There’s no two ways about it….taking off your makeup every night is a PAIN. Unfortunately it’s also VERY important! Sleeping with cosmetics on can clog pores, cause zits, and irritate the skin. But what’s really scary (at least to me) are those nasty “free radicals” that your makeup holds on to and cause the breakdown of healthy collagen. Result? Fine lines and wrinkles!! *gasp*
In my search to find the least painful (or annoying) way to take my makeup off at night, I think I’ve tried every possible makeup removing method out there. While none of them are perfect (ie. they take the makeup off FOR you) this is my new favorite makeup removing regimen. It works on the most stubborn eye makeup and all your other makeup variations too.
The thing I like about it the most is being able to adjust the ingredients to suit my skin type AND adjust the amount of liquid so that the makeup remover pads aren’t too dry (a personal pet peeve) or too wet.
DIY Makeup Remover & Pads For Any Skin Type
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 tsp castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Almond)
- 2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
- 8-12 drops essential oil of choice
Add the soap and coconut oil to the hot water and stir until the coconut oil has completely melted.
Add 10-12 drops of essential oil to complement your skin type. (See the list below.) I used 8 drops Lavender and 4 drops Rose to aid in my never-ending fight against those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.
Stack your round cotton pads in a small glass container (that has a tight-fitting lid) and pour the mixture over the pads.
This pint (16 ounce) mason jar holds enough pads to last me a couple of weeks. The remover solution should be fine for that long.
To use: simply take a pad from the jar and start REMOVING. Use as many as you need….it’s cheap and easy to make more!
Essential oils for different skin types:
For oily skin:
For combination skin:
For dry skin:
For aging skin:
After you have cleaned the makeup off your face you might want to consider using this simple DIY face toner as well.
Using a toner helps to restore your skin to a normal pH balance and helps close pores to reduce the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into your skin.
DIY Face Toner
What you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup alcohol free witch hazel
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 10 drops essential oil of choice (see list above)
Combine ingredients in a small glass bottle. Apply with cotton pad (or spray on) after cleansing face.