We've all been there. You get home from a long night out and instead of taking off your makeup (like you're supposed to) you opt to fall into bed with a full face because you ran out of remover and didn't feel like spending your money on some. Well, no more excuses. Here are the best drugstore makeup removers that'll get the job done and save you some major cash.
I want a lot of things out of a makeup remover. It needs to be gentle enough that is doesn't irritate my skin, but strong enough to get off seven layers of product and waterproof mascara. I prefer something that I can apply quickly, so wipes and formulations that can be used with a cotton pad are my favorite. I also want something that doesn't leave my face dried out, or worse, totally slimy. It's true: Dinding a perfect makeup remover is hard. It's also hard to find an affordable makeup remover that you have easy access to without breaking the bank.
When searching for removers, it's important to look at ingredients (especially at the drugstore). According to Huffington Post, you want to stay away from formaldehyde-releasing chemicals used as preservatives, like the kind in your standard makeup wipe. These contain 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, a chemical that releases very low levels of formaldehyde. Eek!
Luckily, there are plenty of incredibly-made, safer makeup removers available at your local pharmacies and drugstores. Here are eight to shop right now:
This is a hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic formula that is gentle on the skin.
It's important to shake up this remover before use to activate the oil-free formula.
I love these 95 percent natural wipes that are cooling and soothing. Plus, they claim to remover 99 percent of waterproof mascara. Not too shabby.
This formula is dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested, and also oil-free. You can use cotton pads to gently remove everything from a smoky eye to an electric blue winged line.
These wipes have grape seed extract, which is an antioxidant that is rich in phenol, which helps exfoliate your skin.
Alcohol-free wipes are great and will keep your skin from drying out if you use them twice a day.
It's not labeled as a remover, but it's an ultra-soothing heavy cream that has been used to gently and quickly remove eye makeup for decades.
When in doubt (or a total skin crisis), you can always use olive oil to remove your makeup and hydrate your skin.
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