If you have sensitive skin, be it from allergies or just in general, you are probably worried about your skin’s reaction to the cosmetic products you use. You shouldn’t have to continue worrying about the products you use to remove them.
In a perfect world, makeup for sensitive skin would natural enough to be removed without the need for anything more than water, but this is far from a perfect world. Makeup removers are a necessity, but ones that leave your skin burning, red, and swollen are not.
If you have super sensitive skin that demands you take care of choosing the ingredients in your cosmetics, then you need a makeup remover that takes the same care of your face as you do. Here are our top 10 choices for makeup removers that are safe for super sensitive skin while still getting the job done.
Have you ever wondered how models remove makeup hundreds of times per day during fashion week without having their skin completely trashed? French import makeup removers like Sensibio H2O are a big part of the equation. This solution goes on like water but dissolves makeup like alcohol without irritating skin. However, it is worth noting that it doesn’t work as well on waterproof makeup.
Ah, cream makeup removers are so old school, but young whipper-snappers don’t know how super effective they are. You rub the cold cream on, wipe it off, and watch all your cosmetics come off with it. True believers say it helps nourish other skin issues like wrinkles and breakouts, but we are here to judge it on the quality of its cosmetic removing prowess. As it is thick and creamy, it really binds to cosmetics, but it can be difficult to use on your eyes because it is so viscous.
“Ultra-calming” is a pretty big promise for a makeup remover, but Aveeno actually does a passable job at delivering. Infused with aloe and feverfew (used medicinally to treat inflammation and headaches) while not having any alcohol or fragrances, this wipe leaves your face feeling fresh and actually works to soothe any irritation you do have. The best part is that it actually does a pretty decent job with waterproof eye makeup. Not a great job, but better than non-eye makeup specified removers.
South Korea and its obsession with beauty have always produced some top-quality cosmetics, and Banila Co.’s makeup remover is the same. This hypoallergenic makeup remover, specifically formulated for sensitive skin. It's a makeup remover that works as a cleansing balm that effectively and gently strips makeup away. Free of artificial coloring, fragrance, alcohol, parabens, and mineral oil, you just rub it on and watch foundation melt away.
You have to appreciate a name that is straight to the point. Simple cleansing facial wipes are, well, simple cleansing facial wipes. They don’t have a strong scent, they don’t burn like the dickens, and they don’t leave an oily residue behind after they have wiped your makeup away. They clean your face making it feel fresh and new. However, they don’t have the power behind them to deal with waterproof cosmetics.
Burt’s Bees is a pretty trusted name in the sensitive skin cosmetics world, so it is only natural that they would have a way to, you know, get their cosmetics off your face. These hypoallergenic wipes are fragrance-free and filled with skin-pampering ingredients like rice extract and aloe. However, they do use alcohol to cut through makeup, dirt, and oil with ease. However, it uses denatured alcohol so you don’t get that same overpowering alcohol smell.
While this organic makeup remove is indeed made with great organic ingredients, its claim of being oil-free is not quite so true. While it doesn’t use alcohol to strip makeup away from your face, it does use a series of natural oils. Yet, it doesn’t leave any unpleasant oily residue behind either. Being free of harmful chemicals, fragrances, and preservatives make this an excellent makeup remover, but its number one selling point should be that it works on even waterproof eye makeup.
Micellar water is what the professionals use to remove makeup without causing irritation, and while many products use it, it is best to find it in its pure form. The micelles are not only gentle on the skin, but they work quickly to remove everything from foundation to waterproof mascara. As it gently lifts makeup, dirt, and oil away, it leaves your face feeling super fresh and without the irritation of having to scrub at it. This product does contain extracts of lavender, sage, cucumber, and calendula for not only a light fragrance but to nourish and moisturize skin. However, if you have any allergies to those particular ingredients, it is best to find another micellar water.
Milk cleanser is always pretty great, but you don’t see a lot of makeup removers using the formula. They all prefer to go the alcohol or micellar route. However, milk makeup removers like this one from Careline not only bind to the makeup so you can easily wipe it away, but it leaves your skin feeling moisturized and refreshed. As the formula is so gentle, it is easy to use around the eyes and effective at removing eye makeup.
Do you look for a list of ingredients you can understand when looking for a makeup remover? You can find that with Blum Naturals. These makeup removing wipes use natural and organic ingredients to naturally remove the makeup on your face without drying it out or irritating sensitive skin. The only potential downside is that they primarily use chamomile to soothe skin, which can inflame those with chamomile allergies.