5 Evergreen Ways to Remove MakeUP

What if we took a green turn at this essential stage of our beauty routine? Focus on five eco-friendly alternatives for softer make-up removal for our skin as well as for the planet.

1. The fabric make-up remover square

Exit the cotton or, even worse, disposable wipes! The fabric square is the perfect ally for an eco-friendly and economic make-up. You can find them in shops and on organic e-shops, at zero waste accessory designers or you can also make your own make-up remover square using the many tutorials available on YouTube.


2. Reusable discs

Another option to replace single-use make-up removers is reusable and washable cotton discs. Made from ecological materials (organic cotton, hemp, bamboo), they respect your skin and the planet, while greatly reducing your waste.

3. Water make-up removal

A surprising and yet simple method, water make-up removal does not require any product. The eco-label H2o offers a microfiber glove that, when wet with a little lukewarm water, gently removes everyday impurities and make-up. The icing on the cake? Washable and reusable, the microfiber glove is as beneficial to the planet as it is to your wallet. Need an additional argument? Over a year, it represents about 2200 cotton and heaps of plastic bottles less in your trash can!


4. Make-up removal with vegetable oil

Replace the chemical components with soft, ultra-nourishing vegetable oil for your skin. Choose a neutral vegetable oil such as apricot, sweet almond, hazelnut, argan or jojoba core oil that you will apply with your fingertips in circular motions to your face. Dreadfully effective, these fat bodies will overcome the slightest trace of make-up, even waterproof!

Book “My green power book”, Adeline Gadenne and Françoise Couic-Marinier, Solar Editions – 7.90

A tip found in the “Green Power” notebook published by Solar Editions: Fine-tune your make-up remover with the technique made in Japan of “layering”. After removing make-up with vegetable oil, tone with a hydrolat and finish with a pleasant facial with a few drops of vegetable oil for ultra-luminous skin when you wake up.


5. Make your own make-up remover

If you’re a fan of DIY cosmetic recipes, why not make your own makeup remover? Found in Julien Kaibeck’sbook“My Bible of Slow Cosmetic”, this recipe will allow you to make lovely make-up remover milk easily. Equip yourself with a small, clean, empty 33 cl bottle of mineral water and pour in successively:

  • 12 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 10 tablespoons whole milk or almond milk
  • 3 drops of lavender, lavender or niaouli essential oil

Close the bottle and shake vigorously to obtain very creamy milk.

This mixture keeps for 3 weeks in the refrigerator and is suitable for the eyes, but does not remove waterproof makeup. Finish with cotton wool soaked in floral water to complete the make-up removal or opt for an oil make-up remover if your make-up is more loaded.

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Dr. Med. Raoul Hasert is a specialist in dermatology and venereology. He is a senior physician in Praxisklinik Dr. Hasert.

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