I know there's one other question regarding face wash out there, but it seems like a lot of the people who responded use very little (if any) make-up. I'm not quite ready for that jump, but did order new mineral make-up from Coastal Classic Creations to replace my department store stuff (hopefully they don't suck because you can't return them).
Anyways, I've gotten really into skindeep.org and thus very suspicious what's out on the market right now. Is there a recipe for a gentle face wash that will breakdown make-up? I'm planning on making my own shampoo, etc., from now on, so making face wash wouldn't be too much more to do. Thanks!
Satapa, I wear pretty much full-on warpaint every business day: foundation, concealer, powder, blush, eyeliner -- the works. I do this even though I'm fairly freaked out by the heavy metals in commercial cosmetics, so I'm slowly replacing the crap with (oy, expensive) organics as my budget allows.
To clean it off at night, I gently wipe my whole face down with coconut oil and tissues. I go through several kleenexes to get down to where there's no more junk on the tissue. Then I wash my face with warm water (usually in the shower, since I shower before bed, not in the morning), and afterwards apply just a little more coconut oil. This seems to work very well for getting all the last traces of gunk off my face; I never wake up with raccoon eyes, for instance (although I'll bet Stabby does).
I'm also 47 years old, and an ex-smoker with plenty of lines in my face, and I can say that between clean eating and the coconut oil treatment, my skin looks ten years younger (I've heard this from several others, not just me, lol).
I think that any oil of your choice will work great. I use olive because my skin is quite dry, try grapeseed or macadamia for oily skin, or coconut for normal skin. I remove my waterproof mascara and liquid liner and it doesnt leave a trace. Google "oil cleansing method" and there will be a ton of onfo for you!