Cleansing wipes are quick, cheap and effective – making them the busy woman’s go-to product for make-up removal at the end of a long day.
New reports suggest sales have doubled in the past year, but experts warn cleansing wipes could pose dangers to our skin, causing everything from spots to wrinkles. This is because rather than efficiently cleaning your skin, they simply smear dirt and make-up across it.
In order to ensure your cleansing wipe routine is not playing havoc with your skin, take a look at our quick and easy skincare-cleansing guide:
Be gentle to your eyes
Trying to remove stubborn eye make-up is a tedious chore, and that’s why many of us reach for easy cleansing wipes. Unfortunately however, cleansing wipes are not specifically designed for this, and many of us will rub and pull at our skin just to have some effect. This can cause premature ageing.
If you must use a wipe for make-up removal, consider investing in ones that are formulated for delicate skin such as Marks & Spencer Formula Daily Care Eye Make-up Remover Pads For Sensitive Skin. Leave the pad on the eye for a few seconds before wiping.
Use with other products
Research conducted by Olay and L’Oreal found that not cleansing skin thoroughly means a barrier of dead skin and dirt is left hanging around. Cleansing wipes are considered ineffective at removing all traces of dirt, so always use cleansing lotions and toners afterwards to get your skin squeaky clean. This will ensure your moisturiser is effectively absorbed, and all the anti-ageing and complexion boosting ingredients get to where they need to be in the skin.
Be careful if you have spot prone skin
If you are prone to spots or acne, using a cleansing wipe could make your skin worse. A good cleansing regime is essential, and a cleansing wipe only risks the transferring of bacteria around the face rather than washing it off. In some cases, the cleansing fluid in your wipe may be poorly formulated, and this could clog pores and trigger breakouts.
If you must use a wipe, try one that contains salicylic acid. This stops pores getting clogged and helps to break down blackheads. Why not try Clearasil Ultra 5 in 1 Cleansing Pads?
Beware of allergic reactions
Because packs of wipes are moist environments, they are prone to breeding bacteria. This is why high percentages of preservatives are used in many brands, but these can have a damaging effect on your skin. Sensitive skin in particular may become irritated and experience an allergic reaction.
Worryingly, the preservative methylisothiazolinone, or MI, which can cause blistering, red rashes and swelling, is common in wipes. If you must use a wipe, stick to fragrance and MI free varieties such as Simple’s Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes.
Have you discovered any skin-friendly alternatives to cleansing wipes? Share your secrets in the comments section below.
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