An inexpensive and effective way to remove eye make-up is with petroleum jelly. It works well and also helps keep delicate skin around the eyes soft. Simply wipe on with a finger and tissue off, then wash your face as you normally do.
By Thriftsavvy from West Dundee, IL
Using petroleum based products like vaseline and baby oil caused irritation of my tear ducts which led to dry eye, lots of purchases of eye drops and finally a couple visits to the doctor. It wasn't thrifty at all. I'm not suggesting this will happen to everyone, but just wanted to offer my experience and a word of warning.
Another inexpensive one it the old Alboline in a jar (plastic now). It is good for dry skin patches, all skin ailments... and it is a good makeup remover. The best! My Mom used to use it for stage make up removal. Enjoy! It is about 5 dollars a jar, and lasts for a year!
You can buy it at almost all places, markets, drug stores, and big stores like Target and KMart, etc. Enjoy!
I agree with ChloeA. My eye doctor told me to absolutely not use Vaseline or baby oil anywhere near my eyes. Especially if you wear contacts. All you need is to leave just the smallest amount of oily residue and it will get in your eye and trash out your contacts. Yes, you might think it's the cheap way to go, but it's much safer to use a regular eye make up remover. I didn't get the clogged tear duct, I got a plugged oil gland in my upper eyelid which called for minor surgery.
Albolene Cream, both scented (pink labeling) and unscented (blue labeling) comes in 6 and 12 oz plastic jars now, I believe. I'm not sure just how old this wonderful make-up remover is, but I know it's been used for over 30 years by people in theater and others who require using a lot of make-up of all kinds. It's also the best all-over body moisturizer for dry skin. I've often wished I could find it in a barrel, so I could jump in and out just to save time. I always put it on warm wet skin, then towel off dry. Enough of it has gone into the pores to lubricate and soften any dry areas.
It's a great moisturizer to use under make-up and keeps your face so nice and smooth.
I also use it as a hand-lotion and the scented Albolene is such a nice light fragrance. You may have trouble finding the scented but the unscented is around everywhere. I had to ask our pharmacist to special order the scented for me. There is no difference in price.
I hope this helps someone else who has suffered with dry skin.
All the best, Julia in Boca Raton,FL
I wouldn't be game to put Vaseline on my skin. It's petroleum based. I use coconut oil. It's cheap and natural and a little goes a long way. I rub a small amount in my hands and put it all over my face and neck. Then I rinse a wash cloth in hot water as hot as I can stand and use that to take off the makeup and coconut oil. The hot face cloth steams your pores open and wipes away any trace of mascara and other makeup, even if it's waterproof.
I wear alot of waterproof make up as I am at the gym alot working out and I also swim a few times a week. I would never use petroleum jelly, baby oil, or any product that is not FOR removing eye make up. I have used Neutrogena eye make up remover for years without any irritation or problems. You can find it at WalMart or most drug stores. It does leave an oily residue, but it is a makeup remover, not a cleanser. Makeup should be removed first, then the face should be cleansed.
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