beauty · skin

diy natural makeup remover

removing your makeup is essential before you go to sleep! but how do you remove it naturally and not bombard your delicate facial skin with unnecessary/toxic chemicals? here’s some ideas for ya!

natural makeup removers (no harsh chemicals)

to remove eye makeup (ONLY):

  • unrefined coconut oil. seriously; that’s it! just put some unrefined CO on a warm, damp washcloth, and wipe your eye makeup away! wipe the excess oil off with the washcloth. please note that you should use CO to take off eye makeup ONLY. when used on the face, it will clog pores over time and lead to breakouts. no one wants that!

to remove facial makeup:

  • jojoba oil (most like skin’s natural oil)
  • or grapeseed oil
  • optional – witch hazel

…and by now i hope you’re thinking…. “wait, just oil? then how do i do that?” enter the OCM! yes, it’s the same thing! i never use anything but the OCM and LOOOOVE it πŸ™‚ i was going to just link you to this page to have you look over the whole OCM routine again. but i imagine y’all are just as lazy as me sometimes (ha), so i’ll do a little copy/paste so there’s one less click for ya! if you want to learn more though, check out the post!
*if you want to add witch hazel, use anywhere from 2 parts oil to 1 part WH, up to equal amounts of both.

how to use the OCM to clean your skin and remove your makeup:

  1. wipe your face (make-up) with warm water and a wash cloth
  2. slather a generous puddle of your oil or oil/witch hazel blend onto your face and massage gently for two minutes
  3. put the wash cloth under HOT water and gently wring out excess water so it doesn’t drip on you (don’t burn yourself! this is meant to β€œsteam” your face)
  4. place washcloth over your face and relax until it cools off
  5. gently massage/wipe the oil from your face with the same wash cloth
  6. heat up the wash cloth again with the hot water
  7. place over your face again until it cools off
  8. massage/wipe off your face again with the wash cloth
  9. allow your skin to air dry

done! makeup-free, happy skin!

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17 thoughts on “diy natural makeup remover

  1. Hey Alex, I was wondering what your opinion is on homemade face wipes? I’m a big face wipe user to take off my make-up and I’m considering the idea of making my own. Several websites I’ve looked at mention using coconut oil, and a couple of pumps of baby wash. I bought Dr.Bronner’s baby castille soap to try that since it is all natural and I already use the almond one for my hair. But I was wondering if you had any experience with it? Thanks!! Love your blog!

    Abby

    1. hey! that sounds like an awesome idea, especially with the dr bronners. i’d use another oil (jojoba?) instead of coconut oil for your face though. i don’t advocate soap on the face, but the concept of these wipes is very cool! πŸ™‚ thanks so much for sharing! ❀

  2. I have combo skin that is more oily during the summer and more dry during the winter, and I find Citrus Clear’s Sensitive Wash works great for me year round. The Citrus Clear Sensitive works well to dissolve my makeup and clean my skin. I use it in conjunction with their moisturizer since its light. With those two products, my skin has never been better!

  3. Hey Alex! I love using the OCM! It had done wonders for my very sensitive skin! What are the benefits of using witch hazel on your skin? I thought that was more for a toner if you need it?

  4. Why do you not condone to using coconut oil over the rest of your face? I’ve used it for years without any breakouts or problems – my face has been much LESS prone to breaking out with using CO and I use it every day to cleanse my face with or without makeup. I thought it was good for your face?

    1. coconut oil can be comedogenic and lead to breakouts over time. but if it works for you, then it works for you πŸ™‚ i just wouldnt advise it for every day use simply because of the risk. everyone’s different of course πŸ™‚

      1. I was a little sad to read that too. I started the OCM from reading one of your other posts using CO with a few drops of TeaTree and did it only a few times (maybe 3x in one week). My chin is extremely acne prone and at first it didn’t work well so I stopped (never felt too oily tho). I have now started back up using it every night (CO & TeaTree mixture) and then in the morning I’ve been doing a scrub of baking soda, honey and lemon juice. I have noticed my acne on my chin is drying up, healing (which makes it itchy!) and looking much better in the course of a week. I hope it’ll be completely gone in 2 weeks. But now I’m concerned about the CO not being the right thing to use! I found some Argan oil at the health food store and was going to use that but now I’m wondering if I got hosed. It was 4oz for like $32. It says PURE on the bottle, but then the ingredients list it as only 99.5% with “Tocopherol (Vitamin E)/Antioxidant to preserve the freshness of the oil”. (Made by “Life-flo” life-flo.com) Think I’ll be okay to use that on my hair and just stick to my CO on my face? (Sad Ramsey)

    2. I use CO sparingly on the dry parts of my skin. Ive noticed it helps with the breakouts in those areas. I have pretty bad acne, and I live in MT, so my skin becomes dry and irrated. The CO helps with that. But I avoid putting it on my blackhead prone areas, and use very little. I use it in my homemade scrub too. When my skin is very partched, I use CO to wash it also. I think it depends a lot on how you use it, where you use it, and how oily/dry your skin is naturally.

  5. I’ve been taking my makeup off with jojoba oil or sweet almond oil for several years. It works like a charm, even on waterproof mascara. I follow it with rose water.

    1. hey ashlea! yea, you can do it every day. however, personally i’ve found that with my skin, using warm water and a washcloth works the best in between my ocm days.

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