Can I Use My Facial Cleanser To Remove Eye Makeup?

I’m all for multitasking and getting more than one use out of a skin care product but when it comes to using your face cleanser to remove eye makeup and mascara, you might want to be careful with this one. Certain ingredients are appropriate for the face, but may cause irritation to the eyes which is a very sensitive area. 

Avoid using a facial cleanser in the eye area if it contains:

-Exfoliating beads. Particles like jojoba beads and apricot kernels work well to lift off and polish away surface dry skin cells but you certainly don’t want any of these to get into the eye. Ouch!

-Exfoliating acids. The low pH of ingredients like glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids work well to dissolve cells off the skin but will definitely sting the eyes causing redness and tearing.

-Menthol, peppermint or spearmint oils. If these get into the eyes, they will cause stinging and tearing which leads to unnecessary under eye puffiness.

-Pure oils. Using a concentrated form of oil such as jojoba, coconut, olive or safflower will cause them to seep into the eyes potentially causing puffiness and temporary cloudy vision. This also includes baby oil which uses mineral oil.

The eyes are the most sensitive area of the face. They have the thinnest skin and are the first place to show aging so it must be treated delicately. When removing eye shadow and mascara, I highly recommend using a product that is exclusively formulated for the eyes like an oil-free, fragrance-free, ph balanced liquid eye makeup remover.

Read: Five Things To Know About Eye Creams

Read: Cleanser Do’s And Don’ts

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    What do we use to cleanse the eye area in the morning? The recommended cleanser for my skin type in the morning is the mint cleansing gel, but you say to avoid cleansers that contain peppermint oil in the eye area

    Posted By: Sara  | 

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      If you don’t have makeup on then just splashing your eyes with water when you rinse off the cleanser is definitely sufficient.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 


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