If you’re looking for the very best makeup remover, chances are you won’t find it in the cosmetics department of your favorite store. That’s because the best ingredient for removing grime and makeup from the skin in a natural, healthy way isn’t technically a makeup remover at all—it’s just velvety smooth jojoba oil!
Discover the natural makeup remover secret that has beauty experts all excited, and how jojoba oil can beautify your skin every single time you cleanse.
What’s Wrong With Conventional Cleansers?
That jar or tube of makeup remover in your cabinet may get the job done, but unfortunately, it may be doing your skin more harm than good in the long run.
Some common makeup remover ingredients (like alcohol, emulsifiers, and surfactants) are drying, and they can strip your natural, protective facial oils. Others are comedogenic (such as mineral oil), which means they can clog your pores and not let your skin breathe properly.
To make things worse, many commercial cleansers and makeup removers contain dangerous chemical ingredients like artificial fragrance, sulfates, diazolidinyl urea, benzalkonium chloride, formaldehyde, and cyclopentasiloxane. These substances can be toxic, and are far too harsh for your facial skin and the delicate tissues around your eyes. Over time, exposure to these substances can take its toll on your skin’s appearance—particularly if you don’t thoroughly wash off your makeup remover after you’re done removing your makeup, an extra step that often just feels like too much trouble to bother with after a long day.
Why Use Jojoba Oil to Remove Makeup?
The facial cleansers we use don’t just get wiped or rinsed away, never to be seen again. Some of whatever we use to remove makeup actually ends up getting absorbed into the skin. That’s why it’s so important to include only healthy, natural ingredients in your skincare routine. As a simple and gentle botanical, jojoba oil offers that safety and peace of mind, but it does a lot more than that.
When you remove makeup with jojoba oil, it also benefits your skin in all these wonderful ways:
• It resembles your skin’s own protective oils: Jojoba oil has a rich, creamy texture that your skin instantly recognizes as a good thing. In fact, jojoba so closely resembles your own natural sebum that it can help keep oil production in balance for a truly radiant glow.1 And since jojoba oil also helps hair look full, shiny, and manageable, your eyelashes get a conditioning treatment each time you take off your eye makeup!
• It moisturizes and protects: Unlike harsh makeup removers that leave your skin feeling dry, stripped, and thirsty, jojoba oil actually moisturizes your skin as it cleanses. This gentle, non-comedogenic oil seals in precious hydration and keeps pollutants at bay—all without clogging your pores or making skin feel oily.2
• It’s serious nutrition for your face: Every time you remove makeup with jojoba oil, your face drinks in a cocktail of vital nutrients and antioxidants, including vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K—as well as zinc, sulfur, and selenium—that encourage healthy, seriously gorgeous skin.3,4
• It’s really effective at removing makeup and grime: The bottom line is no matter how good a botanical oil is for your skin, you wouldn’t want to use it to take off your makeup unless it actually works—and jojoba oil won’t disappoint. It’s so good at removing even the heaviest of cosmetics that members of the Blue Man Group use it to take off their heavy stage makeup after performances!
How to Clean Your Face With Jojoba Oil
Taking off your makeup with jojoba oil is easy, and there isn’t just one correct way to do it—you’ve got options!
• Direct method: Pump a few drops of jojoba oil onto your fingertips and massage into face and eyelids. Wipe away with a clean cloth or cotton round, and repeat if necessary.
• Cotton ball method: Pump a few drops of jojoba oil onto a damp cotton ball or cotton round, and wipe over face and eyelids. Repeat if necessary. For your lash line you can apply jojoba oil to a cotton swab and glide it gently over the area.
For either method, once all makeup is thoroughly removed, rinse your face with cool water and wipe gently with a damp washcloth. If you’d like, you can then wash your face with your regular cleanser, and massage in an additional drop or two of jojoba oil for extra moisturizing.
When using jojoba oil for skin, it’s important to select a USDA certified organic, single-ingredient, cruelty-free product like Valentia that’s ethically sourced and free of GMOs, parabens, fragrances, sulfates, and artificial additives of any kind.
With jojoba oil, removing your makeup becomes so much more than simply cleansing your skin. You’ll enjoy a high-end spa beauty treatment that leaves your skin looking so gorgeous and healthy that you may not feel the need to re-apply any makeup at all in the days ahead.
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2. Aburjai, T., Natsheh, F.M. (2003). Plants Used in Cosmetics. Phytotherapy Research, 17(9), 987–1000. doi: 10.1002/ptr.1363
3. Shapiro, S.S., Saliou, C. (2001). Role of Vitamins in Skin Care. Nutrition, 17(10), 839-844. doi: 10.1016/S0899-9007(01)00660-8
4. Wisniak, J., Alfandary, P. (1975). Geometrical Isomerization of Jojoba Oil. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Product Research and Development, 14(3), 177–180. doi: 10.1021/i360055a010.