After a long, hard day at work, and then a stop off with friends at a nearby restaurant for dinner and a few drinks, it’s easy to hit the sack and not want to remove your makeup. Sure, once in a great while won’t hurt and you probably won’t cause any lasting damage to your skin. However, bad habits are hard to break, and the more times you neglect your skin, the harder you’ll pay for it when you get old. For that reason, and a few more, you should strive always to clean your face naturally and go to bed knowing that you’ve done your best to preserve your beautiful skin. Here are a few more reasons to do so, and a list of recipes for all natural, do-it-yourself makeup removal that anyone can make.
What Happens To Your Skin With Makeup
When you think about it for just a minute, you’ll realize that the actual purpose of makeup is to fill in your pores and rough spots to make your skin look smooth. Then there are added colourants to cause highlights for various sections of your face, such as cheekbones, to make you look more slender.
These products are good at what they do, closing your pores to the point where your skin looks youthful, like a teenager. The problem is, once your pores are blocked, your natural skin oils begin to clog things up inside the pores. Then bacteria takes hold and can cause acne and blemishes in its various forms. Acne can then be hard to control causing long-term scaring and social problems as well.
Eye Makeup Is Nearly As Bad
Eye makeup and mascara have their own set of problems. For one thing, many of them have metals of different types that add colour and brilliance to their products. These same metals can come loose on your pillow while sleeping and get into your eyes. There is any number of reasons why you don’t want eye makeup ingredients in your eyes and research isn’t done often enough to protect you from harmful products.
In addition to that, the clogged eyelash pores can become home to microscopic eyelash mites. They are naturally present in small numbers, but when there is an overabundance of oil in the pores, they overpopulate and cause problems similar to eczema. People just don’t realize there are mites involved when their skin becomes flaky and itchy at the front edge of their eyelashes.
The Best Solution Is To Use All Natural Makeup Removers
Now that you know why you should really never go to bed without removing all of your makeup, you need to know what the best products are to do the job, and why.
Of course, the number one reason that you always want to use 100% natural ingredients on your body is that some of the toxic compounds found in today’s off-the-shelf products are seriously bad for you, and your skin. There is no way to know which of the five syllable ingredients are going to be found to be hazardous in the near future; many of them were never investigated for that type of use.
Not only that but if you learn how to make your own natural makeup remover, you’ll be surprised at how inexpensive it really is, and how much better your skin feels after you use it. Plus, since you know exactly what’s in it, you won’t have bad dreams about your face melting off like some late night movie on cable TV.
Cleanse Your Skin With Oil
One exciting thing about all of the different types of oils is that they all tend to have the ability to dissolve each other. They mix well with one another and make it easy for you to add one oil to your face and then wipe off all of the oils together. This is a great way not to dry out your skin. Many alcohol related products can also dissolve most oils, but they take too much of the oil away from your skin and cause excessive dryness. You’ve experienced it before with products called astringents, and they leave your skin very dry.
If you have normally dry skin, then you’ll appreciate the fact that cleansing with oil will never over dry your skin. Instead, it will leave just enough of the right kind of oil to hold in your natural skin’s moisture and keep your skin looking wholesome. Here are just some of the best natural oils you can use to cleanse your skin: safflower, sunflower, olive, coconut, castor and avocado oils can all be safely used by nearly everyone.
Many people find that by mixing the various oils, they get a better cleanse and better remnant layer on their skin. People with especially oily skin like to mix 1 oz. of castor oil with 2 oz. of olive or sunflower oil for best results. You can try the best natural makeup remover recipe and see if it works for you than adjust it and try again. Since many of these oils, even in their most pure form, are reasonably inexpensive to use for makeup removal, you’ll be able to try several recipes to get the right mix.
For Those with Overly Dry Skin
It’s important to remember that nearly every time you wash your face with soaps and detergents, you’re taking away oils and not replacing them. Then your body needs to work overtime to replenish the oils that were lost. This can lead to a roller coaster of too dry, and then too oily as your body over compensates because of the soap you’re using.
If you cleanse your dry skin with an oil like olive oil with just a small amount of hazelnut oil, you’ll be able to achieve the clean skin you’re after and not over dry it. If you have combination skin, where it’s dry at your cheeks and oily on the forehead, you can mix several of the DIY skin cleansing oils together. A good recipe is 1/2 oz. of castor oil and then 1 1/2 oz. of an oil such as sunflower or avocado. This should help normalize all of your skin to stop the over and under the production of oil everywhere.
