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    Home Remedy Makeup Remover | How to Remove Foundations, Eyeliner, Eyeshadows, and More

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    Even a single night of sleeping with your makeup on can result in an acne breakout soon after. But what if you find out that you have run out of your store-bought makeup remover wipes or facial cleanser? Don’t worry as you can always try a home remedy makeup remover!

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    What are the side effects of sleeping with your makeup on? For one thing, your skin can be unnecessarily exposed to free radicals that cause collagen breakdown; collagen is the connective tissue that contributes to the skin’s elasticity and, thus, prevent the appearance of premature wrinkles.

    Makeup also clogs your pores so you have an increased risk of acne breakouts when you don’t remove it one too many times. 

    For another thing, your skin doesn’t have the opportunity to renew itself after it has been subjected to stress during the day.

    Your skin pores become clogged with bacteria, too, which prevents healthy regeneration and repair. The bottom line: Always remove your makeup before hitting the hay and use an alternative makeup remover, if necessary.  

    Benefits of Using Home Remedy Makeup Remover 

    A makeup remover homemade doesn’t contain the usual ingredients found in regular makeup remover wipes, many of which can be actually harmful to your skin. Many of these store-bought makeup removers contain alcohol, an ingredient that dries the skin although it’s added because of its refreshing feeling.

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    In contrast, a homemade makeup remover contains all-natural ingredients that can be found in your pantry and kitchen. Many of these ingredients are even consumed as food, such as coconut oil and almond oil. You then have the assurance that your skin will be nourished with the nutrients in these ingredients, even as it is cleaned of makeup.

    Plus, it’s a more affordable option than store-bought makeup removers. You can make it in the comfort of your home so when you run out of your usual makeup removers, you don’t have to run to the store for them. Just use whatever ingredients are on hand, from tap water to coconut oil, honey and cucumber and voila! Your own personalized makeup remover.  

    In the following sections, we will take a look at the wide range of all-natural, do-it-yourself makeup removers. Choose one that best suits your needs including your skin type and enjoy its benefits. You may, for example, use steam tonight because you’re too tired to whip up a mix of ingredients but use the honey mix tomorrow night for a more luxurious experience.

    How to Remove Makeup Naturally: Use Water

    If you want the easiest way how to remove makeup without makeup remover, you don’t have to look any further than your faucet! If push comes to shove and you have to remove makeup without makeup remover, then steam is the way to go.

    There are two ways to do it. First, boil water, pour it over a small basin, and lean over the steam for a few minutes. Second, fill your sink (i.e., put its stopper on) with steaming hot water from the tap, and lean over it for a few minutes, too.

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    The steam will aid in removing the last traces of stubborn makeup, especially foundation, off your face.

    Your skin’s pores will also be opened by the steam so that the deep-seated impurities including dirt can be removed. You should pat dry your face once the last traces of makeup has been removed.

    Never use vigorous rubbing motions on your face since it can increase the risk for premature wrinkles.

    How to Remove Makeup Without Wipes: Use Oils

    Using store-bought makeup removers and facial cleansers will eventually strip the skin of its natural oil (i.e., sebum) resulting in either extra-dry or extra-oily skin. But it can be avoided by using a makeup remover substitute on a regular basis and we recommend skin-friendly oils found in your pantry for the purpose.

    There are several benefits to removing makeup without makeup remover and with skin-friendly oils instead. These oils effectively dissolve makeup, dirt and impurities on your skin without stripping it of its own sebum; contain antioxidants that aid in delaying the aging process; and keep your skin hydrated, thanks to their high essential fatty acid content. These are also great for calming irritated skin, which may have been caused by overuse of store-bought, alcohol-based makeup removers, and for removing tough makeup (e.g., waterproof foundation and mascaras).

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    But there are also disadvantages to using oils as a natural makeup remover.  Oil, after all, can increase the risk of acne breakouts and oily skin if it’s applied incorrectly. There’s also the risk of introducing bacteria to your skin from the oil.  Proper selection and application of oil on your skin are then a must to reap the benefits of oil cleansing.

    So does coconut oil remove makeup? Yes, it does because oil dissolves oil. Your makeup consists of oils and waxes so when you apply coconut oil on your face, it can dissolve these ingredients in makeup.

    And the steps in how to remove makeup with coconut oil are easy-peasy, too.

