5 ways to remove your makeup easily and ethically.

It’s time to scrap face wipes and cotton pads! You heard me.

I haven’t used either of the above to remove my makeup in over 2 years (ever since I discovered Neal’s Yard face wash when working there part-time) And it’s time you all did the same. 

Not only is it much much more hygienic to splash your face with fresh water and a squirt of natural cleanser, it’s also super quick, easy and a lot better for our precious environment. 

Did you know?

Wet wipes have become the fastest growing cause of pollution on our beaches. Not only are they clogging up coastlines and drain pipes, using wipes doesn’t actually remove dirt or makeup. They don’t clean your face at all.

“Cleansing wipes don’t effectively clean the skin,” explains celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau. “Instead, they just smear dirt, bacteria, oil and makeup across the face. It’s like applying cleanser to your face and then not washing it off, or skipping the rinse cycle of your laundry.”

The best way to remove makeup by far has to be the combination of a good cleanser, your hands and some fresh water.

Here are 5 affordable* organic cleansers that I swear by, all free from nasty parabens, synthetics, fragrance and silicones. 

* Whilst i say affordable, some of the products mentioned below are more expensive than others. This is because of the high quality organic ingredients they contain. Bearing in mind too that this way of cleansing is actually cost effective because you only need a small grape sized amount to your remove makeup every day. Therefore the cleansers should usually last up to a good few months if used on an everyday basis. See it as an investment for your skin too.

1.) Neal’s Yard, Wild Rose Beauty Balm (£40)

Suitable for all skin types, this is actually a multi purpose balm. I use it as a cleanser and moisturiser sometimes even a lip balm. It contains ingredients such as vitamin-rich wild rosehip seed oil - one of the most traditional and best remedies to treat all skin types, cannabis oil and rosemary leaf oil. I found that it worked brilliantly as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturiser all in one and really balanced my skin at a time when I was stressed and had huge breakouts.


2.) Natural Wisdom Pomegranate Oil Gel Facial Cleanser (£20)

You know it’s a good one when you’re trying not to use up the last of it. Desperately trying hard to not let it be empty! This has the most interesting consistency. It feels so alive (?) and reacts to water. It contains really lovely active and organic ingredients - raw seed Pomegranate and Carrot oils, raw food grade Coconut oil and botanical extracts of Rosemary, Calendula, Chamomile to name a few. This stuff makes removing makeup breezy plus it’s super soothing on the skin. Highly recommend for any skin types. It’s also the perfect size for travelling.

3.) Neal’s Yard Rejuvinating Frankinscense Facial Wash (£17)

Considering everyone goes wild at the word Frankincense partly due to its luxury reputation, this is really quite affordable for what it is. It’s milky in colour and has a thin consistency (not too oily) It does its job well removing makeup whilst also gently cleansing tired city skin. Splashing my face with this feels is so relaxing because of the way it smells. It has an incredible aroma and leaves me ready for sweet dreams after use. Delicious (if one can say that about a beauty product, not sure.)

4.) Balm Balm Beauty Balm (£16.50)

How many times can you say ‘balm’ in 2 seconds?! I love this multi-purpose balm. It is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins, infused with a balance of precious seed oils and healing herbal extracts. Literally natural radiance at my fingertips. It’s good for exfoliating too - I usually use a hot muslin cloth when using it to remove dead skin cells. You know when you get those hot towels in restaurants / on aeroplanes?! Yeah it’s that but for your face. LUSH!

5.) Neal’s Yard Facial Wash Rose (£17)

Neal’s Yard does it once again. Now it looks like I’m plugging Neal’s Yard - I used to work for them and used my staff discount after every shift. I’ve kept these empty bottles partly because they’re too pretty to chuck, but also, ‘I will find a way to reuse them eventually’ (Anon. (Feb, 2018) Horders Annonymous). 

Joke aside I loved this while it lasted. It’s different to the Frankincense facial wash (above) as it’s clear in colour and therefore feels like more of a soap (for your face). I really like it and think it’s good for problematic skin as well as normal & sensitive skin. It’s gently foaming and contains aloe vera, rose otto and pink rose petals (not visible). Smells incredible (obv) and leaves skin feeling squeaky clean. I have to admit it didn’t completely remove mascara and I would use a balm around my eyes to get all eye makeup off but it’s a really lovely product if you fancy treating yourself to a lovely cleanser and aren’t sure which one to go for first.

I hope that this post has helped in some way. I genuinely don’t understand why removing makeup with horrible wipes is still a thing. I know that some people use micellar water with cotton pads and don’t get me wrong, Sukin’s Natural Micellar Water is amazing for makeup correction (usually mascara along top lash line, anyone else have that problem?!) But honestly, I think this way of removing your makeup is the most hygienic method for your skin and the best for the environment. I also can guarantee that you will never look back.

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