How To Effectively Remove Your Makeup Without Using Makeup Wipes

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Putting makeup on is fun, but taking it off at the end of the day is, well, not so much. But that just might be because you haven't found the right product yet. While you might only be familiar with makeup wipes, there are tons of different products out there to effectively remove your makeup. In fact, more of them are actually healthier for your skin than makeup remover wipes are.


Makeup remover wipes are by far the easiest way to take makeup off at the end of the day, but it turns out that it's actually not great for your skin. According to Glamour, makeup wipes don't actually clean your skin and they can even lead to premature aging of skin. "Rubbing can cause low-grade inflammation that, over time, can promote skin pigmentation or even early wrinkling," Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital Dr. Joshua Zeichner tells the publication.

Don't worry though, there are actually tons of other types of makeup remover alternatives out there that are better for your skin. Here's a breakdown of all the different makeup removers alternatives out there, so you can pick the one that's best for you.


Oil-based cleaners will remove makeup and hydrate skin

With everything from gel cleansers to cleansing balms out there, it can be hard to keep it straight. But, according to Well + Good, the first step to cleaner skin is figuring out what cleanser you'll need. The publication suggests that you might even find a winning product that doesn't have the words "makeup remover" on them at all. 


"Don't underestimate the power of a cleanser that doesn't necessarily get marketed as specific makeup remover," Kavita Mariwalla, a New York dermatologist tells the publication. "The principle behind removing anything on the skin — whether it is dirt or makeup is that 'like dissolves like' so oil-based cleansers will remove thicker makeup and a regular cleanser will do enough to remove light makeup."

It turns out that there are some pretty incredible oil-based alternatives to makeup removers out there. Marie Claire named Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil one of the top oil cleansers out there. You can't find it at the drugstore, but you can snag it on your next trip to Ulta. 

Cream cleansers remove makeup from sensitive skin

If you've got sensitive skin, you might want to give a good 'ole cream cleanser a try. People typically forget about this form of cleanser, but science says that you should give it a try. When you apply a cream cleanser to your skin, it attracts the oil and dirt and pulls it out of your skin (via How Stuff Works). Then, as you wash it off your face, off comes the makeup and the dirt at the same time. 


You've probably even walked past cream cleansers on your way to buy another bag of makeup remover wipes. According to Byrdie, Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser is one of the best options out there. They called it "iconic." Oh, and it's only $5 at Target.

Equally as budget-friendly is e.l.f.'s Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser, which is $10 and available at Target as well. Both products work similarly and can be super gentle on your face.

All-natural oils work to remove makeup as well

If you're looking to go all-natural, there's still a ways to add an alternative face cleanser to your routine. Coconut oil is a great makeup remover as well. According to Allure, not only does it break up makeup on the face, but it also leaves your skin softer and more hydrated. Who says you can't have it all?


If you're not into the texture, you can opt for grapeseed oil as well. The little bottle of oil costs just $11 on Amazon and works similarly to coconut oil. According to StyleCaster, it's great for sensitive skin, removes even waterproof makeup, and keeps skin hydrated without clogging pores. It honestly doesn't get better than this.

Whether you're opting for oil-cleanser, creams, or going the all-natural route, you really can go wrong when you switch to one of these makeup remover alternatives and your skin will thank you!