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on 8/19/2017 9:40:00 PM
More reviews by Karistona
Skin: Dry, Olive, Warm
Hair: Black, Curly, Other
I've tried out many concoctions for the oil cleansing method. At the end of day, plain mineral oil beats them all for me. It doesn't break me out, it doesn't clog my pores, it removes my makeup before I go in with my second cleanser. I don't use it everyday though, mostly when I'm wearing more makeup than usual. It actually helps get rid of clogged pores for me sometimes. I read this method somewhere and I've been doing it once or twice a month since then. I put the oil on my face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then I massage my face gently using circular motions starting from the outer edge of my face for a few minutes. It dislodges those white string like things in clogged pores. Not all of them, but only those ready to come out. If my skin is badly congested I do this for a few days in a row. But be careful not to put too much pressure or massage for too long since you can give yourself broken capillaries and those are permanent.
on 9/26/2016 10:32:00 AM
More reviews by isavella
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
I am not commenting on whether or not mineral oil is bad for you or not, that's something you have to decide for yourself. I think mineral oil, and mineral oil based products, are some of the most effective makeup removers on this earth, and probably the cheapest too. It doesn't break me out at all. However, any time I use anything that is pure mineral oil, or has a heavy base of it (such as cold creams), my pores get very clogged. Slowly, almost unnoticeably, but they do clog and oxidise into a pretty bad blackhead situation. Discovering this has been kind of a process, so I'm throwing this out there in the ether as helpful info. I switched to a castor/grapeseed oil mix as my first cleanse and while it's not as cheap as mineral oil, it's still very affordable and 99.9% as effective. And my pores are getting squeaky clean. If you're afraid to use oil or oil based cleansers but still want to try them out (I couldn't live without oil cleansing) I highly recommend doing a second cleanse with a traditional cleanser after. But honestly, oils are one of the most YMMV-est product categories out there!
4 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 6/16/2016 8:40:00 AM
More reviews by EboniBrandon
Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm
Hair: Black, Curly, Medium
Once you understand that any oil traps moisture (water) in the skin and doesnt actually moisturize the skin in most cases, then you'll be friends with any oil! That said, mineral oil is an excellent makeup remover and this is what i use primarily to oil cleanse my face. It's cheaper and more effective than the expensive stuff. Lipstick, foundation, mascara.... They dont stand a chance! Follow up with a mild cleaning soap and a moisturizing cream or lotion suitable for your skin type and skin magic will happen. Ive found my skin is softer with less dry patches around my nose and on my cheeks, more balanced and I think because all traces of makeup are removed, it has actually helped with my occasional small breakouts. It only costs about $2 in most pharmacies and lasts forever as you need so little. If you can get over the ludicrous fear we've been taught to have of mineral oil based products, then give it shot. Youve nothing to lose. Just remember to wash it off if you use it as a cleanser and only use it on damp skin if you want to use it to aid in improving the moisture levels in your skin.
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 1/30/2016 11:59:00 AM
More reviews by Lorel1
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Comforting, but broke me out in tiny little pimples & it did sting my eyes if not washed off.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 12/29/2014 10:19:00 PM
More reviews by daisyismydog
Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
This review is for mineral oil as a makeup remover. First off, I think it is worth mentioning that there are variations of mineral oil that can range from the thin liquid of baby oil to a thicker more viscous consistency similar to condensed milk. I don't know if they function differently or not, but I'm reviewing a more viscous cosmetic grade variant that I purchased from TKB Trading. I've tried several oils for makeup removal (apricot kernel, grapeseed, almond, avocado, castor, argan, etc. and various mixes of them) and on my dehydrated-normal acne-prone skin it is easily the most effective. I use a small quarter sized amount to remove a full face by massaging the oil into my skin. I end up with a lot of makeup smeared unattractively across my face, which I follow up with a foaming cleanser to remove both the oil and the makeup. Mineral oil's thickness makes it easiest to work with since it doesn't drip down onto my neck or clothing, and it has a somewhat more luxurious feel. I was admittedly hesitant about trying mineral oil since I'm acne-prone and it gets a bad reputation, but there has been no noticeable increase in acne. I do find double cleansing is sometimes a bit fussier than I would want so I am still looking at other makeup removal options in the future but I think this is a solid standby option. Overall, mineral oil is an inexpensive and easy-to-use makeup remover for double cleansing.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 1/23/2016 8:14:00 PM
More reviews by sarangaroo
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse
Removes all my makeup like a dream, which is all that I ask for. Works even on the toughest of waterproof mascaras. The process is a bit messy though, and I found that in order to get rid of the oily feeling I need to use a regular facial cleanser and a washcloth. The price is excellent compared to other makeup removers. I highly recommend.
