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DIY Makeup Remover

**This post is originally from one of my previous blogs, but it is now Wise Ideas content for you to read and enjoy. Hope you love it!

This DIY makeup remover doesn’t have a bunch of ingredients, it’s just coconut oil! For me, the way I like to use it where it is most effective is to (because I’m usually in the shower) is to warm the oil in my palms and than gently rub my face in circular motions. I make sure to rub off all the makeup. I than rinse off the oil and makeup and follow up with my favorite cleanser. Alternatively, if I am not in the shower, I will melt a little coconut oil, put it on my cotton rounds, and remove my makeup the way I would with any other makeup remover.

Now there is tons of DIY’s on makeup remover and I am sure a lot of people talk about using this as a makeup remover, so if you aren’t sure if you want to try it- go ahead and read the benefits of using it as a makeup remover below. I have also included the cons because I always want to remain completely transparent with my followers.

The Benefits of Using Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover

Coconut oil is not only a popular ingredient in the kitchen, but it also offers a wide range of benefits when it comes to skincare. One of its many skincare uses is as a natural makeup remover. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using coconut oil as a makeup remover and why it has gained popularity among beauty enthusiasts.

1. Gentle and Effective

Coconut oil is a gentle yet effective way to remove makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara and long-lasting foundation. It effortlessly dissolves makeup without excessive rubbing, which can irritate the delicate skin around the eyes. The oil’s emollient properties help break down makeup pigments, making it easy to wipe away, leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

2. Moisturizing Properties

Unlike many commercial makeup removers, coconut oil doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. In fact, it helps nourish and moisturize the skin while removing makeup. Coconut oil contains fatty acids, such as lauric acid, which have antimicrobial and hydrating properties. These compounds can help keep the skin moisturized, preventing dryness and maintaining a healthy complexion.

3. Suitable for All Skin Types

Coconut oil is suitable for most skin types, including dry, oily, and sensitive skin. It is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts, making it an excellent choice for acne-prone skin. However, as with any new product, it’s best to do a patch test on a small area of skin before using coconut oil as a makeup remover all over your face.

4. Chemical-Free Alternative

Many conventional makeup removers contain harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that can potentially irritate and damage the skin. Coconut oil provides a natural and chemical-free alternative. Its simplicity makes it a safer option for those with sensitivities or concerns about exposing their skin to unnecessary chemicals.

5. Multi-Purpose Beauty Product

Aside from being a makeup remover, coconut oil can serve multiple functions in your beauty routine. It can be used as a lip balm, deep conditioner for your hair, or as a moisturizer for the body. Its versatility makes it a cost-effective solution compared to buying separate products for each purpose.

The Risks of Using Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover

Here are some risks to consider when using coconut oil as a makeup remover:

  1. Comedogenicity: While coconut oil is generally suitable for most skin types, it has a moderately high comedogenic rating. This means that it can potentially clog pores, leading to blackheads or breakouts, especially for those with oily or acne-prone skin. If you have a history of clogged pores or acne, it’s advisable to patch test coconut oil on a small area before using it as a makeup remover on your entire face.(I have done a lot of research and its mixed on whether it is or not so I posted it on both because people with sensitive skin should be aware of the risk).
  2. Allergic Reactions: Although rare, some individuals may have an allergic reaction to coconut oil. If you experience symptoms such as redness, itching, or swelling after using coconut oil as a makeup remover, discontinue use immediately and consult a dermatologist.
  3. Potential for Eye Irritation: Coconut oil is generally considered safe for removing eye makeup; however, it’s important to be cautious. The oil’s viscosity may cause temporary blurred vision or discomfort if it gets into your eyes. If this happens, rinse your eyes thoroughly with clean water and seek medical advice if the irritation persists.
  4. Sensitivity to Heat: Coconut oil has a low melting point, which means it can liquefy quickly when exposed to heat. If you live in a warm climate or store your coconut oil in a warm place, it may become too runny, making it harder to apply as a makeup remover effectively.
  5. Not Ideal for Waterproof Makeup: While coconut oil can effectively remove most types of makeup, including regular foundation and mascara, it may struggle with waterproof or long-lasting formulas. You may need to use additional cleansing methods or a specialized eye makeup remover to completely remove stubborn waterproof makeup.

As with any skincare product, it’s essential to listen to your skin and adjust your routine accordingly. If you experience any adverse reactions or concerns while using coconut oil as a makeup remover, it’s probably best to discontinue use. Personally the only issue I had was the temporary blurred vision, so I made sure to be more careful when applying it around my eyes.

Now That You’ve Heard Both Sides…..

What do you think about using coconut oil as a makeup remover? Does it work for you? Does it not? I want your HONEST opinion in the comment section down below. I know I’ve used it a lot for makeup removing and surprisingly for lube (yes, lube). Coconut oil has so many uses, and it’s one of the best things I found!

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