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How to Remove Your Makeup

To properly remove makeup, all you need is a proper cleanser for the face and eye makeup remover. These are my favorite makeup removal tips that I’ve learned over the years.

The Mistakes Most Women Make
The biggest mistake women — myself included — make when removing makeup, is that we are too stingy with our makeup removal products. We should be soaking cotton pads with eye makeup remover and using generous dollops of cleanser on our faces.

The goal is to loosen up all that product we’ve smothered on our faces, and to do that properly, we need to be generous.

Another mistake we make is we rub our eye area to remove makeup. This is a huge no-no. We should be patting, never rubbing, around the eye area.

And finally, we tend to forget to wash into our hairline and under our jawline, which is very important when we wear foundation.

How to Remove Eye Makeup
The best way to remove eye makeup — even waterproof mascara — is to soak soft cotton pads or balls in eye makeup remover and let them sit on your eyes for a few seconds. This loosens your makeup without scrubbing. When it comes to your eyes, you want to pat, never, ever rub. Those fine lines will develop eventually, let’s not hurry them along, right?

My hands down favorite eye makeup remover is made by Clinique, but Neutrogena is a drugstore brand that works in a pinch. Makeup artist and YouTuber Lisa Eldridge recommends Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution for makeup removal because she doesn’t like how oily removers tend to be.

Here’s Eldridge’s genius method for makeup removal, which I have adopted (it works). Get the full scoop in her YouTube video:

Take a round cotton makeup pad and cut it in two. I use scissors for this. Eldridge just pulls them apart with her fingers.
Soak each one and place under your bottom lashes. This will collect the makeup from your upper lashes while also removing makeup from your lower lashes.

Take another cotton makeup pad, soak it in makeup remover and place over your closed eye.
Gently press down, allowing the solution to soak in for a few seconds. The longer, the better.
Slowly and gently move your hand over the lashes and lid to remove the makeup. Never rub.
Do this with the other eye.
You can go back over with another pad to ensure all makeup is removed, otherwise you run the risk of leaving black marks on your towels or pillowcases (been there, done that. Often).

How to Remove Bright Lipstick
If you are into bright lip colors, I recommend removing your lip color before cleansing your face, otherwise you risk smearing lipstick over your newly-cleansed face.

Eldridge uses the micelle water (see above) for removing bright lipstick. She uses a large soft cotton pad soaked in it and slowly wipes off her lipstick with it. It gets “the worst of it” off, Eldridge says in her video.

You can use eye makeup remover on your lips as well.

How to Remove Makeup on Your Face
If you have dry skin, I recommend cream or oil cleansers. For oily or combination skin, use a cleanser formulated for your skin type.

Cleansing should be a two-step process: go over the face once to remove makeup and a second time to remove any traces of makeup and dirt.

Here’s how to do it:

Massage a fair bit of the cleanser all over the face and neck. I like to use circular motions to ensure I’m getting all of the makeup off. And it just feels really good.
Remove cleanser with a super soft washcloth (​bamboo baby washcloths) or muslin cloth.
Repeat the above.
Rinse with a splash of warm water.
Dip a cotton Q-tip into makeup remover and go over your lashes one last time.
Must I Wash My Face Before I Go to Bed?
Yes — especially if you have makeup on your face. If you want to wake up with dewy, glowing skin, then you must remove your makeup and sunscreen.

Most people do not cleanse their faces properly. Find out more in How to Wash Your Face Properly.

Should I Wash My Face Again in the Morning?
Your face doesn’t get dirty from sleeping on a clean pillowcase, so there’s really no need to wash again in the morning.

In fact, too much cleansing can dry out skin. If you wake up with an oily sheen, however, splash a bit of warm water on your face to dissolve the oils. You can also press a warm washcloth to your face.

Do I Need Toner?
Many women use toner because they feel it removes all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup; however, most beauty experts agree that toners are unnecessary (see “Is Toner Necessary?”).

Most cleansers these days do a great job of removing all the muck from even the heaviest of your makeup days. While toner will strip your skin of any makeup, it also removes natural oils, which can be drying. Unless you have super oily skin or just happen to love a particular product, skip the toner.

Can I Use Baby Wipes to Remove Makeup?
“No, no, no,” says beauty expert Laura Mercier in Allure Magazine. “I cringe when I see women using baby wipes to remove their makeup. Those do not get the job done.”

