5 Best Eye Makeup Removers for Dry, Sensitive Skin
Removing your makeup at night is one of the most important things you can do for your eyes. Thoroughly removing makeup means that you’re not only giving your skin and eyes a chance to breathe, but you’re also eliminating bacteria and debris that could accumulate and cause issues such as dry eye disease, blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and styes. We all know how unsightly a stye can be, so do your part each night to prevent it from happening in the first place!
That being said, it’s also important to have a daily eyelid hygiene regimen that you can stick to. Once you make this a habit and part of your daily routine, you’ll begin to notice healthier, more comfortable eyes and skin.
Dr. Jenna's Eyelid Hygiene Care Regimen
1. Use a safe makeup
Before we even get into a cleansing routine, I need to mention how important it is to choose better makeup. If you suffer from dry eyes or any of the conditions I mentioned above, you need to be paying attention to what you’re putting on your face and especially around your eyes.
If you’re looking for a safer eye makeup alternative, check out Eyes Are The Story. This brand offers both liquid eyeliner and mascara for those who wish to avoid many of the heavy chemicals regular eye makeup is laden with. Their makeup is manufactured without the use of fragrances, phthalates, and parabens, and the mascara even comes in small one-month supply tubes. This is a great feature of this line because, although changing out your mascara every three months is recommended, changing it out every month is optimal for dry eye sufferers.
2. Remove eye makeup with either an eyelid wipe or an eye makeup remover oil
Once you’ve found better makeup that you love, make sure you’re removing it completely at night. Sleeping in makeup is a surefire way to end up with red, inflamed eyes and eyelids and likely a stye or other infection. If you prefer to use wipes, the Mediviz Eyelid Wipes are great for removing makeup (even waterproof!).
We usually recommend using the Heyedrate Eye Makeup Remover Oil for those who wish to avoid all harsh ingredients, and it works great for removing makeup. One tip I’ve learned is that if you’re wearing waterproof makeup, simply wet your eyelids and lashes before using this product and it will come right off!
There are so many horrible options for face wash on the market today, so your next step is to switch to one that’s friendlier for your eyes and skin. We’ve seen the Heyedrate Foaming Face Wash work wonders for those with rosacea and other problem skin. This wash contains 100% plant-based ingredients including 19 botanicals and extracts meant to soothe your skin.
If you’re more into bar soap, or you want something you can use on your entire body as well, check out the Heyedrate Tea Tree Bar Soap. With just five ingredients, this bar soap is meant to be gentle but medicinal. This means that it contains enough tea tree essential oil to be effective, yet not enough to cause any issues. We love leaving this bar in the shower and using it for our hair, face, and body.
4. Spray Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser on eyelids
Arguably the most important step in this routine is using hypochlorous acid to clean your eyelids after you’ve washed your face. Most cases of blepharitis are caused by an overgrowth of bacteria, and using a hypochlorous acid spray such as Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser can go a long way in preventing this. Hypochlorous acid is made naturally by the white blood cells in your body in response to microorganisms, and it’s a very natural and gentle cleanser we recommend for nearly everyone.
After washing your face, simply spray your closed eyelids and eyelashes with the solution, rub it in with clean fingertips, and let it dry. There’s no need to rinse the product off.
After the hypochlorous acid has dried, it’s important to moisturize your skin (and that includes the skin of your eyelids!) So many people suffer from dry eyelid skin, and some of this is due to lack of moisture. We recommend using a moisturizer free of harsh chemicals or simply using organic, cold-pressed jojoba oil.
5 Best Eye Makeup Removers for Dry, Sensitive Skin
Many people love using a wipe to remove their makeup, and they’re a great option because they incorporate a little friction into the removal process. This helps to remove stubborn mascara and eyeliner in between the eyelashes.
We love recommending the MediViz Eyelid Wipes because they are specifically formulated for the eyes, they’re gentle, and they’re effective.
To avoid any and all chemicals in your eye makeup remover, stick with oil-based removers.
We love the Heyedrate Eye Makeup Remover Oil because not only is it effective, but it’s also formulated with only a few simple ingredients. Organic grapeseed oil, organic jojoba oil, vitamin E, and organic tea tree oil make up this simple formula, and it’s one that I use nightly.
Micellar cleansing water is an interesting addition to the eye makeup removal scene, and it works quite well. With few ingredients, this formula will remove all of your makeup without a problem and leave you feeling clean and refreshed.
4. Almay Oil Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
The most gentle of Almay’s eye makeup removers, this one is made for sensitive skin. This oil-free remover is formulated with aloe, cucumber, and green tea to help soothe your eyes while removing all stubborn makeup. Almay claims this product is cruelty free, free of fragrances, and safe for all skin types.
5. MediViz Eyelid Wipes with Tea Tree Oil
Last on our list are the MediViz Tea Tree Eyelid Wipes for those who want extra cleansing. This formula is great for those who suffer from demodex eyelash mites. Tea tree essential oil has been shown to eliminate demodex, so these wipes are a great addition for anyone who knows they need a bit of extra help with eyelash mites. Because demodex feed on bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells, it becomes even more important for those with demodex to cleanse their eyelids and lashes thoroughly every single night.