Nine years ago my mom told me that for every night I forgot to remove my makeup, my skin would age 9 days. ahhhh! Whether that myth was true or not, I’ve made it a priority since I was a teen to take my makeup off at night (no matter how tired I was). Fast forward to now. The older I’m getting, the more I’m noticing the same routine that worked for me when I was 16 isn’t so peachy anymore. I’ve compared my skin to a car before. It’s like when you’re young, it’s in the new smelling car phase. Well, we all know where I’m going with this story. Today I’m stripping off all my makeup and sharing an update to how I take my makeup off. Hope you enjoy this one.
I’ve mentioned several times (and shown in my videos!) that I was using Neutrogena’s eye makeup remover wipes to remove all my makeup from a busy day. I can’t hate on the product because I’ve really gotten used to loving it so much. It wasn’t until recently I had to slam the brakes on my skincare routine and change some things up. But first…I need to come face-to-face with a few things I’ve been ignoring for years…
Problem #1: I noticed I was wiping away my makeup (especially under my eyes) the wrong way. Oops! One of my sazscribers on Youtube was balls-y enough to point out how aggressive I was being with the wipe. (I totally didn’t know how sensitive and thin the skin is around your eyes.) Instead of gently removing the makeup, I would rush with a heavy hand not realizing how damaging this can be in the long-run. (aka wrinkles!!!!) I think we get so tired at night that we try to rush through the process and get it over with.
Problem #2: The makeup removing wipes. I hated coming to terms with this because the wipes have made my life easier (or so I thought). We all know it’s not the healthiest or smartest option for the long-run.
Now – I knew it was time to change things up.
After a long and busy day, the last thing I want to do sometimes is scrub my eyes out with stinging soap and water. Ouch! As of recently, I’ve been using extra virgin coconut oil as an alternative on a Q-tip to remove the eye makeup under-neath my eyes (and I use a cotton round for the eye-lids/lashes). It’s really made a difference and has helped hydrate the skin under my eyes. One of the most under-rated beauty products that truly makes a difference (for me!) are my cotton rounds. After I got married and moved into Steve’s place, I left a lot of things behind at my old apartment. One of those things were my Q-tips and cotton rounds. The first night at the new place, I tried a few things to try to remove the makeup. I tried a cotton balls. FAIL. Next, I tried toilet paper. DOUBLE FAIL (and it was the soft kind!!) Basically, things just kept getting messier and messier. The lesson learned? Never throw away cotton rounds. Ever. Again. I literally learned to appreciate my cotton rounds after this moment.
Cotton rounds weren’t just made for your toner
If we dig deep into my cotton round obsazzion, I’ll tell you not all cotton rounds are equal. The best ones I’ve experienced so far are from Swisspers. They don’t tear when you apply the product on your face and best of all – they’re gentle and things won’t get super messy. #yay
Throughout all of this, I’ve learned to accept that there’s no such thing as perfect skin. It’s truly a lifetime journey to keep up with. Just like a car, you’ve got to get polish, tune-up and change the oil every now and then. (I’ll stop with the car metaphor). In all seriousness, I know wometimes it gets super disappointing when you spend all your money (and time!!!) trying to find the perfect products for your skin type. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve realized what works for some doesn’t work for all but that doesn’t mean quitting on your skin. Always take your makeup off and sleep naked (your face that is!! 😉 Remember, the technique and application tools are important.
The obsazzion continues..
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed the live National #SleepNaked tweetathon that I participated in this past Sunday night. I hope it inspired you to practice safe sleep. 😉 The next time you take your makeup off, I hope you’ll think of this post. And maybe you’ll join the no makeup selfie challenge with me?
Hope you enjoyed this post. Cheers!