As an esthetician, I encourage all my clients to thoroughly remove their makeup each and every night before bedtime. I cannot stress the importance of sleeping on clean skin, which is vital to keep skin as healthy as possible. There are certainly plenty of products on the market for makeup removal, but it can easily be made at home with a DIY approach. Plus, you probably already have all the ingredients at home to create it. Store-bought makeup-removing wipes are super convenient, but they also can get expensive, and luckily those too can be easily made at home as well.
Sleeping in makeup can clog your pores, make you more susceptible to eye infections and contribute to premature aging. Make sure you’re removing your makeup—and saving money while doing it—with these simple recipes.
DIY Makeup Remover
- 2 tablespoons witch hazel
- 2 tablespoons oil such as almond, extra virgin olive oil or jojoba
- 2 tablespoons filtered water
- 1-2 drops tea tree oil (if you are making the cloths)
For the solution itself, just combine the witch hazel, oil and water in a bottle and shake before each use. Use a round cotton pad or cotton ball soaked with the remover to remove makeup. Be gentle around the eyes as this skin is the most delicate area of the face.
DIY Makeup Remover Wipes
To make pre-soaked wipes you’ll want to add a drop or two of tea tree oil in order to keep bacteria away. Take a roll of paper towels and cut the roll in half cross-wise. Using an airtight container, place one half of the cut roll into the container and pour the solution over the roll. If you need to increase the amount of solution to cover the wipes, keep the 1:1:1 ratio of the three ingredients above, and add 1-2 more drops of tea tree oil per batch.
The cardboard tube should easily come out once the solution is soaked through the paper towels. Flip the paper towel roll over in the container to make sure the other side of the roll is also soaked. Keep the lid on the container until needed, and pull wipes from the center of the roll. Use the wipes to remove eye makeup before climbing into bed. And follow with your regular skincare regiment.
Another great tip to keep in mind for healthy skin: change your pillowcases frequently! More frequently than you change your sheets. I recommend fresh pillowcase changes every 2-3 days. This will keep bacteria to a minimum, especially if you happen to drool in your sleep, battle breakouts, or your hair tends to get oily. Keep in mind products migrate, especially when we are asleep and moving around a lot. The hair products you use can end up on your face and likewise the face products you use can end up on your hair! All the more reason to keep those pillowcases switched out every few days, or even invest in a few silk pillowcases which are wonderful for skin, and help smooth hair as well.
Photos by Lindsey Rose Johnson88