Yes we’ve all been there. You’ve had a hard, exhausting day at work and getting up from the sofa to begin the makeup removal process is the last thing you want to be doing, even more so after a late night out - so face wipe it is then. Why? Because they are great for travelling and quick to use - meaning no more messing around with cotton wool and a cleanser to take off make-up at the end of the day — you just wipe and go. But wait, step away from the bathroom cabinet now!
And here’s why to avoid them at all costs…
Have you ever wondered how makeup remover and cleansing wipes stay fresh and saturated in their packs for so long? No, well it’s not magic, it’s actually the harsh preservatives inside that allows them to sit in your bathroom cabinet for weeks on end without growing bacteria. Great for freshness but not so great for your skin!
Most makeup wipes contain harsh chemicals in order to remove makeup easily. Sometimes, these chemicals can smear the makeup into the skin instead of removing it. Hence, leaving a chemical residue on the skin long after you've removed your makeup which could result in pesky blemishes and redness. Yikes!
Most wipes contain alcohol too that can have an irritating and drying effect on the skin as well as some preservatives that again are not safe on the skin. Have you experienced a slight burning sensation when you’ve used some wipes due to the alcohol ingredients in the cleansing formula?. By keeping your skincare routine free from alcohol this will help to avoid skin dryness, prevent premature ageing of your skin which is particularly important for those of you with sensitive skin!
RINSE, RINSE, RINSE
Did you know that cleansing wipes don’t effectively clean the skin. Sometimes by using face wipes this allows you to rub your makeup further into the pores of your skin smearing dirt, bacteria and oil across the face. It’s like applying cleanser to your face and then not washing it off, or skipping the rinse cycle of your laundry. The cleansing liquid is designed to break down dirt and makeup on the face and deep clean the pores, but it’s the rinsing action afterwards that actually removes that dirt. Without rinsing or wiping away with a face cloth afterwards you’re basically just moving the blemish-causing bacteria from one spot to another on your face.
This also means that your moisturiser will basically seal in the dirt and it won’t be able to do its job properly. No wipe will ever be able to replace a good old cleanse, tone and moisturise routine!
Can makeup remover wipes have an ageing effect on the skin?
The answer is Yes! By rubbing and pulling at the skin - especially around the eye area - dragging backwards and forwards and up and down on a regular basis when your trying to remove makeup can affect the collagen and therefore the elasticity of your skin which means that you’re more likely to develop fine lines and wrinkles in that area so you could be prematurely ageing it.
Although your eyes are the prime target, skin elsewhere on the face can also be affected by this constant tugging motion, so sticking to a gentle cleanser and washing your face regularly will keep your skin young and healthy.
If you must use a wipe: Limit their use to rare occasions — always use wipes that are alcohol-free and contain a moisturiser. And remember that no wipe will clear your skin as effectively as a proper cleanse!
Holistic & Beauty Therapist
Head to Toe Therapies