Removing your makeup at the end of the day in an important step to any healthy skincare routine. Properly removing your makeup and making sure your skin is clean and your pores are free of makeup and environmental buildup will keep your skin free of acne, larger pores, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, and irritation.
However, this step is only healthy and effective if you are using the right kind of makeup remover, most of the conventional makeup removers on the market are filled with a host of harmful and toxic ingredients that can actually do more damage to you skin than good. Instead of washing away debris in your clogged pores, it could actually be making buildup in your pores even worse.
There are a ton of natural and organic makeup removers available both in stores and online that will safely wash away your makeup and keep your face healthy, clean and fresh. Below, we will take a look at some of the worst ingredients you may find in your makeup remover. This is by no means a comprehensive list and you must be conscious of other harmful ingredients when choosing your new makeup remover.
Toxic and Chemical Ingredients in Makeup Removers
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is found in most makeup removers on the market. It can even lurk in even some makeup removers that claim to be natural and chemical-free. SLS can cause major skin irritations, canker sores, damage to the eyes, and can cause bad acne around the mouth and the chin. If you find yourself breaking out is a red and/or bumpy, and painful rash around the mouth, chin, and eyes you may have an allergy to SLS. The EWG Skin Deep website classifies SLS as “expected to be toxic or harmful” in organ system toxicity. SLS a chemical surfactant that makes soapy products, like face wash, foam. It is often found in makeup removers as well.
SLS can also be hidden in the ingredient list on a face cleanser as sodium coco sulfate.SLS and sodium coco sulfate strips your face of its natural oils, which can make your face produce even more oil to combat the issue. This will cause your face to breakout even worse than it may have been before.
Fragrance is another ingredient that should never be on an ingredient list on your makeup remover. Fragrance is where many companies like to hide sometimes hundreds of chemicals and artificial ingredients. Companies are not required to disclose what is included in the term “fragrance.”
Additionally, most fragrances are stabilized with phthalates, which are chemicals that are linked to reproductive issues and birth defects when tested on animals. Anything that has fragrance listed as one of the ingredients should be avoided and you should look for an option that wither doesn’t list fragrance as an ingredient or that the fragrance is coming from essential oil blends.
Parabens are also extremely common and you can read all about the dangers of parabens in our post on foundations, here.
How to Find a Natural and Organic Makeup Removers
You should look for makeup removers that are free of chemicals and synthetic ingredients. Look for a makeup remover that only has a minimal amount of ingredients and ones that are naturally derived and plant-based. You don’t need your makeup remover to have 30 different chemically concocted ingredients on the label. Simple is always better in the natural and organic skincare world. Make sure you can pronounce the ingredients on the list and understand what each ingredient is and why it may be there.
As we talked about in our articles about the best natural and organic face cleansers, this information is just as important when it comes to makeup removers. Take a peek at what we talked about:
“Many companies can claim they are natural or “uses natural ingredients.” However, that doesn’t mean they are actually natural – it could still be loaded with chemicals and toxic ingredients. You should never trust a product that claims they are natural or use “organic ingredients.” This is often a red flag signal and you must read the ingredient list on the back of the product to make sure there is nothing of concern.
Since cosmetics are not fully regulated, personal care companies are not required to fully disclose what is in their products (aka what is in their fragrance) so it’s imperative you read the ingredient list. Keep a look of for any red flag ingredients, like those above, and any other ingredients that sound like a chemical formula. When in doubt about an ingredient, use the EWG Skin Deep database to check the ingredients toxicity level.”
The 5 Best Natural and Organic Makeup Removers:
Now that you know what to avoid and what to look for, let’s take a look at our Top 5 Natural and Organic Face Serums.
Although this is just pure organic jojoba oil, it makes for the ultimate makeup remover. Pure oils are perfect for dissolving makeup and washing it away, while at the same time unclogging pores and moisturizing skin. Washing your wash and removing your makeup with oil may seem like it is counter-intuitive, but it is actually more effective, safer, and healthier for the skin than using a soap-based remover. Soaps can often dry out your skin and this causes your skin to overproduce oil and in return, you have more breakouts. If you are having trouble with your skin break out and you cannot pinpoint the reason, try switching to an oil-based cleanser and/or makeup removing, this may solve your acne and breakout issues within a relatively short period of time.
This jojoba oil will deeply penetrate your skin, moisturize, and wash away your makeup effortlessly. Plus, the only ingredient in this makeup remover is organically sourced jojoba oil. It cannot get any more pure, simple, and healthy than that.
This is another oil cleanser and makeup remover. It is gentle and effective at washing away and dissolving makeup and impurities. It will never strip the skin of its natural and healthy oils and the protective layer on your skin will always remain intact. Clarity works powerfully to remove even the most stubborn of makeup, like though eyeliner and thick mascara. There will be no hard scrubbing or irritation with this product.
This formula is made with all organic ingredients and is certified USDA organic as well. It can often be challenging to find a makeup remover that is actually certified organic, so this makes the product truly a special option. This is the perfect makeup remover for all skin types, it is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, it calms and balances skin and skin tone, it will not clog pores, and it is a non-irritating and chemical-free formula. Ingredients include the following:
- Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
- Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
- Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
- Organic Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil
- Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract
- Organic Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract
- Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract
Another cleansing oil and makeup remover option, this is a bit on the pricier side, but may be well worth the extra cost depending on your needs. This makeup remover immediately dissolves and washes away makeup and impurities deep within the skin. This product uses organic coconut oil that is meant to nourish and moisturizing tough and, dry, and damaged skin. Lavender oil calms and soothes tired skin as well.
There is no mineral oil and silicone in this face oil and it is plant-derived. There are natural omega-3’s and other vitamin-rich oils that will make your skin glow and look more radiant. Although there are some questionable ingredients in the formula that may be slightly less pure than we usually recommend, it is still a better option than most conventional makeup removers and it is EWG verified as well. Therefore, if you are looking for a great makeup removing oil that it powerful, yet still mainly healthy, this may be the best option for your needs.
This 100% organic lavender makeup remover is the perfect addition to your nightly makeup removing and face-cleaning regimen. It is made in the USA and only uses pure and natural ingredients. The cool thing about this product is you can also use it as a full-body moisturizer as well. Lavender helps to relax and soothe tired skin and make it appear healthier. This is a solid product that can be warmed up between your fingers. Take a small amount from the container and gently massage the product over your face in a circular motion. Then all you have to do is use a damp cloth and wipe the product off in an outward direction.
No water or rinsing is necessary after using this product to ensure water will not dry out your skin. The ingredients for this product include the following natural and simple ingredients:
- Organic Cream
- Organic Coconut oil
- Organic Avocado oil
- Organic Beeswax
- Organic Lavender essential oil
This is a high-quality face oil and makeup remover that is only crafted with the finest and highest quality organic ingredients possible. They focus on only using the simplest ingredients. This product is vegan and cruelty-free, bottled in small batches, and only includes:
- Organic Grapeseed Oil
- Organic Avocado Oil
- Organic Macadamia Oil
- Organic Jojoba Oil
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