    • Pour about a quarter-sized amount of coconut oil on your palm.
    • Massage it on your face for 1-2 minutes. You don’t have to wet your skin or wash it with cleanser and water beforehand.
    • Soak a clean washcloth in hot water, wring out the excess water, and place it over your face. Lie down so the washcloth stays in place. Let it sit for a minute so that the steam lifts off more of the deep-seated makeup and dirt on your face.
    • Wipe your face with the clean side of the washcloth and you’re done.

    If you’re partial to an olive oil makeup remover¸ you can follow these steps, too. You may also apply a small amount of the olive oil into a facial pad or a cotton ball, wipe it using gentle strokes on your face, and remove your makeup. You should change to a fresh cotton ball regularly so that the makeup on a dirty cotton will not be transferred to your skin again.

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    Apply the wet washcloth dipped in hot water over your face and let your skin luxuriate in the steam. Wash with water and facial cleanser, pat dry, and apply your night moisturizer.  

    Aside from coconut and olive oil, you can use other skin-friendly oils, too, including sunflower, safflower, castor, and hazelnut oil. You may have to experiment with the right ratio of a combination of oils depending on your skin type. You can also start with these combinations:

    • Combination skin – ¾ olive or sunflower oil mixed with ¼ castor or hazelnut oil
    • Oily skin – 2/3 sunflower or olive oil blended with 1/3 hazelnut or castor oil
    • Dry skin – ¾ olive oil with ¼ castor or hazelnut oil

    Keep in mind that oil cleansing shouldn’t be your daily makeup removal routine because of the risks mentioned above. But it’s a great alternative as well as a great way to nourish your skin with nutrients from natural sources.  

    How to Make Witch Hazel Makeup Remover 

    Witch hazel is an herbal extract traditionally used for a wide range of skin-related issues, thus, its use in the modern beauty industry. It’s useful in spot-treating acne, soothing irritated or itchy skin, and removing stubborn makeup. It’s also a great alternative to coconut oil for people who can’t tolerate its use for prolonged periods.

    Be careful about getting witch hazel into eyes because it can sting. You can avoid it by wringing the excess witch hazel-based makeup remover from a cotton ball before application around your eye area.

    To make and use said natural makeup remover:

    • Combine 2 tablespoons of witch hazel with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Be sure to use an alcohol-free witch hazel to prevent dry skin and choose other nourishing oils in case olive oil isn’t available. Pour the mixture into a bottle with a cap.
    • Shake the bottle before each use to ensure even distribution of ingredients.
    • Apply a small amount of the mixture into a facial pad or cotton ball. Wring out the excess, if any.
    • Gently wipe your face with it until all your makeup has been removed. Again, change the ball or pad if it becomes dirty.
    • Wash your face with warm water and facial cleanser, pat dry, and apply your night cream.

    Did you know that witch hazel is also a great homemade makeup remover for acne prone skin? For this, you can combine witch hazel with an equal amount of tap water (50:50 ratio), soak a cotton makeup pad or cotton ball in the mixture, and remove your makeup using gentle, circular motions. You can remove makeup from your face without introducing oil that can otherwise worsen the condition of your acne-prone skin.  

    How to Make a Homemade Remover Balm

    The best thing about a homemade makeup remover balm is that it soothes your skin even as it removes makeup from your face.  Many store-bought makeup removers may effectively remove stubborn makeup but due to their alcohol content, these can irritate the skin, too.

    This all natural makeup remover, in contrast, is gentle on your skin but tough on makeup. This is because it combines the nourishing power of olive oil or jojoba oil, both of which are also effective in removing makeup, with the soothing quality of beeswax.

    It’s easy to make and use it, too!

    • Melt 1 tablespoon of beeswax and let it cool for a few seconds. But don’t let it cool too much that it cannot be poured into the oil.
    • Mix the melted beeswax with either ¼ cup olive oil or ¼ cup jojoba oil. Stir to let the mixture blend well. Let it cool until it hardens.
    • Apply a small amount of the balm on a facial pad or cotton ball. You may use the cotton pad as a scoop or rub it against the mixture until a sufficient amount is on it.
    • Gently wipe your face with its makeup still on with the moistened pad. Change the pad regularly, too.
    • Wash your face with warm water and facial cleanser, pat dry, and apply your night cream.

    This makeup remover takes more time to prepare than the others but the results are well worth it. You don’t have to worry about oil spills, too, once it hardens.  

    How to Use Milk and Yogurt for Clean Skin

    Did you know that a milk makeup remover is easy and affordable to make at home? You don’t have to buy those expensive milk-based makeup removers and face milk cream, which also contain preservatives that may possibly be harmful to your skin.

