| October 26, 2012

Mother was right. Going to bed with your makeup on is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. It clogs your pores, and doesn’t give your skin a chance to breathe or regenerate.

Removing your makeup should be as much a ritual as putting it on, but just washing your face is not enough. 

Here is what you can do to ensure clean skin every day:

Wipe It Off

Start by wiping off your makeup. If you wear minimal makeup, a face wipe should do just fine! If you wear foundation or have very dry skin, go to the old standby, Cold Cream Cleanser.

Yes To Cucumber Face Wipes, $5.99
These hypoallergenic wipes gently remove makeup without leaving residue or drying out your skin.

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, $8.99
Spread this on your face and wipe off with either a cotton round or a wash cloth. This will melt the thickest of makeup and leave your skin feeling incredibly smooth.

Erase Eye Makeup

Would you wash your hair with hand soap? Probably not. Extend your eyes the same courtesy and use products designed specifically for this delicate skin. Saturate a cotton pad with makeup remover and hold it on your eye for a few seconds before wiping.

Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads, $5.99
For waterproof makeup try Almay Eye Makeup Remover. These wonder rounds will clear your lashes of even the most stubborn eye makeup.

L'Oreal Dermo Expertise Eye Makeup Remover, Starting at $6
Great for sensitive eyes or contact wearers, this solution is oil free and won't sting your eyes.

Cleanse Your Skin

Philosophy Purity Face Wash, Starting at $10
This creamy cleanser will leave your skin clean without drying it out.

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads, $7.99
Great for combination skin and if you're looking for a product that doubles as a face wash and exfoliator.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Starting at $7.99
If you’re on a budget, this product is for you. It’s also unscented, dermatologist-approved and an impressive do-it-all cleanser.

Don't Forget Toner

It’s important to use toner as your last step to balance the pH of your skin.

Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner, Starting at $9.95
This organic toner that will soothe your skin and leave it feeling smooth, refreshed and ready for your moisturizer.