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When you have sensitive skin, even wearing makeup can be a challenge. You need to be cautious choosing your products, be gentle with the application and take even more care with removal. If you are vegan, finding the right product may seem even more challenging, but many vegan products are suitable for sensitive skin.
As with all vegan beauty products, vegan makeup remover is made without any animal by-products, including glycerin, beeswax or honey. For the best cruelty-free vegan products, it will also not have been tested on animals or have used animals anywhere else in the supply chain.
Other than that, vegan makeup remover is the same as other makeup removers, available in either oil or water-based form. It cleanses the face. In addition to dissolving any makeup, this can also remove oils and impurities so the skin remains clean and healthy.
An example of a vegan makeup remover may be the All Skin Types Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover, which combines jojoba oil, castor oil and lavender essential oil.
If you have sensitive skin, choosing any product always requires careful consideration. This is easy if you know there is a particular ingredient that triggers a bad reaction, but other times it can be a case of trial and error. You generally want something simple that is not laden with harsh chemicals like parabens or sulfates and will leave the skin’s natural structure intact. Vegan products do tend to use gentler natural ingredients, so they will often be better for your sensitive skin.
Products with a high pH (8 or above) are more alkaline, interfere with the natural composition of our skin and damage its surface. Human skin has a slightly acidic pH of between 4.5 and 5 while water sits at 7 as a neutral liquid, so look for products with a balanced pH. Foams and lathers are other sources of potential irritation, especially if they contain exfoliants. Ingredients that are well-known for their soothing properties include aloe.
Micellar water tends to be particularly popular for those with sensitive skin because it can cleanse without causing your skin to dry out or become irritated. Small micelles in the water attract oil and remove it from your face without having to rely on soap, alcohol or other potential irritants. It has a hydrating, toning effect and does not need lots of rubbing when you apply it. There is also no need to rinse it again afterwards.
When you have sensitive skin, you do not just need to consider your products, but also the wipes you use to apply and remove them. Luckily, many products that are designed for sensitive skin will be labeled accordingly. Descriptors such as hypoallergenic, alcohol-free or fragrance-free can also be useful.
Using any beauty product effectively means not just choosing the right product, but applying it in the correct way. A makeup remover can sometimes be used in the morning as a general cleanser, but it is even more important later in the day for washing away any cosmetics. Leaving makeup on for too long or not removing it properly may cause your skin some long-term harm, especially if you leave it on overnight.
When you are using the cleanser, especially if you have sensitive skin that is susceptible to redness, soreness and other problems, you also want to ensure you do not rub your skin too hard. Gentle circles are the best way to cover the whole face without causing damage. If removing eye makeup, use products and equipment specially designed for the eyes.
The type of makeup remover you use may also be affected by other factors, such as whether you have dry or oily skin and the kind of makeup you wear. For example, lipstick tends to come off fairly easily simply by drinking a glass of water, so it does not need a lot of work to remove deliberately. A waterproof eyeliner will take a lot more effort. Thinner layers of makeup may be removed with just a wipe, while thicker applications could need more powerful cleansers.
When properly applied, vegan makeup remover is just as effective as the non-vegan kind and may even be better for sensitive skin. This is because it tends to use fewer damaging chemicals and focuses on more natural ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, choosing vegan makeup remover may be the best decision you can make.