So if you've been reading my blog for a while now, you've probably heard me talk about using Noxema to remove my face makeup (foundation, blush, NOT eye makeup) prior to cleansing. I've been doing this for several months now and I can't tell you how much better my skin looks. I still break out every now and then, but on a day to day basis my skin looks and feels cleaner and clearer. I know that using cold cream type products is "old fashioned," but I can honestly say that this has helped my skin and hopefully it can help your's too. And at about 5 bucks a jar, it certainly won't hurt the wallet to try!
If you've never heard of Noxema before, it's just like a cold cream, only thicker. It is a hard white paste in the jar that, when you rub in, thins out, dissolving any makeup in the process. It is oil based (but noncomedogenic) so it gets just about everything. I use a plastic tongue depressor like stick to scoop it out, put it all over my face, rub it in, and then wipe it off with a baby wipe. If my skin is dry, I sometimes leave this on for a few minutes because it is very hydrating. I then use my regular facial cleanser to wash my face. In all, it is a lot more effective at cleaning my face. And I even take it part way down the neck, an area that a lot of people forget but nearly always apply either foundation or bronzer.
I used several eyeliners and a long wear lipstick to test it out. In all, I think my Maybelline gel liner has been the most stubborn thing to remove. It is thick and waxy and really does not budge, so I was curious to see if Noxema would be able to remove it.
IMPORTANT: Noxema is not an eye makeup remover. It contains camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus oil which can irritate the eyes. I'm just doing a demonstration to show how well it can remove makeup. DON'T USE NOXEMA ON YOUR EYE AREA.
I used a q-tip to apply the product and gently rub it in.
I forgot to take a before shot, but here's what it looked like during.
And I just toweled it off with a cotton round. It got off just about everything. Ignore my creepy veins lol!
I then used a Neutrogena makeup remover wipe to try and remove the rest of the makeup and it didn't work well on the gel liners, the waterproof pencil liner, and it didn't even begin to remove the long wear lipstick. I usually use Mac wipes for comparison when doing this, but I've run out and not repurchased. All in all, if Noxema works this well on eye makeup it is bound to clean your face really really well too!