My favorite: Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Martha's Skincare Cabinet

I’m a sucker for these little pads—they’re just so convenient! Even on the nights I don’t manage to wash my whole face (don’t tell my dermatologist!), I’ll still wipe off my eye makeup with one of these. I’ve never had any irritation and the oil-free variety doesn’t need to be rinsed off, according to the package.

How to Choose Yours:
Both dermatologists say that you don’t really need a separate eye makeup remover. If you’re using Cetaphil or a creamy cleanser, just wipe off your makeup with some of that on a damp cotton pad. Just don’t wipe and wipe and wipe, which can irritate delicate eyelid skin (and cause wrinkles!).

If you prefer to use a separate makeup remover, Alexiades suggests looking for plant-derived surfactants (cleansing agents). According to her, that’s the secret to baby shampoos, many of which are cocoa or coconut-based. These are also what Alexiades uses in the 37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging Cleanser she developed. 

If you wear heavy or waterproof makeup, Wagner recommends an oil-based makeup remover. “It just glides it off,” she says.