Using Coconut Oil as a makeup remover has been quite a controversy in the beauty world. It is said to have comedogenic properties that can clog pores and lead to blackheads or breakouts. There are also a lot of people who don’t swear by having oil on their face especially if their skin is already on the oilier side. However, recent studies have proven that in order to be able to use Coconut Oil as an effective makeup remover, it needs to be organic, unrefined and cold-pressed. It also has anti-bacterial properties, anti-yeast, and yes, it is safe. Just by the sound of that, I’m already starting to be a fan.
Since the ingredients in the Coconut Oil has saturated fatty acids, and if the quality of the coconut oil is poor, it can be contaminated and badly purified. If this is the case, it can be highly comedogenic. It is recommended that you only use the purified, cold-pressed coconut oil in liquid form. Always check the label for these properties!
Cold-Pressed VS Regular Coconut Oil
Now, what exactly differentiates the cold-pressed to the regular one? When it is manufactured, oils are extracted with chemicals that bind to active ingredients. The solvent agents bind to the lipids in coconut oil. Which basically means that the harmful chemicals can be absorbed by the skin when you apply it. Cold-pressed Coconut oil doesn’t have harmful chemicals or toxins that can affect the skin. Thus, it is highly recommended that you choose this.
While Coconut Oil isn’t exactly a holy grail makeup remover that can remedy all your skin woes and makeup cleansing, it’s a good substitute for those who have sensitive skin and loves going all-natural with their products. Not only that, but it is also a cheaper alternative to makeup wipes and store-bought makeup removers that have more harmful chemicals than you can imagine. Just the jar and your fingers to apply it all over your face and you’re good to go. Again, don’t rely on this to do the moisturizing for you.
However, it is good to take note that not all skin types can be compatible with it as a makeup remover. As one may have allergic reactions and the other may not. Always do patch tests even with natural ingredients! Also, don’t forget to rinse this off properly. (Imagine cleansing then leaving what you just cleansed on your skin, again?)
We highly recommend purchasing a big jar, since Coconut Oil can be used in many ways.