Wearing makeup is like taking a nice hot shower during freezing winter: once you’re in the hot shower, you don’t want to get out, right? Well, it’s the same with makeup, once you’ve applied it and worn it all day when the time comes to remove it, you dread it… Why? Maybe it’s because you love how your makeup looks OR you are too lazy to remove it. Sometimes, it just seems like it takes forever to do. Especially when you’re using makeup wipes that you have to aggressively rub all over your skin and eyes several times. Doesn’t that sound a bit painful?
What if I told you that there’s a way cheaper, much easier, and more natural way of removing your makeup? One that will not damage your skin, but help your skin while getting rid of the yucky dirt and makeup. And you probably already have it in your pantry! You guessed it, say hello to your new favourite makeup remover: Coconut oil!
Let’s talk about why coconut oil is quickly growing into the best cheap makeup remover and how you should use it –
- Raw, organic coconut oil is an emollient, which means that it is extremely soothing and softening on the skin.
- It is a non-irritant and contains anti-microbial properties which could aid in helping acne and inflammation of the skin.
- It is very soothing for sensitive skin types.
- Safe to use around and on the eyes.
- Helps with the conditioning of your lashes which is always a great benefit when you wear a lot of mascara.
- Removes waterproof mascara in an instant, and removes your makeup overall super fast.
- It’s cheap and easily accessible.
Do you want more uses and benefits of this miracle worker? Go ahead and read this post on 101 more uses and other benefits of coconut oil.
The steps you need to take when replacing your makeup wipes with coconut oil:
Do a patch test first –
The majority of people have no problems with using coconut oil on their skin, but not everyone’s the same. Maybe you could be allergic, or it could cause you to break out more, that’s why I advise you to do a little patch test before making the final switch. Just rub a little on your arm or even on your neck, and observe if anything strange happens over a couple of hours.
Always use it in its purest form –
Coconut oil will of course have its maximum benefits to your skin when it’s 100% raw. Always make sure you buy cold-pressed, unrefined, organic coconut oil that has no added chemicals. Having those three keywords on the label from whatever brand you buy, is sure to be safe to use on your skin.
Store in a relatively cool place –
Coconut oil melts pretty fast when exposed to even the slightest of heat, and while it wouldn’t harm the coconut oil, it’s always best to have it kept in its solid form.
Use a clean spatula or spoon to scoop it out –
Please do not remove the coconut oil from the jar or tub with your fingers, even if you have washed your hands. As a matter of fact, all skincare products stored in a tub, jar, etc. should be removed with a clean spatula to prevent cross-contamination and unwanted bacteria from entering. After you’ve removed a little, you can simply rub the coconut oil between your hands to warm it up into a liquid.
Practice the “a little goes a long way” rule –
Since coconut oil is an emollient, you do not need much to remove all your makeup properly. In fact, the main reason why so many people break out from coconut oil is that they apply way too much than what is needed. Less than a teaspoon is more than enough. (remember that this also depends on how much and what type of makeup you’re wearing.)
Do not rub your face harshly –
The whole reason why coconut oil is such a great makeup remover is you do not have to use a washcloth or cotton pads to rub on your skin, which is very damaging. Simply massaging the coconut oil on your face with your clean fingers will do the trick.
Rinse your face –
When you feel like you’ve massaged all of the areas with makeup and it has “lifted” from your skin and lashes, you can just rinse your face a few times with warm water (not hot water).
Finish your skincare routine as normal –
Double cleansing is always a must, no matter what type of makeup remover you use. A makeup remover only lifts the makeup from your skin, making it easier to sufficiently remove all the makeup residue when washing your face with a cleanser. After you’ve removed the makeup with coconut oil and rinsed it, go in with your usual face wash and apply your other skincare products as normal.
Now, I am aware of the controversy of coconut oil being highly comedogenic (which it is apparently) and causing acne-prone skin to break out even more and that it’s not recommended for peeps with very oily skin, that is why I advised you at the very beginning to always do a patch test beforehand and using very little.
I have oily and acne-prone skin, but from my personal experience with using coconut oil as a makeup remover and occasionally applying a VERY thin layer underneath my moisturizer, I have found that it helps for my acne (decreased inflammation and less visible spots), because of its antibacterial properties and has not clogged my pores. So I guess this is just another one of those things that you have to see for yourself if it works for you, just like every other skincare product.
Coconut oil has so many benefits and being able to use it as a makeup remover is just the cherry on top! I recommend giving it a shot if you’re tired of damaging your skin and your bank account (and the planet) with makeup remover wipes. I’m not telling you that coconut oil will magically make all your skin problems vanish, but it really is a great makeup remover!
Have you ever tried coconut oil as a makeup remover before? How was your experience with it?
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