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The Best Makeup Remover According To Your Skin Type

Find your skin's perfect match

By now, we all know the nasty consequences of not removing our makeup before going to bed. That's why we've become diligent with our cleansing routine. With double cleansing as the current norm, it's hard to imagine that not so long ago, we were removing makeup with just a foaming cleanser. The only other option were eye and lip makeup removers that were too watery to budge our waterproof eyeliner. 

Thankfully, we now have gentle and very effective formulas that will thoroughly cleanse our skin and remove our eye makeup (without us sacrificing a few eyelashes). Whether you have oily, sensitive, dry, combination or ageing skin — there's now a perfect cleanser just for you.

Oily Skin: Shu Uemura POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil

It seems counterintuitive to recommend a cleansing oil for oily skin types but it's actually an effective way to remove all the gunk (a.k.a makeup, sebum, pollutants) on your face, simply because oil attracts oil. Shu Uemura's new formulation contains cinnamon bark extract that triggers sebum regulation, which will help in reducing pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Just massage a palm-sized amount onto the face and watch as it melts down even the most stubborn makeup. 

Sensitive Skin: NUXE Micellar Cleansing Water

If your skin has an adverse reaction to oils and creams, then your best bet is micellar water. It's an old technology that first gained popularity among French women. It contains micelles that attract deep-seated dirt and grime. Since it contains no alcohol and other ingredients that can irritate skin, it's the safest formula for sensitive skin types. Some brands add helpful elements to their formula like NUXE's Micellar Cleansing Water, which is infused with rose water designed to keep skin moisturised and balanced. Apply this using a 100% pure cotton pad and gently wipe onto face using upward strokes. 

Dry Skin: Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser

Unlike other cleansers, Pond's Cold Cream is actually 50% moisturiser, that's why it's a cult favourite for cleansing dry skin. It's very easy to use; just apply one layer to the face then wipe off with a cloth or tissue. Although take note that if your skin is leaning towards a dry-sensitive combination, it's better to opt for the micellar water since the key ingredient of this cold cream is mineral oil, which can trigger irritation and pore clogging.

Combination Skin: Dior Hydra Life Oil To Milk Cleanser

You have combination skin if you're oily in the T-Zone and dry in the other parts. It's quite tricky to find the perfect formula to satisfy your combination skin but the key is to find a cleanser that has a balanced formula. Try Dior's Hydra Life Oil To Milk makeup removing cleanser. It purifies your pores while simultaneously moisturises your skin. The hero ingredient is sweet almond oil, which targets dry areas on your face. 

Ageing Skin: Banila Co Clean It Zero Resveratrol

Although those with ageing skin can also use other cleansers intended for other skin types, it's best to take advantage of makeup removers with added ingredients that will benefit mature skin. Look for makeup removers that do not need unnecessary tugging for it work. Banila Co's Clean It Zero Balm with resveratrol is a good option to consider. The added resveratrol is a natural antioxidant that can prevent damage from free radicals and ensure that our collagen production remains stable. Just take a pea-sized amount of this balm and massage onto skin. 

(Cover photo from: @shuuemura)

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