How to Avoid Dry Skin After Cleansing
Imagine for one moment, your busy day is finally over. You woke up at 6AM, got dressed for success and now it's about 8PM and all you want to do is unwind at home. You reach the bathroom to find your face covered in the masterpiece that is your makeup look. The joy that you felt seeing all your hard work put on display now turns to bitterness as you have to wipe it all off. Stress seizes you as you realize how many makeup wipes you actually go through a week to remove your art work. You're careful to make sure your face is bare and free of the products that adorned your features just earlier, but cautious not to dry out your skin amidst the battle with long wear foundation and 24 hour eyeliner.
Beauty enthusiasts know all too well the dangers of falling asleep with even the slightest bit of makeup left on your face. So the wipes get applied rather thoroughly to make sure no dirt and oil harbors itself away while you rest. In the pursuit of a thorough cleansing sometimes necessary water within the skin gets unfairly lost causing dehydration or dryness. Dehydration and dryness are two very different conditions that can happen to your skin while cleansing and need to be treated differently as well.
If you find that your skin gets tight and uncomfortable after cleansing, we would suggest a cleansing balm or oil. Cleansing balms are thick balms that turn into a liquid upon contact with water and help efficiently remove makeup, protect moisture and sometimes provide brightening ingredients like vitamin C. These balms are primarily made of oils and other moisturizers which help stick to the dirt and oils in the skin and wash them away while still protecting the skin barrier which holds water.
Besides cleansing balms we also suggest micellar water to remove the grime of the day away. Micellar water is a type of toner that pulls out dirt and oil without disrupting the water in the skin. Unlike a cleansing balm, micellar water is a thin liquid that can be used with a cotton ball to wipe away oils and makeup.
A few cleansing balms, oils and micellar waters we'd suggest are listed below.
Personally, I've suffered skin dehydration. Figuring out a proper way to wash dehydrated skin until the water in the skin is balanced out again is a struggle. One of the products that I've used when cleansing my skin is the Garnier Fructis Cleansing Oil. I apply a few drops of the oil to loosen up the makeup on my skin and then use a warm towel to take off the makeup. Surprisingly, my skin looks brighter and feels refreshed after using the oil.
I'm not a licensed esthetician so you can take my advice with a grain of salt but Joshua Zeichner, MD and certified dermatologist has many positive things to say about cleansing oils too. "Cleansing oils contain hydrating and soothing ingredients that may actually be more effective and less irritating than some traditional cleansers," Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a New York City–based board-certified dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, told SELF magazine in their article "Why Dermatologists Want You to Consider the Oil-Cleansing Method" written by Karin Miller.
Ultimately, everyone's skin is different and has different needs, so experiment safely and seek out experts and testimonials where you can. Pay attention to your skin's reaction if it feels more moisturized you may have found a staple if you notice more breakouts then perhaps try the micellar water instead. Don't feel tied down by the weight of futile makeup wipes in 2018, the new methods of makeup removal are here!