MAKEUP WIPES: A DISGUISED ENEMY OF YOUR SKIN
As tedious as it may seem, after a long day of work removing makeup is an essential step in achieving that healthy and glowing skin. Unfortunately, many prefer the easy way: Choosing makeup removing wet-wipes over the age-old cleansing system.
From high-end international brands like Sephora or Kylie Skin to local manufacturers today the market is flooded with wet wipes in varied sizes, shapes and scents. Their portability and versatility make them extremely popular among the masses. However using makeup removal wipes as a shortcut in your nighttime routine does not make you skin smart but only add to your skin woes. The following are some of the reasons why you should abstain from using wet wipes:
Irritation and inflammation: When using a wet wipe on your face, you actually rub it against the skin (in order for it to work). This causes friction from the physical tugging which may result in irritated skin and even redness. The abrasion from using wipes can also lead to skin inflammation and can be really tiring for the skin eventually making it look dull.
Not effective as makeup removers: Despite their claims, makeup removal wipes or wet wipes are nowhere as effective as cleansers or micellar water because they don’t work their way into the pores of your skin.
Carriers of Bacteria: Wet wipes tend to carry bacteria from the first surface you use them on and deposit it elsewhere. Therefore. if you have acne on your forehead and use a wet wipe chances are that the bacteria from your forehead will transfer to cheeks or chin on using the wipe there resulting in further acne or breakouts.
Affordable yet Expensive: The reason why wet wipes are famous as an off the shelf item is their product affordability. Many consider it to be a money-saving option in comparison to buying high-end or branded cleanser or micellar water. However, in the long run, they are an expensive investment in the guise of the repair cost you have to bear to cover the damage caused by using these wipes over the years.
LET'S THINK OF THE EARTH TOO...
Not only are Wet wipes harsh on the skin but they also have a drastic impact on the environment. As a single-use item Makeup Removing Wipes tend to generate a sizeable amount of waste contributing to landfills as against cleansers or micellar water wherein a single bottle lasts for weeks or even months. Even wipes that are flushable end up clogging drainage systems causing water blockage. Due to their non-biodegradable nature, wet wipes pollute water bodies and are therefore perilous to marine life.
Though convenient to carry and use, wet wipes should be more of an acquaintance than a constant companion. They should not be your first choice but the last resort in cleansing and hygiene and must not overtake the position of your beloved cleansers.
There are a plethora of cleansers such as oil-based, foam-based or gel cleansers and even micellar waters (the french favourite) available in the market that cater to the needs of different skin types. The kind of cleanser you choose varies on factors like your skin type, the amount of makeup you wear and your immediate environment. In the long run, what you must remember is that cleansing is a vital step in any skincare routine so following the right route is the most essential.
DISCLAIMER: The writer of this blog is neither a dermatologist nor a certified esthetician and does not claim to contradict or counter any individual(s) who specialise in the field of cosmetics and skincare. The writer is merely a skincare enthusiast who wishes to share information based on personal experiences and extensive research which may or may not be scientifically proven.