Over the last couple of years, I have been slowly replacing all of my beauty/makeup/haircare products that were toxic and full of chemicals into safe, natural, beautiful products to make sure that my skin is never unnecessarily exposed to junk. However, I continued to remove my eye makeup with the same eye makeup remover pads that I have been using for years (thinking that they were not a threat, of course).
Well, about a month ago, I thought to look at the ingredient list on that sneaky little devil, and discovered that those too were filled with parabens and propylene glycol! For more on which ingredients to avoid and why, read my previous post here. So, in light of my most recent toxin discovery, I wanted to share with you how I remove all of my makeup with great, safe, natural products that leave you clean and chemical-free. 🙂
I have mentioned these first couple products a few times already but will reiterate due to their greatness. My first step in removing my makeup is using my Clarisonic Mia cleansing brush with my Avalon Organics Facial Cleansing Gel.
Nothing cleans deeper, while remaining gentle and non-abrasive, than the Clarisonic. Its built in timer keeps you from over-cleaning, and I always say you can see your pores look clearer than ever before. Though I mainly use it to remove foundation fully (definitely not eye makeup), It also scrubs off lipstick extremely well- which I love. I have not been able to go a day without this friend since I bought it over 6 months ago. Well worth the investment!!
I use Avalon Organics Facial Cleansing Gel with it. It says right on the front of the bottle “no GMOs, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, harsh sulfates, or parabens.” Avalon Organics is a beautiful beautiful company, very reasonably priced, and very concerned with providing safe products. I love using all of their stuff and know I can trust them, which is a great find. This cleansing gel removes all makeup very cleanly, without drying. I will also use my fingers (again, not the Clarisonic) and just wipe over my eyes a little with the gel to remove some of my eye makeup. Paired with the Clarisonic, this gel completes the best power duo for makeup removal.
Sometimes after I use my Clarisonic and cleansing gel, I still want to make sure I removed all my makeup. So I use witch hazel- a natural astringent, on a cotton ball, and just gently wipe all over my face.
I love using witch hazel, especially in the summer when I often want to give my face an extra gentle clean in the morning or throughout the day without worrying about over-drying my skin. The natural toner comes from a plant and is therefore a pure, beautiful product of nature. Another great replacement for all those chemical filled toners out there.
For my eye makeup, I recently swapped out those toxic removal pads with….coconut oil!
Yet another use for this miracle oil- it removes eye makeup easily and completely with little effort and absolutely no harsh rubbing involved. I just scoop up a very small amount with one finger, warm it a bit to a liquid in my hand, and slide it over my under eye and eyelids. Then I take a tissue and (gently!) wipe it away. It takes off all the makeup just like that. If I want to be extra sure, I’ll repeat applying and wiping another time, but I can see on the tissue what it picks up. It’s not really important which brand, I prefer to use an organic, extra virgin coconut oil, which is still very cheap and lasts forever!
It’s pretty cool to know that you are using all safe things on your face at the end of the day (and after you’ve hopefully been using safe makeup products during the day as well!). Unfortunately, there are a lot of scary products out there, putting thousands of chemicals into your skin, sometimes without your knowledge. And to add insult to injury, these products usually cost a small fortune! While coconut oil, for example is super cheap and does the job even better!
I hope this post was useful to you all. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Photo of Clarisonic: macys.com
Photo of coconut oil: Pureformulas.com, Creative Common Attribution License