The Fastest Way to Remove Makeup Naturally (And Get Glowing Skin)

The fastest way to remove makeup naturally

I’ve always loathed the moment when I had to remove makeup. I don’t even know how I used to survive when I had to wear makeup every day of my life. I usually procrastinate until I can’t postpone going to bed anymore (usually that involves falling asleep on top of the bed fully dressed for a while). Then I drag myself to the bathroom and begin the lengthy process of removing my makeup.

But no more! A very close friend of mine called Edita started using the Oil Cleansing Method after hearing about it from me. However, she started doing a slightly different variation. Once she told me about it, I knew I had to try it. And once I tried it, I just had to share it with you all!

By the way, if you were wondering, since she started using oils, her skin has improved immensely. it seems like we have another oil convert here!

So let’s talk about why I think this way of removing makeup is great!

It removes makeup without any water (apart from a damp cotton disc for eye makeup)

And that’s brilliant for two reasons:

  1. You don’t have to do it next to a sink. You can simply grab a couple of wet cotton discs with you (or a bottle of your favourite floral water) and head to bed. What can be more comfortable than being able to remove makeup in the comfort of your bed? Yes, you guessed it: removing makeup SUPER FAST in your own bed. πŸ™‚
  2. I avoid water as much as I can because tap water in most countries is heavily chlorinated, sometimes very hard and is pretty drying for the skin. Washing the face with tap water seems to increase the skin’s pH for up to a few hours after washing. What that means is that the skin is more vulnerable to infections, bacteria, irritations, cold wind, sun, etc. You know that tight skin feeling that you get after washing your face? When you reach for that bottle of moisturizer at lightning speed? That’s because of tap water. You can remedy the situation by filtering your water or by using boiled water, but you can also avoid using it at all!

Other reasons why this way of removing makeup is awesome

  • It removes eye makeup very well, even waterproof makeup.
  • This method could replace the normal Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) on most of the nights. Especially if you wear makeup every day and need a way to remove it thoroughly every night without using the OCM. Or if you struggled with the conventional Oil Cleansing Method due to purging, excess dryness, over-exfoliation,Β  etc.
  • This is like the Oil Cleansing Method but without all the potentially irritating and drying bits, such as using tap water, using a hot washcloth, etc.
  • If you tried the Oil Cleansing Method and failed for whatever reason, you have to try this!

Here’s what you’ll need to remove makeup naturally:

You’ll need more or less the same things you’d need for the Oil Cleansing Method:

  • Your oil mixture (in my case, it’s 80% olive oil and 20% castor oil with 2 or 3 of drops of lavender oil). Read more about choosing your oil mixture here.
  • Some kind of pure floral water. I love rose water but I’m currently experimenting with lavender water and I love it just as much. Make sure your floral water is nothing else but distilled petals. It shouldn’t have any additives, such as alcohol, preservatives or perfume. I highly recommend this rose water and this lavender water.
  • 2 damp cotton dics (or dry cotton discs if you’re planning to use your floral water).
  • 2 sheets of kitchen paper towel.

The step-by-step instructions

You can watch me in action by clicking Play here:

Otherwise, here’s what you’ll need to do to remove your makeup:

  1. Pour some of your oil mixture on your palm. Make sure you get enough of it (around a dime-size amount) because otherwise it will all get absorbed into the skin and it will quite difficult to rub it around your face. Rub the oil between your palms to warm it up and gently massage in your face. I usually get totally lost in it and keep massaging for a few minutes, but if you’re short on time or really tired, as little as 1 minute will do. Make sure you rub it into your lashes and eye area as well if you’d like to remove eye makeup.
  2. Β Next, grab that paper towel and gently wipe all the excess oil off. We aren’t removing makeup as such here, it’s already dissolved by all that oil. We’re just removing all that oil from our face. I love using the paper towel because I find it softer and gentler on my skin than a washcloth or a cotton disc. Once you finish, your paper towel should look a little oily and yellow. πŸ™‚
  3. It’s time to remove the eye makeup. Just grab a cotton disc and wet it under warm running water (or grab the previously dampened cotton disc if you’re already in bed). Alternatively, you can use your floral water to dampen it.Β  Then wipe all your makeup off. The oil should have dissolved the majority of the mascara already, so it shouldn’t be too difficult. You might have to hold the wet cotton disc on your lashes for a little while before wiping them. Once you’re done, take a bit of that paper towel and dry the eye area from any excess oil.
  4. For the next step, you’ll need the floral water to tone your skin. Just pour some of it on a cotton disc and gently wipe your face with it. This should take off any remaining makeup and oil residue. You might have to do it once more just to make sure everything has been taken off.

