When was the last time you were just a little too tired to wash your face and you grabbed a makeup wipe?
So simple, so easy, you can even do it right from the bed.
And if you are like me, you are going to hate whatI share with you next.
Makeup Wipes are the devil of skincare
If you are using a makeup wipe as a means for removing your makeup or cleansing your face, you are doing long-term damage to your face. And let’s be honest, you aren’t not doing the environment any favors—that’s a lot of unnecessary waste.
Makeup wipes destroy your acid mantle. the acid mantle is a delicate and important layer on the surface of your skin that keeps moisture in and junk out. Your acid mantle is how your skin protects itself from viruses, bacteria, and other nasty things that want in. Think of it as your skin biome. Super critical component to keep everything healthy.
The texture of 99.9% of makeup wipes is harsh enough to be considered a mechanical exfoliant. Exfoliating is critical to good skin care, but using texture and grit to exfoliate can cause damage to your skin layer and create a lot more problems than they solve.
If you are using makeup wipes to remove mascara and eye makeup you are using that physical exfoliant is your super sensitive eye area. that is a big no-no. Makeup wipes can cause micro-tears in your skin that can advance the aging process (this is also why skin pros don’t want you to use harsh facial scrubs like St. Ives Apricot Scrub—hands and feet only!) so using them on your delicate eye tissue is essentially inviting fine lines and wrinkles to join the party much earlier than they would otherwise.
What about baby wipes? Yes, some folks are using these on their lazy nights! Baby wipes are not formulated to keep pores clear or break down waxes or oils (makeup), they are formulated to remove organic material from the surface of the skin. Using a baby wipe to clean your face means you are leaving a LOT of makeup and environmental debris behind.
Makeup wipes are not formulated to actually clean your skin. They are formulated to break down makeup. Your face might look makeup free when you’re done, but these wipes don’t actually cleanse your skin and tend to leave behind a residue that isn’t doing your skin any favors. In fact, one of my favorite bloggers once said “using a makeup wipe to clean your skin is the equivalent of washing with dirty toilet water”, let that sink in for a minute.
- If you use a makeup wipe Monday night and put your still dirty face down on your pillow, you transfer all that junk to your pillow. The next night you wash your face completely but when you lay your head down you still have all that ick from the pervious night that is now up against your face. #gross
So what to do?
Say hello to your new BFF, Micellar Water
- Micellar Water is made from micelles, or the oil-based particles.
- Micelles work to attract dirt and impurities and lift them from the surface of your skin.
- Micellar Water is extremely thorough and can remove a variety of makeup products including everything from foundation to eye makeup and mascara. It also removes sweat and excess oil. Often, skin care and makeup removal require two separate products. The best part about Micellar Water? It incorporates both tasks into one easy to use product.
So you can still have the occasional lazy night of skin care and not harm your skin.
And if you want to be more environmentally conscious you can even use it with these Reusable Bamboo Pads
You can be a little lazy and still take great care of your skin, isn’t that good news