This is the third post in my series about homemade beauty products that are simple, affordable, and easy alternatives to the beauty products we all buy at the store. Today, I want to focus on makeup remover. I don't wear a lot of makeup, but the makeup I do wear I want to wash off each night before I go to bed. Unless you buy a makeup remover product, washing your face with just soap and water won't do the trick. I still notice mascara below my eyes for example. What a pain! I use to buy a Clinique product, which was quite expensive. I bought it after a woman at the makeup counter suggested it should be a part of my skin care routine. It was $18! At the time, I didn't really think much of spending this much on a product I would likely have to buy every few months. Now I think differently and would rather save my money.
My Sister gave me the idea to try using something we all have at home, olive oil! At first, I thought she was pulling my leg. So I went into the kitchen grabbed my bottle of olive oil and put a couple drops on a clean cotton ball and gave it a try. The olive oil lifted away all the make up that was still on my face after a gentle cleansing. In fact, I'm pretty sure this natural product outperformed the store bought brand by far. Extra virgin olive oil is pure and non-irritating so it is safe to use around your eyes. In addition to removing your makeup, olive oil is also an excellent moisturizer. I found a small glass bottle to fill up and I keep in my bathroom so it's always handy in the evenings when I'm getting ready for bed. Use a small amount to remove your make up. Sometimes my skin can feel a little oily if I use too much. If that is the case, I just run my hands under some warm water and gently rub the remaining olive oil into my skin. Pat dry with a towel and enjoy your makeup free, moisturized new face. Give it a try, you'll be surprised!
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