Last Updated: 11th October 2016
Removing your makeup every day is essential for great looking skin. The problem is the cost of makeup remover and not know all the ingredients and chemicals used. It’s time to look out for ways to make your natural makeup remover instead.
Natural ingredients offer cleaning and exfoliating options, and you can make your remover from the comfort of your home. Here are some ideas to make your own to use on a daily basis.
Opt for Good Old Soap and Water
To start your makeup removal, it’s worth using soap and water. This will clear most of the dirt that has collected on the top and will also remove some of the makeup from the pores of your skin. Avoid scrubbing too much, as you’ll just end up damaging the skin particles.
When you opt for soap, look for those that are moisturising. This is especially important if this is all you’re going to use. Bar soap tends to dry out the skin, and some can cause allergic reactions. The skin on your face is much more sensitive and softer than the skin anywhere else on your body. You need to be as gentle as possible while working hard enough to remove the makeup.
Make sure the water is lukewarm. Too hot will just dry out the skin and cause other problems. Too cold won’t remove all the makeup!
The soap and water can be used on all parts of your face, even on the eyes. It won’t get rid of all residue of the makeup, though. It’s just a great starting point.
Make a Natural Exfoliate
Before you start clearing the makeup and hydrating your skin, you may want to get into the pores. This will depend on the last time that you exfoliated. You won’t need to do this in the face on a daily basis. Once a week will be more than enough.
You can make a natural exfoliate with some sugar or salt crystals. Sugar is better to avoid dried out skin. Add it to a cleansing mixture of oil or just apply it on a damp flannel.
Be gentle with the face. The skin is much softer than anywhere else on the body, as already noted.
Use Witch Hazel and Oil for the Eyes
An even mix of witch hazel and oil together diluted in some water is the perfect option for the eyes. When it is diluted it won’t sting the eyes at all, but you will need to dilute the witch hazel just right. Try a quarter of a cup of the witch hazel and oil with a quarter of a cup of water. Filtered water will work out better since it gets rid of the bacteria and minerals from the water, so only the added ingredients get to work on the eyes.
Shake the mixture fully when you do make it. The oil will otherwise settle at the bottom, and you won’t get to make it work on your eyes.
You can use your finger to apply the mixture or use a cotton bud. Some people choose to soak the cotton wool into the mixture and then apply directly to the eyes.
If you have any stray oil and water dripping down the face, just use some cotton wool buds to catch it and wipe it away.
The benefit of this mix is that it is gentle on the eyes, which is often the worst place to clear makeup from. It will work on the mascara, eyeliner and even eye shadow. You’ll also be able to use it on other parts of the face if you want to stick with the one mixture.
The downside is the use of the oil. It can leave a greasy texture behind. If you have naturally oily skin, it may be best just sticking to using this on your eyes only and opting for one of the next options for the rest of your face.
Add Milk to Your Oil
Oil does work as a natural cleaner, and it is great for fighting against numerous ailments. While it can leave a greasy texture, a small amount of your skin will be good for clearing up the makeup.
You can help to fight against the greasy texture and make it easier to remove the makeup from your skin. Add some milk to your oil; as long as you don’t have a dairy allergy, of course!
Milk is full of proteins that work by cleansing and hydrating. There’s a reason woman over the centuries have bathed in milk. It helps to keep the skin smooth and youthful. Mixed with the oil, you get multiple benefits all rolled into one.
Add a tablespoon of oil to a bowl of milk and use a cotton ball to make it work on your makeup. Don’t scrub. Just let the ingredients get into the pores and get rid of the dirt, grease and makeup.
But doesn’t milk cause acne? There are some people who believe that the enzymes in milk lead to the creation of acne on the skin. This is partially due to the body’s responses when you drink milk or eat anything with it included. If you apply it topically, the body doesn’t react in the same way, and you will be able to fight against the acne. The pores are cleared from the dirt that helps bacteria grow and create acne.
Even if you don’t have any makeup on, try using some milk and oil on your face for cleansing at the end of the day. Your skin will feel refreshed so that you can concentrate on your wind down routine.
Use Cucumber After the Removal
Cucumber is used during spa routines on the eyes. There’s a very good reason for it: it helps to soothe and hydrate. It can also help to remove any residue of makeup while soothing irritation caused by the chemicals in the foundations, eye shadows and other makeup that you’ve used.
