I am a minimalist at heart; I like makeup but hate taking it off, so most of the time will do as little as I can get away with. This is particularly true when it comes to washing my face at night– I do it because I know I am supposed to, but if I could just splash water on my face and have all my makeup magically disintegrate I would be perfectly happy (I often choose mascara based primarily on how water soluble it is!)
Thus, I often look for simple and natural makeup removers that involve as few steps as possible. And, as often as not (as with all other worthwhile quests) this search ends in the kitchen. You don't have to buy makeup remover, here are simple items that you likely have in your cupboard already that will do the trick without harsh chemicals.
- Oils. I have traditionally used coconut oil to remove my makeup (is there anything it CAN'T do?) Although in chatting with a friend she told me about the wonders of castor oil, and how it has a lower comedogenic number, ie. it will not clog your pores as much, and thus is better than coconut and olive oils for your skin (who knew that there was a pore clogging scale for oils??)
- Honey. Take a small squirt of honey with warm water and your choice of the aforementioned oil in a washcloth, and if necessary you can add a bit of baking soda to gently exfoliate and remove the grime.
- Yogurt. Besides being delicious, yogurt is a great moisturizer for your skin, can relieve sunburns, and yes, remove makeup! Just make sure to wash thoroughly to prevent any bacteria growth from the dairy.