makeup remover

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Taking off your eye makeup a little too well

Despite best efforts to be gentle with the sensitive skin around your eyes, it's hard not to tug and pull a bit when trying to remove stubborn waterproof mascara and gel eyeliner. "Chronic rubbing can lead to irritation, inflammation, pigment production and early wrinkling," says Zeichner. And "even low-grade inflammation can lead to dark circles and damage to collagen." Instead, lightly press a cotton pad soaked in makeup remover over your eyes for a few seconds, which helps break down the most bulletproof of formulas, so you can swipe—not scrub—the makeup off.