Health and Wellness

Taking It All Off



Makeup artists, manicurists, and hair geniuses do a fabulous job dressing up our looks with the latest innovations in beauty products, but at some point it all has to come off. Here’s the skinny on gentle cleansers that won’t strip you of your natural beauty.

Face off

No matter how late the party or how tired the bones, makeup must come off at the end of the day – otherwise you could greet the morning with sore eyes and a few pimples. To gently remove eye makeup (including mascara) from normal to dry skins, apply organic olive oil or jojoba oil to face, eye area, and lashes, being careful to avoid eyes. Oily skins will benefit from soap-free cleansing milks containing natural fruit oils, rosemary, and lavender.

Natural BeautyWith upward circular motions, use a cotton face cloth and warm water to easily remove the traces of the day. An added bonus? The cloth gently exfoliates, leaving skin glowing. Pat dry, and follow with an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.


Adding a tint to fingertips and toenails helps create a polished look, but chipped and fading colour spells neglect. To remove lacquer without stripping nails of precious moisture – and to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals – opt for polish removers created with non-petroleum based ingredients. Since it is readily biodegradable, your polish remover won’t harm the environment.

Apply the remover and allow it to remain on nails for a few minutes before wiping it off. Be prepared to do a bit more scrubbing than you are used to with conventional removers.

To avoid damaging nails, wear polish no longer than a week and go polish-free for a few days to prevent yellowing. Some natural removers can remove conventional nail polish, but choosing water-based nail polishes will give you beautiful nails without potentially ugly health consequences.

Tress relief

If you gel it, pomade it, or spritz it, you need to be sure you clean it. Product residue makes hair limp, lifeless, and prone to breakage. Buildup removers are key not only for those who use hair products, but also for those who colour their hair, swim in chlorinated water, or don't use shower filters.

Apply a product containing inosositol (not to be confused with inositol), a natural chelating agent derived from apple. Inosositol binds with chlorine and metals such as copper and iron that can cause split ends, dullness, and a shorter lifespan for colour-treated hair. Shampoo afterwards to wash buildup down the drain. Follow with your favourite conditioner.

Revealing your natural beauty at day’s end is a breeze with safe alternatives that cleanse and nourish.

Lisa Petty ROHP, nutrition expert and health coach. Lisa is author of Living Beauty: Feel Great, Look Fabulous & Live Well, and host of Lisa Live health radio that walks the talk on 820 CHAM, Saturdays at 10AM. Originally published in Alive magazine.

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