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Homemade Makeup Remover

Homemade makeup remover - Dr. Axe

Sometimes it’s easy to get lazy about removing makeup. Research shows that using natural remedies on the face has a proven positive effect on slowing down or reversing the aging process. (1While it’s best to use herb-based makeup as part of a natural skin care routine, making sure that you remove any makeup you choose to use is important to having healthy, youthful skin due to the free radicals that attach themselves to our exposed skin daily.

Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which is a huge factor in aging. If that’s not enough, makeup can clog the pores while you sleep, which can develop into acne. And acne can be unsightly, annoying and cause scarring. Because of this, it is really critical to make sure the skin is clear of these damaging free radicals before you head off to bed!

Now that I have helped you understand why this important, let’s delve into making a homemade makeup remover that will both save you money and save years off your age!


How to Make Your Own Makeup Remover

This may be one of the easiest recipes you will create since it contains just 4 ingredients. While I, personally, do not need to remove any makeup, I still use it to clean my skin at night before going to bed followed by a great evening moisturizer for dry skin. This homemade makeup remover helps prevent the signs of aging, too! For this recipe, I recommend you make it right in the container that you want to use. I recommend small glass bottles and jars when possible.  

Let’s start by putting the witch hazel into the container. Look for witch hazel without alcohol since alcohol dries the skin. I love witch hazel because it’s very gentle to the skin, operates as a strong antioxidant and prevents cellular damage, and works as an astringent and kills bacteria that lives within the pores of the skin.

Next, add the jojoba oil and olive oil. Jojoba oil is a great oil to use on your face and is great for your skin. Not only can it remove your makeup, it’s hypoallergenic and removes any bacteria from your face as you use it. This powerful little oil that comes from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) plant, a shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California and northwestern Mexico, stimulates collagen synthesis, which will naturally slow down the aging process.

Olive oil does way more than make a salad dressing. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and helps keep your skin feeling supple while calming irritation. It eliminates dryness and is really beneficial in removing mascara, dissolving it so that it easily slides right off your eyelashes without irritation. It is a perfect choice as part of your daily beauty routine in this makeup remover.

Now, add the water to the container, place the lid on it and shake it to blend it well. You now have the best homemade makeup remover within your reach!

To use, shake the container each time prior to application. Then, using a cotton ball or pad, wipe the face, gently using the makeup remover until all makeup has been removed. You want to avoid getting it in the eyes. Follow up with my homemade anti-aging serum that will awaken you with a glowing, youthful face the next morning.


Homemade Makeup Remover

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6–8 ounces

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 tablespoons of pure jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons purified water

Directions:

  1. Use a small glass bottle and jar.
  2. Let’s start by putting the witch hazel into the container.
  3. Next, add the jojoba and olive oil.
  4. Now, add the water to the container, place the lid on it and shake it to blend it well.
  5. To use, shake the container each time prior to application. Then, using a cotton ball or pad, wipe the face gently using the makeup remover until all makeup has been removed.

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  1. Pam on

    On the webinar tonight you talked about a Rosemary and Sage shampoo. In here it says it’s a leave in conditioner and has cedar wood too

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    • Stella on

      I buy mine from Walmart in the lotion/shaving cream isle. It is usually on the bottom shelf, but make sure you get Non alcohol. Also Whole Foods or a Co-Op store will have it.
      Hope this helps

      Reply
  2. Marilyn on

    I made the rosemary-sage shampoo from the webinar. It must be for guys with buzzed hair because it made my 51-year old hair very greasy.

    Reply
  3. CARLA on

    I have your ebook (Kings) and saw that you stated that Lavender will help balance your blood sugar. How do you do this?

    Reply
  4. CAROLE DEONNE on

    I found this is an article written by a person from India, they don’t like their skin to become darker. Don’t use USA chemical sunscreens. Haven’t fund the first 2 yet, but found avocado oil at Sprouts.

    Sunscreen oils: carrot seed spf 40, raspberry seed spf 30, wheatgerm spf 20, avocado sp 15, soybean spf 10, coconut and olive spf 8, almond spf 5, macadana spf 6, jojoba spf 4

    Reply
  5. CAROLE DEONNE on

    I found this in an article written by a person from India, they don’t like their skin to become darker. Don’t use USA chemical sunscreens. Haven’t fund the first 2 yet, but found avocado oil at Sprouts.

    Sunscreen oils: carrot seed SPF 40, raspberry seed SPF 30, wheatgerm SPF 20, avocado SPF 15, soybean SPF 10, coconut and olive SPF 8, almond SPF 5, jojoba SPF 4

    Reply
  6. Nan on

    Has anyone else had problems in receiving the free essential oils ebook that is advertised on this site? I have requested it 5 times and then responded to their request to confirm my email 3 times and yet have received nothing. Lack of customer service is very disappointing.

    Reply
  7. Judy De Armond on

    Nan, I’ve had the same problem with the King’s Cabinet book I’ve requested also. Sent the email confirmation back but still can’t access after at least 5 requests. Even searching on-site sends me to the same name/best email page that I can’t get to download.

    Reply
  8. sj on

    straight up olive or coconut or jojoba oil does the job just perfectly without the need of witch hazel which can be very drying

    Reply
  9. JT on

    Which witch hazel does Dr. Axe recommend? Where can I buy the recommended witch hazel, there are a only about a trillion to choose from!?!? I am overwhelmed and confused with the types, and additives etc… Thanks!!!

    Reply
  10. Alyssa h on

    This works very well. I was def impressed. Much better than any commercial cleanser. I added Castile soap and sweet orange essential oil along with vitamin e then poured over Cotton pads in a glass jar. So convenient!

    Reply
  11. Aly Mason on

    I’ve made my own makeup remover for awhile now, and I still use it most of the time, but I was noticing that my skin was getting softer but didn’t feel as clean. So I started incorporating Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser into my routine a few times a week. Some nights I’ll use my diy makeup remover like the one above, love jojoba oil, and on nights that I’ve worn more makeup than usual, I’ll use the albolene to make sure I’m truly getting it all off for a super deep clean

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  12. Heidi on

    I’ve been reading that the combo only lasts part of a week without tisk of spoiling. See Whole New Mom. Anyone know? I want to make a DIY mascara remover, but mot twice a week!

    Reply
  13. Christy on

    Can you please clarify if the witch hazel in this recipe refers to the extract or something like Thayers Alcohol Free Witch Hazel with Aloe (or other ingredient)? Thank you.

    Reply

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