What if I told you that you could make your own anti-ageing, moisturising make up remover with only two ingredients and no more than $20? I would probably sound like an infomercial but I’d also be right. The recipe I have for you today is super easy and works amazingly well – it even takes off long-wear eye makeup!
Moisturising Homemade Makeup Remover
You’ll need three things:
* Grapeseed oil
* Lavender oil
* A metal, dark glass or coated ceramic bottle.
The method will depend on the size and shape of your container but you want to mix the oils at a ratio of 4:1 (grapseed oil to lavender oil). I made up 250mL and put in 60 drops of lavender oil. Once you’ve mixed the oils you can pour them into your container. It’s important to make sure the carrier container is non-porous and dark coloured; porous materials like plastic absorb essential oils and clear bottles allow the oil to oxidise and go “off”. If you use ceramic like I did make sure it is coated both inside and out.
Lavender is brilliantly calming and soothing and is one of the few oils that can be applied directly to skin. It is known for its many health benefits including helping relieve headaches and sunburn. It is commonly used in beauty therapy as a calming agent both in skin products and for inhalation. You can find more information on lavender here (incidentally, the lovely Gillian from Le’Essience is where I got all my information on essential oils and mixture strengths for this post).
“It’s best to use the ‘Lavendula Angustifolia’ type of Lavender as it’s the BEST Lavender (for many reasons) for your skin. You can get Grosso or Intermedia X types as well but they are more harsh lavenders – great for muscle problems, colds & flus.”
– Gillian from Le’Essience
Grapeseed oil is one of the new miracle products everyone is talking about. It is purported to tighten pores, help treat acne, minimize under-eye cirlces and moisturize even sensitive skin. The oil itself is pressed from the seeds of grapes so is an abundant bi-product of the wine making process. It is relatively cheap and can be found in the cooking oil section of most supermarkets.
To use the homemade makeup remover apply a small quantity to hands then rub thoroughly all over your face. Use cotton wool pads to wipe the oil off your skin. If you look at the pads you will see how much makeup the oil has taken with it! Repeat if necessary, depending on how much makeup you’re wearing. Allow the oil to soak into your skin for at least 5 minutes before washing your face.
My favourite thing about this recipe is how handy it is on nights when I get home late and tired. Instead of taking my makeup off, showering, washing my face and moisturizing I can remove my makeup and leave the oil on overnight. The grapseed oil makes my skin feel lovely and the lavender soothes me gently to sleep.
What do you think of this recipe? Let me know how you get on trying it!
Steph is a natural beauty contributor for Laura Laura. Find out more about Steph by following her on Twitter.