How to properly remove your makeup without wipes or cotton pads
Whether you’re looking to live a more environmentally friendly life or take better care of your skin, ditching makeup wipes can be a great place to start.
Cosmetic doctor Dr Tijion Esho previously took to Instagram to show us how makeup wipes could leave us with makeup still on our faces by applying foundation to a tangerine and trying to wipe of off with a wipe.
Disturbingly, there was plenty of foundation left in the crevices on the surface of the fruit afterwards.
On top of that, disposable wipes and cotton pads aren’t exactly great for the planet, as they can end up stuck in landfills, fatbergs (if flushed) or incinerated, thus producing carbon emissions.
Even when it comes to flushable, compostable or biodegradable wipes, as Friends of the Earth puts it: ‘They won’t degrade quickly enough to avoid being a menace down our drains and in our waterways.’
If you are still using up wipes and pads, make sure you put them in the bin after use rather than trying to flush them down the loo.
For anyone looking to cut wipes and pads out of their skincare routine, we’ve got some tips to help you on your way.
How to remove makeup without wipes
One of the best ways to take off your makeup is to simply wash your face with your preferred cleanser.
Beauty blogger Samantha Keighley recommends: ‘Get yourself into the habit of the double cleanse method.
‘This is where you cleanse twice with two different cleansers, and it’s usually done once a day, in the evening. It’s not required to double cleanse in the morning as you don’t wear makeup or SPF to bed.’
So how exactly should you be double cleansing?
Samantha says: ‘Your first cleanse ideally needs to be an oil or balm based cleanser as it is these that are able to cut through SPF, makeup and daily grime to cleanse the skin.
‘You usually apply these cleansers on dry skin to begin with and then add water at the end to emulsify and remove the cleanser from your face.
‘These cleansers are usually fine to use on your eyes as well but just make sure you close your eyes properly and only open them once you’re confident that all the cleanser has been removed from your face, otherwise you risk getting an annoying milky film in your eyes.
‘You can also use a damp, warm flannel to remove your first cleanse from your face.’
And the second go around?
‘Your second cleanser should be milk or gel based,’ she says, ‘And you use this on damp skin, not dry skin like you would with your first cleanser.
‘Massage in, rinse and use your damp flannel again to gently exfoliate and wipe off any remaining residue.
‘After this you are then ready to do the rest of your routine.’
If you’ve got long hair, make sure you have it all pulled back from your face as you cleanse, so you can wash every nook and cranny all the way up to your hairline, ears and around your jawline.
Since cleansing can dry out your skin, you should moisturise afterwards as part of the rest of your skincare routine.
If you really can’t bear to part with your cotton pads, there are reusable options you can try.
That way you’ll be generating a lot less waste – with most of them, all you need to do is pop them in a wash-safe bag and throw said bag in the washing machine with your towels.
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