The truth about makeup removing wipes
Like most other convenient short-cuts, makeup removing wipes are tempting. But the problem is that they are often used to replace one of the most important steps in skincare – cleansing your skin thoroughly.
Thoroughly cleansing your skin is absolutely essential if your goal is radiance and optimal skin health. Using makeup wipes as a substitute for proper cleansing is not a good idea, and here’s why.
Makeup wipes don’t remove makeup properly
When you wipe your face ‘clean’ with a makeup removing wipe, you only remove part of the makeup. Residual makeup is just shifted around the face. Left on overnight, this will clog pores leading to break-outs, acne and dull skin over time.
Makeup wipes don’t clean properly
Because makeup wipes don’t require a face cloth or rinsing step, they don’t leave the face thoroughly cleansed of grime, spf and product. They do contain emulsifiers that lift makeup but they mostly smear around whatever is on your skin leaving a trail of irritated skin in their wake.
Makeup wipes are not soothing
Thoroughly cleansing your skin is essential if your goal is radiance and optimal skin health. Using makeup wipes as a substitute for proper cleansing is not a good idea, and here’s why.
The cleansing step should deliver hydration, nutrients and protection as well as removing make up, dirt and grime. Makeup wipes might be convenient, but they are not your friend if you want to build a skincare routine that works.
Most makeup wipes are not good for the planet
Unfortunately, disposable wipes have become a popular convenience product, but they are far from sustainable. While they may seem like a convenient way to quickly rid yourself of the day’s makeup, they come with environmental costs. Despite their ease of use, an average wipe can take up to 100 years to completely decompose!
The truth is, makeup wipes are often made from materials that are not sustainable, renewable, or recyclable – such as polyester, polypropylene, wood pulp, or rayon fibers, many of which aren’t biodegradable. This means they end up in landfill, where they take years to decompose, releasing harmful pollutants into the air and soil as they break down. Even when thrown away properly, these wipes require large amounts of energy to be treated and disposed of correctly. By opting for reusable makeup cloths, we can help reduce the environmental cost.