I’ve been wearing makeup since my early teens, and this has sadly involved wiping my eyes with harsh chemicals every night so my eyelashes don’t fall off as I toss and turn in my sleepy time.
It’s very bad for you to forgo removing your makeup at the end of the day. But I’ve also always been casually concerned about the makeup removers and how toxic they’re likely to be. One time a few weeks ago I used a new type of remover and instantly got an unpleasant rash all over my face. My mum was visiting at the time, and she offered to try making me a natural makeup remover (she’s a medical herbalist and is experimenting with making natural beauty products). I scoffed that it couldn’t be done, because the makeup itself is full of chemicals so even more are needed to remove it. I switched to a different brand and the skin rash gradually subsided.
Fast forward a little while and I’m at my mum’s house, at bed time, realising I forgot to bring my makeup remover. She doesn’t wear makeup so I can’t use hers. She obviously didn’t have time to whip up a home-made product there and then, but she suggested I try using coconut oil. I didn’t think it’d work but I gave it a try.
And you know what?
It worked perfectly. Actually it worked way better than the chemical makeup remover I’d forgotten to pack. And the best part is that coconut not only totally non-toxic, it’s also actively great for your skin. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin and makes it softer and healthier.
If you want to try this (and all makeup wearers really should!) it’s very simple. All health stores and most supermarkets will have coconut oil. It’s solid and white in the jar, but it melts when in touch with your skin. First dap your eyes and face with water to start the loosening process. Then just take a small amount (like half a teaspoon full roughly but no need to measure) of the coconut oil with your fingers and rub it over your eyes (and face if you’re wearing foundation). Continue to do this with your eyes shut and the makeup and melted coconut oil will slide down your face. Don’t worry about that. Rub your eyes gently from closed eyelid to cheek in a downwards motion to persuade your mascara to stop clinging to your lashes and roll off. Open your eyes and you’ll look like you’ve been rubbing your face in soot and vaseline. Don’t worry though, just wipe everything off with a tissue or cotton pad to reveal your super soft and clean face!
So there you have it, makeup remover is a completely unnecessary product, even if you count makeup as necessary! This is yet another example of companies churning out useless products and making us believe we couldn’t possibly live without them. Needless to say the production of standard makeup remover is very environmentally damaging, as is throwing away the waste it causes.
I brought the jar in the picture for £3.50 for 200 grams of organic coconut oil. The price is similar to a bottle of makeup remover, and I think it will last me a lot longer but I’ll have to wait and see and report back on that one. It’s definitely a healthier and more sustainable option so I fully recommend giving it a try!