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How to choose the best make-up remover

Make-up remover is essential for a correct cleansing of the skin of the face and eyes: choosing a product that takes care of our skin is important. There are many types of makeup removal products on the market. Here you will find a small guide to choose the most suitable makeup remover or perhaps to prepare it with natural products.

How to choose your make-up remover

Choosing the right make-up remover for your skin means taking care of it, because removing make-up in the evening before going to bed is the first beauty treatment we give to the skin.

Not removing make-up from the face and eyes can cause clogging of pores or impurities on the face.

The choice is to be made based on the type of skin: oily, dry or combination.

  • for dry skin we recommend make-up removers in the form of cleansing milk, oil or butter.
  • for oily or combination skin we recommend a two-phase make-up remover or micellar water

Types of make-up removers

Once there was only one method to remove make-up: using cleansing milk and at least the tonic and it was necessary to use a product for the face and one for the eyes. Today the market has evolved and we have the following make-up removers available:

  • cleanser
  • make-up remover butter
  • make-up remover wipes
  • micellar water
  • oil

Cleansing milk make-up remover

Cleansing milk is the creamy texture remover suitable for those with basically dry or normal skin.

To whom it is recommended

Cleansing milk is recommended for those with normal or dry skin. We recommend the use of natural milk, without chemicals. There is also colored cleansing milk on the market.

How to use

It is used in two ways:

  • apply a drop on a cotton pad  and with this remove the make-up, impurities and dirt of a city day and rinse.
  • massage it directly on your face like a cream and then use the pad to remove the residues and rinse.

Butter make-up remover

Among the make-up removers on the market there is also a type based on cocoa butter : it is a compound based on vegetable oils that has the consistency of butter. As soon as it comes into contact with the skin, it melts and becomes creamy.

To whom it is recommended

It is recommended for those with couperose and rosacea skin , those with dry skin or for mature women.

How to use

They are practical makeup removers to use: they are massaged directly on the face and eyes without dripping or greasing and removing all dirt well. They must then be removed with a wet cloth.

Make-up remover wipes

The make-up remover wipes were created to facilitate those who are frequently away from home or simply have little time.

Today there are many types, suitable for eyes, face, based on micellar water, for dry skin …
In reality, they have a reduced effectiveness both on the skin and on the eyes: they are good only if used every now and then out of necessity.

make up remover wipes

Cleansing micellar water

What is micellar water , first of all?

It is a liquid make-up remover made up of micelles (surfactant molecules) that hold make-up and remove it in a single step.

It is unbeatable for speed and results: since it appeared on the market it is the most chosen, because among other things it is hypoallergenic and suitable for all skin.

To whom it is recommended

Micellar water is recommended for all skin types, both for delicate and for oily , dry, more or less young skin, and for combination or impure skin.

How to use

It should be applied with a cotton pad, rinsing is not necessary. For the more attentive, you can spray thermal water to moisturize the face.

Types of micellar and biphasic water

Micellar water can be in the form of:

  • generic micellar water suitable for all skin types,
  • biphasic micellar water
  • micellar milk : micellar water in liquid emulsion.
  • micellar gel : a more consistent variant.

Two-phase make-up remover

The biphasic make-up remover is a product that consists of water (enriched with anti-fatigue and refreshing active ingredients) and oil. Great for waterproof makeup removal .

How to use

The biphasic product is first shaken, then poured onto cotton pads and applied by massaging the face and eyelids. It is not necessary to rinse.

Cleansing oil

Using oil to remove make-up is an ancient habit. The best known are:

  • almond oil , to remove make-up from the eyes, however it is not recommended for the skin of the face because it is comedogenic.
  • coconut oil , is moisturizing, + recommended for removing waterproof make-up and for removing make-up from the face.

To whom it is recommended

The oil-based make-up remover is suitable for those with dry skin. Cleansing oil is recommended for all skin types in the summer when the face is subjected to multiple washes, sweat, more heat and the sun.

Perfect to use at the beach because it allows you to preserve your tan for longer, nourishes the skin and also has a soothing action.

How to use

Some steps must be followed:

  • Pour some oil on the palm of your hand.
  • Apply by massaging with circular movements to remove all impurities and activate microcirculation.
  • Continue with slightly moistened hands.
  • Rinse with plenty of warm water.

Warning: remove any residual oil, as it could prevent the skin from breathing.

Natural and do-it-yourself make-up removers

Choosing the right product for your skin is important. If the many products on the market do not satisfy you, you can think of a do-it-yourself makeup remover.

Two-phase chamomile for sensitive skin

Chamomile has soothing properties, it is ideal for sensitive skin and therefore also for a very delicate part of the face such as that of the eyes.


  • 50 ml of chamomile infusion
  • 25ml of jojoba oil or argan oil

Preparation. Infuse a sieved chamomile tea bag in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Filter the liquid and move 50 ml of infusion into a vial where you can add the oil. Keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Clay for oily skin

Ingredients to make yourself a make-up remover for oily skin with white clay  and sweet almond oil

  • 1 tablespoon of white clay
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
  • 50 ml of mineral water

Preparation. Put all the ingredients in a vial and shake well. The cleansing milk can be kept in the refrigerator for a maximum of 5 days. Shake before use and apply to dry face with a cotton swab.

Lemon for oily skin

For very oily skin, an oil and water based make-up remover can be used, with the addition of lemon juice , which has astringent properties

Green tea antioxidant makeup remover

Ingredients for making a  green tea remover .

  • 100 ml of green tea infusion
  • 70 ml sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon of natural intimate cleanser

Preparation.  Brew a green tea and pour it into a dark glass bottle. Add sunflower oil and natural intimate cleanser: shake before use.

Two-phase rose water make-up remover

Ingredients for a two-phase make-up remover with rose water .  Sweet almond oil has emollient properties, castor oil  strengthens eyelashes and brows. Rose water, on the other hand, has invigorating effects, cleanses deeply without leaving residues on the skin and does not clog the pores.

  • 1 dl of sweet almond oil
  • 1 dl of castor oil
  • 3 dl of rose water

Preparation . In a small bottle pour the almond oil and castor oil. Shake and then add the rose water. It should be used by pouring it on a cotton pad, but first shake well.

Aloe make-up remover

This make-up remover has the refreshing properties of aloe vera and is rich in vitamins thanks to jojoba oil .

  • 50 ml of jojoba oil
  • 30 ml of aloe vera gel

Preparation . Mix the ingredients well and refrigerate for up to a month. Shake before use.

Other information

You can find some products to make natural make-up removers at home also online:

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