Due to holiday get together and parties, I find myself using more makeup than usual. Sometimes after a long night, I became a little lazy and skipped my usual make-up removal routine. As result, my skin showed signs of my laziness. A few years ago, I learned washing my face with cleansing soap foam was not enough to remove daily built-up from make-up, skincare products and sunblock. Imagine, many of these products are waterproof so simple soap and water aren't going to do much good. Instead it is important to use good makeup remover to rid all the stuff on the face before washing with gentle soap. After many testings, my favorite is Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil with tea tree extract. I usually buy the large size which is $72 but there are smaller sizes starting at $12 at Sephora if you just want to try it out.
This oil base cleanser is the no. 1 selling product for the company and I understand why. This is a 2 in 1 product which removes and cleans the face. I love the organic scent and the fresh feel of my skin after each application. If I just use La Mer cleansing gel, I can still feel something on my face afterward. I use waterproof sunblock daily so simple water and soap do not suffice. Technically there is no need to use additional cleansing agent after this but I will follow up with La Mer cleansing gel to get to extra clean feeling. What is your favorite/secret makeup remover that works wonders?
I was at a friend's bathroom the other night and was surprised at the sorry state of her makeup brushes. For a woman who took so much care with her skin, those brushes looked like they could really do with a good rinse. I clean my brushes almost on weekly basis. Even though my brushes don't roll in dirt but oil from my face and general exposure to the environment may allow bacterias to grow. Also it only takes minutes to clean. I generally clean all the brushes with gentle facial cleansing soap and rinse with warm water. What about you, how often do you clean your makeup brushes?