pad under the lashes for a few seconds.
  6. Open the eye and gently sweep the cotton pad horizontally across the upper and lower lash lines - starting from the tear duct and working outward.


    Alternatively, you can use an oil cleanser to remove makeup and cleanse your face all in one step. Simply dampen skin with warm water, gently massage 5 pumps of cleansing oil all over your face and gently wipe off with a clean, damp washcloth. Check out our top choice here.


    3. Do not Use the Same Cotton Pad to Remove Make-Up.


    It is better to use a separate cotton pad for each eye, otherwise, bacteria can spread from one eye to the other. Reusing a cotton pad could cause conjunctivitis or similar symptoms in the worst case.


    4. Use Special Products for Acne, Couperose or Rosacea


    If you have skin problems or skin diseases, you must be very careful when choosing your cleansing products. Not all products are suitable for all skin types!

    For oily, blemished or acne-prone skin, there are specially adapted facial cleansers that promote skin healing and an even complexion. This allows for better skincare results and a visible reduction of blemishes.

    If you suffer from couperose or rosacea, you will need special skincare products, as your skin is very sensitive and symptoms can worsen with friction. In these cases, it is recommended to use a product for very sensitive skin with ingredients that relieve itching and redness and are easy to spread and remove.

    If you have eczema, it is important to know the cause. If it is caused by contact with a substance or by an allergy, you should avoid contact with that substance at all costs. The best way to do this is to consult a dermatologist. For sensitive or very sensitive skin, it is recommended to choose products with soothing ingredients that can be applied and removed without rubbing the skin.


    5. Ensure That Neck or Eyebrows Are Properly Cleaned.


    Removing makeup is important. You should not only focus on favorite areas like your eyes, mouth, and nose but also pay attention to your neck and eyebrows. These areas are often forgotten or neglected when removing make-up and cleansing the face. And given that our neck ages quicker than our face, it's important to to skip it.


    6. Use Products That Are Suitable for Your Skin Type


    Clean skin not only feels better, it is also more receptive to the subsequent care. The only question is: what to use for cleansing? Milk, gel, oil, or foam? To decide this, you first have to know your own skin type, and many women completely misjudge themselves.

    Low-moisture skin, for example, is often mistaken for low-fat skin, but impure skin can still be dry. If you don't know something like this, you usually cleanse and care for your skin incorrectly, which stresses the complexion. No matter what skin type you are, the skin should really never be taut after cleansing. This destroys the skin's own naturally nourishing oil film, which can lead to irritation. Tip: Simply check and have a skin diagnosis performed.


    close up of sativa oil cleanser




    Do I need a cleansing brush?


    There are now electronic facial brushes from various brands. They promise deep pore cleansing. Thousands of bristles rotate gently over the facial skin and take over what otherwise washcloths, sponges or fingers try to do. However, the electronic movements can also tickle quite a bit. So it's best to try them out in cosmetics stores before you buy one. Your skin naturally sheds so you do not need to brush everyday. We recommend manual or gentle chemical exfoliation 1-2 times per week.


    Do I need a facial toner?


    Yes! In order to remove residues caused by tap water (lime and chlorine), a facial toner should be used after every facial cleansing. Only in this way can the subsequent care be absorbed 100 percent by the skin. A toner is not the same as cleanser or makeup remover; you need both! 


    Is it important to remove makeup in the evening?


    If we do not remove our makeup in the evening, the skin is dried out on the one hand and provides an ideal breeding ground for bacteria on the other. The result: blemished skin and pimples. In addition, if mascara is not removed properly, eyelashes can break off. And the skin needs its time and care, especially at night, to regenerate. Right now, cell division is running at full speed. Fresh, young skin is formed. We don't want to hinder this process unnecessarily with a face covered in make-up.


    How often should I remove my makeup?


    Make-up should be removed daily, at the latest before going to bed. This allows the skin to regenerate during the night.