Why is removing makeup important?
Sometimes forgetting to remove our makeup is a really easy thing to do. It could be due to laziness or because we are too tired.
However, our skin gets affected by these little “accidents” that seem to cause no harm if they happen once in a while. They can really damage your skin in many ways, from getting small local irritations to severe acne.
Not removing our makeup won’t let the skin breathe properly due to the layer of cosmetic product that is covering it and can cause infections.
This may lead to acne and blackheads or, in the worst case, skin damage that needs a healthcare specialist’s intervention.
These entirely unpleasant effects can be avoided by removing makeup using the right products. The skincare market is full of all types of products like:
- Cleaning lotion
- Cleansing foam
- Special soap for face
- Micellar water
- Cleansing gel
- Facial Wipes
- Makeup remover balm stick
A growing trend is the use of natural ingredients to create handmade products at home. And what’s better than a product that you made and that know what for sure what it has inside?
Using a homemade makeup remover can be beneficial not only for cleansing your skin, but also by moisturizing your skin, improving its quality, and keeping it healthy.
It will also give your eyebrows and eyelashes some love by helping them grow.
Why would I make my own makeup remover rather than just buying one?
First of all, making your cosmetic and skin care products is much cheaper than buying the actual products that are already made.
You can make them however you desire using only the ingredients chosen by yourself without any harmful components.
You can make them fit your skin’s needs perfectly since you know the best what your body needs.
You can choose the fragrance and the texture than store it in whichever recipient you prefer.
Anyway, if you choose to buy your makeup remover or any other beauty products, you could go to Molyrose and have a look at their offer.
What are the ingredients inside normal makeup removers that may be harmful?
As said before, removing our makeup is a really important part of our daily routine and it should not be skipped, but are all the makeup removers good for us?
Are they all beneficial to us? The answer to this question is surprisingly no.
There is a high number of ingredients that are usually used in makeup removers that may actually damage our skin. These can cause irritation, redness, allergies, etc.
Some examples of these ingredients are:
- Benzyl Alcohol: it may cause itching, irritation, and redness, especially for the eyes
- Poloxamers: they are usually used for emulsions and can cause irritation and inching
- Triethanolamine: this is usually used with other products and can cause swelling, blistering, peeling, redness or irritation of the skin
- Mineral Oil: usually used as an emollient that is inhibiting skin’s ability to breathe and, by creating a layer on it, it stops the skin from absorbing other motorizing sources
- Parabens: they are commonly used in cosmetics and they may cause dermatitis, redness and allergic reactions but also affect the hormones in your body that can later cause breasts cancer
How to make your makeup remover:
There are different methods of making your makeup remover.
The most common one is by using oils. Whilst the most used ingredient is the coconut oil due to its amazing moisturizing properties and its antibacterial effect.
In case you have an allergy to coconut oil, or you don’t like the texture or the smell of it, you can always replace this with other oils such as:
- jojoba oil
- grape seeds oil
- avocado oil
- sweet almonds oil
- olive oil
You can choose to use butters such as shea butter or cocoa butter.
Same thing can be applied to the following recipe.
Get your ingredients ready:
- A recipient ( I used a spices recipient)
- Floral water (I used half cornflower water and half rosewater): a total of 8 TBS
- Cotton pads
- Coconut oil: 3 tbs
- Cocoa butter: 2 tbs
- Grape seed oil: 1 tbs
- Sweet almonds oil: 2 tbs
- Avocado oil: 1 tbs
- Argan oil: 2tbs
Optional: fragrances such as 3-4 drops of essential oil (orange, lemon, lavender or any fragrance you desire)
All of these oils and the butter hydrate your skin and making it soft and supple.
Argan oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil are oils that help your hair grow, and are extremely good for avoiding your skin getting dry.
Sweet almonds oil, grape seed oil, and coconut oil clean your skin and have antibacterial effects, helping your skin get rid of acne and similar skin problems, but these are also anti-aging products.
Flower water helps your skin by toning it up, giving it vitamins, soothe redness and also moisturize it.
Mix the oils and the butter in the recipient then melt them in the microwave (approx. 20 sec) alternatively you can use a water bath.
Add the water (and the fragrances) once the oils are cooled and mix them well by shaking the recipient.
After you are done doing this just add the cotton pads in the recipient and wait for them all to get wet by moving the recipient.
And this is it! That’s how you get a wonderful homemade makeup remover that is easy to use.
You just have to take the cotton pads out, leave them on your skin for some seconds, and then swipe.
This is all you have to do to get a beautiful healthy skin.
You can change this recipe to suit your preferences. For example, if you want a greasier texture, then all you have to do is to add more oils or butter.
On the other hand, if you already have a greasy skin type, then all you have to do is add more flower water.
Making your makeup remover is fun, easy to do, and extremely beneficial for your skin. It also has positive effects on your mental wellbeing as it gives you time to reflect on what is good for you.