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8 Ways to Remove Mascara Safely
Removing eye makeup properly at night is very crucial for the good health of your eyes. The mascara which gives us bold and beautiful eyes, and thick and long eyelashes, should be safely removed. Check out how in this BeautiSecrets article.
Buzzle Staff
Last Updated: May 7, 2018
Not removing your mascara at night can be harmful for your eyes and lashes. A mascara has chemicals like paraben, aluminum powder, propylene glycol, retinyl acetate, etc. The build-up of mascara overnight makes the lashes brittle, can lead to breakage, and also promote bacterial growth, leading to infections.
Eye makeup is incomplete without the quintessential mascara. It gives your eyes the wide-open look, and makes them come alive. There are so many mascaras available, which assure you longer and thicker lashes.
But with these products, comes the risk of their harmful effects on the eyes. It is very important to remove the mascara at the end of the day. Removing the mascara is not as easy as it seems, since most of them don't wash off with water. Vigorous rubbing of the eyes should be avoided at all costs, as it can lead to the breakage of eyelashes.
So what should be used to gently remove mascara? Olive oil, baby oil, a cold cream, or a homemade makeup remover, are among the safe products that could be used for this purpose. Read on to know how to wipe off your mascara, without pulling out your precious eyelashes.
The Essentials
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Cotton Balls
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8 Ways To Remove Mascara Safely
Using Makeup Remover
Makeup Remover
Makeup remover is your go-to tool to remove mascara safely. Just take a few drops of the remover on a cotton ball, close your eyes, and wipe off the mascara.
If you are using a waterproof mascara, get a product specifically formulated for it. Investing in a good makeup remover will be beneficial.
Always use a hypoallergenic remover, even if your skin is not sensitive.
Using Olive Oil
Olive Oil
If you are looking for a natural product to remove your mascara, then olive oil can be used. Dip a cotton wipe in olive oil and keep it over one eye and then the other, for a couple of minutes.
The oil breaks down the mascara, making it easier to wipe it off. Finally wash off with water.
An added advantage of using olive oil is that, it also moisturizes the eyelashes and the skin around your eyes.
Using a Cold Cream
Cold Cream
Cold cream is very effective in removing any type of makeup.
To remove mascara, apply lots of cold cream to the eyelashes. Wipe off after five minutes using a cotton ball or wipe. Wash off with water.
Using Vaseline
Petroleum jelly can be used to gently remove mascara from your eyes.
Apply Vaseline or any other petroleum jelly to your lashes using a Q-tip. Wipe off using a tissue after a minute.
Since petroleum jelly is a gasoline byproduct, you don't want it to enter your eyes. It can cause irritation or swelling.
Using Baby Oil
Baby Oil
Baby oil is also a mild and effective way to remove mascara.
Apply baby oil to the lashes using a cotton ball. Wipe after a couple of minutes.
It is very important to properly wipe the oil, otherwise dirt and germs can stick to your lashes.
Using Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil
Dip a cotton ball in coconut oil, and apply it over your lashes. The oil will take a couple of minutes for the mascara to break. Then wash your eyes with warm water.
With its multiple uses, coconut oil is a must-have in your beauty kit.
Using Baby Shampoo
Baby Shampoo
Baby shampoos are mild, and can be used to remove mascara as well. Take a drop of shampoo on a wash cloth, lather it, and apply to your lashes. Wipe off after a minute.
Wash off with lots of water.
Most baby shampoos are tearless, but you can use a Q-tip to ensure that it does not enter your eye.
Using a Homemade Makeup Remover
You can easily make a makeup remover at home using natural ingredients.
Mix equal parts of witch hazel, jojoba oil, and filtered water. Use a cotton ball to swipe over your eyelashes. Wash your face with some clean water at the end.
This au naturel mixture is effective, safe, and gentle. Also, jojoba oil is very nourishing, so nourish as you cleanse!
When Using Mascara on False Eyelashes
If you are using eyelash extensions, you don't need to use a mascara, since they anyway make your eyes look bigger and the lashes denser.
But if you are using mascara on your false lashes, then it is very important to clean them thoroughly.
You can remove them and wash them in a solution of warm water and soap.
Make a solution of warm water and soap or shampoo. Lather well and put the lashes in it. Let them stay for some time, then remove and wipe with a tissue.
If not properly cleaned, applying mascara on the fake lashes can cause growth of bacteria or accumulation of dirt and spoil them.
Important Tips
If you are using a non-waterproof mascara, it will come off easily, while the waterproof version usually requires extra effort.
Never share your mascara with others as it can lead to infection.
Do not use mascara for long. Once opened, it is advisable to use it within 4 months.
It is better to use a normal mascara for everyday use. Keep the waterproof one for special occasions.
Be very gentle when removing your mascara. Apply natural oils like castor oil at night, to strengthen the eyelashes.
Natural mascaras available in the market are a safer alternative to the chemical ones. These have natural ingredients to lend color, and antioxidants to nourish your eyes.