We all know one of the most important things in maintaining healthy skin is to take off our makeup before bed at night. But, most makeup removers are completely full of chemicals, which is why using a natural makeup remover is important. Sometimes using just face wash and water doesn’t quite do the trick. So, what can you do? Make your own all natural makeup remover. It’s inexpensive, easy to make, and can help protect your eyes from injury or infection.
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4 Ways to Reduce Risk of Eye Injury from Makeup
Discard Old Makeup
Makeup should be thrown away after three month. Old mascara and eyeliner have an increased chance of carrying bacteria and fungus that can contaminate your eye and cause a serious eye infection. An easy way to remember when it is time to get rid of your eye makeup is to mark the date on the makeup with a permanent marker after your purchase.
When shopping for new eye makeup you should always read the labels to see which ingredients were used to make them. Ingredients such as lead, talc, butylated hydroxyanisole, urea, sulfates, and phthalates should be avoided. Consider using hypoallergenic cosmetics that are all-natural and allergen-free, especially if you have sensitive eyes.
Curl Eyelashes Before Applying Mascara
By curling your eyelashes, you are lifting your lashes up and away from your eye. Use a clean, dry eyelash curler before applying your mascara and you will decrease the chances of accidentally getting the makeup in your eye.
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Never Apply Makeup While Driving
Many women who are in a rush tend to put on makeup in the car while they are on their way to their destination. During the drive, unexpected stops, swerves, or bumps in the road can make your hands to move or slip and accidentally cause the makeup or the applicator to touch your eye and injure it. For instance, a mascara brush could scratch your eye ball bad enough to need treatment from an ophthalmologist.
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Natural Makeup Remover Recipe
What You Need:
- a container with an airtight seal (glass or plastic)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of your favorite all natural or organic liquid face soap (We love Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash.)
- In a small saucepan, heat the water until it’s just boiling. This is to remove any impurities in the water. Let it cool for a few minutes, so that it’s still warm, but not too hot to handle.
- Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the warm water. Coconut oil is solid, but the warm water will cause it to turn into a liquid, which is what you want. Stir to combine.
- Add 1 tablespoon of liquid face soap. Stir again.
- Let the mixture cool and pour it into your container.
- That’s it! You’re ready to use your makeup remover!
The best part is that the coconut oil leaves your skin so soft and not at all greasy. And it smells awesome! After the mixture cools, the oil and soap will separate from the water. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Give the natural makeup remover a gentle shake and it’ll mix right up. This recipe for natural makeup remover has a shelf life of about 6 months.
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