Answered: How to Take Off Makeup Without Makeup Wipes

How to Take Off Makeup Without Makeup Wipes
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We’ve all had those nights when we get home from a night out and are just too exhausted to remove our makeup for the night. Sound familiar?

You can be forgiven for that one night, but it can’t become a habit. Sleeping with makeup is bad for your skin for a number of reasons. First, when you don’t wash your face at night, your day’s makeup and all the environmental pollutants will get trapped inside the skin — and over time, this can result in premature aging. Even the most sensitive, organic and all-natural makeup is not good to leave on your skin for a full night. Moreover, prolonged wearing of makeup also can clog pores, resulting in bad acne and blackhead breakouts.

Sleeping With Makeup Clogs Your Pores

In fact, according to Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of the Clear Clinic, and Dr. Erin Gilbert, an NYC-based dermatologist, sleeping in makeup is “one of the biggest mistakes” a woman can make where her skin is concerned. “During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress,” says Dr. Gilbert. “When you sleep in your makeup you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those insults, which can lead to premature aging.” Schweiger concurs, noting that “free radicals from the environment (often in the form of pollution) remain on the skin when you do not clean your face properly at night.

Makeup Wipes Are Not The Answer

The obvious answer to getting makeup off is cleansing wipes, but these wipes don’t effectively clean the skin.

Shocker, I know.

There are so many women who love, love, love these wipes. They are just so convenient. The problem with them is that when you use wipes, you falsely think you’ve cleaned their skin with one wipe, but instead, all you’ve really does is smear debris, bacteria oil, and makeup across the face. It’s like applying cleanser to your face and then not washing it off. The “cleaning and rinsing” action actually removes makeup. No substitute.

Don’t panic, though (and don’t go to bed without removing your makeup first): Make wipes are not all that bad. Keep your makeup wipes for things like touch-ups, travel, and when you might need to freshen up your foundation or remove eyeliner or mascara smudges is fine. They should be agents of convenience, not a necessity. But, if you are going to be using wipes, make sure to avoid the nasty ingredients by investing in a product like Koh Gen Do’s cleansing spa water cloths.

There are plenty of ways to take makeup off without using makeup wipes. Read on for five of our favorite alternatives for taking makeup off without makeup wipes—all of which you likely already have on hand in your kitchen cabinet.

Makeup Wipes Alternative #1: Gel Cleanser

Vitamin C Facial Cleanser
Gel Cleanser Vitamin C Facial Cleanser ($19.97)
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Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser ($11)
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Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash
Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash ($5.80)
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Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser ($14.99)
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Makeup Wipes Alternative #2: Oil Cleanser

Cleansing Oil
THEFACESHOP Cleansing Oil ($13)
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Speedy Cleansing Oil
KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil ($9.85)
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Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam & Light Cleansing Oil Set
THEFACESHOP Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam & Light Cleansing Oil Set ($22.99)
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KOSE Softy Mo Deep Treatment Oil, 7.8oz
KOSE Softy Mo Deep Treatment Oil, 7.8oz ($8.99)
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TONYMOLY Wonder Apricot Deep Cleansing Oil, 7.9 oz.
TONYMOLY Wonder Apricot Deep Cleansing Oil, 7.9 oz. ($16.50)
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Makeup Wipes Alternative #3: Cream Cleanser

Acure | Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream | 4 Fl. Oz. (Packaging May Vary)
Acure | Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream | 4 Fl. Oz. (Packaging May Vary) ($9.99)
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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Face Wash Cleanser, 13.52 Fl. Oz.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Face Wash Cleanser, 13.52 Fl. Oz. ($14.99)
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Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, Moisturizing Face Wash, 6 Ounces
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, Moisturizing Face Wash, 6 Ounces ($9.99)
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Glytone Mild Cream Cleanser with 3.4 Free Acid Value Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Creamy for Dry Skin, Citrus Oil, Exfoliate and Moisturize, 6.7 oz
Glytone Mild Cream Cleanser with 3.4 Free Acid Value Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Creamy for Dry Skin, Citrus Oil, Exfoliate and Moisturize, 6.7 oz ($32)
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Makeup Wipes Alternative #4: Micellar Water

CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash | 16 Ounce | Daily Facial Cleanser for Dry Skin | Fragrance Free
CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash | 16 Ounce | Daily Facial Cleanser for Dry Skin | Fragrance Free ($13.99)
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Makeup Wipes Alternative #5: Coconut Oil

Now Solutions, Liquid Coconut Oil, Light and Nourishing, Promotes Healthy-Looking Skin and Hair, 16-Ounce
Now Solutions, Liquid Coconut Oil, Light and Nourishing, Promotes Healthy-Looking Skin and Hair, 16-Ounce ($11)
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Makeup Wipes Alternative #6: Olive Oil

Pompeian Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 16 Ounce
Pompeian Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 16 Ounce ($5.29)
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Makeup Wipes Alternative #7: Sesame Oil

NOW Organic Sesame Seed Oil,8-Ounce
NOW Organic Sesame Seed Oil,8-Ounce ($9.70)
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