Makeup Removal Tips: 8 Recommendations and 5 Reasons Why It's Important

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Make Your Makeup Removal a Part of Your Nighttime Routine

I'd like to make two confessions.  One, there have been times in my life when I've fell asleep without removing my makeup.  Two, I am a waterproof mascara addict.  Needless to say that both of these things, according to some experts, might not be very good for your skin (or your lashes in my case).  The good news is those days are long over and I remove my makeup faithfully every night now. 

While my personal experience may be different than yours, we’ve consulted our expert skin care team and have compiled some important tips for you. 

Even if you don’t consistently wear makeup, but still want some guidance on a good nighttime cleansing routine, you’ve come to the right place.

Top 8 Tips on Removing Makeup and Cleansing Skin at Night

1. Start with an oil based product if you wear waterproof makeup.  This is the first place to start, if you like to wear waterproof cosmetics.  Cleanser and water alone will not remove these kinds of makeup products.  No matter what kind of skin type you have, there is an oil based product that is designed to remove your waterproof makeup.  Even if you have acne prone skin, a jojoba based product is your best bet in loosing up that waterproof makeup before moving on to your cleanser.

2. A cleanser with water works better than wipes.  You don’t necessarily need to use a sudsing cleanser to do a good job cleaning your skin.  In fact, I prefer non sudsing cleansers.  Creams and oils are my absolute favorite.  But whatever you choose, it’s much more efficient and effective to use a cleanser with water or rinsed away with water – versus using wipes.  It’s true that wipes are very convenient, and in a pinch, they might be necessary, but generally speaking wipes are not going to remove all impurities and cosmetic reside like cleansing with water and your favorite cleanser.

3. Don't leave out your hair line.  Keep a head band or hair band with your nighttime skin care supplies, so that you can pull your hair back and make sure you cleanse all the way to your hairline.  The effects of the day, shifting cosmetics, and environmental build up tends to settle around our hairline. 

4. Take your time.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve scratched my eyeballs due to an effort to remove my eye makeup fast.  Now I very carefully close my lids tight and give the product a few seconds to breakdown the makeup before gently swiping down and away several times.

5. Pay close attention to lash line.  That last step clarified how to be careful and gentle, and this step should encourage you to pause and make sure you did a thorough job.  It’s very easy to leave some eyeliner or mascara residue behind, and that won’t be good for your lash hair follicles or the health of your eyes.  In a gentle manner, be sure that you’ll removed all that you can visibly see.

6. If you’re not going to double cleanse, try to finish with a toner.  Even if you have dry skin, you can find a super gentle toner that will not only remove remaining residue on your skin but also fortify skin with nutrients and add hydration.  When we say gentle, we specifically recommend anything that does not contain alcohol or chemicals that could strip skin of it’s natural oils and protective barrier.  Aloe based and witch hazel based are excellent for dry or sensitive skin.

7. Instead of scrubbing and wiping hard, think “dab and soak”.  Scrubbing won’t get the job done more effectively, and pulling can damage delicate skin.  Most experts will tell you that just like when you apply your cosmetics with tapping, stippling, dabbing, and gently patting – these are the same motion you want to use with the removal process.   

8. Cotton clothes and cotton pads are much better than synthetic.  The main issue with synthetic clothes and cleansing pads is that they have a greater tendency to scratch and pull on skin.  If you can stock up on cotton clothes and cotton balls, that’s going to be safer for your skin.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need To Remove Your Makeup

1.  Cosmetics at night can leave your complexion looking dull in the morning. The same makeup that helped you conceal those fine lines and wrinkles the night before can settle in overnight, making your complexion look dull and dry in the morning. It can actually make you look older.

2. Sleeping in cosmetics can increase the risk of breakouts. The natural oil in your skin serves as a protective layer that locks in moisture. If you add makeup to the mix and leave it on overnight, the two can mix together in a pore-clogging combination that increases the risk of breakouts.

3. Not removing your makeup at night can act as a barrier, keeping your nighttime anti-aging products from working properly and effectively. If you have a nightly anti-aging routine, you could be sabotaging your own efforts if you apply product over your makeup instead of cleansing first. Good anti-aging products aren’t cheap, so make sure you get your money’s worth by cleansing before applying them at night.

4. Makeup at night can clog your pores, making them larger and more visible. Makeup can embed itself in the pores overnight, clogging and stretching them which makes them look bigger. Complete makeup removal and thorough nighttime cleansing is the key to having healthy, happy skin in the morning.

5. Sleeping in cosmetics can dehydrate your skin and throw off your oil balance. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it needs to breathe to remain healthy. Keeping it covered in makeup overnight can throw off the balance of oil and water in your skin that keeps it fresh and moisturized, leaving your skin looking and feeling dehydrated in the morning.

