Dermatologists Share The 'Best' Makeup Removers For Women Over 40 That Won't Irritate Dry Skin

In order to maintain a healthy, supple and radiant complexion, it is imperative to remove your makeup before bed, regardless of age. As we grow older, our skin naturally tends to lose moisture, making it prone to dryness. However, it is important to note that certain makeup removers may aggravate dry skin, particularly for women over the age of 40.

Seeking the expertise of dermatologists, makeup artists and skincare specialists, we have compiled a list of the best makeup remover types that are gentle on dry skin. Read on for tips, suggestions and insight from Dr. Yoram Harth, board-certified dermatologist and Medical Director of MDhair and Margina Dennis, celebrity makeup artist and skincare expert.

The 2 Optimal Makeup Remover Types For Women With Dry Skin

1. Mild Cleansers and Face Washes

Harth says the "best way to remove makeup is with the help of a mild cleanser." People with dry skin and oily skin will need different types, which he explains as well. "The cleanser can be a hydrating cleanser for women with dry skin," Harth says, and a more "active cleanser with a small percentage of salicylic acid for people with acne-prone skin and oily skin." Washing and cleansing your face should be done before putting on makeup and while taking it off to ensure that you are starting and ending your day with clean skin.

Relying solely on a makeup remover to do all the work will not warrant desired results, he notes. "Most makeup removers [like makeup wipes and micellar water] remove only part of the makeup," Harth adds. "The rest of the makeup, together with dead skin cells, dry sebum, and the dirt accumulated on your skin during the day, are smeared over your skin and clog the skin pores." By adding time to cleanse your face into your nighttime routine, you're ensuring the removal of makeup and other undesired pore-clogging elements.

2. Cleansing Balms

Cleansing balms, Dennis says, "are great makeup removers for dry skin because they won't strip the surface." To safeguard your dry skin from damage, it is essential to opt for a makeup remover that is formulated with oil. Dennis says that this not only deeply cleanses but also keeps your skin hydrated. "It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm and Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil are among my favorites," she shares.

Makeup remover types like wipes and micellar water might work to take off makeup in a pinch, but Harth stresses that they are less effective than cleansers and balms. "Makeup removers will usually not cause more wrinkles," he explains, "but they can damage the natural protective layer of the skin and cause it to be more dry, rough, and dull-looking."

To avoid this, both experts recommend washing your face thoroughly twice a day with a cleanser or product recommended by your dermatologist, moisturizing before bed and right upon waking, and always making sure to never sleep with makeup on.