Are Makeup Wipes Ruining Your skin?

You've gotten in from a night out, drunk and absolutely exhausted. But you're a responsible adult now, gone are the uni days of getting smashed and falling asleep in your makeup. You've evolved beyond the blasé attitudes of old; you take care of your skin now! So before going to bed you're going to look after your skin and remove your makeup with makeup wipes before going to bed........


 Looking after your skin?


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but makeup wipes are actually terrible for your skin!

Why? You may ask. Surely makeup wipes are a quick and convenient way just before bed is great for your skin. Yes, but makeup wipes are farrrrrrr from the best way to do this. Makeup wipes merely smear the makeup, dirt and dead skin cells around your face giving the facade of 'cleansed skin'. Many makeup wipes contain harmful formaldehyde-releasing solubilisers, surfactants, and emulsifiers. formaldehyde is classed as a carcinogen when under high exposure. While no definitive links have been established between low level exposure in items such as makeup wipes, it's probably best to minimise use as much as you can! The harmful chemicals in makeup wipes can often leave skin very irritated, even worse if you have sensitive skin. In addition to this, the rubbing motion of wiping your face can cause low grade inflammation over time which can lead to skin wrinkling. 


So what do you do?


Our recommended course of action would be to seriously reduce usage of makeup wipes unless you literally have no choice. For example, if you're out camping, makeup wipes will come in handy and will be better than not removing your makeup at all! But other than the odd anomalous situation, trade in your makeup wipes for face wash and water! 

If you have access to a sink, face wash will trump makeup wipes every day of the week. Of course, after a long day in the office or after a night out, you may feel like you just cannot be bothered to go to the bathroom and wash your face. However, if you're already willing to take the step to use makeup wipes, you might as well do just a little extra and properly cleanse your face.

What you've got to ask yourself is this.....

Is it really worth risking irritation, a breakout and potential long term damage to your skin just because you wanted a quick fix to remove your makeup?