I try my best NEVER to sleep with makeup on because I need my skin to win. I want it to be radiant and smooth and not have to fight battles it doesn’t have to. I mean, between the sun and pollution and body chemistry, it already has enough work to do to look presentable. I’m not trying to add to it’s problems deliberately. Right? But makeup remover doesn’t last forever (especially if you like the small sample sizes like me) and wet wipes are not always around when you need them, so improvise we must. DIY baby! I love using coconut/olive/baby oil to get heavy makeup off from time to time but there’s just something about a cool wipe on your face isn’t there? So these DIY makeup remover pads are ideal. The best part is, you can whip up a batch for a several uses at a go.
What you will need:
- Airtight mason jar or any other glass/plastic can/jar that is seal-able. Old jam jars work well and cute too
- Distilled water
- Baby oil
- Cotton makeup pads
Fill about one third (1/3) of your jar’s capacity. Make sure the water is distilled as this is the best in order to guarantee longevity and purity of the makeup remover pads when storing. Tap water may contain micro organisms that won’t keep well.
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of baby oil to your water. Again, This depends on the size of your jar. As mine was fairly small, I used just 2 tablespoons. I used Johnson and Johnson’s baby oil for this.
*Andre 3000 voice* Shake it! Shake! Shake it! Shake it! Shake! Shake it! Shake it like a polaroid picture! 🙂 Fasten the lid on the jar and shake the mixture up until you see the emulsion of the oil droplets in the water.
Now you can put the cotton pads in the emulsion. just stack them in one by one until you get to a quantity where they have soaked up all the liquids.
And voila! You have ready to use storable homemade makeup remover pads using baby oil and water. You can use them immediately or refrigerate until you need them. The cooler they are, the better they feel on your skin. To use just wipe your face as you would using any wipes or makeup remover and pads. The baby oil breaks the makeup apart and the wet pads makes sure to pick it up. So effective and so simple.
Do give it ago and let me know how it works out for you. The same can be done using either olive oil or coconut oil but because of the storage, I like something odourless just so I can know when it’s time for a new batch 🙂 I’ve read that some people use a little bit of baby shampoo just to give some extra strength but I prefer a soapless remover. It is also ok to use strips of old cotton T shirts of material to have a reusable wipe (wash and dry after use, of course). I hope this was helpful and comes in handy.