Sometimes it's impossible to wash your face and remove your makeup. Fortunately, you can use some products you can find in any home.
Ever since I started wearing makeup, I’ve been told that the most important rule is to remove it before going to sleep. To be honest, it wasn’t until very recently that I actually started doing this. I was told that sleeping with your makeup on would make your skin age faster, as well as many other not so scientifically proven facts. Naturally, being a stubborn teenager, I never really cared about this until I realized that my skin wasn’t looking as fresh as it did years ago. Now, it’s become part of my night routines. But what happens when you’re not making it home and you don’t have the products you normally use? I mean, you can’t use regular toilet paper just like that, because it can be very rough and hurt your skin. For that matter, here are some products you can find in just about any kitchen, which not only help you remove your makeup, but also moisturize the skin. So, if you ever find yourself spending the night at someone’s place, there are many ways to clean your face.
Well, this is one of the basic products almost everybody has in their kitchen, so it won’t be a problem to find some. Since the face has natural oils, it’s important to also hydrate it with other types of oils. Olive oil has many substances that help stop the aging process and heal irritated skin. To use it as a makeup remover, you just have to soak a clean cloth or cotton in a mixture of two parts of oil and one of water and pass it through your face. Now, once you’re done cleaning your face, remove the oil excess with a dry and soft towel before going to sleep. You don't want your pores to absorb too much oil.
Over the past years, coconut oil has become an essential natural oil in many houses. Coconut oil, in particular, can have many cosmetic uses. Besides hydrating your skin, this is a very soft natural product that makes it easy to remove makeup, even mascara and marker eyeliners. You only have to soak a piece of cloth or a cotton ball with the oil to remove it.
Although it’s kind of obvious, let’s be clear: to use it as a makeup remover, or for any other cosmetic use, the yogurt must be natural. Lately, this ingredient has been used for natural skin masks due to the many benefits it has. To start with, yogurt is filled with lactic acid that helps clean the dead skin cells off your face. Also, it is a natural moisturizer that gives skin a natural and fresh glow, also helping reduce wrinkles and expression lines. By using it as a makeup remover you’ll be killing two birds with one stone. Just as you’d do with the olive oil, once you’ve finished removing your makeup you have to take out the excess. To do so, use a cloth soaked in cold water.
Okay, this might sound odd, and unless you’re staying with someone with babies, this isn’t as easy to find at a regular home. The particularity of baby shampoo, and why you shouldn’t really try it with a regular one, is that it's tender on the soft skin of babies, and more importantly, it's tear-free, meaning that it doesn’t have too many chemicals. To create your remover, you just have to mix a bit of shampoo with any kind of oil (preferably coconut, olive, or jojoba).
Well, cucumbers aren’t only delicious and good to make the typical refreshing beauty mask, but they can actually be used to remove makeup as well. Cucumbers are famous for their anti-inflammatory properties and the refreshing sensation they leave on your skin. Besides that, they’re also used in cosmetic treatments to heal irritated skin and prevent acne. To use it as a remover, you just have to mash a piece of cucumber and massage your skin with it. If you feel it’s too rough or strange on your face, you can always mix it with a bit of milk or oil to make it easier to apply.
I mean, if Cleopatra bathed in goat milk, why can’t you use some to moisturize and clean your skin? This delicious liquid has a huge amounts of fats and proteins that can help you retain the natural moisture of your skin. Whole milk has more properties than other types, so you can use it directly on your skin and rub it with a soft cloth or cotton ball. It can also help ease the pain or discomfort of irritation and inflammation, so it’s a win-win.
Okay, this might sound weird but logical as well. Shortening is that type of solid fat (mostly vegetable) used for cooking and especially for baking because it adds a nice and soft texture to food. Shortening includes hydrogenated oils and soybean, which make it a natural product. Besides cooking, it’s also used to cure skin conditions at hospitals like burns or irritations due to its oily consistency and hydrating properties. You can use it directly on the skin without any worry.
Finally, we couldn’t leave our beloved avocado out of this equation. Now that it has become a trendy food, it has also become popular for cosmetic purposes. It has antioxidant carotenoids that protect your skin from particles in the environment (mainly from pollution), and provides a natural toning and density to your skin, decreasing the visible signs of aging. Besides that, it’s high in vitamin C, which provides elastin and collagen, making your skin more firm. To use it as a makeup remover, you just have to cut it in half and put a cotton swab or a tissue on top of it so that it soaks all its natural oils. Pass it through your face and voilá!
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