    But why milk? The fat and proteins in it can hydrate the skin and improve its moisture-retaining ability. But don’t choose just any milk – your best choice is whole milk because it contains most of its nutrients.  

    To use milk as a makeup remover, just soak a cotton ball into a small amount of whole milk. Wipe the moistened cotton ball on your face until all traces of makeup has been removed. Change into a fresh milk-moistened ball, too, and use gentle, circular motions.

    The added benefit of using whole milk as a makeup remover is that it’s gentle on the eyes. Even when it enters your eyes, you can just wash it away with water with little to none of the sting of alcohol-based makeup removers. Your skin will feel clean and refreshed, too, while also making you feel like Cleopatra luxuriating in her milk bath.

    If you’re using an almond oil makeup remover, you can add whole milk to it. The combination of a nourishing oil and whole milk will make your skin softer and smoother with regular and proper use.

    milk and almond oil are good combination to make your skin softer

    Yogurt is also a great alternative to whole milk. You just need plain, unflavored yogurt as a makeup remover so it’s a cheap yet safe and effective alternative to store-bought makeup removers.

    Use yogurt like you would with whole milk – dab a cotton ball in it, wipe your face until your makeup has been removed, and wash your face the usual way. You can, furthermore, add a little fresh lemon juice (i.e., about two drops) if you’re prone to acne breakouts.  

    How to Use Honey as Face Wash 

    Yet another excellent way how to remove makeup without makeup wipes is to use honey, a natural sweetener also used for a wide range of beauty purposes.  Honey has powerful antibacterial properties, too, that aids in fighting acne-causing bacteria as well as enzymes useful in sloughing off dead skin cells from the skin’s surface.

    To use honey as your natural makeup remover:

    • Pour a tablespoon or so of raw honey on your palm.
    • Rub it between your hands first before spreading on your face and massaging your face with your hands. Use circular motions until nearly every part of your face is covered with the soothing substance.  
    • Allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes.
    • Dip a clean washcloth in hot water and wring out the excess water. Use the moistened washcloth to remove the makeup and honey from your face.

    Wash your face as usual. Your face will feel fresher and look dewier when you’re done.

    You may also add aloe vera gel to raw honey for a more effective makeup remover.

    • Mix equal parts of raw honey and aloe vera gel in a small bowl.
    • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or almond oil for every cup of the DIY cleanser.
    • Combine the ingredients in an immersion blender to form a paste. Store it in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated when not in use to preserve its freshness.
    • To use, place a small amount of the mixture on your fingers and massage it on your face for a couple of minutes. Rinse with cool water and facial cleanser.  

    Aloe vera has a nourishing quality to it, too, mainly by adding moisture to the skin and soothing irritations. Use it on its own, too, if you want as part of your skincare routine.

    How to Make a DIY Exfoliating Scrub

    Once a week, you should exfoliate your face so that the dead skin cells can be removed and give way to the new skin cells underneath. Your skin will look fairer and fresher for it, too, especially when you like wearing makeup every day.

    There’s no need to buy a commercial exfoliating scrub for as long as you have the following ingredients for a DIY exfoliating scrub.

    • ¼ cup finely ground walnut shells
    • ¼ cup calendula oil
    • 1 tablespoon emulsifying wax
    • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
    • 1 teaspoon castile soap
    • 8 drops of lavender essential oil

    You have to be patient in making it but since it’s cheaper yet as effective and safe as its commercial counterpart, it’s also worth the effort.

    • In a small bowl, combine the castile soap and walnut shells. Stir a few times until well-mixed and set aside.
    • In a double boiler or small pot, combine the emulsifying wax with the calendula oil. Place it over a stove, turn on the heat to low, and let the mixture warm until the wax has melted and mixed with the calendula oil. Stir, if necessary.
    • In another pot, place the aloe vera gel and warm it over low heat for a couple of minutes.
    • Pour the warmed aloe vera gel into the wax-calendula oil mixture. Whisk until an emulsion has been created.
    • Add the emulsion into the castile soap-walnut shell mixture. Add the essential oil to the mix, too. Stir until a smooth mixture is created.
    • Pour the homemade exfoliating scrub into an airtight jar for storage.

    To use it, wet your skin with warm water first and massage ½ teaspoon of the mixture on your skin using gentle, circular motions for a minute or two. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and apply your facial moisturizer.

    Caution: Don’t use it around your eye area. You should another DIY makeup remover instead.  

