Sorry, but Makeup Wipes Don’t Count as a Cleanser
Lets get real people, makeup wipes aren’t actually cleansers! Don’t get us wrong makeup wipes are a great way to wipe away stubborn lipstick or mascara, but they’re terrible at cleaning your face.
Makeup wipes can wreak havoc on your skin. While quick and convenient yes, all they really do is smear around whatever makeup, dirt and dead skin that is present on your face. This leaves a trail of irritated skin and clogged pores. Makeup wipes can cause irritation due to the preservatives they use to keep the wipe from becoming contaminated. Therefore, if you don’t follow up your wipe down with a good cleanser, you increase the risk of inflammation and irritation. At night our skin restores and repairs so if you aren’t cleansing out those clogged pores from the day you are essentially suffocating your skin by leaving all that dirt, oil and makeup residue left behind. Without restoring and repairing your skin continues to look dull, irritated and aged, especially after multiple days of neglect.
There’s also the scrubbing issue. With most makeup wipes, scrubbing and rubbing is involved to get all that stubborn eye makeup and 24 wear foundation off. Immediately, you can see that your skin is red and angry. However, over time this low-grade inflammation, can promote pigmentation or even early wrinkling. No one needs that in their life!
Another fake cleanser to be aware of is micellar water. Micellar water is made up micelles, which are tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules, and water. Most of the micellar products claim to cleanse, remove makeup, and tone. Again, this is just not true. Pouring the micelle water onto a cotton ball and swiping your face with it will only remove makeup, not cleanse your skin. Additionally, some Micellar waters have been known to contain a potentially cancer-causing substance called polaminoproply biguanide (PHMB). The popular Garnier Micelle line all obtain this banned ingredient.
The catch? Makeup wipes are better than nothing. Compared to not taking off your makeup or cleansing your face at all, wipes are a good option. We get it, some nights you’re extremely tired or have had a couple glasses of wine; that’s when makeup wipes are to the rescue. Whenever I’m feeling lazy, I just try to remind myself of how gross my skin will feel that next day.
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