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8 ways to remove makeup naturally

Save your skin by cleaning up with nourishing natural ingredients

8 ways  to remove makeup naturally

Synthetic makeup removers have convenience and the pull of instant application on their side. In the long run, however, they could harm your face and cause irritation to your eyes since most of them are loaded with chemicals and toxic ingredients. Makeup wipes are no better since they contain the same active ingredients as cleansers -- surfactants to dissolve makeup, and emulsifiers and solubilisers to lift oil and dead skin. If you aren't rinsing with water after using a makeup remover, your skin is being exposed to high concentrations of surfactants, emulsifiers, and solubilisers that can lead to anything from stinging to dryness and long-term harm. Not to mention the formaldehyde-releasing chemicals which manufacturers add to increase the product's shelf life. Go gentle on your face, and save some cash with these options you will find around the house. 

1. Avocado

Use the oily pulp of an avocado to clean your face with a cotton swab.

Tip: Readymade avocado oil is an easy alternative.

2. Oatmeal

Grains will cleanse and gently exfoliate your skin. Oatmeal is one of the best examples. To make oatmeal, all you have to do is grind some slow-cooking oats (no instant oatmeal for this) into a fine powder. For dry skin, add yogurt, milk or cream to the oatmeal. For oily, add lemon juice, and for normal skin, add peppermint tea. Gently massage your face with the paste, and rinse with water.

Tip: Always use freshly ground grains. Substitutes for oatmeal are almond flour, baking soda, rice bran, cornflour.  

3. Whole milk

Milk baths were popular with queens in historic times for cleansing and nourishing in one go. The fat and proteins (whey and casein) in raw milk hydrate the skin. Dab some whole milk onto a cotton ball and wipe it across your skin.

Tip: This cleanser is specially effective for women with sensitive eyes.

4. Yogurt

Wash your face with dahi and your skin will thank you for it. Not only is it a natural makeup remover, it will leave you dewy-faced. Yogurt is rich in lactic acid, fat and protein.

Tip: Plain yogurt without any additional ingredients is best. Dip a cotton ball into fresh yogurt and gently rub all over your face. Rinse off with tap water.

5. Oils

Cleansers strip the skin of its natural oils, which is bad either way; it could dry your skin or force it to start over-producing natural oils. By the way, those oil-free products on beauty store shelves aren't good substitutes since they contain benzyl alcohol, parabens and Triethanolamine (TEA) which can potentially have disastrous effects with daily use.  Your best bet is a natural oil. Coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil and jojoba oil are known to be tough on makeup (even waterproof mascara) and soft on skin.

Tip: For best results, use a combination of any two oils -- coconut, olive, jojobo, almond) or mix one of them with a little rose water.

6. Raw honey

Honey fights acne, has antibacterial properties, and makes your skin softer. Pour a few drops of raw honey on a wet towel and spread it over your face. Massage for a few minutes and rinse off with warm water. you have extremely oily skin, add a little lemon juice. If you have dry skin, mix in a little whole milk or cream.

Tip: Make a vitamin-rich makeup remover with raw honey, by mixing it with equal parts of raw aloe vera gel and adding a couple of drops of olive oil. 

7. Cucumber

Use cucumber juice or blend a whole cucumber into a paste as a makeup remover, specially if you have oily skin since it heals acne.

Tip: Add a few drops of olive oil for tough-to-remove lipstick and blush.

DIY eye makeup remover

This homemade makeup remover is anti-ageing and can be stored in the fridge for a few days.

What you need:

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp castor oil

1 cucumber (juiced)

2-5 drops of lavender oil

How to make it:

Mix the coconut and castor oils in a small pan. Set the gas on low and stir for 2 minutes. Allow the oils to cool. Add the cucumber juice and blend. Add the lavender oil in the end and apply with a cotton ball. Gently massage your face for a couple of minutes before washing off. 

Ready to slough off that makeup and look good naturally?