The cheat sheet for women who can never be bothered to take off their makeup.

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You get home, you’re tired, you can’t be bothered taking your makeup off. We get it. We feel you.

We too are guilty of sleeping in our make up even when we know we should be taking it off each night.  So when you wanna take it off quickly – what option is best? Should we ditch micellar water for cleanser? Is using baby wipes to take your make up off considered sinful?

We ask Dr Ilana Galgut from EnRich Dermatology and Cosmetic Clinic for the answers. And thank god for us, she has them.

We don’t just need to wash our face – but our makeup brushes too. Brittany shows us an easy way how. (Post continues after video.)

Baby wipes and make up wipes.

These can seem like a little goldmine at the end of a long day, but are they worth it when it comes to your skin’s health?

Using them to take make up off is better than sleeping it (which can result in clog pores, collect dirt, and inflame skin,) but before you reach for the packet on your night stand, consider this.

“Baby wipes and other makeup removal wipes often contain many ingredients and have a reasonably high incidence of contact dermatitis. We see this quite frequently when a new mum comes in with eczema on her hands which is frequently caused from the wipes used to clean the baby as well as the wipes to clean bench tops etc,” Dr Galgut explains.
If you must use them, make sure that they are very gentle and are alcohol-free, and please rinse your face with a gentle cleanser and water afterwards.

Micellar Water.

Ahhh micellar water. You just put some on a cotton pad, and swish it over your face to take make up off. And boy, is it brilliant.
This magical liquid made up of micelles, which are tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules, in a soft water. Although it looks like water, it doesn’t feel like water.
“It can be used as a facial wash, make up remover and moisturiser all in one. This, however, obviously is generalising and may not suit everyone, particularly those with very oily of dry skin,” Dr Galgut explains.
So it is a great option – and if you’re unsure whether it is suitable for your skin, see your Dermatologist .  (Post continues after gallery.)

Sonic Brushes.

You know the ones I am chatting about…these things…


They are a super easy option for busy gals. But Dr Galgut explains that while they are an excellent option for removing make up and grime at the end of the day, be wary of what other products you use in tandem with it.

"It is important to consider what other skin care preparations are being used. For example, Vitamin A (retinol derivatives) and AHAs and BHAs are chemical exfoliants- so you really shouldn't then be scrubbing the skin's surface (like when performing mechanical exfoliation) as the other products already do that," she explains.

"If you don't use chemical exfoliants, it would be safer to use mechanical exfoliants as long as care is taken not to traumatise and irritate the skin."


There are so many damn types of cleansers out there, and ifyou are using the wrong one for your face it can make the job tougher. So make it easy.

Firstly: ask yourself if you prefer a foaming, liquid, lotion or gel type preparation. Then buy the one you prefer using. Well all know things are easier if we enjoy doing them.

Second: As with any part of the body, over zealous cleansing can, in itself, lead to skin problems, stripping the skin of natural oils and drying it out. So, as with most things, moderation is the key. Don't over cleanse and make things more difficult than they need to be.

Third: As Dr Galgut explains to me, cleansers now come in a variety of formulations to meet the requirements of the varying skin types. Some are specific to oily or dry skin, others can assist with reducing pigmentation and acne.  So taking the teeny bit more effort with choosing the right one can pay off and save a whole heap of time in trying to fix problems causes by not using the correct one for you. 

If you're unsure, a dermatologist can help you with this.

What your tricks are for removing make up at the end of a long day?