Simple, All Natural Makeup Remover
I have a confession to make… I’m one of the worst when it comes to being consistent at washing my face before bed. I’ve never really adhered to a set bedtime routine and can pretty much fall asleep whenever my body and mind feels like it – -whether or not I’ve washed, toned and moisturized my face. I know, I know… cardinal sin of the woman code… Many times, I justified it by my getting a little extra “beauty” sleep in favor of washing my face. Now that I’m getting older, I recognize the importance of both, equally; therefore, I came up with the compromise of washing my face bedside with the help of makeup remover wipes.
Store bought makeup remover wipes, kept beside, have proven to be a convenient go-to but not necessarily cost effective or the best options for the most natural ingredients. I’ve experimented with making my own makeup remover wipes from some DIY recipes I’ve found online but ran into the problem of them getting funky fast. Soooo…Based on the Oil Cleansing Method I’ve resolved to using this blend of pure, plant/seed oils for an all natural, simple, makeup remover.
I know some people may freak out by the idea of putting straight up oil on their face but, it’s important to remember not all oils are created and utilized equally. Pure, natural (and preferably organic) plant based and seed oils like extra virgin olive, grape seed, avocado, sesame seed and almond oils (to name a few) are highly nourishing to the skin. These kind of oils “feed” your face with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti aging and balancing properties. No need to be concerned with your face becoming too oily with this method either. More so than not, if you have oily skin, it is due to your skin overcompensating from being dried out and stripped of it’s own natural oils caused by conventional face cleansers.
This excerpt from Acne.org describes the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) best:
“Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”
Simple, All Natural Makeup Remover
Ingredients (use organic when available)
makes 1 cup
Always shake well before using. Using cotton, linen, microfiber cloth or paper towel, etc., saturate with makeup remover and rub around face and eye area to remove makeup. Using additional cotton, cloth or paper towel, continue to do so until all makeup is removed. Alternatively, you can apply the makeup remover to clean hands, rub together, apply in upward motions on the face, and wipe off with a clean cloth. Be careful not to get it in your eyes. *Tip: If you’re not planning on washing your hair the next day you may want to wear a fabric headband to cover your hairline. Store in a dark, covered jar or bottle away from sunlight.
While you can use any plant based/seed oil alone to cleanse and moisturize your face, I like to combine a couple of different oils since I tend to have combination skin. Plant based and seed oils are either higher in oleic fatty acids or linoleic fatty acids. Your skin type will determine what oils should work best for you. Oils such as, extra virgin olive, avocadol and almond oils are higher in oleic acids which are heavier and highly moisturizing and nourishing. Oils such as, grape seed and sesame seed oil are higher in linoleic acid is and are lighter, highly absorbable, and moisturizing without clogging pores. To find out more about the ratios of oleic and linoleic acids and which ones may work best for you, check out this post by from the Minimalist Beauty. Personally, I like to add some Witch Hazel to balance it all out. If you’re not familiar with Witch Hazel it is a natural astringent, derived from a plant and contains tannins. These are known to help repair and tighten the skin and reduce inflammation, redness, and pore size while also helping to fight bacteria. I admit, it doesn’t have the greatest smell but the benefits it provides prevails!