Last week I put my homemade make up remover to the test. I didn’t want to admit it, but I was really worried it wouldn’t work on hardcore waterproof make up. You know the feeling? The jitters where you hope the thing you love comes up with the goods.
You see, every morning I wash my face with oatmeal cleanser or almond face wash or just spray with toner if I’m in a hurry. My skin’s never been happier. I love that I don’t have those rosaceay lumps anymore – I digress – The option for make up removers seems to be oily or really astringent and neither works well for me.
At the ProBlogger conference last week I played around with L’Oreal’s Infallible make up range. It’s seriously the long lasting business. I was convinced they’d be burying me in it, but my homemade make up remover rose to the challenge… So, what is it?
Once upon a time, there was a foxy lady named Cleopatra and she bathed in… Milk. Why? Probably because she liked how her skin looked and felt afterwards. It would’ve looked fresher and smoother and felt softer. Everyone seems to neglect to mention that she would’ve had to rinse off afterwards, which has always bugged me. If she was wise she would have had her slaves spray her with rose water and this combo is what I’m talking about, people (minus the slaves).
The natural surfactants found in milk cleanse the skin, while the fats are particularly good for nourishing and the proteins, like Casein, are awesome skin rejuvenators, because they’re thought to activate cell regeneration. Dang tootin’ that’s an awesome all rounder.
We could use fresh milk out of the fridge, but I suspect you’re like me and wash your face in the bathroom. What’s the next best thing? Powdered milk.
A good organic powdered milk is just milk that’s been dried in an evaporator with nothing weird added. It also needs to be full fat to dissolve the make up properly, especially if you’re using the waterproof business.
I realise it takes a bit of a mental leap to start washing your face with milk, when you’ve spent a lifetime cleaning food off your face, but I promise once you’ve tried this you won’t want to go back. It just works really well, is easy, cheap and contains nothing weird and if you don’t like it? No harm done, add it to your tea.
The one thing you need to do is make sure the powdered milk is kept dry and this why I use a shaker jar, similar to the one in this dry shampoo post.
Why rose water? It’s the business for soothing and rejuvenating skin.
- ½ cup organic full fat milk powder
- 10 drops geranium or lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon ground, dried rose petals, optional
- ½ cup rosewater
- Shaker jar, sterile or very clean
- Spray bottle, sterile or very clean
- Mix the milk powder, ground rose petals and essential oil together and store in shaker jar.
- Pour rose water into spray bottle.
- Shake about ½ teaspoon of the powder into the palm of your hand or on to a cotton pad.
- Squirt with rose water a couple of times.
- Mix together.
- Apply to face in gentle circles.
- Rinse well.
- Follow with a toner and your fave moisturiser.
What’s your favourite waterproof make up?