    How to Make Cucumber Paste or Juice for Your Skin

    Cucumber isn’t just a tasty vegetable used in fresh garden salads. You can also use it for your beauty needs and we’re not just talking about placing slices of cucumber on your eyes to reduce their puffiness. You can use it, too, as a natural makeup remover and face cleanser, as well as natural remedy for acne breakouts and sunburns.

    To make it:

    • In a small pan, combine 1 tablespoon of castor oil and coconut oil. Place it over low heat and allow the mixture to warm for 2 minutes. Don’t let it come to a boil. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
    • Add the juice of 1 medium-sized cucumber to the oil mixture. Stir to mix them well.
    • Add two drops of lavender essential oil, which will create a nice scent.

    To use it, just dab a cotton ball or cotton pad on the mixture. Apply it on your face by using gentle, circular motions until your face feels clean and fresh. Rinse with cool water and facial cleanser, pat dry, and apply your moisturizer for a final touch.

    You can also use it as an eye makeup remover. Pat the moistened cotton ball on your eyes, let it sit for a minute, and remove. Wipe away the stubborn eye makeup with another clean moistened cotton ball; use gentle motions since pulling on the skin around your eye area can damage the skin. Rinse with cool water, too.

    How to Make Rose Water Cleansing Gel

    Rose water has such a lovely scent that you will want to include it in your DIY makeup remover. Here’s what you will need to make it.

    • 1 cup of rose water
    • ¼ cup aloe vera gel
    • 1 teaspoon castile soap
    • 2 teaspoons glycerine
    • 8 drops of rose absolute

    Mix these ingredients in a small container before transferring into a bottle with a pump.

    To use it, pump a single squirt into your palm and massage it over your face until it’s clean. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and apply moisturizer.  

    How to Make DIY Wipes 

    Even when you have these homemade, natural makeup removers, you may still like the feeling of using makeup remover wipes. There’s something soothing about seeing makeup on these wipes with every pass on your skin.

    You can also make DIY makeup remover pads. You have to gather the following items:

    • Cotton rounds or balls
    • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel or extract
    • 3 teaspoon witch hazel extract
    • 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil
    • 1 teaspoon castile soap
    • 12 drops of frankincense or lavender oil
    • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil as preservative and for its skin-nourishing benefits (Use 8 drops of rosemary oil as alternative)  

    To make the mixture first, combine all of the above ingredients except for the cotton rounds or balls in an immersion blender. (Alternatively, you can place these ingredients in a large jar and shake it several times to thoroughly combine.) Transfer the mixture into a large jar and stack the cotton balls in the mixture. Shake the jar until all the cotton balls have been soaked with the mixture.

    Now you can use these homemade makeup remover wipes whenever and wherever you want! You can also transfer several moistened cotton balls into a lightweight plastic container for travelling purposes.  

    But don’t completely rely on these makeup remover wipes either. You should think of them as just one step in your skincare routine instead as the be-all and end-all of makeup removal.

    You must remember, too, that using wipes is akin to applying a facial cleanser on your face without rinsing it off with water afterwards. While the cleansing agents in both store-bought and do-it-yourself makeup remover wipes break down makeup’s ingredients, these cannot actually remove the dirt and debris within your skin’s pores. You must still wash your face with water and cleanser after using makeup remover wipes.

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    There will be instances, nonetheless, when none of these DIY makeup removers and wipes will do the trick. For example, the best airbrush makeup, can be tough to remove naturally. For the makeup that won’t come of easily, you may have to use the best makeup remover wipes.

    You will also find these makeup remover wipes handy for other purposes other than as a preliminary step in cleaning your face at the end of a long day. You can, for example, use them for quick bathroom touch-ups, for plane rides, and for erasing mascara smudges, even for blotting makeup stains on your clothes.  You can also use them to freshen your face when it becomes too sticky from sweat, dust and dirt, such as when hiking or exercising.

    Whether you use store-bought or all-natural makeup remover wipes doesn’t matter for as long as these address your skin’s needs. You should choose a brand that nourishes your skin even as it removes makeup, as well as use it along with your facial cleansers, moisturizers, and exfoliants.  You will find that these products will make your skin look younger as well as feel smoother, suppler and softer - and you may as well have found the modern equivalent of the fountain of youth.

    About the Author Lindsey

    I developed a love for the outdoors, particularly enjoying gloomy days spent in the forests. Almost every Sunday, my dad would drive my mom, myself, and my older sister to go hiking for family time and escaping the "city" life. Because of this, you'll find me writing a lot about various health topics.Whenever I get the opportunity I also love to write about make-up, skin, and hair! I've been obsessed with it ever since middle school so be sure to check out these topics that I write about as well.