That’s it! You also shouldn’t need any additional oil (or moisturizer) afterwards because the oil that remains on your skin should be more than enough for the whole night. Now you’re ready to go to bed!

I hope you’ll find this method useful. It’s been life-changing for me! I know that when you come back from a long day at work or after a party late at night, taking off makeup is the last thing you want to do. But it needs to be done if you want to have healthy skin. This method should make it a lot easier for you. It’s quick, easy, 100% natural, and you can do it in your own bed!

Where to find things if you’re in Europe

As I get a lot of questions from those of you living in Europe, I’ve decided to include links to all the things mentioned above. I know it’s often impossible to find things (especially when you live in the middle of nowhere like me), so getting them online is often the only choice. Luckily, it’s the cheapest choice as well!

If you try this way of removing makeup, let me know what you think! Have I told you I get ridiculously happy when I know I’ve helped someone? πŸ™‚

There are other new things in my every day skincare routine. If you’d like to see my updated morning and evening routine, just let me know in the comments!

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  1. Raissomat says

    Yes please, share your routines!
    This tecnique sounds very good, must try that too. When I used to go out a lot, no matter what time in the morning I would get home or how drunk , I would always shower. The steam took away most Of the makeup, a quick whipe over the eyes with an oily Cotton pad (or just some saliva on it…I know, but it works..) and to bed!!

    • Hahaha! My husband would love this. He always says that saliva has special cleaning powers. He always cleans windows using nothing else but his saliva and they always come out cleaner than the ones I clean using other methods. πŸ™‚ A shower is a quick way to remove makeup, but it might not work for those using waterproof or touch-resistant makeup. It also could be problematic for those with sensitive and dry skin. My face only touches water once a month now, and it’s loving the new rules! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Vita, what a great idea! I’ll have to try that the next time I wear makeup and just want to go to bed. I hardly wear makeup anymore, but I could still do this on nights when I’m dragging and don’t have makeup on! Occasionally I do just go straight to bed when I know I should clean my face first. Usually I try to do it an hour or two before when I’m not so tired πŸ™‚

    • That’s totally the way to do it! I also find that if I cleanse my face an hour or two before the bed time, I tend to go to bed earlier and perhaps read a book or do something relaxing. If I postpone it until the last minute, I end up going to bed super late. Yeah, I’m the great procrastinator, and I’m going to beat that habit! πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for the info! I have used rose water or oil to take off eye makeup but never did a combo like this. I will have to give it a try. I bet the combination works wonders. I love rose water!

  4. Stephanie Mckenzie says

    I found this post very informative, thank you!! Just out of curiosity, you mentioned that your face only gets water once a month, what about showers, how do you keep your face from getting wet? Or do you clean yourself differently?

    Thanks for all the info you put on here!


    • Hi Stephanie, I simply use a hand-held shower head and direct the stream of water wherever I want (obviously away from my face). When I wash my hair, I simply bend down, so again water doesn’t go down on my face. If I had a shower filter, perhaps my skin wouldn’t be that sensitive to water, not sure about that. However, normal tap water is a killer – I tried it again couple of days ago out of curiosity, and my skin was really angry with me. Back to my trusted oils and floral waters. xx

  5. Hi Vita,
    First off I want to thank you for your website and videos and your gracious and encouraging personality! I am three weeks into OCM trying to treat my moderate acne mostly on my cheeks and jawline. First I started with 90% jojoba, 10% castor with TTO and lavender, but after reading many negative reviews I switched to 90% grape seed oil. Just today I came across your ‘over-exfoliation video’, which I desperately needed to see because my face is tight, dry, flakey and breaking out worse. Do you have tips for the over-exfoliated? thank you!

