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Match cleanser, skin type

By Al Varela

A reader wants to know: "I am a 43-year-old woman and wear makeup every day. I enjoy wearing makeup but find that removing it is such a chore that at times I leave it on overnight. Is there a quick, simple and effective way to take off makeup?"

It is very important that you remember to never leave your makeup on over night as it can block the pores of your skin and cause a problem with breakouts. This is a time for cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing your skin to prepare it for another day.

Since you are having trouble removing your makeup it sounds to me like you have dry skin and the cleanser you are using is not up to the task. With the proper cleanser, removing your makeup should be a simple and enjoyable first step in your nightly treatment routine.

There are many quality facial cleansers available and to determine the best one for your skin type, it may be helpful to visit your esthetician for an analysis. But a simple rule is, visible pores means an oily skin, in contrast to a dry skin where the pores are less visible.

Once you have determined your skin type, the next step is to decide which type of cleanser you prefer. Most cleansers come in the form of gel cleansers, cleansing creams, milk cleansers and soap bars.

Women with dry skin usually have a tougher time removing their makeup since their skin has a tendency to absorb the moisture from the makeup causing it to adhere to the skin. Usually a more emollient cleanser is better suited to remove the makeup. To prevent the absorption of makeup into dry skin it is a good idea to moisturize the skin before applying your makeup.

No matter which skin type you have, it is necessary to cleanse the skin twice each night. The first time is to remove the makeup and the second is to deep cleanse the pores. With the proper, quality cleanser this cleansing should take no more than a few minutes.

Whenever I have to remove makeup prior to a makeover, I find that using a milk cleanser cuts through the makeup and cleanses the skin quickly. For more stubborn makeup I use an ultra moisturizing cleansing cream.

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