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10 DIY Natural Makeup Removers From Your Kitchen!

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From cleansing, toning to moisturising, all your diligent skin care routine will be for nothing if you do not remove your makeup at the end of the day.

Even if you have had a glass of wine, one too many. You literally feel down in the dumps and cannot muster up the energy, still, you must know that removing makeup is a must!

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Your skin repairs itself in the night, and the chemicals and toxins present in the makeup sit on your skin further clogging the pores, not leaving any room for your skin to breathe.

Not just that, sleeping with makeup on exposes your skin to free radicals, leading to collagen breakdown, making your skin age faster.

And the thick coat of mascara and eyeliner that makes your eyes look oh-so-exotic can clog the tiny hair follicles in your eyes, leading to irritation, inflammation and in some case even cysts.

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Makeup removers contain chemicals like propylene glycol, sodium sulphate, fragrances and preservatives that can reverse your skin's natural balance.

Hence, here are 10 natural makeup removers that you can make from your kitchen ingredients, which do not involve any alcohol and are also free from toxins.



Using milk to remove makeup will work up cheaper than any store-bought remover, you can get your hands on.

Dip a cotton ball in some raw whole milk, squeeze out the excess and gently rub your skin to remove the makeup. Packed with proteins, fatty acids and antioxidants, milk will remove dirt from deep within, unclog pores and hydrate the skin.



Anti-inflammatory properties present in cucumber will soothe any irritation, reduce acne and lighten the appearance of scars. Grate one cucumber and extract its juice. Store it in an air-tight container and use it as and when required to remove makeup. If you have tough makeup to be removed, add a few drops of olive oil or raw milk to the solution.


Witch Hazel & Virgin Oil

Packed with antioxidants, witch hazel removes the layer of dirt, while protecting the skin against free radicals. Virgin oil, on the other hand, replenishes the skin and keeps the natural oils intact.

Ingredients Required:-

  • 2 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • 2 tablespoons of virgin oil

Method Of Use:-
Mix all the ingredients together and store it in an air-tight bottle. Shake it well before use.


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil suits all skin types and it is a rich source of antioxidants that cleanse the skin and reduce the signs of ageing. Take a few drops of coconut oil on the tip of your finger. Gently massage it to your eyes, once the mascara loosens, and wipe it clean with a wet towel.



Yogurt removes makeup, moisturises the skin and reduces pigmentations, and it is rich in proteins. Not just that, its good bacteria will act as a protective barrier on your skin. Dip a cotton in plain yogurt, rub it all over your face. Wash it with cold water and pat dry.


Petroleum Jelly

You knew petroleum jelly can come in handy to moisturise your chapped lips and give you those thick sultry lashes; however, did you know that it can also double up as an excellent makeup remover. A quick sweep of a cotton ball can remove the most stubborn layer of makeup, in one go!


Baby Oil

Baby oils are usually rich in vitamin E and their gentle formula can work like charm on almost any skin type. Squirt a few drops of oil in a cotton ball, gently work it to remove the makeup layers. Rinse your face with cold water to remove any residue and pat dry.



Honey is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which cleanse impurities, leaving your skin soft and radiant. Being thick and sticky, using it can be a bit messy. Dilute honey with a few drops of essential oil of your choice. Dab it on your skin and swipe it clean with a cotton pad.


Aloe Vera

Composition of aloe vera is gentle enough to be used on the eyes to remove stubborn mascara. Dip a cotton ball in pure aloe vera gel, now gently work to remove the buildup. Other than removing makeup without being harsh on the skin, aloe helps reduce any inflammation and soothe the skin.


Sunflower Oil

We recommend sunflower oil for two reasons. First, it is non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog pores and second, it is inexpensive. Dip a cotton ball in some sunflower oil, squeeze out the excess and gently work it around the skin to remove the makeup layers. Its non-greasy formula will free the skin from dirt and moisturise it.

Story first published: Friday, August 5, 2016, 16:00 [IST]
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