Healthy and Glowing: How to Properly Remove Your Makeup Before Bed

Someone wise once said - Good things come to those who remove makeup before bed; But, we say - The best things come to those who remove their makeup properly. Here are the how's and the why's!

April 27, 2023 4 minutes read
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You're probably well aware that you shouldn't go to sleep with your makeup on. Admittedly, it can be quite a bother at times, especially after a long (and fun) night out when you can't wait for a warm and soft pillow. But, neglecting to remove your makeup before bed can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and other skin problems.

So, if you want to keep your skin looking its best, it's essential to follow a proper makeup removal routine. Here's our easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide on how to remove your makeup – to keep your skin completely clean of impurities and allow it to regenerate overnight.

How to Remove Your Makeup Before Bed: Step-by-Step Guide

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Sleeping is supposed to be the time when our skin repairs and rejuvenates itself, leading to a more refreshed and youthful appearance. It's not called beauty sleep for nothing! But if you go to bed with a full face of makeup, you're risking skin irritation and clogged pores, leading to a wide range of skin woes.

Plus, makeup will transfer onto your pillowcase. And if you're not careful and change your pillowcase the next day, it will cause skin irritation or even an infection in the future as well. Hence, it's crucial to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin before going to bed, and here's how to do it properly:

Step #1: Choose the right product.

The first step in removing your makeup is to choose a gentle makeup remover that's suitable for your skin type. Luckily, there are many options to choose from, including micellar water, cleansing oils, and makeup wipes, and you won't have troubles finding the one suitable for your skin type and needs. But no matter what type of product you go for, make sure it's free of soaps and fragrances, as these can dry out and irritate your skin.

Step #2: Remove your makeup.

woman removing makeup with a cotton pad

If you go for micellar water, for example, soak a cotton pad in it and gently swipe it across your face. Start from your eye area, and then work your way outwards, across the face, and down to your neck. Don't forget other areas where you usually apply your foundation, like your ears and behind them. Repeat this step until the cotton pad comes away clean.

However, if you're using an oil-based makeup remover, a plant-based oil, like jojoba or almond oil, or a cleansing balm to remove your makeup (ideal choice for those with dry skin), the method is a bit different. Here's how to do it:

Step #3: Cleanse your skin.

There are bound to be some remaining traces of makeup and impurities even after the makeup remover. So, once you've removed most of your makeup and rinsed your face, it's time to cleanse your skin. Use a gentle face cleanser, and again gently massage it into the skin. Then rinse once again with lukewarm water and avoid hot water, as it can strip your skin of its natural oils and damage your skin's natural moisture barrier.

Step #4: Use a toner.

woman applying a face toner

After cleansing your skin, pat it dry and use a hydrating toner to balance your skin's pH and remove any last traces of dirt. Also, go for nourishing and calming ingredients, as after a day-long wearing of makeup, your skin will need some recovery. Some of the best hydrating and soothing ingredients would be aloe vera extract, niacinamide, chamomile, green tea, glycerin, and panthenol, to name a few.

Step #5: Moisturize.

woman applying a moisturizer

The final step in the makeup removal routine is moisturizing. This step is essential as it protects your skin from dryness – after all that cleansing and rubbing, your skin needs a rich and nourishing treatment.

Choose creamier moisturizers if your skin is dry, and fluids or lightweight moisturizers if you have oily skin, and apply it to your face, eyes, and neck. Pick repairing formulas, with ceramides and peptides, for example, to replenish your skin and keep its natural barrier healthy.

Of course, you can also do all the steps in between, like masks, serums, boosters, and other treatments, but these are the five essential steps you shouldn't skip.

Why Is It Important to Properly Remove Your Makeup?

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As we already mentioned, sleeping is the perfect time for your skin to regenerate – blood circulation and the delivery of nutrients to the skin increases, and collagen production boosts. But makeup can disrupt that process.

Additionally, properly removing your makeup is essential for several other reasons:


So, if you strive for healthy and clear skin, removing your makeup before bed is not a step to skip. Besides cleansing, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen, this should be another essential step in your daily skincare routine (that is, if you're wearing makeup every day), regardless of your skin type.

Therefore, put in that extra fifteen minutes of effort every night if you want to look your best, with or without makeup. Even if it's just BB cream and eyeliner, you should remove your makeup thoroughly every night.


What is the best way to remove makeup at night?

The best way to remove makeup at night is to double-cleanse your face. First, dissolve all the makeup and dirt with an oil-based cleanser or a simple natural oil of your choice, and remove everything with a wet washcloth. Then, follow up with your regular cleanser.

Do you remove makeup before sleeping?

Yes, you should never go to bed with your makeup on, as it will irritate your skin and lead to acne, blackheads, and infection. So, always remove your makeup and wash your face before sleeping.

Will removing your makeup before going to bed make you prone to acne?

No, it will do the opposite. Removing makeup before bed will cleanse your skin, unclog your pores, and let your skin free and breathing. This will allow it to regenerate during sleep and prevent and heal acne.

What is the healthiest way to remove makeup?

Choose gentle products, free of alcohols and harsh sulfates, that are suitable for your skin type and specific concerns. You can use hydrating micellar water, a gentle oil-based cleanser, or natural oil, such as jojoba oil.

What can I use if I don't have makeup remover?

You can use natural, plant-based oils that are suitable for your skin type; for example, jojoba and squalane oil is excellent for oily and sensitive skin, avocado and coconut oil are best for dry skin types, while rosehip oil is perfect for mature skin. If you don't have any of these, you can use baby oil.

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