How to take your makeup off if you want wipes out of your life
Makeup wipes are basically the two minute noodles of the beauty world: we know they’re not the best choice (for a total cleanse), but they’re often what we end up reaching for in moments of exhaustion. And though we’ve long turned to them in times of need (AKA those nights we’re unable to muster enough strength to make it to the sink), we think it’s time we weaned off the wipes...
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Why you may need to be wary of wipes
Some wipes can actually be pretty harsh on skin. In fact, just the amount of pressure required to take your makeup off using a wipe (that isn’t drenched in a particularly effective solution) is far more intense (and potentially irritating) than other options. All the dragging and rubbing that goes on during the process can trigger an increase in redness, blemishes and fine lines; you’ll feel like you need more makeup to conceal them and the vicious cycle will kick off again.
Secondly, they’re not really getting the job done. You know that feeling when you’ve been wiping away for what feels like an eternity and still more smudge-y stains show up with every swipe? Well, the reason it looks and feels like you’ve never really taken your full face off is because you haven’t, as the whole rinsing process is pretty essential to an effective cleanse.
Thirdly, anything disposable that fits into the ‘one use only’ category obviously isn’t doing the environment any favours. And even if your own bathroom bin is filled to the brim with makeup wipes, just think about the damage they’re doing landfill wise (where they take years to break down).
Now don’t get us wrong, wipes are still damn handy and we’d rather you swab one across your mug after a night out than head to bed with a full smokey eye in tow. But when it comes to everyday cleansing, for the sake of your skin, consider these alternatives instead...