It’s late at night and you’re exhausted. You need to get that makeup off your face, but you’re fresh out of makeup remover. What’s a beauty to do? Don’t give up! Turn to your pantry for the essential elements you need.
If you look closely at the ingredients of your favorite makeup removers, you just might feel a pang of recognition. Many of our beauty product essentials are made out of key beauty pantry ingredients. Turning to those essential building blocks will help you DIY this beauty dilemma! Use these products to safely and cleanly remove your makeup.
Olive oil – Olive oil is an ultimate kitchen and beauty multitasker. The same oil you use to cook chicken or drizzle on a salad, you can use as a pre-shampoo treatment, base for a body scrub, or as an effortless makeup remover. Apply a little to your lash line and wipe that mascara away with ease.
Coconut oil – For new users, coconut oil can be confusing. It’s solid when cold, and melts when warmed. For gentle makeup removal, warm a generous scoop of coconut oil to a comfortable temperature and apply the melted goodness to your face, and use a gentle cloth to remove the residue.
Sweet almond oil – Sweet almond oil is a great all-round oil for kitchen and beauty use. It’s great for salad dressings, and great for at home beauty treatments for hair and skin. For fans of the oil cleansing method or for makeup removal, apply to your face and let it sit for a bit before wiping your face clean.
Aloe vera juice – Aloe vera is great for you inside and out! Around the world, people use aloe vera to heal a variety of ailments. Externally, it’s great for burns, inflammation and acne. Aloe vera juice and olive oil can be mixed to make an easy, gentle makeup remover that leaves lasting benefits to the skin.
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.