Our Natural Cleansing Balm with Glacial Clay, Blue Green Algae and Narcissus is an excellent way to gently cleanse and nourish skin, with zero sulfates and parabens and a lot of very good for you ingredients:

Natural Cleansing Balm with Glacial Clay, Blue Green Algae and Narcissus

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Our natural cleansing balm with glacial clay and narcissus is formulated to not only cleanse but also offer a truly enchanting experience with it's creamy and soothing texture and scent.  

It features rare and unique ingredients, like mineral rich Glacial Clay, Narcissus, and Blue Hibiscus - along with a long botanical list of ingredients like blue green algae, hemp seed oil, green tea, chamomile, and milk thistle.

Gently cleanse and obtain softer, hydrated skin without chemicals, synthetics, or parabens.  Super pampering and rich with botanical extracts.  Safe for all skin types.


• Naturally Cleanse With Earth Derived Ingredients
• Hydrate with Grapeseed & Hemp
• Paraben & Sulfate Free


Massage a dollop of natural cleansing balm into damp skin for a few minutes.  Rinse and pat dry.   

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Chemical free, synthetic free, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free. Organic and earth derived ingredients. Made with love, one order at a time.


Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Blue Green Algae Tincture (Alcohol Free), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Blue Hibiscus Extract, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Candelilla Wax, Carnosine, Centella Asiatica, Citric Acid, Cocos nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Lavendula angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Elderberry Extract, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Green Tea Extract, Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Glacial Clay, Camellia sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Urtica dioica (Organic Nettle Leaf) Extract, Stellaria media (Organic Chickweed) Extract, Ulmus fulva (Organic Slippery Elm) Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Silybum marianum (Organic Milk Thistle) Extract, Althea officinalis (Organic Marshmallow Root) Extract, Niacinamide, Avena sativa (Oat) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Oil, Salix nigra (Black Willow Bark) Extract, Narcissus Essential Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Tomato Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin


"I've always disliked the cleansing process because of harsh detergents - until I started using Claribel's natural cleansing balm!" - Brandy Wilson

There are some key highlights in this product that are sure to be game changers in your skin care maintenance routine.  These ingredients are clinically proven to make a difference for all skin types:

Algae Tincture:  Algae can be used to manage hyperpigmentation and contains high levels of antioxidants.  Doctors in the skin care industry have stated that algae can protect collagen and keep the skin from aging.

Blue Hibiscus:  Hibiscus has substantial anti-oxidant properties and can help prevent elastin degradation.

Chickweed: Is a wonder skin rejuvenator for all skin types, especially eczema, acne, psoriasis, irritation and inflammation. 

Glacial Clay:  Glacial clay has an abundance of minerals that are beneficial for the skin. Glacial Clay rejuvenates dull skin, improves its appearance, helps to balance skin tone and leaves the skin feeling softer yet firmer.

Green Tea: Can decrease the risk of skin cancer and alleviates water retention in skin. Great for firming and toning.  Anti-viral and anti-bacterial. 

Hemp Oil:  Hemp oil is not the same as cannabidiol (CBD) oil.  Medical News Today states that Hemp Oil can strengthen skin, and protect it from inflammation, oxidation, and other causes of aging.

Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle Milk has been found to have antioxidant and anti-aging effects, and help reduce inflammation in skin (great for skin conditions, acne, eczema, rashes, etc.). 

Marshmallow Root: Medical studies show that Marshmallow Root has healing, moisturizing, and soothing qualities.

Narcissus:  Narcissus contains an extract that helps cell renewal and gives the skin a healthy appearance. It also has soothing properties and helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity and brightness. 

Neem Oil:  Neem Oil antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.  It can help boost levels of collagen and elastin.

Nettle Leaf:  Nettle leaf has extremely soothing properties for skin.  It is rich in the content of histamine, chlorophyll, oxyacetylene, and iron.  

Slippery Elm:  When applied topically, Slippery Elm has significant hydration benefits, can ward off inflammation and irritation, and has antioxidants.

Willow Bark:  Willow Bark is a natural source of salicylic acid, can enhance cell turnover, and can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.


Taking the time to carefully and gently remove your cosmetics every night or cleanse thoroughly but thoughtfully is something we feel passionate about, and hope that it’s something you’ll incorporate into your nighttime routine.  While it may not sound like a fun thing to do after a long day, it helps to find products that are beautiful and pleasant to use, as well as make it a pleasant experience.  Set the tone for your entire nighttime routine, and this step will in time be a natural part that you’ll enjoy.

Jeanette @ | Owner, Formulator & Herbal Expert