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Top 5 Makeup Removers for Sensitive Skin


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Olive Oil
The olive oil we can vouch for as a makeup remover. Don't get any ideas about those artichokes though.
The olive oil we can vouch for as a makeup remover. Don't get any ideas about those artichokes though.
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Sure, it's delicious on pasta and greens, but some people swear by olive oil as a makeup remover. It has won over sensitive-skinned patients in dermatology departments from Dallas to Portland, say Dr. Aftergut and Susan Tofte, a nurse practitioner in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Oregon. "Olive oil is a good product [for sensitive skin]. It can be messy and thick," says Aftergut.

We tried it. By dripping the olive oil onto a cotton ball, we controlled the mess. One-half teaspoon of oil worked. In a few swipes, it took off three coats of mascara, two coats of liquid eyeliner (waterproof) and a thick layer of powder eye shadow.

You may have the same trouble with olive oil as the ancient Greeks did. Athletes and sweaty workers had no trouble smearing themselves with olive oil to mop up their dirt and sweat. Getting the mixture off, however, required tools. They used strigils, which were basically curved pieces of metal, to scrape it off [source: Boardman].

You, too, will have an oily, shiny face after your makeup is gone. Luckily, no strigils are needed. Rinsing with water gets rid of most of it. A thin layer of oil remains, however, and for dry skin, that's good. Oil is an emollient that slows evaporation of water from your skin. For a short time, your skin will feel soft and moisturized, and your eyelashes will feel as if you've soaked them in conditioner. You will, however, smell faintly like salad dressing.

Do you prefer food on your plate, not on your face? Read on for a makeup remover that's more palatable.