Makeup removing wipes, or face wipes can be extremely handy when you're in a pinch, or just need an effective way of getting your makeup off before your skincare routine. The cause is brilliant, however, they can have a bad reputation for a few basic reasons.
1. They Burn.
One of the main reasons people feel averted to face wipes, or make-up removing wipes, is that they irritate their skin. Unless you’re doing a facial peel or treatment, any burning or stinging you feel from an everyday skincare product should scream “stop using this!”. Simply put, your skin is trying to tell you what you’re putting on it is not okay. Far too many makeup wipes (especially if you are buying cheaper ones) cause some kind of irritation to your skin. Which leads us to the next point..
2. They’re Made with Harsh Chemicals.
So you’re reading the label, and you see this long, long list of unpronounceable words. Alcohol(s), fragrances, you name it. Not good! Here are 5 major irritants that are commonly found in makeup removing wipes:
BENZYL ALCOHOL (in any wipe with fragrance) - Skin Irritation, Organ system toxicity
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE - Irritation of skin, eyes, or lungs; organ system toxicity
MINERAL OILS - Organ system toxicity
PARABANS - Endocrine disruption
DIAZOLIDINYL UREA - Contact Allergen
All of these harsh ingredients can lead to skin irritation and much more. If you’re familiar with makeup wipes, it’s almost guaranteed you’ve seen different kinds from the same brand that claim to have certain benefits. For example: hydrating, smoothing, purifying etc- you name it. It is highly unlikely you will reap true benefits from a makeup wipe alone- especially when they’re full of skin irritants.
3. They Leave Behind Residue.
Another major complaint about makeup wipes is that they leave behind a residue, giving your skin a sticky feeling.
According to dermatologist Janet H. Prystowsky, M.D, P.C, both the cleansing agents and the preservatives in most wipes can leave a residue on your skin after you're done using them. That residue can clog pores and cause acne and redness.