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Why women over 50 should use a makeup remover

I love how makeup makes me feel. I love how feminine a beautiful face of makeup is. But what goes on must come off. We have to take care of our skin and one of the proven best ways to do that, dear readers, is to remove our makeup before we go to sleep.

It’s important to take your makeup off before bed after 50

When you come home from a night out exhausted it might feel like a chore to take off that makeup thoroughly before climbing into bed, but it’s crucial for women after 50! Not taking off your makeup can result in the breakdown of collagen which is the cause of fine lines in your skin. And on top of that not letting your skin recover and breathe can result in its premature aging.

What to consider in a makeup remover after 50

To pick the right makeup remover you must first understand what type of skin you have. Is your skin oily or dry? Does it often get irritated? Are you acne prone? All of these should factor in when choosing the appropriate makeup remover.

If you have…

  • Oily skin: Obviously, stay away from oil-based cleansers. At the same time don’t overcompensate and use a cleanser that is too abrasive because that could dry your skin out.
  • Dry Skin: Maybe look for a creamy or foamy cleanser to restore moisture while still removing that makeup.
  • Sensitive skin: An emulsifying cream might be best because it won’t require as much scrubbing.
  • Also no matter what kind of skin you have don’t forget to wash your face following the use of the remover. The remover is not a replacement for actually washing your face!
  • Alcohol-based removers tend to be harsh and should probably be avoided in most.
  • Removers with micellar water are good for around they eyes because they attract dirt, but don’t foam and aren’t harsh on the sensitive skin. Makeup removers with micellar water are actually very popular because they are gentle on sensitive skin. It’s definitely something to try if you haven’t yet.

Can’t I use household ingredients to take off my makeup?

The short answers, dear readers, is “yes” in some cases products you probably already have in your home will remove your makeup. In a pinch baby oil will work, but it’s not recommended that you use it regularly because it can clog pores. The same goes for coconut oil. While it should work as a makeup remover there is a coconut oil will clog your pores.

My favorite makeup remover

Not all cleansers that remove makeup need to be labeled “makeup cleansers.” My personal favorite is fresh’s soy face cleanser (Buy it here from Nordstrom, $15-$38). I love the way it makes my face feel, it gets off all my makeup and an added bonus is I LOVE the name.

Top rated makeup removers for many skin types

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover


Neutrogena’s formula is oil-free and designed to feel non-greasy. It is meant to be safe specifically around the eyes.
Buy it here: $7.99 at Walgreens


Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water

This product is meant to remove makeup from all over the face, but is designed to be sensitive enough to use around the eyes. In addition to being a remover it cleanses and tones skin.
Buy it here: $28 at Nordstrom

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water designed for dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin. It is meant to rehydrate as well as soothe skin while it removes makeup. It is also advertised as a no-rinse solution.
Buy it here: $9.99 at Ulta

M.A.C. Wipes

Towelettes save you a step in the removing process and are especially handy for travel. The M.A.C. wipes are advertised as removing dirt and makeup while also being calming for your skin as opposed to being abrasive.
Buy it here: $30 at Nordstrom

Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lip


If you don’t want to buy a remover just for the eyes, the Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips might be for you. Sensitive enough for eyes it is touted as being tough on hard-to-remove makeup including waterproof mascara.
Buy it here: $18 at Lord & Taylor

DHC Deep Cleansing oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a water-soluable formula infused with olive oil and vitamin E to nourish skin. It does claim to rinse completely clean and not leave behind a greasy residue despite being oil-based.
Buy it here: $28 at Dermastore

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

These towelettes are infused with six essential herbs, including rosemary leaf, sage leaf, lavender, artemsia princeps leaf, perilla ocymoides leaf, and ginger root, to they replenish, refresh, and cleanse.
Buy it here: $15-$43 at Sephora

Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Wipes for All Skin Types

Yes this is actually made with Greek yoghurt. It is meant to nourish and soften skin while being effective at removing makeup. It also boasts chamomile, calendula, macademia and jojoba oils.
Buy it here: $15 at Sephora

Don’t forget to take care of your skin! It’s so important to care for yourself. Good luck, darlings!

*This post uses affiliate links meaning a portion of the sales made from this post will go to supporting HoneyGood.com at GrammaGood, LLC.

October 18, 2017


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  1. Emily Markiewicz says:

    love the new concept. Emily

  2. Dobby says:

    I love the makeup remover Purity Made Simple made by Philosophy. It really cuts the heavy mascara and makeup with out scrubbing and pulling the skin. It also leave skin soft and fresh feeling. In my 62 years I have tried many brands but this one is WONDERFUL!!! I wear heavy eye make up and mineral face makeup It removes it all, I can’t say enough about this product. I have very sensitive skin it never irritates.

  3. Linda McCormick says:

    You stated that taking the makeup off before bed lets your skin recover and breathe. Does that mean you shouldn’t use any moisturizer after washing your face?

  4. camellia says:

    Use serums & moisturizer.

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  6. LuAnn says:

    Honey, I have a question that may not be brilliant. You mentioned that after using make up remover, you still need to “wash your face”. What do you use to wash your face???? Thank you.

  7. Delonte says:

    Your’s is a point of view where real ineetliglnce shines through.

  8. Arnold says:

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  9. Saved as a favorite, I like your blog!

  10. Michelle says:

    I wear full eye make up every day, and have really sensitive eyes, so I cant use most makeup removers you find at the drug store. I now use the Made from Earth Green Tea Cleanser to remove my eye makeup and this takes it off really well without making my eyes water. No eye irritation what so ever, and I also use it as my night face cleanser. Its a creamy liquid, so it works for removing eye makeup as well.

  11. OneTrip says:

    thanks for awesome articel.

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