Removing makeup before going to bed is the golden rule of skincare. You might have skipped on this practice a few times in the past, but not anymore.

Sleeping with makeup on can mess up your skin big time. It can invite breakouts, speed up your ageing clock and make your skin look dull and dry. Although it may seem like the easiest task, it’s not. You need to be extra careful and gentle with your skin so you don’t harm your skin in the process and more importantly, are not left with any makeup residue on your face.

Below, we’ve mentioned 5 tips to help you get rid of every last bit of that stubborn makeup properly and thoroughly. 


01. Start with a cleansing wipe/oil

01.	Start with a cleansing wipe/oil

No, don’t splash water on your face first thing. It will make the makeup trickle down your face and make it harder for you to clean it off. You don’t want that. Take a facial wipe and slide it very gently over your face. Alternatively, apply any facial oil on your face to melt the makeup. It will make things easier and get the job done quickly and effortlessly.


02. Use makeup remover and cotton pad

02.	Use makeup remover and cotton pad

Next, take a cotton pad and pour some micellar water, makeup remover or cleansing milk on it. Use products specifically made to remove makeup as they get rid of heavy-duty makeup without harming your skin. Also, use a cotton pad instead of the cotton ball as it doesn’t have loose fibres that might irritate your eye. Glide the cotton pad all over your face to wipe the makeup off.


03. Get to the tricky parts

03.	Get to the tricky parts

This is one thing that most of us forget. The elusive edges and corners of the face, like the corner of the eye, sides of nose, lips and jawline are the areas where the bacteria tends to build-up. Use a Q-tip and make sure you properly clean the neglected parts of your face until the last speck of makeup is gone.


04. Cleanse with a face wash

04.	Cleanse with a face wash

Now that you have cleaned every last bit of makeup off your face, it’s time to cleanse your face with soap and water to get rid of the residue of oil-based products. Use your usual face wash and water to wash your face till it’s squeaky clean.


05. Moisturise

05. Moisturise

After you’ve cleansed your face, always follow up with a moisturiser. The process of makeup removal strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry, stretchy and flaky. Pamper your skin with a moisturiser as soon as you are done with removing your makeup. And, you are done.