Coconut is really one mother of multitaskers! At the Kaya Hut, we religiously use this as a makeup remover. It’s a very cost-effective organic alternative to toxic makeup removers. Not to mention, does wonders for our lashes and dark eye circles.
After learning about how harmful makeup wipes are for our skin, I mean - the alcohol content alone wasn’t doing any good for my oil levels. I always felt I needed to moisturize that extra layer every night. I know they can be very handy especially when traveling, but I could no longer compromise the “comfort” knowing what it was doing to my skin. I was even more eager to find an alternative because of their unnecessary contribution to landfills.
I switched to makeup removers in a bottle, the kind you had to shake before each use. Some were drugstore options and some were the bottles you’d find at a Sephora or Ulta Beauty. Some left my skin oily and wouldn’t absorb into my skin over time so I always had to thoroughly cleanse my face after, sometimes even twice. My biggest pain point was when I spent that extra effort on my eye makeup, guaranteed there was always a combo of liner/mascara/eyeshadow residue the next morning. Especially, because I apply my eyeliner on my upper inner rims, known as tightlining. I would end up using those big cotton pads several times but it would irritate my eyes so much. And with the skin around your eyes being being thinner and more delicate, this worried me even more. Why exacerbate the development of fine lines?
After watching a video of Priyanka Chopra that sweared by using coconut oil as a makeup remover, I decided to give it a go. It’s amazing how much beauty & community go hand in hand. My routine and little tricks either came from my Mom first, my best friends and the online beauty community. So, I tried it and it was lifeeeeee-changing. It removed all my makeup, including the layers of eyeliner I apply. It was soft on my skin, in fact, so soft it felt heavenly.
This was my favorite part: it was the boost of hydration my lashes needed - with mascara on all day they don’t get to breathe and although I drink a lot of water, that targeted boost of hydration really made a difference. I felt it too when I would apply mascara on the next day, it would glide on better and my lashes didn’t feel dry.
In A Nutshell:
- Vitamin E hydrates & brightens
- Anti-bacterial from lauric acid that cleans out pores (pay attention to how your coconut oil is processed because otherwise will clog not clean)
- Anti-inflammatory to soothe away blemishes
- Truly removes your makeup (actually a pretty big deal considering the options on the market)
- Gentle & soft on your skin - especially important around your eye area as the skin here is delicate
- Helps with dark eye circles & our favorite, lash love.
- Organic that doesn’t break the bank
The How: (video below)
- Scoop a pea-sized amount of coconut oil and liquify between your fingers
- Gently & thoroughly rub around your skin to melt your makeup away. Work into your eyelashes and along your liner line depending on how much you need it.
- Use either cotton pads or warm water to wipe away.
Like Priyanka, we recommend using a warm face cloth right after that acts as a cleanser. If you’re prone to acne breakouts, you can use a mild facial cleanser. If it was a light makeup day, you’re not prone to acne breakouts, you can dab a dry cloth across your face to set in the coconut oil to soak into your skin overnight as a night mask. As with everything else, it’s always best to introduce a little at a time throughout the week to see if your skin is compatible and gives it time to adjust.
Extra Lil Sweetness:
- One step closer to a zero-waste lifestyle, we love these Organic Reusable Cotton Pads.
- DIY-er? Here ya go!
- Now that you’ve got them - how do you take care of them? Well+Good asked a dermatogist for you.
- Priyanka Chopra sharing all her beauty secrets, thank you Harper’s Bazaar.