Make-up removal and cleansing

Makeup removal and cleansing when you have psoriasis

Following on from my blog about a flawless foundationI can't stress enough the importance of a proper cleansing routine. Not removing make-up means congested skin, which will lead to breakouts, puffiness around the eyes and fine lines. I am sure many of you will agree, we don’t need the added stress of all that whilst trying to manage psoriasis! – In short, proper cleansing ensures your skin looks younger and healthier for longer.

There are so many products and techniques used for make-up removal; I have found a key point is to know what skin type you are and how sensitive your skin is, so you can have a routine that suits.

Product-wise the options are endless, face washes, wipes, creams, oils, balms. Believe it or not, milk is a good cleanser!

My routine

  • First I start with baby wipes (I have found these to be less irritating on my skin than make-up removing wipes), wipe my face down starting from my forehead and working down. This just makes sure I have taken most of the make-up off. 
  • Then for the eyes I soak cotton pads with eye makeup remover and place over the eyes for a minute or so. Pressing the pads slightly helps them to soak properly so that you don’t end up rubbing too hard.
  • Once I have taken all my make-up off, I wash my face with a face wash, and gently pat dry.
  • Then I apply toner. 
  • Lastly, a good amount of moisturiser.

As I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis, I don’t need to go through this all the time, but I still cleanse, tone and moisturise every day. When I was younger, I didn’t bother with it as much, but now without fail I do: I have found it has helped my skin a lot. One thing I will say is that you don’t even need to spend lots money, as long as you find a range of products that suit you.

For those late nights when you can’t be bothered to do a whole cleanse routine, the basic step should be to wipe your make-up off with a wipe, as sleeping with make-up on is the worst thing you can do to your skin! Once I was so tired after a night out and a few cheeky beverages, I was having a tantrum about taking my make-up off and just wanted to go sleep. My husband came marching in with wipes and cleaned my face lol!!! Even he knows sleeping with make-up is a no no! 

I also find regular facials can help maintain good clean skin too. Steaming your face once a month helps open up pores. If it all sounds time consuming or visits to a salon, you can do all this at home. There are many home recipes for facials and steaming can be done by using a small bowl of hot water. 

Avocado face mask

One of my home recipes is an avocado face mask, so simple to make! 

Avacado facemask

Ingredients: 

  • ½ soft avocado
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon honey.
Preparation and usage:
  • mash the avocado with a fork
  • dissolve the honey into the water, add it to the avocado and give it a good mix
  • apply to your face using fingers (avoid eye and mouth area)
  • keep mask on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash away.
Applying avocado facemask

Go on you know you want to try it...

Recently I have been applying argan oil to my face before bed, it is fabulous –  not only does my skin feel good, but it looks so fresh too. Also, like most things, there is always some kind of trend….yes there is one with make-up removal too – the facial cleansing brush! This is a good way to get a good deep clean and simulation, like other parts of the body the face needs circulation too; this helps the skin to look plump and healthy. 


Remember, never go sleep with make-up on…cleanse, tone and moisturise! 

This content cannot be taken as medical advice. Always consult a healthcare professional about psoriasis and ensure that any cosmetic products you apply are appropriate for you.

UK/IE 2013b/00059e; date of preparation: August 2015

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