You can't find a more affordable makeup remover than water. Plain water can remove about 65 percent of oil and dirt from your skin [source: Kuehl]. There are no questionable ingredients. It won't irritate. And since most makeup is either oil- or water-based, either water or oil will probably take it off.
Plenty of sensitive-skinned patients remove their makeup with water, says Dr. Aftergut. Water won't work miracles, however. It won't take off waterproof products. People who use it make a trade-off. They swap waterproof mascara for the regular stuff and liquid eyeliners for pencils. It's not so bad.
There's one word of caution, however, especially for people with eczema, says nurse practitioner Susan Tofte. That word is moisturizer. Water dries the skin. At the least, it will make your skin feel dry and itchy. As it evaporates off the skin, microscopic cracks may develop in your skin. "That can introduce all kinds of problems," says Tofte. It's best to apply a moisturizer after the water.
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