Why you need to get rid of your makeup wipes. All of them. Right now.

A lot of people use makeup wipes on a regular basis to clean their faces, believing they are an effective and convenient makeup remover. This is probably the biggest beauty misconception on the planet, and I just have to dissect it. This post is all about makeup wipes, and why they should never buy them again.

Makeup wipes have established a prominent status in the cleansing community; people use them to start their cleansing in the morning, refresh or fix makeup during the day, or even to remove their makeup at night. People love makeup wipes – it’s crazy! But I think of them as some sort of devilish epidemic. They are so incredibly bad for you!

The ingredients in makeup wipes is the first problem here.

Many wipes contain alcohols which dry and irritate the skin; they are usually really high on the ingredients list too, which means your makeup wipe is doing a lot more harm than good! Irritated skin leads to inflammation, and inflammation leads to hyperpigmentation. Who wants that?

If your wipe doesn’t have alcohol in it, it absolutely has very strong preservatives in it. Preservatives help your makeup wipes to stay hygienic and anti-bug. These wipes sit in their wet packages for weeks, and we all know that bacteria loves to grow in warm and moist environments. Companies need to use chemical components to keep the wipes from growing mould. Methylisothiazolinone (MI), parabens, alcohol denat (ethanol or ethyl alcohol) and triclosan are some of the nasties which you’ll find in your ingredients list. Worryingly, the preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI) can cause swelling, rashes and blistering. The problem with these strong ingredients is that they are just too harsh on the skin. You will be left parched and irritated. This may not be an immediate reaction, but it will absolutely develop over time.

Finally, and probably most importantly – makeup wipes do not actually remove your makeup. There aren’t any ingredients that remove makeup, so really all you are doing is spreading it all over your face, along with the grime and sweat from the day. You are not unclogging your pores with a wipe, or lifting the dirt and oil that your skin has produced throughout the day. Water is an essential part of your cleansing process, that helps to sweep it all away; you are not getting a proper cleanse without washing your face. You might aswell just sleep in your makeup – it really makes no difference. To make matters worse, as you rub these harsh towelettes over your face, you are creating micro tears, inviting wrinkles, inflammation and hyperpigmentation to your party.

Everybody loves wipes because they’re so cheap and they’re so simple, but they are also so bad for you. Now with everything in life, there is a time and a place. If you are using makeup wipes once a while to fix makeup, you aren’t really killing your skin too badly – but stop. The problem is when these wipes are used as a part of your daily routine, or you use them on a regular basis to remove your makeup. It just isn’t going to work.

Aside from damaging your skin, makeup wipes also damage our environment. They are becoming an increasingly large problem for not only the coastlines around the world, but also landfills. Whether you flush them away or chuck them in the bin, you are damaging the environment. Founder of campaign group City to Sea Natalie Fee said:

‘The problems with wet wipes are threefold. ‘Those that are flushed, clog up our pipes and sewers and contribute to giant fatbergs. This then makes our sewage systems overflow and other plastics spill into our waterways and seas, putting marine life at risk. ‘Those that are discarded in the bins will often end up in landfill or get incinerated, contributing to carbon emissions. ‘Ideally, we want people to stop using them and treat them like they would any other single-use plastic.’

Metro news, 2019

A single wet wipe can take 100 years to biodegrade in a landfill. When flushed, they cause a serious strain on our sewers that aren’t designed to cope with wet wipe waste. A report by the Marine conservation society has shown 80 wipes were found every mile of the beach, resulting in an insane 400% increase in the last decade, and an increasing steady 15% every year (Green people, 2016).

In conclusion, double cleansing is really and truly the way to go if you want a quick and effective cleanse. It really does not take long at all, and you can rest assured that you are nourishing your skin at the same time as removing your makeup and cleansing your skin. It really is a win-win situation!

So now you see the hidden secrets behind the sacred makeup wipes. How often do you guys use wet wipes? Do you feel like you might try and stay away from them after reading this post?

See you soon,



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