Clinic founder, Lorraine, was recently called by the Guardian for her tips and advice on removing makeup correctly.

 

Bad for the environment and our skin

Makeup remover wipes are bad for the environment and they can damage your skin. Many of us are ditching remover wipes and switching to more gentle methods for taking off mascara and cleansing our skin.

While they seem like a quick fix when you’re tired or in a rush, they can be abrasive and their harsh ingredients often strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to sensitivity and breakouts.

 

Take care with delicate skin around eyes

‘To remove your makeup properly, you should start with the delicate skin around the eyes,’ advises Lorraine. ‘Instead of wipes, saturate three cotton discs with a cleanser specifically designed for the eye area, cutting one pad in half to place under each eye.’

She adds ‘Don’t try to rub off your mascara straight away. Instead, hold the cotton pads on each eye for 60 seconds to allow the makeup to break down before gently wiping it off.’

 

A double cleanse for skin

For optimum results, Lorraine recommends a double cleanse for your skin.

The first cleanse is to remove makeup and impurities from the day, then cleanse a second time to clear the pores and remove excess oils and dead skin cells. And always choose a cleanser that suits your skin type for the best results.

If you prefer a foaming cleanser, rub a pea-sized amount between wet hands and apply to the face using upward circular motions, says Lorraine. Wash it off using your hands and tepid water (I find facial cloths can be abrasive).

If you opt for a cream cleanser, Lorraine suggests you rub a 10p-sized amount on to dry or slightly moistened skin. Then remove gently with damp cotton pads or splash off with water.

‘It’s important to cleanse your entire face, including the creases of the nose, your hairline and neck. Lastly, always ensure you pat the skin dry rather than rub.’

Lorraine Scrivener, a skincare expert and founder of the Eden Skin Clinics in Kensington and Wimbledon, London, was speaking to Alice Macfarlane of the Guardian. Read the article here