Oils with your fingers
Vegetable oils have the advantage of being simple to use and of competing in virtues. There is a prescription for each skin type: avocado oil if your skin is dry, jojoba oil if you have oily skin or apricot kernel oil if you want to regain radiance.
Vegetable oils are sufficient on their own because they are applied without cotton wool, directly with the fingers. This make-up removal is suitable for sensitive skin which can sometimes be irritated by the coarse texture of cotton, as well as fans of green and the “zero waste” trend.
Why does it work?
The application of the oil directly in contact with the skin is very gentle. The fatty acids in affinity with those of the epidermis allow makeup to melt easily. Facial massage is also a good way to stimulate blood circulation and thus give more radiance.
How to use your oil with your fingers?
Pour a small amount of oil in the palm of your hand to warm it up and place it on the cheeks, forehead and chin. Massage your face with small circular motions.
For the eyes, gently run your fingertips over your eyelids and eyebrows. Gently pinch your lashes to coat them with oil and remove the mascara.
Rinse your hands and then your face with clean water. You can finish with a thermal water spray on the face and neck. Pat dry with a towel.
Washable organic cottons
To reduce your ecological footprint, there are reusable squares to remove makeup, made of fabric, more ecological than disposable cottons. Each material has a different texture: cotton or hemp are suitable for normal skin while bamboo or eucalyptus, which is more silky, respects the most sensitive skin.
They are ecological but also economical since after the initial investment (about 20 € if you buy 2 lots to be able to have enough to make a rotation), the washable discs keep for a very long time if they are well maintained (washed and dried regularly).
If you are a fan of Do It Yourself and skilled with your hands, you can sew them yourself by recycling bath towels. Otherwise, you can buy them ready-made.
Why does it work? Washable cotton pads are very soft and are a perfect replacement for disposable cotton pads. They wash after each use and are washed in the washing machine up to 300 times. Usually, they are sold in sets of 10 or 15 discs in a small sleeve. Just place them in the washing machine in their washing net with the next detergent and let them air dry before the next make-up removal.
How to use washable cottons? Place a dab of your usual make-up remover on the cotton pad and run it over your face as you would with a disposable cotton pad. Place it in the washing net while waiting for the next wash.
Where to buy washable cotton pads?
They are on sale on the sites: Les trends d’Emma, Melvita or Lamazuna.
Count between 5 and 20 euros for lots of cottons and their pouch.
Cotton cultivation consumes 25% of pesticides sold worldwide (Source: WHO)
Artificial irrigation of conventional cotton uses more than 2/3 of the world’s drinking water resources. (Source: CNRS)
Konjac sponge: a ball of softness
Konjac is a plant of Asian origin, often found in the food department. Cosmetic sponges are made from the konjac root, completely natural and also biodegradable.
Why does it work? The honeycomb texture of the konjac sponge helps absorb makeup and sebum from the skin. Initially white in color, they sometimes contain colored clays or charcoal. They then have additional properties, to be chosen according to your skin type.
Konjac sponge with red clay
How to use your Konjac sponge for makeup removal?
The Konjac sponge can be used on its own as well as with a foaming cleaning product, or even with a vegetable oil. Run your sponge under water to make it swell, soften it and rehydrate it well. Perform massages with small circular movements all over the face.
Its particularly soft texture even respects the eye contour. Contact with the sponge lightly exfoliates the skin of dead cells, while respecting sensitive skin. If your skin is fragile, be careful not to press too hard with the sponge.
How to maintain it? Then just rinse it and wring it out by pressing it between both hands flat so as not to damage it. Hang it using the small string to dry it. Konjac sponge will keep for about 3 months, but you can replace it sooner if it starts to crumble.
Where to buy Konjac sponges?
In perfumeries, department stores and on Bazar Bio, Marionnaud, Mademoiselle bio …
Count between 4 and 15 € depending on the size.
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