Milk, oil, balm, micellar.
Makeup junkies are spoilt for choices with oh-so-many types of makeup removers that cater to different skin types and individual preferences. It can be hard to keep up with the latest innovations so in this article, we unpack the 6 most popular types of makeup removers for your consideration when finding the right match for your beauty goals.
A cleansing milk features a luxurious creamy texture and feels lighter on your skin than heavy oils. These indulgent makeup removers are gentle on your skin and are safe even for sensitive skin. Cleansing milks effectively rinse off makeup and sunscreen without stripping your skin of its natural moisture and oils. This type of makeup remover formula is lightweight enough to feel like a dream on skin on hot summer days while its hydrating formula is perfect for cold weather.
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Cleansing oils feature an oil base that dissolves waterproof makeup while nourishing your skin. Their oil formulation emulsifies when in contact with water to break down stubborn makeup which is perfect for getting that last bit of mascara off. If you have dry skin, using a moisturizing cleansing oil can help to take hydration levels up a notch in your daily skincare routine.
A recent skincare development, balm cleansers sport a creamy texture and are richer in nature than other types of makeup removers. This innovation transforms from balm to a creamy lather when applied onto your skin and mixed with water to thoroughly remove all makeup traces while leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturized.
Micellar water contains micelles that attract and trap both water- and oil-soluble compounds, including makeup, dirt and sunscreen. It works by pulling them off your skin’s surface and onto cotton pads. Extremely lightweight and feels like water, micellar water does not need to be rinsed off.
Traditional cleansers that help to remove dirt and makeup from your skin, foaming cleansers are commonly found in beauty stores. However, foaming cleansers cannot be left on the skin and need to be rinsed off unlike micellar water, and they are more often than not formulated with foaming agents like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) that can be drying and irritating.
Makeup wipes are fuss-free and portable options that are great when you are traveling. They are soaked in makeup removing solution and generally come in a pack. However, while makeup wipes offer convenience, they are not the best option as dragging wipes on your skin is abrasive and can lead to signs of premature aging and push makeup particles deeper into your pores.
Ultimately, choosing a makeup remover depends largely on your personal texture preferences and the type of makeup you use. If you use mostly waterproof makeup and do not mind a heavier texture, then a cleansing oil will go well with your daily routine. If you prefer lightweight formulations, perhaps a cleansing milk or micellar water will work best.