9 Gentle Makeup Removers That Are Perfect For Sensitive Skin
You’ve probably heard this a million times: don’t sleep with your makeup on. Leaving your makeup on overnight can leave you with clogged pores, which will then lead to breakouts, blemishes and pimples. However, getting a good makeup remover that doesn’t irritate, cause redness or strip skin of moisture sounds easy only in theory. That’s why we’ve gathered this list of formulae you can use with ease and comfort because they don’t cause you any irritation or dryness.
Text: Moh Shuying/ FEMALE / August 2017
Additional text: Cheryl Lim
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Bifesta Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Lotion, $18.90
Made for city skin that are constantly bombarded with pollutants and UV damage, this makeup remover not only removes traces of makeup, but also ensures your skin remains moisturised even after cleansing. It’s also free from harsh chemicals because your skin doesn’t need any of those when city life is already stressing it out! What’s more, it contains an ingredient, Pullilan, which strengthens the skin’s barrier.
Shu Uemura Nutri-Nectar Cleansing Oil in Emulsion
The first cleansing oil in emulsion texture from the brand, this gives a cushiony and comfortable feel great for delicate skin. It is infused with three potent botanicals (Acai Extract, Magnolia Extract, and Reishi Mushroom Extract) to strengthen delicate skin and leave it soft, smooth, and refined.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, $55
This lightweight essential oil cleanser emulsifies with water to a cleansing milk, gently yet effectively dissolving makeup and impurities without over-drying, leaving skin clean and replenished. Enriched with a blend of pure botanical oils (squalane, evening primrose oil and lavender essential oil), this all-in one non-comedogenic cleansing formula leaves skin balanced, soothed and prepared for optimal night-time replenishment.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Milk, $34
With its creamy texture, this rids your skin of impurities and traces of make-up without tugging skin. Enriched with softening shea and soothing liquorice extract, it preserves skin’s natural hydration and leaves it clean, supple and comfortable.
Estelle & Thild BioCleanse Micellar Cleansing Water, $38, Sephora
This multi-functional product that removes makeup, cleanses and tones the skin for a fresh-faced feel. It has a hydrating formula infused with nourishing aloe vera, that gently yet effectively lifts away makeup and impurities. With its no-rinse formula and natural coconut tensides, this cleansing water is specially formulated to cleanse the skin without disrupting skin’s protective barrier.
Dior Hydra Life Micellar Water No Rinse Cleanser, $62
This reformulated formula is gentle yet instantly removes eye and face makeup. It has the antioxidant-rich natural Echinacea Flower extract and natural moisturising agents to balance skin and leave it with a rosy glow.
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra for Sensitive skin, $32.90
This has Thermal Spring Water which has a combination of minerals and trace elements to soothe, soften and fight free-radical damage. It also has glycerin to cleanse without drying skin.
Senka Perfect Water Cleansing, $17.90
This instantly removes light makeup, dissolves impurities and removes excessive sebum, dead skin cells and oiliness from pores. This has a non-rinse formula, reduces shine and greasiness and leaves the skin clean, silky and smooth.
YSL Beauty Top Secrets Balm-in-Oil, $89
This three-in-one makeup remover fuses the cleansing capabilities of a balm, the sensorial comfort of a silky oil, with the comfort of an emulsion. It goes from a balm to an oil, dissolving makeup pigments, then from oil to milk for a perfect cleanse. Enriched with nourishing shea butter and highly concentrated in cleansing agents, this cleanses, softens and refreshes skin in a supremely gentle way.