10 August, 2015 Why You Should Forget The Face Wipes
Newsflash: face wipes are terrible for you! Whilst many of you cling onto face wipes for their convenience and portability, you probably don’t realise how harmful they can be for your skin. Caroline Hirons famously stated these (and only these) three reasons to use them: fannies, flights and festivals – i.e. only situations that call for the most convenient ‘cleansing’ methods possible. Whether you’re #blessed with female ladybits or not, keep scrolling to find out why you shouldn’t be using these alcohol-laden sheets of doom on your faces, and what I’d recommend instead!
Soap = good for your hands, terrible for your face. Often, one of the main ingredients in face wipes is SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate. SLS is a detergent, and is commonly used in dish soap or hand wash. Great for killing bacteria on dirty hands, not so kind on your delicate eyes. SLS creates a light foam or froth (what an awful word) – this looks ‘effective’ in theory, but can make your face feel tight, flaky and generally quite uncomfortable. SLS strips the skin of moisture and the essential oils your skin needs to function, and the loss of this oil can cause your skin to overcompensate, meaning you look like a greasy, drippy mess half an hour later. Also, the alcohol content. So. Much. Alcohol! It dries out your skin, can create a burning, stinging sensation, and cause weepy, sore eyes for days at a time. Best option? Stay away!
Want to spread dirt around your face without effectively removing it? Keep wiping! Granted, face wipes can remove the top layer of makeup, dirt and oil with some tugging and pulling, but as you remove your liner, mascara and foundation, you’re also spreading this dirt up to your hairline, down your neck and onto your ears. Without thoroughly rinsing the impurities away, you’re left with a semi-clean face that’s a breeding ground for germs, and thus blemishes and spots. Opt for a micellar water if you’re looking for a fast, easy and effective way to remove makeup and impurities. My favourites are the Bioderma Sensibio Micelle Solution and the Nivea Micellar Cleansing Water (full review here).
Looking after your skin should be enjoyable, not a chore. Along with face wipes being fairly unhygienic, they don’t feel very luxurious – cleansing with a hand-hot flannel, a pump or two of a creamy cleanser or a balm can make the whole experience a little more indulgent and spa-like, and provide your skin with essential vitamins and good-for-you ingredients that get to work on various skin concerns. Here are a selection of my favourite makeup removers and various cleansers for an at-home facial, along with a few posts for you to read on some more of my favourite products!
REN Rose Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser – very creamy, refreshing and a joy to use as a first cleanse. I wouldn’t use this to get rid of heavy eye makeup, but for a lightweight look, this does the job pretty well.
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – gets to work on waterproof eye makeup and the heaviest of bases. Lightweight and with a lovely texture, this is my go-to for nights out and you can do a gorgeous facial massage with this too.
Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm – this is a spa in a bottle. The scent is divine, it has a gel-balm texture that feels very nourishing and gentle on the skin, and it breaks down makeup with ease.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I like this as a second cleanse, but like the REN hot cloth cleanser, you could definitely use this on a light application of makeup. The scent is gorgeous and it’s one of my favourite cleansers to purify my skin and add a nice dose of hydration.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Color Smart Cleanser & Mask – a genius cleanser because it shows you where you still need to reach during your cleanse. Vitamin C, glycolic acid and papaya help to exfoliate the skin, purge pores of sebum and remove makeup, and this also doubles up as a brightening mask when left on clean, dry skin for five minutes.
What do you think about face wipes? Do you use them, or do you prefer balms, creams, oils and micellar waters to remove your makeup? Let me know in the comments below!