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Mastering eye makeup removal

We all know that removing eye makeup is important, but we still let our routines slip sometimes. Lydia Chibout, international instructor for Orlane, reminds us how important this skin care routine is and explains the best methods.

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Make-up removal is an important stage in your skin’s beauty regime, particularly when it concerns your eyes. In missing out this essential step in your daily skincare, you are putting your eyes at risk of ageing…visibly!

Why is it so important to take off eye makeup at night?

Lydia Chibout: It is important to cleanse your eye area every day, as makeup products contain pigments in strong concentration that can be harmful if they stay on your skin too long. This is why it is even more important to take off make-up when you have dark circles under your eyes. Makeup is designed to stay on around 12 hours, but no more. Beyond that, products start to mix with the hydrolipidic film causing toxins on the surface of your skin.

What happens if you do not remove eye makeup every day?

Lydia Chibout: If you don’t take mascara off for a few days, your lashes may even fall out and your eyelash fringe can become thinner. If your eyes are very sensitive and you do not take off mascara, it can solidify and particles will scrape the inside of your eye, making it inflamed and red. Not removing eye makeup can also make this naturally sensitive area of your face even more fragile and the eyelids will crease more quickly.

What are the differences between the area around your eyes and the rest of your face?

Lydia Chibout: First of all, your eye blinks an average of 15,000 times a day. This movement makes the skin around the eyes age faster. On top of this, the eye area has few sebaceous glands and practically no hypodermis, so the skin is very thin. The pH is close to the lachrymal glands in a particularly sensitive area of your eye. This is why you must make sure this area is damaged as little as possible.

What is the best way to remove eye makeup?

Lydia Chibout: First of all, take your time, it’s not a rush job.

  • Begin by taking off any smudges or eyeshadow on your eyelids.
  • Soak a fresh piece of cotton wool and then start dabbing your eyelashes very lightly.
  • Follow the contour of the eye: from top to bottom working outwards.
  • It is important to change cotton wool balls often, particularly when switching over to the other eye, so you don’t just keep spreading impurities around.

How to choose an eye makeup remover?

Lydia Chibout: You should choose an eye make-up remover to suit the kind of makeup you wear. For example, get a remover specially formulated for waterproof mascara. Be careful of using these products too often however, as they contain surfactants (in order to dissolve waterproof mascara) which can damage the skin around the eye. Use a normal eye makeup remover for classic mascara. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking eye makeup remover for waterproof mascara will be better at cleaning ordinary mascara off. It will just be more aggressive on the skin.

Should you go for makeup remover or cleansing milks?

Lydia Chibout: Water-based removers are preferable, so makeup removal fluids are ideal. They are best adapted to the specific characteristics of the eye area. Cleansing milks, on the other hand, have a greasy quality to them and will leave a film on the surface, which is not very pleasant.

Can you use facial cleanser on your eyes?

Lydia Chibout: In general, you should keep to using specific products for each area of your face and so a special eye make-up remover is preferable. There are combined products for ‘face and eyes’ now, and you can definitely use these, but still only occasionally.

And what about ‘miracle’ skin care, such micellar cleansing solutions?

Lydia Chibout: Micellar cleansing water is for use on very light makeup. It is best to keep this for removing makeup from your whole face. This type of cleanser is not recommended for dryer skin types as it tends to dry out the epidermis even more. If you wish to use a cleanser like this on your eyes, it absolutely must be labelled ‘for face and eyes’.

What ingredients should you be looking for in a good eye makeup remover?

Lydia Chibout: All the fluids with natural agents: cornflower, chamomile and witch hazel that unblock pores. Green tea also flushes out impurities, and vitamin E fights against free radicals and protects the skin against external, damaging effects. Vitamin B5 is also useful as it strengthens the lashes.

Any last pieces of advice?

Lydia Chibout: Makeup removal is an essential part of your skin care routine. The eye area is very sensitive, however, so it is important to take special care of this skin. From the age of 25 to 30, applying eye cream during the day and at night should be ingrained in your daily beauty routine.

Posted 14.06.2011

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