Yes, You Can Use Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover — Here’s How!
To be honest, we’re still discovering the many ways that you can use coconut oil in your beauty routine. From applying it to your hair as a mask to using it as a gentle makeup remover, the ingredient has certainly made a name for itself in the skin-care world. If you’re new to coconut oil as a makeup remover, follow these simple steps to get the most out of this multi-purpose product.
STEP 1: Start With the Right Consistency
Observe coconut oil in summer and again in winter, and you’re likely to notice the consistency is completely different. That’s because when kept at room temperature or colder, coconut oil remains a solid. However, with just a little bit of warmth coconut oil quickly becomes a liquid. To use coconut oil as a makeup remover, it should be in its liquid form. If yours is solid, pick up a small amount — about the size of a pea — and rub it between your fingers to melt it.
STEP 2: Massage Coconut Oil Onto Dry Skin
Once your fingers are coated in oil, close your eyes and spread the oil over your lids. Rub the oil in to remove eyeshadow and eyebrow makeup, then gently work the oil into your eyelashes to break down mascara (yes, even waterproof). Continue massaging the oil into your skin wherever you’re wearing makeup, going over the rest of your face and lips.
STEP 3: Wipe Everything Away With a Wet Cloth
After thoroughly massaging your skin in coconut oil, remove the mixture of oil and makeup with a wet wash cloth or microfiber cloth. Just a little bit of lukewarm water will allow you to wipe everything off.
STEP 4: Rinse Off or Follow With Face Wash
For your final step, you have two options: Rinse off any remaining residue and call it a day or follow with a face wash. If you’d rather end the cleansing portion of your regimen right now, simply rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
If you’re using coconut oil as the first part of a double cleansing method, follow up with your facial cleanser to remove any remaining dirt and debris. If you don’t feel entirely clean after using coconut oil — especially if your skin is acne-prone — you may find it beneficial to double cleanse.
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn, Props Styling: Katrina Rozeville