While I don’t usually mind putting on makeup every morning, I used to dread taking it off. My skin has always been on the sensitive side, and it has only gotten more sensitive over time. I used to remove my makeup with store-bought makeup remover wipes, but they often left my skin feeling angry and irritated. I knew there had to be a better way to take my makeup off every night!
But it wasn’t just a skin issue either. It felt wasteful to use a new wipe each night to take my makeup off, only to toss it out immediately. But after a bit of research and experimentation, I managed to cook up some simple solutions to both of my makeup removing problems! And I’ll be sharing both of them with you today! :-)
First I’ll show you how to make my homemade makeup remover solution. The solution not only effectively removed even the most stubborn makeup, but it also left my skin feeling soft and moisturized! No more red and aggravated skin issues. (The moisturizing effect comes from the coconut oil, which is great for both dry and aging skin. For those with oily or acne-prone skin, you may want to cut back on the amount of coconut oil to suit your skin type.)
How To Make A DIY Makeup Remover Solution
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 1/2 Tbsp baby shampoo
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1-3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
Melt the coconut oil in your microwave just until liquified. Then pour the melted coconut oil, distilled water, shampoo, and essential oil (if using) into a mason jar.
Place the lid on the jar and shake well to mix. Pour into a squeeze bottle for easy access, and store in a cool, dark place.
Next, I’ll show you how I solved my other makeup removing woes—by making my own reusable makeup remover pads! They’re so easy to make, are gentle on skin, and can be used again and again.
How To Make Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
- Flannel fabric
- Sewing machine
First you’ll need some flannel fabric. An old flannel pillowcase or shirt works perfectly! Flannel is both soft and absorbent, making it a great choice to use for removing makeup.
Next, you’ll make about one dozen square pads out of the flannel fabric. There are a couple of different ways to do this, and you can choose whichever one you prefer. The first option is to cut out 24 square pieces of flannel, to be sewn together into 12 pads.
The second option (which is what I used) is to cut off the closed end of a flannel pillowcase, then cut that up into square pieces. That will give you two squares of fabric that are already sewn together on one end, which will save you a step!
Once you have your fabric cut out, use your sewing machine to stitch the flannel squares together, leaving one side open.
Trim the corners, then flip each pad inside out so the seams are on the inside.
Fold the edges of the final side under and top-stitch it closed. Then your reusable makeup remover pads are done! If your pads aren’t perfectly square or your stitches aren’t that even, don’t sweat it. They’ll still be functional, and that’s the important part here! :-)
Cleaning Your Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
One of the best things about these makeup remover pads is that you can toss them right in your washing machine to clean them! I like to keep a small, zippered laundry bag under my bathroom sink, and I toss the pads in the bag when I’m done using them. Once I’ve used all the pads, I simply zip up the bag and toss it in the washing machine with the rest of my laundry. You can reuse them again and again, and save yourself quite a bit of money over time!
Together, my reusable makeup remover pads and my DIY makeup remover solution solved all of the complaints I used to have about taking off my makeup. This two-pronged approach is not only better for my skin, but it’s better for my budget and for the planet too! :-)
What’s your preferred method for removing your makeup?