If you love makeup wipes, look away now. Or better still, keep reading. These trusty bedside makeup removers aren’t doing your skin any favours. In fact, they don’t even do what they say on the tin…
That’s right, we’re calling out makeup wipes. For years we are led to believe that a quick once-over with a pre-soaked wipe is all it takes. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. And more concerningly, they could be more of a hinderance than a help. ‘Why?’ we hear you ask? For starters, they don’t actually remove the makeup, dirt and dead skin cells properly. Typically, they tend to smear the day’s grime around your face while leaving a trail of chemical residue behind. It’s this high chemical content, particularly alcohol, that can wreak havoc on your skin.
In an interview with Glamour, Dr Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, said the preservatives in wipes can lead to irritation and increase the risk of inflammation on the skin. These formulas can be very drying and throw your skin’s natural pH out of whack, giving you a one-way ticket to dehydrated and aggravated skin. But it’s not just the solution that can prompt irritation. How you scrub your face with a makeup wipe can also cause redness and low-grade inflammation, which over time can lead to premature aging, according to Zeichner. Yikes.
If you won’t ditch your wipes for the greater good of your skin, then ditch them for the environment’s sake. Makeup remover wipes are largely non-biodegradable and take up to 100 years to break down in landfill. One-use wipes have become such a threat that the UK government have spoken about banning them entirely in effort to save marine life.
So, if wipes are a no-go, what should you use? We’ve chosen three fabulous cleansers that promise clean, balanced and hydrated skin with every use. Thank us later!