After a long day of wearing makeup, we reach into the cabinet, pull out the makeup remover, and start wiping away foundation, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, and eyeliner.
Our skin (and our largest organ) drinks in whatever we choose in this moment. After facing the harsh sun, UV rays, and wind it’s parched.
The choice we make in this moment could be filling our body with toxins, but it doesn’t have to.
Below are some common offenders from store shelves that we may find in our own medicine cabinet. This research is from the ewg.org website where they rank beauty products from 1 (least toxic) to 10 (most toxic).
Feel free to look through the research below or go to ewg.org to search your own remover.
Words like “natural, fresh, cleansing, radiant, hydrating, and White Tea extract,” all lead us right to the register feeling we’ve accomplished the goal of being healthier, while we see from this research we are anything but healthy when using these products.
What’s more is that some of these companies will create toxic junk in one bottle and something perfectly toxin-free in the next.
It leads consumers to feel like it’s a hopeless battle. I’ve heard women say they’d rather just use something they know for sure is going to work rather than stand in the isle with their phone looking up products, especially if they’re tackling the grocery with kids in tow.
I’d like to eliminate that stress and do the research for you.
Some of us are busy or don’t fancy themselves the DIY-kind-of person. Some need to feel comfortable walking in the store for something we know is safe while some of us would rather DIY a new, tried and true mixture.
Either way, if you’re here, you win. 🙂
If you’re the kind of person who needs to grab and go, here’s the top three safe alternatives to the common offenders above. There are more one the ewg.org, but these are the ones most commonly found in stores:
If you’ve come here a DIY-er ready to take on a super cheap and quick recipe for makeup remover, below is the recipe my friend, Laurie from onemomandablog.com shared with me. I love it! It’s quick and easy to make, lasts a long time, and really does the trick!
2 squirts Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castile Liquid Soap (this soap lasts forever and is used in so many other DIY recipes around the home!)
2 TBSP Witch Hazel
1 cup purified water
10 drops of essential oil 4 drops Tea Tree, 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Geranium).
Learn more about the safest essential oil option here: Not all oils are created equal.
Combine liquid ingredients and pour into your canning jar. Seal and enjoy by dipping a cotton round into the liquid whenever you’re ready to remove your makeup.
I love using this each night before my face routine. I even use this for eye makeup, making sure to pat dry with my hand towel after I’ve grabbed all the makeup.
For all your skin endures during the day, it’s important to nourish it, especially as we age. Take care of you in this little but important way. Your skin and your body will thank you.