Smooth Operator: Remove Eye Makeup with Ease

Removing eye makeup can be a hassle – stubborn mascara and waterproof eyeliner are often difficult to get off, and many women are aggressive when removing their makeup, damaging their skin and causing eyelashes to fall out.

Leaving makeup on overnight can clog your pores, and you also risk getting makeup into your eye, which can lead to irritation or infection.  The eye area is one of the most sensitive on the body, so it’s important to find an eye makeup remover that is mild – it should thoroughly remove and cleanse the eye area, but still be gentle on your eyes.  You should remove eye makeup using the remover, but be sure to still cleanse your entire face with a face wash.  Some makeup removers contain oils and other ingredients that remove makeup, but you don’t want to allow these things to stay on your face.

Saturate a cotton ball or cotton pad with your makeup remover.  Doing one eye at a time, close your eye and apply the cotton ball or pad over your eyelid.  Let it sit for a second so the remover can work its way onto the makeup, then gently wipe in a downward motion (try to avoid getting makeup remover and makeup residue in your eye).  Continue with new cotton balls/pads until all of your makeup appears to be removed from your eye, and repeat with new cotton balls on your other eye.

Bioelements has a great eye makeup remover option – their Gentle Creme Eye Makeup Remover.  It’s a creme-based eye makeup remover that’s extra gentle, yet highly effective.  It’s perfect for the delicate skin around the eyes, and Ophthalmologist approved.  This product thoroughly removes all traces of eye makeup – from persistent mascara to clingy concealer.  It contains calming plant extracts, so it won’t tingle or sting.

Key Ingredients for Bioelements Gentle Creme Eye Makeup Remover:

Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract – Eyebright is a small plant, known for solving all different kinds of eye problems.  It has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that stimulate and soothe the eye area.

Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract – This is used to soothe sore and red eyes.

Here are some additional tips to help remove your eye makeup:

  • Cotton rounds are one of the best ways to remove eye makeup – they are flat and soft, and hold up well when removing makeup.
  • Use Q-tips dipped in makeup remover to get extra makeup off of the line lash lines.
  • After removing makeup, splash your face with warm water, then apply face wash and lather your entire face, including your neck, and behind the ears (face makeup and oils can get on those areas).  Gently massage face wash into face for about a minute, then rinse with warm water – sometimes if a lot of makeup remover was applied, it will require you to wash your face a second time.  After face cleanser is rinsed off, pat dry with a towel.
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