The Best Way to Remove Makeup — No Makeup Remover Required

by Christine Tusher September 12, 2023

Squalane + Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser with foam and product spilling out

We all want to start our day with clean, calm, radiant skin. This process actually begins the night before with thorough, gentle makeup removal. While taking off your makeup may be the last thing you want to do at the end of the long day, sleeping with your makeup on can lead to breakouts, irritation, and even premature aging. 

Fortunately, the best way to remove makeup is easier than you think. With the right face wash, you can take off your makeup without makeup remover for clean, refreshed, hydrated skin.

How to Remove Makeup Without Makeup Remover

Many of us rely on makeup remover or cleansing wipes to take off our makeup. But when you use the right face wash, these products are extraneous at best.

While eye makeup remover can be helpful, an effective cleansing oil — such as our Antioxidant Cleansing Oil — can remove even waterproof eye makeup, streamlining your routine while providing additional skincare benefits. Many people also make the mistake of using eye makeup remover all over their face to remove blush, foundation and bronzer. These products aren’t made to be used all over and can cause clogged pores and blemishes.

Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing oil with sugarcane

Beware of Cleansing Wipes

Similarly, cleansing wipes can also do more harm than good when used overzealously. Wipes can tug on skin, causing irritation and leading to fine lines and wrinkles over time. They also aren’t as effective at removing makeup as facial cleanser and can leave irritating chemicals behind. This combination can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, irritation, and redness. 

Remove Makeup and Deep Clean Skin with Gentle Double Cleansing

The best way to remove makeup is by double cleansing with a combination of oil-based and gentle foaming cleansers. Dirt and makeup can create a barrier that’s hard for cleansers to breach, preventing them from penetrating pores to cleanse properly. 

A double cleanse is like sweeping before you mop. An initial cleanse with an oil-based cleanser dissolves dirt and impurities, clearing the way for a gentle foaming cleanser to clear pores of oil and sebum so that skincare can penetrate.

 Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser + Antioxidant Oil Cleanser in sink

How to Double Cleanse

Start by using an oil-based cleanser such as our Antioxidant Cleansing Oil. This light and silky cleansing oil effortlessly dissolves impurities and makeup while adding a burst of squalane-fueled hydration. Meanwhile, nourishing antioxidants target stress and signs of aging, leaving the skin healthy, radiant, and nourished.

Apply a few pumps of cleansing oil to a dry face and massage using circular strokes, working the product all the way up to the hair line and onto easy-to-miss spots such as the nostrils and lips. Be extra gentle when removing eye makeup, using a light touch on lids and around the lash line as our powerfully effective cleansing oil dissolves every trace of makeup — even waterproof eye makeup. 

Rinse with water and watch as the product transforms into a silky, luxurious milky cleanser. Then follow with our Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser. Formulated for all skin types, this satisfying foaming cleanser uses a  powerful amino acid complex to break down dirt while aloe calms and soothes and moringa extract removes remnants of pore-clogging environmental debris. Your skin is left clean, hydrated, and refreshed.

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Christine Tusher

Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher


As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I’m excited to bring my passion for storytelling to Biossance as an Engagement Content Writer. Two things you should know about me: I have a deep love of the ocean (especially sharks) and I’m obsessed with clean beauty. My bathroom cabinet is literally overflowing with my many-layered sustainable skincare routine. This combo is what led me to buy my first bottle of Vitamin C Rose Oil. I was so impressed by the way it improved my skin that I wanted to shout this brand from the rooftops. Three years later, and here I am doing just that. I’m excited to be on this journey of clean beauty innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you here on the blog.

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