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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Finding Your Perfect Eye Make-Up Remover

Removing your eye make-up before you sleep is essential.  
It clears your skin of pore-clogging chemicals and allows it to breathe. It stops your lashes from becoming infected or falling out. Your eyes needs a break at night just like you do, that's why you need your perfect eye make-up remover.

There are six questions that need to be answered when finding a great eye make-up remover:

Does it uncomfortably sting your eyes if it gets in your eye?
Eye make-up removers shouldn't irritate your eyes. You should be able to wipe away make up without having to clench your eyes shut to avoid it getting into your eye. A very slight, very mild stinging sensation that lasts for only 1 or 2 seconds is okay, but if it is uncomfortable, irritating, or painful it's a definite no-no.

Does it leave your eyes red or puffy?
Your eyes should be clean, natural and soft after using an eye make-up remover. If your eyes swell, have a red tinge or become puffy then the make-up remover isn't right for you.

Does it remove make-up easily or do you need to rub your eyes in order to remove make-up?
To remove your eye make-up, you should apply eye make-up remover to a cotton pad and press it against your eye for about 20-30 seconds, it should then be removed in 2-3 strokes of the same cotton pad. Excessive rubbing of the eye causes tissue damage which turns into lines and wrinkles. You should never need to scrub at your eye to remove make-up.

Will it remove water-proof mascaras and eyeliners?
Obviously, if you are someone who doesn't wear waterproof mascara or eyeliner then this doesn't apply to you. But if you do, you need to be aware that waterproof make-up requires a lot more effort to remove which means that you need a stronger make-up remover. Make-up removers designed for water proof make-up will say so on the bottle or packaging.

Is it designed just for eyes?
There is a difference between facial make-up remover and eye make-up remover. Eye make-up remover is a lot more sensitive and designed to be on, near and around eyes. Facial make-up remover has more harsh chemicals to remover dirt and make-up from your skin. Applying facial make-up remover to your eyes can be quite painful or irritating. Many facial make-up removers are also not Ophthalmologically tested.

Is it Ophthalmologically tested?

While all eye make-up removers are required to be Ophthalmologically tested, there are a few that aren't.
What is my skin type? If a product is Ophthalmologically tested it means that it has been through many trials to ensure that it is safe for use on your eyes. They have had to undergo scientific experiments to ensure that your eyes will not be harmed in any way when using the product. This is of vial importance and you should always check that your eye make-up remover is Ophthalmologically tested.
Please don't be confused though by the lack of the words presence on a make-up bottle. Some companies, such as Neutrogena, list on their website that all of their facial care products are Ophthalmologically tested, there for they don't put it on all of their products. Do a little background check online for the product if it doesn't list it's testing on the bottle or package. 

What is your skin type?
If you have oily skin, you need an oil free make-up remover. If you have dry skin, you need a protective make-up remover. If you have sensitive skin, you need a sensitive make-up remover.
If you don't know your skin type, you can have it checked at a lot of make up counters such as Clinique.
Most people have what is known as 'Combination Skin' which means that they have oily places and dry places, or oily places and normal places. When you wake up in the morning, feel your skin. If it is oily or dry, you'll be able to tell.

Most skin-care counters will allow you to test out the products before you buy them, however if you are buying from a drug store or department store, you may not be able to test the product before use.
Finding out which eye make-up remover works for you may take a few attempts and a few different purchases but it is definitely worth it.

Here are my Top 4 Eye Make-Up Removers:

(Pictured from left to right, L'Oreal Bottle varies in different countries)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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