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Healthy Skin DIY: Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

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Love the idea of a homemade eye makeup remover, but hate how mineral oil and petroleum jelly clog your pores? Beauty expert Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home, has the solution: a simple oil-based mixture.

Her concoction, which takes just seconds to whip up, is guaranteed to wipe off even the most stubborn of mascaras. Try it today...

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon castor oil*
1 tablespoon light olive oil


1. Mix together the three oils. Pour in a clean container.

2. To use, pour a small amount of the mixture on a clean cotton pad. Gently wipe over your upper and lower eyelashes and eyelids.

* Available in the health-care section of most grocery and drug stores.

Janice Cox is a beauty expert in Medford, Oregon. She is the author of Natural Beauty at Home.

In Healthy Skin DIY, we ask the experts for tips and recipes on how to achieve healthy skin with natural and everyday ingredients. Have a suggestion? Email us at healthyskin@marthastewart.com

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Comments (5)

  • We cook and eat only whole, real foods. Can a different oil be substituted for canola? How about regular olive oil instead of light?

  • While I always advocate and support healthy and natural alternatives to the harsh chemicals we use on our bodies, it is very important to be careful when using homemade products on the eyes. I used oils (particularly coconut and olive oil) to remove my eye makeup and it clogged the pores in almost every oil gland along my eyes. This led to a chalazion, or swollen blocked oil gland, that two surgeries and multiple steroid injection shots later is not yet gone! I would have rather taken the small dose of chemicals in the old remover to the medications and surgeries I underwent after experimenting with the natural alternative. All of this is to say that while natural living is almost always the answer, BE CAREFUL when using products on sensitive glands and areas of the body. Or at least speak with your dermatologist or eye doctor before using them.

  • Canola oil IS a real food. It is rapeseed oil, renamed because some people found the word "rapeseed" offensive. It is one of the healthiest oils.

  • If there are concerns about using oil(s) around the eye area to remove make-up...you can try using no-tear baby shampoo; this seems to work for my eyes. (But I do not use water-proof mascara.)

  • This is for Julie. I too have dealt with chalazions. They are nasty and hard to get rid of. I had five shots of novocaine and then had them cut out and they came right back. (My doctor injected steriods in them to try to treat the problem before doing this.) What finally worked was Tetracycline, which is an antibiotic. I do not believe in taking antibiotics unless it is ABSOlUTELY necessary (and I have not taken them for any other reason in 15 years), but the itching, burning, swelling and redness were awful. I believe these chalazions were caused by the solution I was using for my contact lenses. Just FYI.

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