We’ve all been there: you come home from a long day at work just dying to wash the dirt and grime off your face, and then it dawns on you: you’re totally out of makeup remover. If the thought of trying to wash your face with hand soap and water or—horror of horrors!—sleeping in your makeup sends a shiver down your spine, have we got news for you: your kitchen is FULL of products that can be used as amazing natural makeup removers. Not only will they remove even the most tenacious longwear products, they’re also gentle, safe and will leave your skin glowing. Here are our five favorite makeup removers that you didn’t even know were in your kitchen.
Avocado: for stubborn eye makeup.
While avocado oil is a common ingredient in many natural makeup removers, you probably won’t have a big bottle of that lying around the house—so why not use an actual avocado instead? It’s totally amazing, and we find that it’s especially good at removing eye makeup. To use, grab a Q-tip and lightly rub it on the green flesh of your avo, aiming to graze the surface for the oils, rather than collecting chunks of the fruit. The oil will help any caked on mascara, eyeliner or shadow slide right off, while also working to condition the area around your eyes with lots of vitamin E. It rinses off clean and won’t block pores, which makes it perfect for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Coconut Oil: for dry skin.
For those who tend to have dry skin, coconut oil is a great way to remove makeup and moisturize your skin at the same time. Take a small scoop of the oil and let the warmth from your hands naturally melt it into liquid form. Rub the liquid all over your face to dissolve and lift away your foundation or concealer, then wipe everything away with a cotton ball or tissue. Marvel at the gunk that has come off your face, and rinse your face with water to remove any excess. Voila! Perfectly cleaned, but not stripped, skin.
Important note: Though many people swear by coconut oil, it’s not right for everyone. It’s considered comedogenic, which means it can clog pores—for this reason, people who have certain skin conditions (like Keratosis Pilaris, eczema or psoriasis) or who are prone to acne shouldn’t use it. Talk to your dermatologist or doctor if you have concerns; they’ll be able to tell you whether coconut oil will work with your unique skin.
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Milk: for cleansing.
You’ve probably heard of cleansing milks; well, it turns out that plain old milk from your fridge works just as well for makeup removal. Simply dab a cotton ball in a cup of milk and gently rub it all over your face and eyelids. Not only will it remove all your makeup and refresh your skin, the lactic acid present in cow’s milk will also gently exfoliate your skin. For oily skin, use skim milk; if you have dry skin, you should use whole. Make sure to rinse your face thoroughly afterwards; your skin will feel smooth and oh so clean.
Cucumber: for toning.
Makeup-removing products infused with cucumber are trending hard in the beauty world, and it’s easy to see why: they have amazing anti-inflammatory and oil-busting properties, which makes them perfect to use as a post-face wash toner. Finely chop up some cucumber and mix it into some cold water, then apply the cucumber water to a cotton ball and swipe over your face. No matter how well you’ve cleaned your skin, you’ll probably be amazed at what this toner wipes away—it removes any residual makeup, dirt and oil, all while calming your complexion.
Banana: for a moisturizing mask.
If you like to moisturize while you clean, look no further than our old DIY standby, banana. Mash up a banana to a paste before applying it onto your face like a mask. Let it sit for five minutes while the enzymes remove makeup, dirt and grime from deep down in your pores. Rinse off with a warm wash cloth for smooth, clean skin that’s dreamily hydrated.
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