It is so important to remove your makeup at the end of the day. Sleeping with your makeup on has many unwanted effects on the skin, especially if you’re a consistent offender. I understand that every so often, particularly after late nights out that taking your makeup off can be so easily forgotten and ignored when you’re tired – but do you ever think about the risks you’re taking with your skin when you do this? Personally, I always take off my makeup every night, usually because I start to become annoyed at the feeling of makeup being on my skin – especially foundation! It’s very rare that I forget to cleanse before bed. I feel so much better at the end of the day when I’ve taken the mask off and let my skin breathe – and no one wants to wake up to a pillow stained with foundation and mascara in the morning.
What are the consequences of not removing your makeup though? I think everyone has a rough idea of what can happen, but I decided to do some more quick research to be completely sure:
- Pores become clogged and appear more visible on the skin.
- Spots and blackheads are more likely to appear on the skin.
- You risk premature aging. This is because free radicals in the environment cling to makeup and break down collagen which results in the appearance of fine lines on the skin.
- You risk infections and irritated eyes – makeup that rubs off on your pillow can end up in your eye while you are sleeping.
- Skin will appear dull and worn out as skin cells will not be able to regenerate because of the makeup.
- You risk dry skin, uneven skin tone and redness.
Admittedly, I used to just quickly wipe my makeup off with a makeup wipe and be done with it, but makeup wipes aren’t always the best things to use. Makeup wipes do remove most of the makeup, but they can also spread the bacteria on your face, which is why I decided to buy Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water.
This cleansing water is extremely cheap, with the 400ml bottle priced at £4.99 from Boots. The bottle claims that you will get 200 uses out of it, which I think is actually quite believable. Quick story: the cap on my first bottle broke in my suitcase when I was travelling home a couple of weeks ago. All of it poured out onto my clothes but I still had a tiny bit left at the bottom of the bottle. This tiny bit lasted me exactly two weeks, and I used it every day. For me, I think that a full battle will withstand more than 200 uses, depending on how much of it you use. I think these bottles may last me longer because of my makeup removal/skincare routine, which is:
- First remove as much makeup as possible with a makeup wipe.
- Use Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water on cotton pads to drag out the rest of the makeup on the face (you’d be surprised how much you find is left on the skin when it looks to be all off)
- Moisturise using Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive Night Cream
The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water can be used on every area of the face. It’s perfume free and can be used on sensitive skin (however there is another version especially for sensitive skin if you’re extremely sensitive – look for the bottle with the green cap). It’s a very gentle product that feels so refreshing on the skin. It drags out all the remaining makeup and dirt on your face and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean. I find that this cleanser leaves my skin feeling slightly firmer – I’m not sure if it feels this way for everyone (let me know if it does!) but this firm feeling usually goes away once I’ve applied my moisturiser.
This product is easy to use, and can be used in many different ways. You can do what I do, and use it to remove the remains of your makeup after initially taking it off with a makeup wipe, you can remove all of your makeup using only the Micellar Water, or you can use it after you’ve removed all of your makeup to cleanse your face. All you have to do is pour the product onto a cotton pad, and wipe your face. There is no rinsing involved! It’s simple, clean and quick which is why I love it so much!
To summarise, here’s the pros and cons in short:
- Easily and quickly removes makeup.
- Drags all impurities out of the skin.
- Removes makeup, cleanses and smooths skin.
- Lasts forever! Up to 200+ uses.
- Very cheap.
- Gentle, great for sensitive skin.
- Also available in 125ml – great for travelling.
- Bottle cap slightly flimsy.
I honestly love this product and I will definitely repurchase again and again! I cannot fault the product at all, I think it’s almost completely perfect except for the bottle cap that breaks quite easily (although admittedly I may have been slightly optimistic to just throw it in my suitcase and hope it survived the journey home). For this reason, I would rate the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water…
I hope this review was helpful and you enjoyed reading! This did end up leaning slightly toward a skincare routine/a PSA about the effects of sleeping in makeup, but I hope you enjoyed regardless. See you in the next one!