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Best Makeup Removers and Face Wash: Experts Choose

Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser; Drugstore: About $7
Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser; Drugstore: About $7

After a long night of partying, or even a long night at the office, there’s one thing women hate doing -- taking the time to remove their makeup and wash their face before bed. Although there are some women who sleep with makeup on, this is highly discouraged. Another thing that is discouraged is cleaning your face too much. If you’re using a makeup remover then using a face wash on top of that, you could possibly be damaging and drying out your skin. The solution? A makeup remover and face wash combo.

Face Cleansers

Professional New York City makeup artist Margret Avery has a big alternative to using store bought cleansers. She says that for years she has been advising women to remove their facial makeup with no water.

“The technique is to use coconut oil to remove the makeup, then use a toner to finish,” says Avery. “Preferably one with salicylic acid or glycolic acid.” She says then you can follow it up with your serum or moisturizer.

According to Avery, this technique helps to “efficiently clean your skin while clearing off any bacteria and keeping wrinkles at bay.”

If you’re more of a traditional kind of gal and are looking for a magic cream from the local drugstore, Manhattan board certified dermatologist Dr. Janet Prsytowsky highly recommends Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser.

“Pond’s Cold Cream is essentially whipped up mineral oil that is excellent at dissolving all of the makeup quickly while moisturizing the skin at the same time,” says Dr. Prsytowsky. “There is no harshness to the product and it has a very low chance of causing allergic reactions.”

Dr. Prsytowsky says that if the cream feels too greasy on your skin, a gentle wash with a lather of Dove soap can take that greasy feeling away. Although soap isn’t always recommended for your face, she says that “Dove is the least irritating soap and also preserves moisture in the skin.”

Some people prefer creams, and others prefer actual face washes that need to be rinsed off. Beverly Hills Dermatologist Dr. Michael Lin recommends Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover. If the name of the product doesn’t say it all, Dr. Lin says that it combines the best of both worlds -- natural ingredients without harmful chemicals.

“This 2-in-1 formula helps effectively remove makeup and provides a deep clean without leaving any residue,” says Dr. Lin.

And if you think a more expensive product will do the job better, Dr. Lin also recommends Ole Henriksen On-the-Go Cleanser. The vitamin-c cleanser cleans the skin and pores, but doesn’t strip it or dry out the skin. Dr. Lin says the vitamin-c even provides skin brightening benefits.

Doctors and makeup artists may have their own recommendations, but take into account what your skin needs. If it is already dry, make sure the products you’re using won’t dry it out even more. If you have oily skin, greasy creams may not be right for you. Dr. Lin states that cleansers should be paraben-free and contain natural ingredients.

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