Use an Exfoliating Cleanser
Use granules for exfoliating and cleansing with your skin gently. The only thing you need is to crush and properly grind oats to fine dust and blend them with liquid until they form a paste.
If you have dry skin, you can add some yoghurt, cream or some milk into the paste. As for individuals with oily skin, I will suggest adding a little lemon juice, and for those with healthy skin, you can try either raw honey or adding some peppermint tea to the blend.
Slowly rub the paste you just made over your face in a circular motion, while avoiding your eyes, and then rinse with cold water.
Just remember one important thing, don’t make your paste anything more than what you would, because it will not retain its freshness.
You can speedup the process of making this paste by keeping a sperate jar of grounded nuts and other ingredients. So, when you need the paste, all you have to do is mix the fine power with milk, cream or water.
Use Witch Hazel
The witch hazel is an excellent cleansing agent and can be used for a variety of other things. It improves your skin softness by locking in moisture and thanks to its antibacterial properties, and it helps to clear up acne. You can also combine it to other unprocessed, natural oils to make a 100% natural makeup cleaner.
Use Shea Butter
Shea butter, another marvellous single ingredient, has the ability to remove the most stubborn makeup without damaging the skin of even the most tenacious eyes. Shea butter is usually solid at average room temperature and so can easily be used to remove cosmetics. It has around 47% saturated fats content which is mainly oil.
I will suggest to pick a small amount of it and apply it directly on the makeup and then gently rub that area, so the butter liquifies.
Clean Your Face with Honey
Honey is an anti-bacterial in nature and also has a soothing effect. As it contains enzymes that help to remove unwanted cells from the skin, it also helps to reduce the risk of acne.
You can use honey to remove any kind of makeup from your skin, below I have listed down the steps you need to follow:
- Make sure you have raw honey, you don’t want to use processed or filtered honey. Take out one spoon of honey from the jar and rub it properly in your hands.
- Place your palm on your face and start massing your face in a clockwise direction. Your aim is to distribute the honey on your face evenly.
- Let honey penetrate into your skin for 8 to 15 minutes, and then you can remove it gently with a clean cloth. Make sure not to rub your skin.
- Let your skin dry for a few minutes, and then you may notice freshness and a sense of softness in your skin.
I have no idea if anything has a better or more feminine fragrance than rose water. I do it for all kinds of things, including flavouring, improving my mood, improving my personal beauty routine and also for perfume.
To use rose water as a makeup remover, mix all the ingredients listed below in a bottle pump:
- Take one full cup of rose water.
- 1-2 teaspoon of glycerine.
- Take one fourth cup of aloevera.
- To add in more fragrance add some drops (7-8) of rose absolute.
- Finally, add one teaspoon of castile soap.
Mix of all these ingredients properly and add the mixture in your bottle pump.
How to use it?
- Take a small amount of cleanser and evenly apply it on your face. Now, massage your face in a clockwise direction for 3-5 minutes.
- Wash off your face with lukewarm water and use a clean cloth to pat dry.
Best Practices When Cleaning Your Skin
Now that you have some great ideas on which oils to use to clean your makeup off, you’ll want to use a good method not to aggravate your skin and yet remove old dead skin cells at the same time.
To begin, place about five drops of your homemade cleansing oil in the palm of your hand. Then rub between your palms and all over your face for about two minutes. Try not to over-scrub any one place, whether it’s a dry spot or overly oily spot, let the cleansing oil do most of the work. The idea is that the cleansing oil will dissolve all of the existing oils without much agitation. Then when you wipe it off, your entire skin will have an equal layer of high-quality oil everywhere.
Take a 100% cotton washcloth and soak it in very hot water. Then ring it out and place it on your face for at least a minute. This will open all of your skin pores and allow trapped oils out and healthy replenishing fats in. This is an crucial step to help equalize the dry and oily parts of your face. Finally, wipe your face clean by gently using the other side of the washrag taking care not to wipe off the remaining oils overly. You’ll want them to soak into your pores and replace the oils that you’ve cleansed off.
One important note is that it takes a few weeks to get all of your pores to be cleaned out and opened up finally. During that time, if you’re having problems with blackheads and acne, they may get a little worse until they finally open up. Once they accept the clean, healthy oil replacements that you’re providing, you’ll then notice that your extra-dry, extra-oily, and blemished skin areas will all level out and become healthy, soft, moist, and have fewer wrinkles at the same time.