Women who wear makeup sometimes use a cleansing cream or makeup remover before they wash their faces. I don’t think this is necessary, unless you use a very greasy or waterproof makeup. A water-soluble cleanser and warm water will remove most types of foundation. The fewer things you use on your skin the better, and in most cases there’s no reason to use two cleansers.
If you must use a makeup remover, then apply it only where you need it. For instance, if you have black circles under your eyes from your mascara, then use an eye-makeup remover on the skin beneath the eyes.
Many people believer that tugging on their skin can cause wrinkles, and so they always use an upward and/or circular motion when cleansing. I’m not sure where the idea that massage, even quite vigorous massage, cause wrinkles comes from, but of all the things that contribute to aging skin, rubbing or pulling or massaging it aren’t anywhere near the top of the list.
Dr. Howard Murad, M.D.