The importance of removing your eye make-up!

Is it necessary to use a separate eye make-up remover?

Stripping off eye make-up can be an absolute chore and so it is easy to cut corners or skip this step completely out of your skincare routine. However no matter how busy or tired you are it is an absolute beauty ‘code of conduct’ to remove ALL traces of eye make up with a separate dedicated eye product before hitting the pillow for that all important beauty sleep.

How is the skin around the eyes different to the rest of the face? 
The skin around the eye contour area is incredibly fragile (and the skin is up to 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face) and therefore it needs some consideration of its own when it comes to removing layers of make-up and impurities. The eye area is lacking in oil glands that help keep this skin moist so the skin can easily become dry and every time you smile or blink it causes the skin to crease. The lymphatic circulation can overtime become sluggish and that can lead to puffiness if fluid builds up there. Think of the eyes like silk, the face like cotton and the body like denim – no three garments are ever washed the same

What happens if I don’t remove my eye make-up?
The fact is that during the day skin works very hard to shield itself from the endless battering of external aggressions like pollution, smoky atmospheres and extreme temperatures but it’s at night time when the skin goes into recovery mode and all of the important processes take place which including cellular regeneration, cellular repair and important absorption of the body’s store of nutrients! Sadly none of these processes can effectively ensue if the skin is smothered in make-up and impurities and that means your skin really isn’t going to achieve that all important ‘beauty sleep’

What should I look for in an eye make-up remover?
A nurturing yet highly effective eye make-up remover which doesn’t require excessive rubbing, tugging and stretching of the delicate skin around the eyes is key. Texture is everything, as is a super gentle pH balanced formula but equally with busy lifestyles we are all on the look-out for a product which offers a speedy and effortless result.  

Can I use make-up wipes to remove eye make-up?
Definitely not. Very few makeup wipes contain ingredients that can actually break down all of your face oils, makeup, and gunk on your skin, so you're really just rubbing bacteria, irritants, and makeup-wipe residue around your skin and into your pores. They are also packed with a lot of alcohol content that over strips the skin of its natural oils.

Which eye make-up remover would you recommend?
Gatineau’s skincare solutions have over the years acquired legions of devotees and Floracil Eye Make-up Remover was developed decades ago and is still absolutely unrivalled marrying efficacy with sophistication. Formulated with a wonderfully refreshing and cooling formula it literally melts away all remnants of make-up and impurities without any harsh rubbing. What’s more it’s non-oily, non-drying and non-irritating. It is what I call ‘soft on skin and strong on make-up’ and for me it leaves my eyes feeling completely pampered and my lashes soft and nourished. What is very clever is the fact Gatineau Dermatologists have formulated Floracil with the same pH level as our natural tears so it means it won’t sting and is perfect for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers – it’s even been Dermatologist tested. Floracil Eye Make-up Remover

What is the best way to use Floracil?

Think SOAK – SWEEP – SOOTHE.   Dampen 2 cotton pads with water.  Add 2 pumps of Floracil Gentle Eye Make-up Remover to each cotton pad and place over the eyes for 10 seconds, Sweep outwards in one direction.  So there can never be an excuse to wake up with panda eyes even after a most excessive night out as this superhero eye make-up remover does all the hard work for you and literally soothes your eyes to sleep.

Lucy x