Coconut Oil Makeup Remover

How to Use Coconut Oil as Makeup Remover

Coconut oil makeup remover

Coconut oil is the oil that keeps giving!  Not only is it an excellent body moisturizerhair defrizzer, and teeth whitener – but now it adds makeup remover to its résumé.

According to cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta, coconut oil breaks up water-resistant substances used in eyeshadow and mascara, releasing them from the skin and lashes.  But even though so many people continuously sing coconut oils’ praises, it still comes with its conflicting reports.

In some skin types, coconut oil can clog pores leading to blackheads and sometimes breakouts; this is because coconut oil is considered to be moderately comedogenic.  A big word meaning that coconut oil could cause blocked pores in some people.  Not all people.  Just some.  

Extra virgin coconut oil contains anti-bacterial compounds that prevent acne-causing bacteria from replicating.  

Studies have shown that coconut oil may be 15 times more effective than Benzoyl Peroxide (an anti-spot cream used for acne).  Coconut oil is also very cooling and soothing on the skin, reducing redness and inflammation, and it’s packed with antioxidants that can slow down aging.  All of this sounds extremely exciting, and it's making me want to rush to my cupboards and face plant into a jar of coconut oil!  But before I do that – let’s chat about skin type.

We want to stay away from substances that are going to block our pores.  Pores get blocked when dead skin cells, natural skin oil or bacteria get blocked in – resulting in some pimples.  Large pores get clogged more easily – so if you have large pores, it may mean that coconut oil might give you some hassles.  People with smaller pores and less sensitive skin will likely have more success with coconut oil. 

Why Go Natural Instead?

People are commonly becoming more and more aware of the ingredients that they put in their bodies and on their skin.  While many conventional makeup removers do a very good job of removing makeup, their ingredients are sometimes startling.  

The troublemakers are often the preservatives.  Propylparaben and butylparaben are somewhat dangerous preservatives.  Parabens can disrupt how our hormones work.  According to “these preservatives receive a very high hazard reading of 7 (worst is 10) from the Environmental groups’ Cosmetics Safety Database. Another remover towelette, on the opposite end of the price spectrum, contains the nasty preservative 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, which is rated a staggering “7-9” by EWG because it slowly releases the known carcinogen formaldehyde.” (1)  

So I’m not sure anyone would want to be putting that on their face and eyes!

A lot of our makeup and mascaras are oil or wax based. The “like dissolves like” theory is that oil is used to remove oil-based substances and water removes water-based substances.  That’s why a coconut oil makeup remover can be so effective (and safe) for our face and eye area.  Coconut oil is lipophilic, which means it’s attracted to other fats and oils.  It dissolves them.  Hydrophilic is the opposite.  These substances love water and are broken up and dissolved in water.  That’s why it’s so tricky to get water-resistant mascara off with water!

Coconut Oil Makeup Remover Directions

  • Dip your clean cotton wool ball or swab into your jar of coconut oil.
  • Rub the cotton wool ball over your eyes and face.  Depending on how much makeup you’re wearing, you might need to use more than one cotton wool ball.  
  • Don’t put the dirty cotton wool ball back into the coconut oil; this may introduce bacteria and dirt into the jar.
  • Remove the excess oil with a clean face cloth.  
  • It might also be a good idea to let your face cloth sit under some hot running water for a few seconds.  Squeeze the excess water out and then place the hot face cloth over your face.  The steam and heat will quickly remove any oil that’s been left behind.
  • Another way to use it would be to take a small amount of coconut oil on your finger. The size would depend on how much makeup you are wearing. Gently rub the oil into your eyelids and face. It’s a good idea to pay particular attention to the areas that might be a bit more stubborn, such as your eyelashes and eyeliner line. You could then use a hot face cloth to remove the oil or a clean cotton wool ball.
  • Wash your face as you would normally. Natural homemade cleansers and moisturizers found here. (external link)

So tonight, when you get home from work and flop onto the couch – get excited about trying a new way to remove your day from your face.  Share this post so that more people are aware of the nasty ingredients lurking in their everyday products and how we can easily decrease our exposure to them with something as simple as coconut oil.

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Resources and References

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2. SIEGEL, ELIZABETH. Allure. [Online] 2015.

3. Arps, Brianna. Business insider. [Online] 2017.

4. Coconut oil tips. [Online] 2016.

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