Sleeping in your makeup is the ultimate no-no. And if you dare do it, it's almost like your skin scolds you for your lazy-girl behavior, allowing you to wake up to a bright, shiny breakout as a souvenir. No thanks. But, what's a girl to do when it's late, she's dead tired, and realizes she has zero makeup wipes or cleanser left to wash her pretty little face? Beauty blogger Maria Yeager claims your shaving gel will get the job done.
Yep, that's right, SHAVING GEL. Instead of using Gillete Fusion's Hydra Gel Moisturizing Shave Gel to remove her body hair, like the rest of the world does, Yeager lathers hers on top of a full face of makeup as remover.
"So I decided to give it a try to the Shaving Gel to take off my makeup and guess what worked out pretty good . What do you guys think about this ??" she captioned her Instagram post.
Here's what happened:
Whether you're for or against this — most of her commenters are not and everyone keeps suggesting coconut oil as a better, natural option — there's no denying that it did remove her makeup. This begs the question: Is shaving gel a safe option to use on your skin?
Cosmopolitan.com consulted Dendy Engelman, MD, a New York City cosmetic dermatologist to get her perspective on using shaving gel as a makeup remover. "The ingredients in this shaving cream have obviously been tested to be used on facial skin, so they may be safe enough," she says. "But I wouldn't recommend for continued usage especially for eye makeup removal. The palmatic acid, triethanolamine, isopentane, glycerl oleate, stearic acid, isobutane, sorbitol, fragrance, glycerl acrylate, and acrylic acid may be too irritating to the eyes or too harsh for the sensitive skin on your eyelid."
If you think about it, shave gel was never intended to be anywhere near your eye, so Dr. Engelman's reasoning makes complete sense to me. That said, if you still want to give this unconventional remover a go at home, by all means, try it at your own risk — just avoid your eye area at all costs.