Face wipes are a cheap, quick and effective substitute to cleansing, convenient to use when you are on-the-go and don’t have a spare moment to cleanse properly. We all have those evenings when taking your makeup off is the last thing you want to do, but using face wipes is simply no good for your beautiful skin and should not become part of your daily skincare routine.
Here’s why you should think twice before cleansing with a face wipe...
They don't get rid of all the impurities
Simply wiping makeup and dirt from your face using a face wipe does not remove the impurities that are deep within the pores. Without rinsing afterwards, residue often remains on the skin, not only from makeup and grime built up on your face, but the chemicals from the face wipes themselves.
You're rubbing too hard!
The physical action of removing dirt and grime using a face wipe against your skin can be very harsh and in itself can trigger irritation. Intense rubbing to remove makeup can damage the skin’s elasticity and lead to premature ageing, especially around the delicate eye area.
They contain harsh chemicals
A moist pack of facial wipes is an ideal place for bacteria to breed. To keep bacteria levels to a minimum, high levels of harsh detergent chemicals and preservatives are added to stop bacteria forming, which can cause dryness, redness and in some cases allergic reactions.
You need to use water anyway
Most facial wipes contain moisturising oils which leave a residue on your skin after you have used them. In most cases if this residue is not rinsed off with clean water, then the heavy oils can clog pores causing increased breakouts, blemishes and oil production.
Your expensive serums won't work!
Using a facial wipe to cleanse your face, minimises the benefits of skincare products applied to the skin afterwards. Serums, moisturisers and sunscreens are less likely to be able to absorb into your skin when they have a layer of residue and chemicals to get through first. Usually these skincare products are the most expensive part of your routine, so you will not be experiencing the full benefits they have to offer.
So to wipe up...
The harsh chemicals in facial wipes cause irritation to the skin triggering dryness, redness, blemishes and premature ageing. Many dermatologists and skincare experts advise not to use facial wipes, especially for those with sensitive skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and acne.
Ok, ok there may be the times when you are at the gym, or when you are at work when you have no other options but don't get into the habit of using face wipes as part of your daily skincare regime. Use quality products that remove makeup and impurities and prepare the face for the rest of your skincare products.
Cleansing your face is an essential part of your daily skincare regime to maintain a healthy and radiant complexion. Avoid cutting corners and choose a cleanser that is compatible with your skin type. To discover what cleansers you should be using (so you can ditch the face wipes) check out the article: How to choose the best cleanser for your skin type