    • Hi Olivia, thanks so much for your kind words! They mean the world to me. Glad you stumbled upon my over-exfoliation video – it’s a real epidemic nowadays, isn’t it? The best advice I can give you is just to let your skin rest for a while and stay away from OCM, scrubs, using a washcloth, etc. for at least a week. Either wipe your face with pure floral water (e.g. rose water) or rinse it with bottled water. Only use tap water if you have a filter installed. Regular chlorinated tap water is a huge irritant. My newest discovery has been honey – it’s absolutely awesome to cleanse the face in the morning and evening. It soothes and moisturizes the skin like nothing else. You can also try to leave the honey on as a mask for 3 hours, it should leave your skin really soft and calm. It gets rid of flakes amazingly well, too. xx

  6. Hi Vita,

    I just subscribed today but I’ve been reading your blog for about a week now. I’ve been having some breakouts on my chin for about couple of months now. The breakouts started out like small clogged whiteheads and they’ll swell the following day with white pus which are like ready to pop out. I have stopped using Cerave Moisturizer AM and PM and Neutrogena Acne face wash for about a month now because I thought that they are not helping anymore. I switch to using extra virgin coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer at first but I continue to have breakouts on my chin. I even tried it as my oil for the OCM but it has gotten my pimples worst. After googling a lot, I found your blog to be the most informative and you always make it a point to reply to everybody who has questions. Right now, I am trying grapeseed oil, castor oil combination for the OCM. I am not sure if that’s the right combo for me because my face feels kind of dry and I still get small bumps on my chin and a few bumps on my cheeks which I don’t usually get. I have done it for almost a week now. I have combination skin but I think I am more on the dry side. What changes should I do? Please help. I am not used to having this much pimples that last a long time.

    • Hi Sherilyn, thanks so much subscribing! It looks like your face is finding your oil mixture a little dry. Try adding some nourishing oil, for example olive oil or avocado oil to your current mixture. All what ratio of olive oil are you using? How often have you been doing the OCM? It’s best to start from 1 or 2 times a week.

      • I’ve been doing the OCM for almost a week now. I use 2 tbs. grapeseed, 1 tbs. castor oil with a few drops of lavender oil. I read that grapeseed oil is less comedogenic compared to other oils that ‘s why I chosed it. But I have already tried extra virgin coconut oil alone but it didn’t work for me. I haven’t tried the olive oil or avocado oil yet. Is the 100% Pure Avocado Oil or extra virgin olive oil that are in our pantry okay to try? What should be the right measurements in tablespoon? Thanks so much for you time. I love reading your blog! – Sherilyn

        • Hi Sherilyn, grapeseed oil might be less comedogenic, but it’s also more drying. Sunflower, for example, is also very low on the pore-clogging scale, but it’s not that drying. I think what you could do now is just add 2 tbsp, of olive oil or avocado oil to your current mixture, which will bring your castor oil ratio down to 20%. That should be much more gentle. Extra virgin olive oil from the pantry is perfect, avocado oil as well as long as it’s cold-pressed. Thanks for reading my blog, and I wish you lots of success with the OCM! xx

  7. Hi Vita, i just found your website last night and i’m hooked! Your natural and healthy way of life is so interesting and i want to try them all, starting with this face cleaning routine or OCM. The thing is, i live in Asia, Indonesia to be exact and i really wonder where can i get all those oils, rose water and even the aleppo soap. So, really appreciate it if u can help me..thanks so much dear!

    • Hi Deisy! So glad you’re enjoying my blog! I think the best place to find those things is online stores. They usually offer the best prices, and pretty much every country has something similar. I’d help you find them, but I don’t speak Indonesian! πŸ™‚ xx

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