You can apply the cucumber directly onto your skin after chopping it up. This is great for soothing the eyes if your witch hazel and oil mixture have caused some stinging—it shouldn’t if you get the mixture right. Even if your eyes aren’t stinging, apply the cucumber to add some moisture back into the skin around the area and remove pain from a long day.
Another option is to make the cucumber into a paste by blending it and adding some water, milk or oil. Cucumber juice is full of anti-inflammatory properties, which helps with the soothing after the makeup is removed. You can apply it directly to the areas that are most painful, or just apply it all over your face anyway!
While soothing the inflammation, you’ll also find that the skin is hydrated. Cucumber is full of water, especially when you blend it with oils or water to make your paste. The hydration will help to keep the skin flexible and soft.
Use Yoghurt for Sunburnt Skin
When you apply makeup, it won’t necessarily stop the sun from burning your skin. Many people make the mistake of using foundation as a cover-up, instead of opting for tinted sunscreen or having a protective layer on first.
When you need to remove makeup from sunburnt skin, it’s time to pull out the yoghurt from the fridge. This ingredient is full of healing properties due to the dairy enzymes and the moisture within it. The cool temperature from being stored in the fridge is also beneficial.
You don’t need to add anything to the yoghurt if you don’t want. The ingredient can be applied directly to your face. However, you can add it to other natural healing and makeup-cleaning ingredients, such as oils or cucumber juice.
Plain yoghurt is the best option for this, rather than the flavoured varieties you can buy from the store. It is possible to use your fingers, but a cotton wool bud will often help to keep the skin protected while you are applying. Rub it gently in circular motions, helping the dehydrated, burned skin to soak it all in.
When you’ve finished and allowed it to settle, rinse with some cool water. This will help to prevent the burn from getting any worse! You can sit with the yoghurt on your face for as long as you want and even add some essential oils like aloe vera to get the healing vitamins and minerals back into your skin.
Create Your Makeup Pads
Sometimes you just don’t want to bother with creams and lotions to place on your skin. You want to grab a wipe or pad quickly and just wipe the makeup away. These makeup pads will help you do just that.
The prep work takes the longest, but it is extremely easy. You’ll just have to make up enough for the number of pads that you have. The idea is that the oil mixture will be completely soaked into the pads, and all you have to do is reach into your jar for the pads as and when you need them. As long as you care for the mixture, the pads will last until they run out rather than before drying out.
Take a large jar and pour in some coconut oil and castile soap. The two ingredients working together create the cleaning liquid needed for makeup removal. The coconut oil will also help to hydrate and soothe the skin at the same time. If you’re allergic to coconut, you could opt for using olive oil or a seed oil instead.
Pour some of the mixtures onto a pad and squeeze gently to coat the whole pad. Use some water to help with this step and then pop the pad into the oil and soap mixture. Repeat with as many pads as you want to use for your weekly mixture. Put the lid on the jar on and shake to coat the pad completely. The oil mixture should completely soak into the pads.
Whenever you need some cotton wool, you can just reach into the jar and use it. Make sure the lid is placed back onto the jar to prevent the other pads from drying out.
As you use a pad, discard it and use a fresh one each time. This will help to prevent putting any makeup or dirt residue back into your skin.
Any and All Oil Will Work
Oil is a powerful cleanser. When it comes to removing makeup, it can get into the pores and get rid of any residue that has accidentally been left behind.
The benefit is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on specific types of oils. Any of them will do the job when it comes to removing makeup. There are just certain benefits to some types of oils over others. The one that you want to avoid the most is normal vegetable oil for cooking. This type of oil has other additives and ingredients.
Olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil are all considered the best options for cleansing and moisturising. You can also opt for groundnut or ground seed oils. It depends on your allergies and preferences. Look into the storing guidelines for your oils, as some will solidify under certain temperatures.
The natural makeup removers mentioned above will work for all types of makeup. The oil will even get into the waterproof options, especially mascara. The simple trick is to find that line between pressure and gentleness. Remember that your facial skin is just softer than anywhere else on the body, especially around the eyes.
If you do feel any stinging from the witch hazel and oil mixture, you’ve added too much witch hazel. You can dilute this with either water or oil but make sure you fully mix it all together.
After you’ve finished, you may find that the oil has left a greasy texture to your skin. You can rinse with cool water and damp lightly with a towel.
Making your own makeup remover is easy especially since all the ingredients you need can be found at home. Plus, you can make sure it won’t have any harmful side effects on your skin. It might even help nourish it in some ways.
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