What you should use to remove your makeup

This has to be up there among the great beauty debates.

Face wipes v micellar water v cleansing oil.

Which one is best for my skin? Which one is the quickest and easiest to use? 

Let's run through each option and by the end you'll know which one you should be using.

Face wipes

It will remove makeup but leave a film on your skin which isn't what you want when you're trying to cleanse and feel refreshed.

Caps Clinic Dermal clinician Carly Whytcross (who works wonders on my skin) says they’re all about convenience and some can contain chemicals to increase the shelf life of the product.

They contain preservatives and alcohol so are best avoided if possible as it is common for them to dry the skin and cause irritation,” she says.

The ingredients in a face wipe won’t get rid of all the makeup, oil and dirt on your face so you will need to cleanse after using them.

Micellar water

This contains micelles which are oil molecules suspended in soft water and Carly says they’re a better option than face wipes.

“Micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, kind of like a magnet,” she says.

“It is as convenient as facial wipes as it is a no-rinse way of cleansing. Good ones are soap and alcohol free.”

It’s also suitable for all skin types.

Apply it to a cotton pad and wipe across your face, being gentle of course, especially around the eye area. You should hold it over your eye for a few seconds to more easily get rid of stubborn eyeliner or mascara.

Micellar water is my go to for makeup removal and I use Garnier.

Cleansing oil

This one had me a little stumped because I wondered why I'd want to add an oil to my face.

Here's where it gets good though. Cleansing oils are the good oils and actually absorb the naturally produced (not so good) oils, plus any other dirt lingering on the skin.

It’ll also remove your makeup.

Carly says natural oils like olive, argan and grape seed replace traditional soapy cleansers.

“Apply oil onto the palms of dry hands, gently massage over a dry face, wet your face and emulsify the cleansing oil,” she says.

“Rinse thoroughly with water or wipe off with a wet cloth. A good cleansing oil doesn’t leave a greasy residue on the skin and can also soothe sensitive or dry skin.”

Once your makeup is off and despite which method you choose to do it, Carly recommends cleansing again, but this time with a cleanser suited to your skin type.

“Always double cleanse at night. One to remove makeup and sunscreen, the second to clean the skin,” she says.

“Different cleansers are used for different purposes or skin types. Sometimes it is good to have a variety of options.

“Always give the product time to do the job. Take 30 seconds to cleanse and set a timer because it is longer than you think.”