Ladies, we go through a great deal of trouble to look our best, don’t we? Eyelash curlers, hot rollers, hair straighteners, and makeup. If you are like us, you look for cosmetics that have a natural base to them, because who wants to put toxic stuff on your pretty skin, right?
However, when it comes to removing that makeup, what do you use? Almost all makeup removing products either don’t work (soap and water? Right.) Or they are loaded with petroleum based junk.
Even those “all natural” makeup removers leave a lot to be desired. Did you know, however, that there are actually makeup removers, some of them right in your own kitchen, that work like magic in getting off those false eyelashes and metallic eye shadows?
Let’s take a good look at the top 10 best, completely natural makeup removers that actually work.
This sounds strange, but it really does work. Yogurt will not only remove makeup, but it softens your skin at the same time. Use plain, unsweetened yogurt for this one, not the fruit at the bottom kind. Put some of the yogurt in a small bowl to avoid containing a larger jar of yogurt, then dip a cotton ball into the bowl. Wipe all over your face and wait just a few seconds, then rinse well with cool water. The only drawback to yogurt is that it can drip and be a bit messy, but that’s a small price to pay for beautiful skin.
You’ve probably seen tons of cucumber based masks and lotions in stores. This is because cucumber is naturally soothing to the skin due to its natural anti-inflammatory compounds. If you often get breakouts or have red spots from other cleansers, this is the one for you. You can blend one small cucumber, or cut a large one in half, and put it in the blender until you have a nice paste. Rub this paste over your face with your fingers and wait about 1 minute. Rinse with cool water.
- Almond Oil and Milk
This is a terrific combination that exfoliates the skin, while keeping it from becoming dried out. Use whole milk for this procedure as it has more lactic acid in the fat, which removes dead skin cells without scrubbing.
Simply mix a tablespoon of almond oil into a small bowl with about half a cup of milk. Dip a cotton ball in this mixture and rub over your entire face. You might want to do this twice. Then you can simply rinse it off with warm water. This is a simple, yet remarkable way to remove makeup and keep that beautiful peaches and cream complexion.
- Jojoba Oil
This oil has a funky name, but it is oh so wonderful for the skin and hair because it naturally mimics our own oil secretions. If you tend to have oily skin, this is the one to try. Simply mix two parts water with one part jojoba oil. Mix up in a little bowl, then dab on your face using a cotton ball. Use another cotton ball soaked in this same mixture and wipe away makeup and dirt all in one fell swoop.
While you are making some guacamole for the weekend, pick up an extra avocado for your own personal use. This method is super easy! Simply cut the avocado in half, then use a cotton ball and rub some of the inside of the avocado. You don’t need to have huge chunks; just a little hint of green will do the trick. Rub the cotton ball on your face and watch the makeup come off like magic. When you have finished, rinse with cool water. These tasty little green fruits are high in vitamin E, A, and D, so they nourish your skin at the same time they remove makeup.
- Witch Hazel
One of the oldest, yet completely natural products, for removing makeup is witch hazel. Unfortunately, witch hazel can be drying to the skin. For a terrific make-it-yourself makeup remover, simply mix 2 tablespoons of witch hazel (you can buy it in any drugstore for about $2) 2 tablespoons of olive oil or jojoba oil, and 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk together and apply with a cotton ball. Remove with a warm, wet washcloth.
- Olive Oil
You probably have a bottle of this in your kitchen right now. Talk about easy! No trip to the drug store, just put olive oil on a cotton ball and swipe it on your face, then rinse off with warm water. If you tend to have oily skin or suffer from breakouts, add 1 drop of tea tree oil to one tablespoon of olive oil to stop those breakouts.
- Grape Seed Oil
You can find this in your supermarket, right next to the olive oil. It might cost a bit more, but it does an outstanding job at removing tough eye makeup, like those waterproof mascaras. Simply put some on a cotton ball and apply where needed, then wipe off with a cotton pad or washcloth. Rinse with warm water and you are good to go!
- Castile Soap
Castile soap (sometimes spelled Castille) is a very pure soap that won’t sting your eyes if you should get a little in them. You can buy this liquid soap in just about any pharmacy for about $1. You can make a nice bottle of natural makeup remover for pennies! Simply mix ¼ teaspoon of Castile soap with 1 tablespoon of olive oil or jojoba oil into one cup of water. Just shake before using, and then apply with a cotton ball. This is one of the best, all around makeup removers that works like a charm.
- Organic Coconut Oil
Probably the best thing ever for removing even the most stubborn makeup. Many women say that they have the best success, and don’t even need a moisturizer afterwards, by simply rubbing coconut oil into their skin, rinse with warm water, apply honey to the face, rub for a minute, then rinse. If you still see some traces of makeup, you can repeat with another coconut oil wash, but between the coconut oil to dissolve makeup and the honey to moisturize your skin, most women find this to be the perfect skin care routine.
There is no need to spend $25 on a makeup remover when you have so many natural choices that work equally as well, without toxic compounds.
What is your favorite way to remove makeup?