With the extensive exposure to chemicals daily thanks to your beauty products, your face can finally take a breather once the makeup is removed. Or can it? Toxic ingredients lurk in many beauty products, including your makeup remover. Daily use of these removers can be a serious concern for your health in the long run. So what’s exactly lurking in your makeup removers?
There are some worrying ingredients in your makeup remover
Makeup removers typically rely on several active ingredients to get the job done. They use surfactants, which dissolve your makeup, solubilizers, and emulsifiers that lift the makeup, oil and any dead skin. While these actually help remove the makeup, they may expose you to unnecessary health risks and damage your skin. You see, while most ingredients are considered safe in small doses, all the makeup you use every single day of your life adds up. In fact, women put on over 500 chemicals on their bodies each day. The beauty industry is also heavily unregulated which raises more concerns. So let’s take a look at several of the ingredients typically found in makeup removers and how they can affect your health.
Uses: antimicrobial preservative.
Concerns: contact allergy
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Uses: cleansing agent.
Concerns: irritation of skin, eyes, or lungs; organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Uses: skin conditioning agent.
Concerns: organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Uses: antistatic, emollient
Concerns: Persistence and bioaccumulation; organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Uses: antimicrobial agent, antistatic, surfactant, preservative
Concerns: immune and respiratory toxicant/allergen
Uses: fragrance component
Concerns: organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Uses: fragrance component, preservative
Concerns: endocrine disruption
Find out more about these and other ingredients in your makeup regime on the Skin Deep database.
Makeup removers may leave residue behind
Makeup removers, especially makeup remover wipes, can leave toxic residue behind. Since makeup wipes don’t require you to rinse with water, wipes may leave behind highly concentrated residues that are full of chemicals described above. But non-wipe removers are no angels either. Thorough rinsing is required to get everything off your skin, even then, some can be left behind. The problem is, thoroughly and frequently washing your face with water is not great for your skin either.
Removers may irritate your skin
Your skin may be left exposed to high concentrations of surfactants, emulsifiers, and solubilizers. This can irritate and dry out your skin, especially if your skin is prone to sensitivity. A lot of makeup removers also use preservatives to increase shelf life and some contain chemicals that release formaldehyde. In high concentrations, formaldehyde is considered a carcinogen. While you are not likely to be exposed to high amounts of this chemical, low-level, long-term exposure effects are unknown. So your best bet is to avoid it.
Tips for Using & Buying Makeup Remover
-If you use a wipe to remove makeup, wash your face immediately to remove any residue. Otherwise, avoid using makeup wipes.
-Be careful using makeup remover around your eyes and your lips, as they are particularly sensitive areas.
-If you have dry skin, apply a natural moisturizer (such as cucumber or coconut oil) after using a makeup remover.
-If you must buy makeup remover, buy one with ingredients you can understand. As a general rule, don’t put anything on your skin, that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. However, most of your beauty regime can be replaced with natural alternatives, including your makeup remover.
Best Natural, Safe & Organic Makeup Remover Alternatives
The beauty industry insists on creating products that are the opposite of the fountain of youth. Sure, short term, they may make your skin smell sweet and look soft, but in the long-term, they have an adverse effect. Many of the active ingredients used in makeup and makeup removers today further irritate and dry out your skin. Our bodies are fully capable of having naturally beautiful skin but they are usually sabotaged by the exposure to toxic chemicals throughout the day. To remove some of these chemicals, most people use more chemicals. So wouldn’t it make sense to start using something that is natural and won’t contribute to the cycle that ultimately destroys our beautiful skin?
There are products already inside your kitchen that can do just that. Coconut oil, for example, can break down water-resistant substances that are present in mascara and eye shadow and release them from your skin and lashes. Aside from being able to remove makeup, some of these natural oils will leave your skin leaving and looking fresh.
Eye makeup remover
General makeup removal:
How To Use These Natural Removers
There are many ways to go about removing your makeup using these oils. You can make a mixture and create your own natural makeup wipes. You can simply massage your face with the oil and then rinse it off. Or you can even apply the oil and then use a mixture of raw honey and warm water to rinse it off for added benefits and extra baby soft skin.
Massage & Rinse
The simplest way to use these oils is to wet your face, then simply put a tiny bit of oil on your fingertips and slowly massage your face, eyelashes and then rinse with warm water. You can even apply a bit of coconut oil after the rinse for extra moisture.
Add Raw Honey
Another idea is to combine raw organic honey with this regime for extra softness and added benefits. Honey and coconut oil work synergistically to make your face extra soft and beautiful.
Make Your Own Makeup Remover Wipes (With just 3 natural ingredients!)
You will need:
Medium sized jar (You can sometimes find decent ones at the dollar stores)
Organic Cotton Rounds (Can be found in Whole Foods)
- Fill up a medium sized jar with a cup of hot water, then add a tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Give it a quick mix, then add a tablespoon of the unscented baby soap.
- Then, add a 1/2 teaspoon of witch hazel.
- Stir the mixture a few times.
- Take some cotton rounds, about 2/3 the height of the jar you are planning to use.
- Push those cotton rounds into the jar (so they are standing straight).
- The mixture will soak into the rounds and you’re done! Natural and safe makeup remover wipes in a jar.
- Use them as any other makeup wipe. Wet your face, then use the cotton round to slowly remove any makeup, while keeping your eyes closed. Rinse the excess off with warm water.
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