Taking off your makeup can be one of the most daunting processes you must do on a daily basis, especially if you have already hit the sheets and can barely keep your eyes open (me). What’s more challenging, is choosing the appropriate makeup remover, especially if you have sensitive skin. And, in case you are out of makeup remover, worry not as we are about to show you a household staple which can easily substitute your makeup remover. For more, it has a number of benefits for your face and skin.
Let us present to you the extra virgin olive oil. The effect of this carrier oil being used as a makeup remover is immediate due to its oily properties which help you get rid of even the most stubborn makeup, like waterproof mascara. But, what’s special about olive oil is that not only it acts as a good makeup remover, but it is also a good moisturizer for the area around the eyes. Oh, and it can make your whole face glow.
So, to know more about how oil cleansing work and how you can use olive oil as a makeup remover, join me through an enlightening journey below.
How does oil cleansing work?
As we already know from the science class, “like dissolves like.” Therefore, materials will dissolve other materials that have a similar chemical structure. Since makeup is often made of oil and heavy waxes, it sure makes sense that olive oil can dissolve oily makeup. The concept of similar materials dissolving in each other is also used by cosmetic chemists who create oil-based makeup removers and cleansers.
According to Self, most of the liquid makeup removers are pure oil, whereas creams are oils mixed with water, thickeners, and emulsifiers. However, because of the water-based components, some facial cleansers usually aren’t very effective in removing makeup. Instead, they are formulated to remove surface dirt and oil. So, the more gentle a cleanser is, the less ability it has to help you get rid of heavy oils and waxes. On the other side, the harsher a cleanser’s ingredients are, the more likely you are to remove your natural facial oils as well. As a result, this will leave you with a dry skin.
How to use olive oil as a makeup remover?
The process of removing makeup with olive oil is pretty simple but effective. All you have to do is moisten 100% pure organic cotton reusable pads with a drop of olive oil, and dab it on your face the same way you would with any cleanser. These cotton rounds are the perfect go-to product for personal care, as well as for cosmetic use. Removing your makeup is extremely gentle and soft, especially if you have sensitive skin.
After removing your makeup with olive oil, rinse your face with cold water so your pores will tighten.
If you have coconut milk in the house, you can also create a mixture of half a tablespoon of coconut milk and one tablespoon of olive oil. You have to prepare this make-up remover only in small quantities and just when you need to use it immediately.
Benefits of olive oil
Despite all of its scary pore-clogging potential, olive oil has some benefits: It’s rich in squalene, an oil that is similar to our natural skin oil, a.k.a sebum, so it will leave your skin barrier extra smooth and soft, and it is also high in antioxidants that fight environmental skin damage.
For more, olive oil is:
Inexpensive – You can buy a pretty big bottle at the grocery store, which will last a long time, but you probably already have some in your kitchen!
Effective – in removing makeup and protect your skin.
Non-Comedogenic – Doesn’t clog pores
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