If your options are using face wipes or falling asleep with makeup on, we’ll always suggest using a face wipe. But only as a last resort. As any professional esthetician will tell you, properly cleansing your skin—making sure it’s really clean—is the most important step in your skincare routine. Without a residue-free starting point, your products can’t preform to their full potential. We asked Tony Silla, head esthetician at Face Place, to walk us through the cleansing routine he prescribes to his clients.
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First, gently remove your eye makeup. Gently being key—gentle pressure and gentle formulas (no remover pads, sadly). “Use a creamy makeup remover or makeup remover oil,” Silla says. Fresh’s Soy Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover ($26) soothes and hydrates with mallow, cornflower, and cucumber extract. “Gently apply the makeup remover to eye area, and remove with a warm, damp sponge or washcloth.”
Yes, makeup removal is a two-step process. “Apply a makeup remover to your face and work in using light pressure and circular motion, paying particular attention to the jawline and hairline,” Silla says. Use something you can work into your skin, like Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm ($29). Once you’ve loosened up everything, wipe it away with a warm, damp sponge or soft washcloth.
“Twice a week, use an exfoliator before your facial cleanser; that way you’re removing the layer of dead skin so you can cleanse the healthy tissue underneath,” Silla says. We recommend a product like Alchimie Forever's Gentle Antioxidant Refining Scrub ($45) that uses both manual exfoliation (jojoba beads) and chemical exfoliation (papaya enzyme) to polish off dead skin cells.
“Wash your face with a facial cleanser specific to your skin type; this will help to remove any remaining makeup,” Silla says. “For normal to dry and aging skin types, try Le Métier de Beauté’s Daily Renew Creme Cleanser ($65). For oily and acne-prone skin, try Yes to Tomatoes’ Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser ($10). No matter your skin type, choose a face wash that’s alcohol- and soap/detergent-free.”
“Finally, to restore skin pH and remove the final traces of makeup, wipe your face with a cotton ball or pad dampened with a toner,” Silla says. Use an alcohol-free toner, like Renée Rouleau’s Elderberry Toner ($34) to avoid drying out your skin. After this firth and final step, you’re onto your serums, moisturizers, and whatever skin treatments you please.
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