on 10/3/2012 8:58:00 PM
More reviews by TeeCube
Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
I use drugstore brand mineral oil (found in the laxative section, yuk, but grab and go, no pun intended) and it is odorless (unlike baby oil) and colorless. 16 oz bottle. I love it for moisturizing my face, hair, skin plus it can be used as a makeup remover. Inexpensive. I do like baby oil but the scent bothers me sometimes, and I prefer products with no scent anyway. Plain old mineral oil is perfect for me! It comes in an opaque white bottle with a screw cap. I peeled the labels off so as I was using it for beauty things the word "laxative" wasn't glaring at me. Now, it's just my oil.
16 of 17 people found this helpful.
on 2/10/2013 7:43:00 AM
More reviews by asunta
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
I have been using jojoba or almond oil for years to remove my makeup but recently decided to try mineral oil (not the baby oil) because i was on a budget and i really dont like it at all! It was not light like jojoba and seemed to strip my face instead of leaving moisture. I just hated the feeling on my skin and its so thick. And then after 3 days it broke me out. I guess it will sit there till i need it for other purposes. Definately will not repurchase.
5 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 9/27/2013 12:59:00 PM
More reviews by liz48170
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Kinky, Fine
I use plain cheap mineral oil to remove make up, then I typically clean my face again with another cleanser.It would be better to suspend this in water first but I dampen a cotton pad. Tthat is what most make up removers are - oil suspended in water with a few chemicals, so you pay $$$ for a tiny bit of oil in water keep that in mind when trying to spend less on make upAny type oil would be fine, Argan, Olive, etc.No need to pay $$$$$$ for a few drops of oil in water to remove your make up when you can get (gallons literally) by using another oil or mineral oil, just use water with it.
9 of 10 people found this helpful.
on 6/13/2014 10:44:00 PM
More reviews by kyl77
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
A while back I bought a large bottle of mineral oil, because I had this brilliant idea I was going to make my own cold cream. Needless to say the cold cream was a disaster! However, I had the good sense to hold on to the mineral oil, which I started using as an eye makeup remover. This is the 100% pure mineral oil you get in the laxative aisle at the drugstore. It's fragrance free, and a large 16 oz bottle only costs about $3.00 dollars. Normally I use cold cream to remove my makeup, but if I'm just wearing eye makeup, I use this because it's a bit easier. What surprised me about the mineral oil is how thick it is. It's definately different from baby oil, which is thinner and is perfumed. This has no scent, and I like how the thicker product stays put and doesn't seep into your eyes. It's easy to use. I just put a little bit on a cotton ball and gently dab it on my eyes. I also like to include my eyebrows even if I'm not wearing eyebrow pencil, because I feel like it really condtions your brows and eyelashes. Then I wash my face. Another trick I do with the mineral oil is to use it under my eyes before washing my face. I got the idea from reading this terrific beauty book from the 1970's called "The Natural Way to Super Beauy" written by Mary Ann Crenshaw. Crenshaw is a big believer in the Erno Laszlo method and apparently knew the man himself. She outlines his method in the book and mentions how she puts a special oil under her eyes before washing with his special soap. So, I went online and found the oil she's talking about, which they still sell. Guess what the first ingredient is? That right, mineral oil. Except his version costs $45.00 dollars. I tried using the mineral oil under my eyes before washing, and it works great. It sort of protects the delicate eye area while you clean. The whole eye area feels fresh and soft when you're done washing. Mineral oil is such a great, inexpensive product to have on hand. For only a few dollars, you have very little to lose.
13 of 13 people found this helpful.
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