Double-Duty Makeup Removers that Will Brighten Your Complexion

by Joyce Cheo
LIFESTYLE  |  April 05, 2019
  • Cleanse and brighten all at once
    1 / 9 Cleanse and brighten all at once

    We’ve all been there: At the end of a very long day, the last thing you want to do is to stand at your sink, meticulously remove your makeup and massage in layers of skincare. Yet, going to bed with your makeup on is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Just imagine the amount of makeup, sweat, sebum and dirt that have accumulated on the skin over the course of the day. Not to mention going to bed with makeup on means your skin doesn’t get a chance to regenerate itself because of an occlusive layer of gunk and grime that’s suffocating it.

    Which is why the latest crop of skincare-infused makeup removers will hopefully change things for people who are too lazy to clean their skin. Not only do these makeup removers thoroughly remove makeup, they also help to maintain skin’s moisture and brighten the complexion. So if you’re looking at taking the easy way out, here are the eight brightening makeup removers to get your hands on:

    (Also read: These Multi-Tasking Skincare Products are Like Spa Treatments in a Bottle)

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  • Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser ($46 for 150ml)
    2 / 9 Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser ($46 for 150ml)

    No matter what your skin type is, you’ll love the jelly texture of this cleanser that dissolves makeup, dullness-causing impurities, dirt and excess sebum. Free of artificial fragrances and potentially irritating chemicals, it has a gentle formula that respects skin’s moisture and pH levels. Once it’s thoroughly rinsed away, your skin feels softer and smoother, and looks clearer and more energised.

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  • Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Lightening & Polishing Cleansing Oil ($125 for 450ml)
    3 / 9 Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Lightening & Polishing Cleansing Oil ($125 for 450ml)

    Thanks to the combination of Japanese charcoal and tea extract, this cleansing oil also eliminates dead skin cells and draws out impurities while giving your skin a deep and thorough cleanse. At the same time, it is also enriched with bilberries which help counter free radicals that can dull skin so that your complexion looks brighter and clearer.

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  • Frank Body Charcoal Face Cleanser ($32 for 100ml)
    4 / 9 Frank Body Charcoal Face Cleanser ($32 for 100ml)

    Formulated for oily, congestion-prone skin, this face cleanser eliminates all traces of makeup and deep cleanses pores without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. It does so with a combination of charcoal, echinacea and botanical oils to soothe inflammation, purge pores and restore hydration for a clear and blemish-free complexion.

    (Also read: 7 Antioxidant Skincare Products Every City Girl Needs)

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  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam ($49 for 100ml)
    5 / 9 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam ($49 for 100ml)

    When your skin becomes burdened by impurities such as pollutant particles, it can start to look dull as cellular function slows down and your skin doesn’t renew itself optimally. And this night-use cleansing foam from Estee Lauder aims to prevent just that. With a dense foam that effectively cleanses deep within pores, it purifies the skin by getting rid of accumulated dirt, grime and pollution particles to reveal a clarified and refreshed complexion.

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  • Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Multi Action Cleansing Gel ($36 for 150ml)
    6 / 9 Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Multi Action Cleansing Gel ($36 for 150ml)

    Suitable even for sensitive skin types, this soothing gel cleanser washes away makeup and other impurities while restoring skin’s vital moisture levels. At the same time, it contains botanical extracts to gently eliminate dead skin cells that have built up on skin’s surface for a fresh, well-balanced and radiant mien.

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  • Erborian Black Cleansing Oil ($40 for 190ml)
    7 / 9 Erborian Black Cleansing Oil ($40 for 190ml)

    Enriched with Japanese charcoal, apply this cleansing oil onto dry skin to dissolve all traces of makeup and dullness-causing impurities. Then, add a tad of warm water to emulsify the formula and activate its full cleansing power as the non-oily formula forms a gentle cocoon over the skin, restoring skin health and radiance as it cleanses and detoxifies.

    (Also read: 7 Brightening Masks For Glowing Skin)

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  • Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm ($70 for 100g)
    8 / 9 Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm ($70 for 100g)

    This luxurious cleansing balm is worth every dollar, thanks to its power-packed formula that’s enriched with skin-conditioning botanical ingredients to soothe, hydrate and protect the skin while effectively ridding it of any makeup traces and impurities. Perfect for those with blemish-prone skin, it contains blue tansy and German chamomile, both of which are rich in azulene, which calms and soothes inflammation. It also nourishes the skin with cocoa butter, an antioxidant-rich ingredient that fights free radical damage at a cellular level so skin looks brighter and is better equipped to protect itself against external aggressors including pollutant particles and temperature fluctuations.

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  • WEI Five Sacred Grains Even Brighter Silky Cleansing Milk ($55 for 200ml)
    9 / 9 WEI Five Sacred Grains Even Brighter Silky Cleansing Milk ($55 for 200ml)

    Perfect for those with dull skin, this gently-foaming cleanser harnesses the power of five natural grains to polish and condition the skin for a smoother, more luminous complexion. It is also specially formulated so as not to disrupt skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH level to ensure optimal skin health.

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