Looking peng with our face beat on fleek all day is so fulfilling and keeps us matching our “baby girl” lifestyle but the flip side that no one finds fun is taking off all that makeup at the end of the day – unless you are among the special demographic that enjoy taking a night bath regularly.
Once or twice, we’ve all been so tired and that inner voice just says to you “heck, hit the sheets, and take it off by sunrise…” What this voice doesn’t tell you is, you’ll take the makeup off quite alright but you can’t take off the breakouts!
Seriously, removing makeup before you go to bed is an integral part of skincare especially if you’re particular about having a healthy, glowing skin. There have been times when we all forgot to stock up on wipes and we get home to meet an empty wipe case or your skin is just plain irritated by wipes. For days when either of these happen, we’ve got you covered like we always do.
These substitutes are readily available, cheap and are great for your skin…
1. Soap and water
Depending on the makeup, good ol’ soap and water after all these years is still a great way to take off all that makeup after being caked up throughout the day. No matter how much wipes you use, your face is not totally clean – you still need a proper sink session. Try to avoid plenty rubbing and also choose a soap that wouldn’t irritate your face.
This is not the time to put in some arm power, so avoid excessive rubbing as your skin hates that. After washing properly, you can apply a mild cleanser then moisturize your face and you’re good to go!
2. Coconut oil
We’re sure you’re starting to wonder what this oil cannot do – we share the same sentiments. This awesome oil is not just cheap and readily available, it also doesn’t need any concoction and is a great alternative for makeup wipes. You can use it alone and get maximum satisfactory results. Just dab your face with a cotton pad containing coconut oil and let it sit pretty for a minute or two. This will allow the makeup soften and help you resist the temptation of rubbing your face (especially the eye area) and getting irritated.
The main principle here is; oil dissolves oil and if your makeup is oil based, you know it cannot resist the charm of coconut oil. Watch the coconut oil slip it off before your very eyes. It is best to apply before a bath.
Cleopatra’s flawless skin didn’t just happen. The use of milk on skin is one beauty secret that has been around for centuries and has proven to be amazing for the skin. So, while milk helps take the makeup off, it also nourishes your skin. How’s that for using one stone to kill two birds?
The fat and protein found in milk (whole milk) helps retain moisture. Apply milk on your face and then wipe off with a cotton pad for best result.
4. Vaseline (Petroleum jelly)
Who would have thunk that our dear old Vaseline would top a list like this? Forgive us for we have taken you for granted, using you for every and anything without giving you proper accolades.
Vaseline can take off even waterproof eye makeup. All you need do is apply Vaseline on your face and wait a while for the makeup to soften before using a cotton pad to wipe your face. For stubborn matte lipsticks and even full face makeup, apply the same process. If you’re not a fan of the greasy aftermath, use your facial cleanser to wipe off your face and don’t forget to moisturize.
5. Baking soda and honey
We all know that we cannot talk skin care without honey popping up and this is without exception. It is good for every skin type because honey repairs your skin cells and rejuvenates your face to give you that youthful glow.
Put some honey on a cotton pad and sprinkle some baking soda on it then rub it gently on your face to wipe the makeup off while also exfoliating. It is preferable to rinse off with lukewarm water because wiping off might remove the effect of the honey on your skin as well.
- Steam: Many celebrities swear by the steam method as it helps unclog your pores, takes out accumulated impurities and rejuvenates the skin from the inside. After using any of these methods stated above, you can occasionally use steam to finish off any stubborn leftover makeup that might be clinging onto your face, then either wipe off with a face cloth or rinse off.
- Flat cotton pads are better than cotton balls as they provide more surface area and coverage as you remove makeup from your skin. Also, cotton balls would normally leave behind residue of fibers on your lashes and/or skin during usage; cotton pads don’t do this.
- Allow these substitutes to do the work by avoiding too much rubbing. Instead let it sit tight on your face while you brush – listen to your favorite music or walk around your house. This will prevent your eyes from being puffy by morning. Then by shower time, wash off and watch your skin glow.
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