Gentle Make-up Removing with Coconut Oil

Turns out, coconut oil isn't just an excellent body moisturizer and defrizzer; it's also a really good makeup remover. We don’t just mean that it'll get the job done when you run out of regular makeup remover. You might be surprised by how quickly it takes off eye makeup and by how easily it works (no rubbing or tugging at delicate under-eye skin)—and that goes for waterproof mascara, too.

Here's why: "Coconut oil solubilizes or breaks up water-resistant substances used in eye shadow and mascara, releasing them from the skin and lashes," says cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta. And unlike a lot of traditional eye-makeup removers, it'll even leave your skin softer and younger-looking. "It's great for your skin, because it moisturizes and smooths," says Cincotta.

Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature (in non tropical climates), scoop out a little and rub it between your fingers to warm it up first. Smooth that over your skin with your fingers, then wipe it off with a dry cotton ball and it'll take your makeup with it.

“Be careful to avoid getting oil in your eyes, since it will temporarily blur your vision," says Cincotta. Repeat until all of your makeup is gone—and presto you’re done!

Again, coconut oil is cheaper than cleansing wipes or store-bought makeup remover, it works better and smells nicer. Since starting to use coconut oil to remove makeup, users have commented that their skin has gotten clearer, the wrinkles around eyes have become less visible, and some say they’ve noticed a marked improvement in the condition of their eyelashes.

Most people complain that when using traditional makeup remover and rubbing my eyes with cleansing cloths, their lashes became short, brittle, and fell out easily. Coconut oil takes your mascara off smoothly without any harsh rubbing required, leaving your lashes moisturized and luminous. It removes your foundation, blush, eye shadow, concealer and more with a gentle, soft swipe of cotton – no snags or rubs on already weary skin. Ready to try it for yourself?

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