Wipes, Cleansing Oil, Micellar Water: Which Type Of Makeup Remover Should You Use?

Wipes, Cleansing Oil, Micellar Water: Which Type Of Makeup Remover Should You Use?
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Soap and water may be your essentials to cleanse your body, but when it comes to your face, you’ll need more than that, especially if you use makeup. Head to the personal care section of your local pharmacy or beauty retail store and you’ll find several types and brands. As with anything, some might work for you, while others may not, which is why it is crucial to know your skin type to pick the product that suits you best. Identifying your budget and lifestyle can also help in choosing the perfect makeup remover for you!

What is a makeup remover?

A makeup remover is a product intended to help in removing makeup that has been applied to your face. It works by dissolution or solubilization, which means that it dissolves your makeup when applied.

According to an article on makeup.com by L’Oreal, “The remover has to be capable of breaking the interaction between makeup and skin and maintain the makeup dissolved.”

Makeup remover vs. cleanser

Makeup removers and cleansers might seem like they are doing the same job, but they have differences as well.

Makeup removers are usually needed when you have eye makeup, as they are the most difficult to remove. These can take off the other cosmetic products you have on your face as well: eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick, and the like. However, it does not remove the impurities from deep within your skin – it can only take off what’s on the surface.

Facial cleansers, on the other hand, can remove dirt, sebum, sweat, and other impurities that clog your pores. This product cleans your skin on a deeper level that a makeup remover is unable to do.

What happens if you don’t regularly remove your makeup?

According to celebrity dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu, not removing your makeup regularly can cause you to break out, worsen your acne, and give you wrinkles.

“If you don't cleanse your face, dirt and dead skin cells are not removed. They stay on the skin, clogging pores and leading to chronic inflammation in the form of pimples,” she says. “Dirt and makeup trapped against your skin cause environmentally-induced oxidative damage. This leads to a breakdown of the skin barrier and prematurely ages your face.”

Always remember that our skin is our first line of defense against infections. If you don’t take care of your skin, your skin abrasions and inflamed acne can easily turn into an infection.

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What are the different kinds of makeup removers?

Micellar Water

Micellar water is a skincare product made from purified water, moisturizers, and mild surfactants. It is a gentle option to remove makeup or dirt from the surface of your skin.

If you follow @TheNerdyDerma on Twitter, you would know that micellar water does wonders for such a simple product.

According to Dr. Erin Tababa-Santos, a board-certified dermatologist and dermapathologist, “In chem, like dissolves like. Micelles in micellar water bind to the oily residues on the skin (sebum, makeup) and allow it to become soluble in water. Micelle-containing products help [you] remove oil-based/soluble products.” She recommends the use of micellar water, as long as you don’t feel any stinging sensation.

Where can I buy micellar water?


Add to cart for Php 199 on Lazada.

Garnier Skin Naturals

Add to cart for Php 266 on Lazada.


Add to cart for Php 99 on Lazada.

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Cleansing Oil

If you have waterproof makeup, micellar water will most likely not be enough to take it off. Enter cleansing oils, a good alternative in removing stubborn makeup products from your face.

A 2010 study in Korea found that cleansing oil is good for those who have dry and mature skin. Another study confirmed that using bath oil every other day can improve your skin barrier function and reduce symptoms of dry skin.

Where can I buy cleansing oils?

The Body Shop

Add to cart for Php 895 on Lazada.

Dear Klairs

Add to cart for Php 1,180 on Lazada.


Add to cart for Php 1,400 on Shopee.

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Makeup Remover Wipes

Even if you’re eager to go straight to bed after an exhausting day, you still need to remove your makeup. And with the help of makeup remover wipes, this task just became so much easier!

You can use these handy wipes while on-the-go because they easily fit in your bag. They are a fast and convenient way to take care of your skin. However, those with dry skin types should be cautious in wiping their face too roughly, as these can cause irritation and worsen your skin’s texture.

Keep in mind also that using makeup remover wipes is not enough to take off all the dirt clogging your pores! Consider it as your last resort for nights when you just can’t be bothered to move.

Where can I buy makeup remover wipes?


Add to cart for Php 371 on Lazada.

BLK Cosmetics

Add to cart for Php 135 on Lazada.


Add to cart for Php 76 on Lazada.

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