These alternatives will make removing make-up just as fun as getting on the glam!
We all enjoy the magic of putting on make-up, but the last thing we want to do at the end of the day is to go through the effort of properly removing it. Reaching for a make-up wipe as a substitute to dragging yourself to the sink may seem like an easy alternative if your body is screaming for sleep, but it may not be the best for your skin’s health. With all the tugging and pulling that invariably occurs as you use a make-up wipe in valiant hopes of removing heavy duty make-up, your skin may take a turn for the worse. So, take a break from the excessive rubbing, and use one of these easy, fast and healthy alternatives.
1. COCONUT OIL
There’s nothing like a dollop of coconut oil for when your skin needs extra moisture or your hair needs a little de-frizzing. But, believe it or not, this oil-of-a-thousand-uses is also a whiz at dissolving your make-up in just one go—no extreme rubbing (especially in the ultra-sensitive eye areas) necessary!
According to cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta, coconut oil breaks down the water-resistant substances that go into many forms of eye and lip make-up, easily removing products from skin, lips and lashes. Moreover, Cincotta says coconut oil leaves skin smoother and younger thanks to its moisturizing properties.
To recap: Coconut oil makes you smell fab, eases the dreaded make-up removal process, and is readily available all over the island. How much better can it get?!
Pro Tip: Instead of applying directly onto skin or using facial tissues, pour the oil onto cotton pads for a cleaner removal process.
Efficiently unclogging your pores and loosening up all the impurities hidden in the crevices of skin, steam will not only release any of the soaked-in products but will also clean out your pores and minimize any acne or blemishes that might be heading your way. Just soak a washcloth in hot water, lay it over your face and let it rest there for a while. Then you can go in with an ordinary face soap, cleanser or oil to remove the remaining make-up.
3. BAKING SODA & HONEY
This easy-peasy DIY hits all the bases. Honey has clarifying properties, which unclogs pores and cleanses; in addition, it contains antibacterial properties which treat and prevent acne causatives; and it adds moisture to parched skin. Baking soda, on the other hand, acts as an exfoliant, making the removal of heavy duty foundations super fast. Put together, it’s the miracle mixture—just rinse your face and jump into bed, fuss-free.
If you thought moisturizer could only be used for keeping the torrid temperatures from drying out skin, then hear this: It can also be used for cleaning out all kinds of shadows, powders and liquids at the end of the day. Although a simple moisturizer doesn’t delve into pores and get rid of impurities, it does a good job of dissolving layered make-up products. Best suited for removing foundation and base layers, all you have to do is massage it into your face and rinse off.
Pro Tip: Pay special attention to your hairline as more product residue tends to build up in that region.
You’ll thank yourself in years to come for giving your skin a break with these budget friendly, hassle-free remedies. But, if you still miss the world of wipes, swap out the make-up towelettes (designed to take off heavy duty make-up but not necessarily great for skin) for the baby variety, typically gentler and less drying. Ranella Hirsch, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University’s School of Medicine says to get the best out of your wipe, you need to use it the right way. According to Hirsch, close your eyes and let the wipe sit on your face for a few seconds to work its magic, then go in and rub. Just remember: easy does it!
This article was originally published as ‘Scoop The Goop’ in the May 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. For more beauty tips, grab a copy of our latest magazine.
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