Coconut Oil for Makeup Removal? Sign Me Up!


The overwhelming benefits of coconut oil have made sure that a jar or two has made its way into your kitchen. Not only is it a popular cooking oil, but it can also be mixed with other foods or consumed directly. But coconut oil is not called the miracle oil for no reason. When applied to skin and hair, coconut oil has a nourishing and moisturizing effect. But can coconut oil work as a makeup remover? 

Instinctively, you might think that oil-based makeup removers are pretty common. But wouldn’t a fatty oil like coconut oil clog your pores? Since coconut oil is considered moderately comedogenic, would it not cause blackheads? The simple answer to these questions is no. Coconut oil is perfectly safe and even recommended for removing makeup! Let’s delve a little deeper into how and why.

Cleansing your face with coconut oil not only melts away heavy makeup that is usually difficult to get rid of, like eye-makeup, but it also enriches the skin with moisture and locks it in for extended periods of time. It should be used as any oil-based makeup remover would be used but without the abrasive washcloths or wipes. Simply warm up the coconut oil by rubbing it between your palms and massage into your skin, paying special attention to areas with heavy makeup. Then rinse your face with warm water and pat it dry with a soft cloth.

When it comes to coconut oil clogging pores, experts believe that processed, refined, and bleached coconut oil can lead to adverse effects. The quality of coconut oil applied to the skin is of prime importance. But instead of splurging on high-end products that burn a hole in your pocket, a natural cleanser is an infinitely better investment. A jar of organic and cold-pressed oil is as good as it gets. Without nasty chemicals, it works wonders on your skin while gently melting away the make-up, leaving it soft, smooth, and moisturized. The less processed your coconut oil is, the lesser its chances of being comedogenic.

It is possible that all skin-types might not be compatible with a product like coconut oil. Introducing it in small quantities into your daily beauty routine is a good way to start. Coconut oil is also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-yeast, and acts as a great product for general skin care.

So the next time you reach out for that bottle of makeup remover, think of the miracle oil that might be in your kitchen. It’s always a great idea to give the natural, organic option a try before the store-bought one. Those of us who swear by coconut oil can tell one thing with certainty: you’re in good hands!


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