My sister said, “I used the coconut oil to remove my makeup and I broke out horribly! I have since stopped using it and my face cleared up.”
After getting a little more info, I realized that she applied it over makeup, tissued it off, then went to bed. As someone with sensitive skin, makeup removers ALWAYS cause my skin to break out. Over time I’ve come to realize that it’s because I have to wash the makeup remover off. That includes coconut oil.
Here is an example of my nightly routine:
- Wash hands (ALWAYS WASH HANDS FIRST BECAUSE, DUH)
- Apply coconut oil all over your face. Gently massage it into skin to help dissolve all makeup – including eye makeup.
- I then use a warm damp towel to GENTLY wipe it off.
- I then use an extremely gentle cleanser (currently using Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser – I started using this during my first pregnancy as a last attempt to rescue my suffering complexion. I still run back to it any time my skin seems stressed).
- I cleanse my face 2x with this cleanser then apply moisturizer.
If you think this sounds too time intensive, you just need to try it one time. I assure you, it’s quick.
Coconut oil is so darn good but you MUST remove all makeup before the next step – even if you are choosing to moisturize with coconut oil! Seems redundant, but trust me, your skin must be free of all the days’ impurities (makeup, dirt, pollution, etc.) before you moisturize.
Originally published March 20, 2015