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Admit it: you skip out on washing your face many nights before bed. You wake up with a dirty pillow and those tell-tale raccoon eyes. But just a few seconds of makeup removal could have saved you from this embarrassing -- not to mention acne-causing -- quandary. Learn how to choose the best makeup-removing face wash for your situation.
Gals Who Are Time-Strapped
You're exhausted and you want to go to bed ASAP. Do not visit the bathroom sink, do not collect $200, go directly to bed. Try specially formulated makeup wipes that pack several purposes into one disposable sheet: they cleanse, remove eye makeup, tone your skin and moisturize. All in a few swipes. Then you throw them into the trash and head on into dreamland with a free conscience.
Gals with Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, not just any makeup remover will do the job. In fact, many of them contain "harsh" chemicals or are infused into abrasive cloths and could irritate your dry and sensitive skin. Look for a creamy face wash in a bottle that also promises to dissolve eye makeup. It will foam up nicely and never leave your skin feeling tight or dry. Always follow up with a quick blast of moisturizing lotion before hitting the sheets.
Gals with Oily Skin
Now we have the opposite problem: some ladies break out even by looking in the direction of a bottle of body oil. Look for a makeup-removing cleanser that does not contain oil and is billed as 'noncomedogenic," meaning it does not clog your pores. Exfoliate your skin often and use only oil-free moisturizers. A layer of salicylic acid acne-fighting applied before bed should help you wake up to clearer skin in the a.m.
Gals on a Budget
Can't afford to buy fancy face washes and disposable makeup-removing sheets on a regular basis? Who can blame you? Most gals would rather spend that money on shoes. But you can concoct your own solutions right at home. Try dabbing a cotton ball into a little olive oil and see if that doesn't lift your gothic eye liner right off. Washing your face with milk may possibly remove impurities, including makeup. What do you have to lose? Raid your fridge and give it a try!