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Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover

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Tamara Dzajkovska

A good makeup remover is a necessity when it comes to products every woman requires for her daily makeup and skincare routine. The effects of makeup remover on the skin can affect almost every other step in a beauty routine and the skin of the face itself. For women, finding an effective and natural makeup remover can be a daunting task, in order not to have to cope with the effects of any abrasive and harsh chemicals that leave the skin dry and the lashes brittle.

Makeup is unlikely to produce the desired effects if the skin it is applied on isn’t healthy, clear, and well taken care of. The first rule to having healthy and smooth skin is to switch to natural products and proven to be the perfect alternative to many artificial makeup removers is coconut oil. 

As one of the most versatile, natural, and healthy products, coconut oil in its original form is used for many purposes. The proven moisturizing, soothing, and nurturing properties of the coconut oil make it the perfect natural makeup remover.

Most may disregard the importance of a good makeup remover, but the appearance and health of the skin heavily rely on the quality and effectiveness of the makeup remover used.

Why is Coconut Oil the Perfect Makeup Remover? 

Coconut oil is easy to use, safe, effective, fragrant, affordable, eco-friendly, nurturing, and beautifying. Let’s look at some of its benefits in detail.

It is the most effective makeup remover

Coconut oil removes makeup quickly and easily, almost effortlessly. Compared to makeup wipes or common liquid makeup removers, it doesn’t require skin rubbing or tugging, which is what can age and wrinkle the skin. Additionally, it is even effective for the removal of waterproof mascara or long-lasting lipstick.

Coconut oil can break-up (solubilize) water-resistant substances that are commonly used in mascara, eyeshadows, in some foundations, and other products labeled as waterproof. This specific property makes coconut oil very effective when it comes to the easy and fast removal of makeup.

It nourishes, moisturizes, and smoothens the skin

Coconut oil is great for the skin because of its moisturizing and soothing properties. When used as a makeup remover it’s not only effective but will leave the skin softer and more youthful-looking.

It is especially good for the sensitive skin around the eye area. Even though it is the most delicate part of the face, most makeup is concentrated there – eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. With coconut oil, it is easy to wipe all the products off without repeated rubbing that will leave the face red and dry. Besides dissolving the makeup efficiently, the coconut oil will restore the skin around the eyes making it look more vibrant and healthy. This also applies to other areas of the face.

With regular use of coconut oil as a makeup remover, the usual dryness and redness caused by chemicals will slowly dissipate, stimulating skin recovery and ultimately leading to healthy, glowing skin. 

As it is highly moisturizing, coconut oil is also said to be beneficial for many skin abnormalities. It can soothe psoriasis, allergies, and skin rashes. Some studies confirm that the daily use of coconut oil on the skin increases both hydration and skin elasticity. 

It has antibacterial properties

Coconut oil is 100% fat, composed of a combination of different fatty acids. The most dominant one being lauric acid, a component that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. With this in consideration, coconut oil has been used as an effective treatment for acne. Coconut oil is a perfect makeup remover for skin prone to acne and also acts as a prevention for skin outbreaks common in many women. 

The bacteria propionibacterium acnes is found naturally on the skin, but when they multiply, acne develops. Studies conducted on acne-prone skin found that lauric acid reduces inflammation by reducing the number of bacteria present, thus diminishing the possibility of acne development.

It has a pleasant, tropical scent

We all love a sudden aroma-induced memory of a relaxing beach day. Coconut oil smells like a tropical island on a summer day and has a natural scent that trumps any artificial fragrances used in skincare products. 

Coconut oil is an eco-friendly alternative 

For some, makeup removing wipes are the most convenient product for makeup removal. They are easy to use and don’t require cotton pads or balls as well as a separate makeup remover, but they are harmful to both your skin and planet earth. There is an estimated number of 1.3 billion wipes tossed each day, a devastating number for the environment. Wipes, cotton pads, and other one-use materials are not eco-friendly products and contribute to global pollution.

Even if you choose to use cotton pads when removing makeup with coconut oil, it will probably take no more than two cotton pads to get the job done, which is significantly lower compared to how many you’ll need when using traditional makeup removers. However, you can always use reusable pads if you prefer.

Switching to coconut oil as a makeup remover is important for the sake of your skin and the planet! 

It is an affordable makeup remover

You need no more than a pea-sized amount of coconut oil for a single session of makeup removal. Coconut oil can be purchased in different packaging and amounts. 

If you already use coconut oil for other purposes, you can buy your preferred product and put some of it in a small container to keep in your bathroom. An economical, big jar of coconut oil can be used over a year for the purpose of removing makeup. If used for many other purposes, it is an affordable option that can be purchased in bulk.

How to use Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover

When using coconut oil to remove makeup, you can use nothing but a small amount of the oil, no cotton pads or washcloths required. However, if it makes it more convenient for you, you can always use additional products for the process. 

  1. Scoop out a small amount of coconut oil in solid form, a pea-sized amount should be sufficient. Rub it gently between your fingers until it starts to melt and apply it on areas of the face where makeup is applied. As you rub it gently over the surface of the face, the makeup will break up completely. 
  1. Close your eyes and gently spread the oil all around the eye area, over your eyelids and eyelashes. There should be a sufficient amount of oil so you can move your fingers around gently without tugging on the skin. If you feel you need more oil, apply more directly on the face. You should start to feel the oil melting the makeup on your face. If you use waterproof mascara, use your fingers to apply the oil directly on your top and bottom lashes.
  1. Massage the oil all over the face until it removes the makeup from the whole facial area.
  1. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry with a cloth. If you need to wipe the oil from your face before or after the rinse, you can always use cotton or reusable pads for the process. Either way, the makeup should come off seamlessly.

Depending on how much makeup you have applied, you may need to repeat the process to make sure your face is cleaned thoroughly. 

No additional face washing is required. Coconut oil acts both as a makeup remover and facial cleanser. It is advised not to wash the coconut oil residue off your face using a cleanser, as you might lose its moisturizing and soothing benefits. If you do not prefer having the coconut oil left on your face, simply rinse your face with warm water several times and pat dry with a towel until it is dry and oil-free. Your face should glow and appear refreshed and moisturized. 

Finish the process by putting on a serum or moisturizer that is part of your daily skincare routine. 

Choosing Your Product

To enjoy all the benefits listed above, it is of utmost importance to choose a good quality product to apply to your skin. As the popularity of coconut oil has skyrocketed in the past decade, the market is saturated with coconut-derived products, but not all of them are safe to use. 

You should always choose coconut oil that is labeled as cold-pressed, unrefined, extra-virgin, and organic.

Storing the Coconut Oil

When stored at room temperature, coconut oil is in solid form. If the surrounding temperature hits 76 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the coconut oil will melt and become liquid. As it is far more convenient for coconut oil to be solid for the purpose of using it as a makeup remover, it is recommended to be stored in a cool and dark place. 

The ability to change its state is another great advantage of coconut oil when used as a makeup remover, as it can be used in liquid or solid form depending on the user’s preference. 

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