Friday, April 12, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Makeup Remover Do's and Don'ts

Spring is here! That means more sunshine, more days spent outdoors, and...allergies.

Honestly, on some Spring days, the last thing I want to do is wear eye makeup, and on the days that I do, the first thing I want to do when I get home is take it off. Of course, since my eyes do become watery this season, that means I'm wearing waterproof and smudge proof makeup, which is not the easiest thing to take off.

Usually when I remove my makeup, I will first wash my entire face with Biore 4 In 1 Detoxifying Cleanser. It's extremely gentle and moisturizing, so I don't feel like it's stripping my skin when it washes off my make-up. I follow that with a scrub. My favorite right now is St Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub. Of course, washing your face with eye make up on makes you look like a raccoon when your eyeliner starts to gather underneath your eyes. But it doesn't wipe off all that easy, does it? That's why I'm here to tell you about the best makeup removers out there!

Do's
Do use a natural oil to remove your make-up.

Don't
Don't use a makeup remover with alcohol in it. This will dry out your skin, and if you use it everyday, it will probably prematurely age it. We want to keep that delicate skin moistened! That's why eye creams exist! Check the ingredients in your makeup remover, if you don't know what is it because the scientific names of the chemicals are completely foreign to you, then I would not recommend putting that on your eyes.


Best Make Up Removers
Avocado Oil
Avocado Oil is very gentle and a little bit thicker than Coconut Oil. You just apply a pea size amount to your fingers or cotton swab and use it to gently remove make up. It breaks up the make up without any effort and moisturizes deeply. I prefer the Now Foods Avocado Oil.

Coconut Oil 
Coconut Oil is actually my oil of choice, mostly because if you look at the cost per oz, it's much cheaper than Avocado Oil, and they're both equally effective. The difference is that coconut oil comes in a jar. So you have to scoop out a pea sized amount of the solid form and rub it between your finers to warm it and create the oil. Then you remove your make-up the same way you would with Avocado Oil. I use Dr Bronner's Fresh-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil White Kernel Unrefined. I buy both oils at Whole Foods, but you can usually find them on Amazon, or in your local vitamin or health shop.

Do you have any tips for fighting off allergy season? I'd love to hear them! Share it with me on The Scoop Facebook page and on Twitter!

Thanks for reading,

Danielle