Most of us never leave the house without some makeup on. Makeup is a great way to accentuate your features and play around with different styles. But at night, every trace of your work must come off. If you aren’t removing your makeup properly before you go to bed, you could be setting yourself up for all kinds of skin issues. The makeup that gets trapped in your pores can enlarge them and give you a bad bout of acne and blackheads. Commercial makeup removers usually contain toxic ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin. Here are six all-natural makeup removers that will leave your skin squeaky clean.
1. Raw Honey With Baking Soda
This is the perfect makeup remover and exfoliator rolled into one. You can also add your favorite oil like vitamin E or rosehip oil to make it more moisturizing. Mix the three ingredients together to form a paste and dab this over your face. Using a warm washcloth, gently rub it in circular motions over your face. Wash it off by repeatedly splashing our face with lukewarm water. You don’t need to use a face wash after this because the raw honey removes all the dirt from your skin.
The proteins and fats in milk are great for great for hydrating your skin and keeping it soft. Cleopatra was famous for bathing in milk, so if it was good enough for an Egyptian queen, then it’s good enough for us. All you need to do is dip a cotton swab into some full-fat milk and wipe your makeup off with it. You can also add some almond milk to nourish your skin even more. Use a face wash to remove any last traces of makeup and dirt on your face.
3. Coconut Oil
Virgin, cold pressed coconut oil has beneficial fatty acids which rejuvenate your skin. This makeup remover is especially beneficial for dry skin because it adds back essential moisture to it. Coconut oil can effortlessly remove even the darkest waterproof eyeliner and deeply pigmented lipsticks in one swipe. To use coconut oil as a makeup remover, just dip some cotton swabs in coconut oil and wipe your face clean with it. You can use castor oil or olive oil if you don’t have coconut oil. Follow up with a creamy, lathering cleanser.
Unsweetened yogurt contains lactic acid and beneficial bacteria which act as a mild exfoliant. If you have very sensitive skin, then yogurt is the perfect choice for a makeup remover. It is particularly soothing for sun-burned skin and helps bring it back to normal. The sourer the yogurt, the better it is for your skin. Sour yogurt is fermented more and contains more beneficial bacteria. Dip a bit of cotton into the yogurt and cleanse your skin in circular movements. Allow it to remain on your skin for 10 minutes or longer before you wash it off.
Cucumber juice is extremely soothing and is perfect for oily skin. Cucumbers have strong anti-inflammatory properties which tackle the root cause of acne. It’s also great for acne-prone, broken skin because it soothes breakouts. You can extract the juice from the cucumber to use it on your skin by either putting it in a blender or using a grater to reduce it to a pulp. Dip a cotton swab into the juice and wipe your face with it. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
6. Aloe Vera
Combine half a cup each of aloe vera gel and honey along with 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil. Mix these ingredients in a blender and store it in an airtight container. Keep this mixture refrigerated if you are using natural aloe vera gel without any preservatives. Take a small scoop of this mix and massage it over your skin with your fingertips. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing it off with cold water.