Women think baby wipes are formulated to be gentle on baby’s skin, therefore it will be gentle on facial skin, Mercier says. Her response to women who think baby wipes are gentle? “Well, a baby’s butt isn’t covered in makeup that requires special ingredients for proper removal.”

‘Nuff said.

I Have Super Dry Skin, How Do I Remove Makeup Without Drying It Out More?
Choose your cleanser based on your skin type. If you have super dry skin, consider a cleansing oil. Mercier suggests applying oil on a cotton pad and then swiping the oil across lids, lips, face and brows. Massaging in the oil loosens dirt and makeup. Wash skin with a foaming or gel cleanser, and wash off the cleanser with a warm washcloth, which works to exfoliate skin. Follow with a moisturizer applied to still damp skin.

Help! I Have Acne
If you have acne, your best bet is to wash face with a salicylic cleanser. If you have oily skin, consider a foaming cleanser.

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Moon Milk: The social media trend to improve sleep

A cup of warm milk before bedtime was a childhood ritual in our family – we found it comforting (minus my brother who has a milk intolerance so he wasn’t a participant in this particular wind down routine) and it signalled a gentle transition to bed. Okay, in reality we were probably brats and went kicking and screaming most of the time, but we knew that when the warm milk came out, bedtime was nigh whether we liked it or not.

Now we are older, as with naps, skipping parties and taking baths, we generally relish the stuff we kicked up a fuss about when we were younger, and most of us see an early night as tantamount to a spa day, particularly given the ‘tired but wired’, tech dependant state that most of us muddle by in day to day. Here’s where today’s trend talk unites: enter a social media wellness trend doing the rounds that’s rooted in ayurveda and was originally considered to be a centuries old remedy for insomnia…

Basically, warm milk 2.0. Traditionally drunk before bed, it involves heating milk with spices to invoke a calm, sleepy feeling, and despite the recent spike in interest, it’s not a passing fad, as the herbalists at Pukka explain:

“In India, the concept of blending warm milk and herbs and spices is not new. In the case of ‘moon milk’, blending cardamom, cinnamon and ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (known for its anxiety-easing properties), dates back hundreds of years.

“It is no coincidence that as our interest in ayurveda (India’s ancient health system) increases, so does our awareness of warming cups of milk, herbs and spices to benefit wellbeing.”

Speaking of awareness, Pinterest searches for ‘moon milk’ have increased by over 700 per cent since last year, but it’s fair to say that the common social media incarnation isn’t exactly in line with ayurvedic heritage or practice – the frothy pastel creations you’ll see on the ‘gram aren’t exactly representative moon milk’s roots. Hit ‘like’ and whip one up if you fancy, but just so you know.

Moon milk typically contains adaptogenic herbs, so called because they help the body and mind adapt to stressors according to traditional Chinese and ayurvedic medicine. One of the most common adaptogenic herbs used in the making of moon milk in the aforementioned ashwagandha – quite the mouthful, but it’s considered to be a particularly calming herb and studies suggest that it can help to lower stress hormone (cortisol) levels in adults. Given that milk itself is rich in the sleep-promoting amino acid tryptophan, which helps the body to produce the ‘sleep hormone’ melatonin, adding ashwagandha to the mix makes sense.

Recipes vary, but Pukka herbalists recommend “adding cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and ashwagandha to warm milk”. ‘Moon mylk’ is a thing too – if you don’t include dairy in your diet, recipes work just as well with any milk alternative of your choice.

It’s not just moon milk that’s on the ascendance – no doubt you’ve come across a turmeric latte either online or at your nearest hipster hangout, otherwise known as golden milk or haldi doodh in Hindi. The popular vivid yellow blend has now come to a tube/ train station near you thanks to a partnership with East by West author Jasmine Hemsley and Leon. Leon’s Golden Milk was rolled out at 52 outlets last month and was inspired by ayurvedic cuisine and its use of medicinal spices. In its creation Jasmine saw an opportunity to quell our communal coffee habit and wean us onto something a little calmer, as she explains:

“Golden milk packs an all round punch – it’s ideal for soothing frazzled nerves in a fast-paced world, while offering delicious, easy-to-digest nutrition. Smooth and satisfying with a bittersweet hit, Golden Milk makes the perfect alternative to coffee.”

As well as turmeric, Jasmine’s Golden Milk recipe includes cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and jaggery (an unrefined sugar made from molasses) and whether it’s your cup of tea or not is down to personal preference, but I can verify that’s it’s tasty, although it won’t give you the morning jolt that a flat white will. As with moon milk, however, that’s not what it’s for – it has its origins in chilling out, not switching you on for the day to come.

