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Our reader Silver said:

I put on CC cream, blusher and powder everyday and I only wash off with facial wash.

Recently my friend told me that the CC cream is also a form of foundation so I have to use a makeup remover to cleanse. I’ve bought a cleansing milk, but I’m a little confused about the following:

Do I really need to use the cleansing milk to remove the makeup? I’ve been told that after I use the cleansing milk, I need not use facial wash. But I find that my skin feels oily after using the cleansing milk so I use facial wash to cleanse again after that. Is it necessary?


There are many parts to your question that I think are on the mind of many Daily Vanity readers.

First, let’s address what needs to be cleansed off with a makeup remover and what doesn’t. Skincare products that contains active ingredients that are designed to penetrate into your skin are not meant to be cleansed off, whereas formulas that stay on top of your skin (typically contain polymers) are meant to be cleansed off. This means that sunscreen, BB cream, foundation, blusher, and yes, CC cream too, have to be cleansed off with a makeup remover. A CC Cream (or colour-correcting cream) applies like a concealer to correct your skin tone. While some may profess to have skin care benefits, a lot of it are still intended to stay on top of your skin, instead of penetrate into it.

A makeup remover can come in many form – a cleansing milk, cleansing water and cleansing oil, and they serve a different function from your facial wash. These are designed to dissolve makeup, while facial wash helps to cleanse off impurities like dust and excess sebum. Most of these products require “double cleansing”, which means you’re supposed to use a facial wash to cleanse again after you’ve used them to remove your makeup.

There are some exception, though. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, for instance, it is designed to be used without the need to double cleanse. In fact, you can also use it as a facial wash in the day even though you’re not wearing makeup. Another product that doesn’t require double cleansing is the Ettusais Foamy Rich Mousse. Click on the link to read our review on it.

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Kristen Juliet Soh, editor of DailyVanity.sg