Removing dirt and oil from your skin is essential if you want your skin to look and feel its best. When we leave dirt and oil on our face it creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can cause breakouts and other skin conditions.
Commercial products are available but are often full of chemicals that can dry out or irritate our skin. Not to mention the fact that they are usually quite pricey.
You can save a few dollars by making your own non-toxic cleanser and makeup remover. The best part of making your own makeup remover is that you can customize the ingredients to suit your skin.
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- Half pint glass mason jar
- 2 tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel
- 1 tablespoon unscented Castile soap
- 1 tsp sweet almond oil (or argan, jojoba, olive)
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 8-12 drops of frankincense essential oil
- 8 drops rosemary essential oil (to help keep pads fresh)
- Organic cotton pads
Benefits of Witch Hazel
The main ingredient in this recipe is witch hazel. Witch hazel is a natural astringent and has many healing properties. Native Americans have long recognized the healing properties of witch hazel. It is a topical astringent that is made from the bark and leaves of Hamamelis virginiana, the common or North American witch-hazel shrub.
It is a multi-purpose remedy that can ease a number of skin conditions. Often used for spot treating acne, with hazel also soothes dry skin, reduces itchiness, decreases inflammation and is highly effective at removing oils from the skin. It is often used as an antiseptic and can be applied directly to the skin to treat acne, reduce puffy eyes, reduce the appearance of varicose veins and lock moisture into the skin.
Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera has potent antibacterial properties and is known as a miracle plant for its ability to heal wounds, cuts, dry skin and burns. Aloe is rich in vitamins C and E and beta carotene which gives it powerful anti-aging capabilities. It moisturizes skin without making it feel greasy.
Benefits of Frankincense Oil
Frankincense oil is used in this remover to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, prevent wrinkles, and lift and tighten skin. This oil also promotes healthy cell regeneration and can help reduce dry skin and reverse signs of aging.
Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil
Almond oil has a light texture and is easily absorbed by the skin. It is effective at gently removing debris from deep within pores and follicles and can also help prevent acne because of its rich vitamin A content.It is gentle and safe for all skin types.
Below we have provided both video instructions and written instructions with step by step photos depending on how you prefer to absorb information.
Add the witch hazel, aloe vera gel, castile soap and almond oil to the jar.
Add lid and shake well to make sure the ingredients are well incorporated.
Remove lid and add in the essential oils. Put lid back on and shake gently to combine.
Remove lid and put in the cotton rounds. Press down to make sure the cotton rounds absorb the mixture. If it seems too dry, add more witch hazel.
How to Use
Gently wipe around face and neck to remove makeup, dirt, and oil. Be careful around the eyes (witch hazel can cause eye irritation). This makeup remover is gentle enough to use in the morning and at night.
3 More Ways to Remove Makeup Naturally
Honey: Honey is a highly therapeutic way to remove makeup naturally while locking in moisture. It has powerful antibacterial properties that help keep acne away and enzymes that help remove dead skin cells. To remove makeup, apply a small amount of raw honey onto a wet cloth and spread over your face in a circular motion. Allow the honey to set on the skin for at least five minutes before rinsing with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel and apply a little coconut oil for extra moisturizing.
Full Fat Milk: Ladies of royalty used milk baths thousands of years ago to beautify their skin. The fat and protein in milk hydrate the skin and help it retain moisture while removing makeup, dirt, and bacteria. Simply dip a cotton ball in milk and wipe your face. It is safe to use around your eyes and will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean.
Olive Oil: Olive oil helps remove impurities and hydrates the skin at the same time. Simply dip a cotton ball in olive oil and gently wipe your face. Follow up with a warm rinse and pat dry.
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