Makeup remover wipes are so incredibly convenient. I’ve been known to carry a pack or two of them in my bag for quick makeup removal or to freshen up my face when needed (i.e., humid day, post-workout, etc). Although they s
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eem to serve their purpose for those special on-the-go or time-crunch situations, I've always wondered exactly how clean my skin was getting when using them. I’m sure you’ve wondered the same thing. The truth is, I’m not totally convinced that they remove
all of the makeup, and I still wish to cleanse my face more thoroughly following use.
It’s hard not to imagine an ugly layer of residue sitting on my skin wreaking all kinds of havoc – eek
Turns out, there is some truth to my OCD this! Dr. Maryann Mikhail, a dermatologist based in New York, confirmed, on the use of makeup cleansing wipes:
Since you’re not rinsing away the active cleansing ingredients in wipes, that residue that’s left may expose your skin to high concentrations of solubilizers, surfactants and emulsifiers. This can be drying and irritating for some people, especially those with dry or sensitive skin. Also, some wipes contain alcohol, which can cause stinging.”
This got me thinking of more natural ways to remove makeup from the skin without causing further damage or irritation. You will be very surprised (and relieved) that many of the ingredients can be found right at home…in our very own kitchen!
Coconut or olive oil
If there were ever a beauty crisis, the answer will (almost) always be coconut oil; it just has so many uses! Natural oils are great for the skin and a key factor in keeping it vibrant and youthful. Coconut and olive oils help to remove makeup without overdrying the face — win! This is my personal go-to and it works each and every time, even for more difficult eye makeup
Almond oil and milk
Now I know why milk baths are a thing! The fats and proteins milk contains do wonders for the skin. A little almond oil mixed with milk gets the job done for makeup removal – just put some of the mixture on a cotton ball and give your face a good, gentle rub down.
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Good ol’ cucumbers. They always come through for us due to their anti-inflammatory properties, especially when we have puffy undereye bags. They're also great for removing makeup — who knew? Just blend some into a paste and apply to skin alone. Or you can choose to add a bit of milk or olive oil to the mixture for smoother consistency/ease of use
And there you have it! Pretty soon, you'll be mixing and concocting your very own makeup remover pads that are great for your skin — not to mention they'll save you money in the long run
Have you tried any of these makeup removal combinations? Sound off in the comments below and let me know if you have any additional natural removal remedies to add!
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