While moon milks and their ilk certainly aren’t the latte equivalent of the elixir of life as they’re sometimes purported to be on social media and they definitely won’t cure sleep disorders or alleviate all anxiety, they do make for a soothing bedtime ritual and you can consider them pretty healthy as long as you don’t add lots of sugar in the process. They might help you catch some zeds and equally they might not, but they’re not simply a flash in the Pinterest pan either. Ancient wisdom has to count for something.

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Tips to utilize burst milk water …

Often the milk is burst in the homes due to some factor, we frequently throw them out as worthless, however you may know this useless. Understand that these are the advantageous benefits of milk and water that you are uninformed of. This milk and its water offer nutrients to your body which can be utilized in various types of activities.

You do not consider this milk water to be ineffective. You can utilize this milk in this method …

The water that makes it through after the rupture of milk should not be tossed away as it is nutritious and can be utilized for many things.

You can prepare a cheese which can be saved. You can utilize it to prepare a range of meals.

If you save torn milk water, then do not think it useless. To knit the dough, throw the torn milk instead of water which will be exceptionally helpful for you. This will make your loaves extremely soft.

Mix vegetables and fruits in juice if you drink juice in the morning and mix it in water.

If you are preparing the gravy for the vegetable, you can use the water of the torn milk rather of utilizing tomato, amchoor, tamarind, curd to obtain sourness in gravy vegetables.

The broken milk water is very advantageous for enhancing the appeal of your hair. If you wish to increase the appeal of the hair, then wash the hair with the milk water and leave it for 10 minutes, then clean the head with light hot water and shampoo in the hair. This remedy is very useful for your hair.

To make the skin soft and soft, you can utilize the tear of milk, its face will become soft skin soft. This water includes anti-microbial properties, which are likewise extremely beneficial for skin with head skin.

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Green Juice for Your Face, 9 New Charm Products to Purchase This May

When I’m traveling and eating more chips and burgers than I should, the first place it shows is my face with dullness and dehydration. Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Mask, is like a green juice detox for your face — exactly what I need after a trip. It has spirulina, microalgae, kale, spinach and green tea to brighten and boost antioxidant reserves, as well as hyaluronic acid for instant plumping and moisture.

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Tip: Air Dry Your Face

About a decade ago, while zooming down the endless vortex that is Google, I came across an intriguing chat on an acne thread. Now for starters, I love a good thread. But this thread was the granddaddy of threads—it had zits, before and afters, and strong! anonymous! opinions! At one point a commenter decided to lecture us dumb dumbs on appropriate post-face cleansing behavior: “Don’t ever dry your face with a towel,” they wrote, while tossing in an alarming: “towels are filled with pimple-friendly bacteria!” This triggered a lively debate that I wish I could link to but that site is dead, dead, dead. However, the sentiment lives on…in me…because I have not dried my face with a towel in years. Nope, not once. And I think my skin looks better because of it.

Now I bet you want some evidence that supports this. Happy to deliver—let’s look at the facts. When you dry your face with a towel, a towel gets wet. That’s fine for day one, but as you keep using it throughout the week, bacteria starts to grow and spread in this moist (shudders) environment. Water is basically a welcome mat for bacteria (hello, come on in!). And I’m talking all kinds of bacteria—you never know what’s going to pop up. Most of them are totally harmless, but some, like Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis, can create a skin bacteria ecosystem situation that helps acne bacteria thrive. Here are some people with PhDs to explain the nitty-gritty. Not to mention that used towels are literally dirty—leftover dirt and oil can transfer to your face and clog pores. Point is that dirty wet towels are not not kind to acne-prone skin. And while I can’t in good conscience say air-drying is the only reason why my skin tends to be clear these days, I’d say it’s one of the dozen or so small steps that helps keep pimples out of my life, for the most part. Good enough for me.

So, how do I dry my face without a towel? Step one: cleanse face. Step two: rinse face. Step three: walk away… It’s so simple that you, you, and yes you in the back can do it. It takes about five minutes for my face to fully dry—a time I usually spend pulling up my pants or vigorously moisturizing my body. In the summer, I stand in front of my fan for 30 seconds. Gets the job done. In a mad rush I’ll dry with a paper towel. But usually I just let the water dry on my face naturally. Apparently a similar hand-drying method is popular in the K-Beauty world, and I’ll probably give that a try sometime soon. But tonight I’m letting my face dry like I usually do—slowly, weirdly, and for the expressed purpose of clear skin.