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Why Is Coconut Oil So Great at Removing Makeup?

We already know that virgin coconut oil — specifically pure, organic (not RBD, or Refined, Bleached, Deodorized) VCO — is a godsend for very sensitive or reacting skin. But why is it so good at removing makeup?

First, Less Removes More:

You need less of it to remove a lot of makeup…even heavy performance makeup intended to survive dance and other physical exertions under hot stage lights. The oil’s molecules bond to dirt and makeup very well, which explains why it’s so good at clearing so quickly. This is important for sensitive skin because repetitive rubbing or excessive cleansing can increase the risk of a reaction.

Second, Organic VCO is Non-Allergenic:

While there have been some reports of reactions to RBD coconut oil, or oils with allergens and additives, there are no reports of reactions to pure, organic, cold-pressed VCO.

Third, It’s Non-Comedogenic:

Old reports of coconut oil causing acne were from rabbit-ear tests, that have since been repeatedly repudiated by newer clinical studies on people and with actual use.

Fourth, It Heals As It Cleans:

As it cleans your face, VCO gifts your skin with so much goodness, chief among them, soothing, deep, intensive moisturization and anti-inflammatory care.

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Wave The “Wipe” Flag: Why You Should Give Up On Makeup Removing Wipes

Wipes are neat and quick…but for sensitive or acne-prone skin, they may not be worth the downsides.

For Sensitive Skin, Residue Is a Resi-“Don’t.”

Wipes cannot clean as well as makeup removers or cleansers, and usually leave residue. In addition to the acne/irritation risk, this residue normally includes leftover dirt.

Wipes can rub you the wrong way.

Because they don’t clean as well, wipes may need more rubbing for a better clean, which can cause follicular inflammation and acne.

Allergens in the Sheets:

The material used in wipes has plastic resins like polyester, polyethylene, and polypropylene, many of which are allergens.

Allergenic Preservatives:

Because wipes are meant to stay moist, they contain a lot of water — which is heaven for bacteria and other microbes. Preservatives are needed, and a common one is methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI). There are multiple reports of allergies to adult wipes: contact dermatitis tests show enough reactions to make MCI/MI one of the top allergy-causing preservatives.

What To Use Instead:

If you don’t use a lot of makeup, a simple cream cleanser or scrub is good enough (never use soaps on the face).

If you’d consider yourself a “regular” makeup user and love the speed and efficiency of a wipe, or have oily or acne-prone skin, an oil-free makeup remover is easy to work into your routine.

If you use heavy makeup — including stage or TV makeup — and/or have dry or sensitive skin, an ultra-gentle makeup remover with virgin coconut oil can be a game changer. The molecules bind to dirt and makeup for through removal without irritation or clogging pores.