How to Remove Makeup with Olive Oil

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Putting makeup on is undeniably one of the best confidence boosters out there. Knowing that you have at least some semblance of control about how you present your physical self to the world can help improve self-esteem and disposition. However, it is also undeniable that makeup can be such a huge problem to remove. This can lead to breaking out and can even prevent your skin from becoming fully refreshed when it goes to renew itself each night. That is why no makeup lover worth her salt would ever be without a good quality makeup remover.

The problem with most make-up removers is that they tend to be filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce which leave so many ladies asking “Is there a better way than this?” Thank goodness there’s an all-natural substitute for makeup removers—Olive oil!

The Concept behind Cleaning Makeup with Oil

Ever notice how most makeup removers are a little bit oily? Going back to high school chem class, this is because like dissolves like. Most makeup products (foundation, concealer, eyeshadow you name it!) will be made of some type of oil or wax and the only thing that can easily dissolve it without rubbing is oil. The problem with most makeup removers is that along with a scanty amount of mineral oil (which has been proven to be bad for your skin!) these removers have alcohol in them. Alcohol can be both drying and irritating for the skin.

Not All Olive Oils are Created Equal

So in comes olive oil to save the day, right? Not so fast. Not ALL olive oils are created equal. According to, there are different types of olive oil and these oils are classified based on how they were extracted from the olive fruit. Extra virgin olive oil is the product of the very first press from cold pressing olives and is processed using only centrifugation, decantation or thermal processing without altering the oil. Olive oils, have are somewhat subject to less stringent standards than extra virgin oils. Olive pomace oils are oils extracted from olive pomace through solvents.

Technically these oils do not differ much in their chemical structures. The difference is more in the taste and quality. One of the reasons that olive oil is so good for your skin is because of anti-oxidants like polyphenols. These anti-oxidants if used regularly could help improve dull complexion. However, the differing extraction processes leaves some of these oils depleted of their antioxidant properties.

The Benefits of Using Olive Oil to Remove Makeup

Ever heard of the oil cleansing method? It’s a method that uses JUST oils to cleanse your skin. That’s right, no soap, no makeup remover, no astringent, nothing! It is a method first popularized in Japan by Shu Uemura as the brand continues to produce some of the best oil cleansers in the market even until today. Nowadays, probably because of how costly the Shu Uemura cleansers are, people have started to use natural oils instead. One of the benefits of using olive oil to remove your makeup is that it can function both as a makeup remover and cleanser. This is especially good news for people who have extremely sensitive skin that can’t tolerate harsh chemicals.

Aside from being extremely effective at removing makeup, olive oil also has the added benefit of being nourishing. It adds moisture to the skin and encourages skin renewal. When it comes to oily skin though, you may have to be a little careful with using just olive oil to remove your makeup as this could leave you feeling greasy. If you want to use olive oil as your makeup remover, try washing your face with warm water and fresh lemon juice afterwards. The lemon has astringent properties that can benefit oilier skin.

Step by Step Guide of Removing Makeup with Olive Oil

The process, as you will see, is pretty straight forward. These are the materials you will need: extra virgin olive oil, cotton pads/cotton balls, warm water, face towel.

Step 1 – Dab cotton ball or cotton pad with 3-4 drops of olive oil. Apply it all over the face except they eyes.

Step 2 – A cotton pad would probably be better for this. Dab cotton pad with olive oil and gently press into eyelids and eyelashes. This will help dissolve hard to remove eye makeup without having to rub the sensitive skin on the eyes.

Step 3 – If need be, add a few more drops of olive oil directly to the face and massage your face in circular motion.

Step 4 – Dampen face towel with warm water and let it sit on your face for 3-5 minutes. Wipe of the residue and repeat as desired until the greasiness is gone.


Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News. In recent years, she had the opportunity to review best bleaching cream. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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    May 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    OLIVE OIL! Yes, it certainly has valuable properties for usage on hair, skin and nails!

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