What's in your makeup remover?

What's in your eye makeup remover?

Do you truly read the ingredients in the products that you use? We are becoming more aware of the ingredients in the food that we eat, but what about the products that we use on our skin? For example, what’s in an eye makeup remover? There are always those big, long, chemical names that no one really knows what the product ingredient is and most of us don’t stop to look them up to find out if they are natural or not, or even safe. It seems that we have become so used to trusting big name companies, that we don’t even question their product ingredients. All we have to do is look at Johnson & Johnson with their famous baby powder. Who didn’t use their baby powder at one time or another? Johnson & Johnson faced thousands of lawsuits filed by patients who say it caused cancer. The well-known baby powder contained talc, like most body powders, a mineral known for its softness. Concerns were raised in 1980 that talc contained traces of asbestos, a known carcinogen and that many people had used the product since childhood, believing it to be completely safe and many developed cancer later in life. When last I heard, Johnson & Johnson paid over $4.7 billion just in one case that awarded a group of twenty-two women. The company is still appealing nearly all of the cases it lost, but has removed the talc-based baby powder from store shelves in North America and has replaced it with a cornstarch based one, however they are still manufacturing and selling the talc powder in other parts of the world.

 I am also very concerned about not purchasing products that use animal by-products or test on animals, and there are still a lot of companies that do this. In this day and age, with all that we already know, it’s been shown that animal testing is not needed at all. We have the science to use other means that don’t involve harming or killing sentient beings. Many brands have attempted to stop animal testing completely, however, China still requires and makes it mandatory by law that foreign cosmetics must be tested on animals. Many “cruelty-free” products will include a small clause that says “except when required by law”. If you are interested in finding the companies that are truly cruelty-free, here is a link that can help.

 I’ve seen so many different types of eye makeup remover, especially in the past ten years or so, and to tell you the truth, I think they are quite expensive and, pardon me for saying so, quite unnecessary when you consider what less expensive and completely natural products can do. Also, if you look closely at some of the ingredients in even some of the more “natural” eye makeup removers, you will find products such as phenoxyethanol and PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, etc. that are not 100% safe and are still artificial.

 Personally, I’ve always used a waterproof mascara, simply because I really don’t like the look of mascara that’s running down my face (who does?!) and my eyes water easily when I’m out in the wind, sun or, of course, watching emotional movies and yes, even some of those really sentimental commercials! (I’m sure I’m not alone in that!).

 I used to use baby oil…many years ago, when I was in my youth. To be honest, I don’t even know if there WERE any eye makeup removers back then. If there were, I don’t remember seeing them. So baby oil it was. And that still works, if that’s what you wish to use, but I don’t like what’s in it, to be honest. Most baby oil contains mineral oil, which is distilled from crude oil. It is really kind of gross to think of applying it to your skin (let alone a BABY’s skin!), it is harmful to the planet, it’s known to irritate and congest many skin types AND some baby oils may be contaminated with potentially harmful, carcinogenic PAHs. Most of the baby oils in the cosmetic industry do remove the PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), however, since there is almost no regulation of the beauty industry, companies will not readily disclose these kinds of details about their mineral oil, so the consumer would basically just need to assume that it was not contaminated. There are claims that say that mineral oil not only clogs pores, but can also aid in premature aging.

 I have been using something really natural, safe, and chemical free and vegan for many years now and I just love it. The secret? Okay, not so much a secret! LOL! Anyway, it’s good, old-fashioned food grade oils. Yes…olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil, whatever I have close to me when I need it. I simply take some tissue, dampen it slightly so that it’s not course and dry against my eyes and on the area that’s moist, I add a few drops of oil. If you find you are scratching or pulling the tissue around your eyes, then you need to either dampen the tissue a little more or use a touch more oil. The tissue should move easily and gently over your eyes and will immediately remove the eye make up. Not only is it effective, but also because it’s all natural, it actually helps to moisturize the eye area. I then use a gentle soap (I prefer my African Black Soap) and wash most of the oils off while cleansing my face before bedtime. Adding a bit of Tender Care Face Moisturizer to the eye are before bed helps to soften and smooth fine lines and dry skin.

 Whichever way you choose to remove makeup, the best is always the most natural and that, most often tends to be the most cost effective. There may be some brands out there now that have products that are 100% natural eye makeup remover, but I have not seen any yet and I would bet that the price charged would be for the high-class name brand or container.

Just my humble opinion. :)



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