We all rave endlessly about those incredibly convenient makeup remover wipes. I’m also known to carry a pack or two of them in my bag for quick makeup removal or to freshen up my face when needed (i.e., humid day, post-workout). But while makeup remover wipes seem to serve their purpose for those special on-the-go or time crunch situations, I have always wondered exactly how clean my skin was getting in using them. And I’m sure you’ve wondered the same thing. But the truth is, I’m not totally convinced that they remove all of the makeup. And I often end up cleaning my face more thoroughly after I use one. Sort of reminds me of the folks that get the sudden urge to wash their hands with real water, even after using hand sanitizer. It’s hard not to picture an ugly layer of residue sitting on my skin wreaking all kinds of havoc – eek!
Turns out, there is some truth to
my OCD this! Dr. Maryann Mikhail, a dermatologist based in New York, confirmed, on the use of makeup cleansing wipes:
“Since you’re not rinsing away the active cleansing ingredients in wipes, that residue that’s left may expose your skin to high concentrations of solublizers, surfactants and emulsifiers. This can be drying and irritating for some people, especially those with dry or sensitive skin. Also, some wipes contain alcohol, which can cause stinging.”
This got me thinking of more natural ways to remove makeup from the skin without causing further damage or irritation. You will be very surprised (and relieved) that many of the ingredients can be found right at home…in our very own kitchens!
[tps_title]1. Coconut Oil or Olive Oil[/tps_title]
If there were ever a beauty crisis, the answer will always seem to be coconut oil; it just has so many uses! Natural oils are great for the skin and a key factor in keeping it vibrant and youthful. Coconut and olive oils help to remove makeup, without overdrawing! Win! This is my personal go-to and it works each and every time, even for more “difficult” eye makeup.