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 that doesn’t have to be the case.
The common offenders from store shelves that we find in our own medicine cabinets are detrimental to our health.
Research from ewg.org, where they rank beauty products from 1 (least toxic) to 10 (most toxic), is a great resource for typing in your own products to see how your products fair.
Likely, you’ll find words like “natural, fresh, pure, and cleansing,” that lead us right to the register feeling we’ve accomplished the goal of being healthier.
However, we see from research that 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 even heard women say they’d rather just use something they know will 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. 🙂
In-Store Safe Options
If you’re the kind of person who needs to grab and go, here’s the top three safe alternatives to the common offenders at the grocery.
There are more one the ewg.org, but these are the ones most commonly found in stores:
My Favorite DIY
If you’ve come here as 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 to take off eye makeup, making sure to pat dry with my hand towel after I’ve grabbed all the makeup.
Just make sure you don’t get it in your eye because it will not be comfortable.
For all your skin endures during the day, it’s important to nourish it, especially as we age.
Take care of yourself in this little but important way.
Your skin and your body will thank you.