I have what many would call a “makeup addiction”. Since I am a stay at home mommy I only get to wear makeup for special occasions so I really go all out when I do. Like… an hours worth of makeup. LOVE every minute of it too. I really look forward to taking this time for myself. One draw back for this amount of pampering would be the “aftermath”. When you put 3 or more coats of mascara on you might as well rent a jackhammer to get it off. Or even worse, when you wear falsies and get to deal with eye lash glue as well as all the mascara concrete. Thats right I just admitted to wearing fake eyelashes…WHAT!?
I have had a lot of store bought makeup removers and there are some that I like (specifically Victoria’s Secret and Mac) but those babies are ExPeNsIvE! I also don’t appreciate all the chemicals that come with them especially where my most delicate skin and eyes (uh that I see with) are concerned. I decided to derive my own formula for makeup remover. I don’t mean to brag but… ITS PRETTY AWESOME.
Lets talk about Aloe Vera gel.
Aloe Vera is super gentle for those sensitive areas around your eyes and is also known for its regenerative properties to damaged skin (like aids in healing burns). Since I’m getting up there in years I would really like to keep the crows feet to a minimum. Aloe even lessens the appearance of dark circles and under eye puffiness. With just around 20 essential amino acids (magnesium, sodium and calcium to name a few) it can be considered an immune booster. Aloe balances the skins pH levels and tightens the areas around the eyes while fighting eye infections. YEAH…its cool.
Lets talk Castor Oil.
Castor Oil is considered a cleansing oil. Which definitely helps lift away all that junk you put on your eyes. But castor oil can also help combat dry eyes and lessen the appearance of under eye baggage (double threat for bags here ladies). The main reason I considered castor oil for my makeup remover was because of the benefit it brings to the actual eye lash follicle, stimulating hair growth, as well as smoothing and strengthening the shaft. Also cool.
I also used small amounts of Vitamin E and Lavender Essential oil. Both are know for their regenerative properties. The lavender essential oil is also known to promote hair growth (for those of us who don’t always want to wear falsies). Never put essential oil in your eyes! I used a very small amount here and would not recommend more.
Here it is:
1 TBS Aloe Gel
1 TBS Castor Oil
1 capsule Vitamin E
2 drops Lavander
Put this all together in a container and shake it up. You’ll have to shake before every use, much like the store bought stuff. I make this in smaller batches because its best to use the freshest that you can and bacteria can be a really stinker. Smaller batches mean less cause for worry all around… but if you wanna do this on a bigger scale, be my guest. Use a cotton ball to gently wipe the makeup away from your eyes. It comes off pretty quick so a lot of pressure is unnecessary and tugging and pulling on the sensitive skin around your eyes is BAD…bad, bad, bad.
All clean! You also did something good for your skin too!