Hey, this is Rebecca Wilde, and the first time I tried make up wipes I thought i'd found magic. I hate washing my face at night....we’ve all been there......so tired that we can barely crawl into bed and the last thing we want to do is a multi-step face cleaning routine. That’s when we rely on makeup wipes, since they’re the next best thing to actually washing your face, right? Not so much, according to a cosmetic doctor in the U.K. Dr. Tinjon Esho is showing just what happens to your skin when you use one of those handy wipes and it’s not good.
A video he posted on Instagram (below) shows him apply liquid foundation to a satsuma orange, then use a face wipe to try to remove the makeup. Dr. Esho captions the video, “Why I keep preaching to you all about makeup wipes,” and it’s easy to see what he means when he reveals the fruit. The wipe only pressed the makeup into its skin, which he explains is “quite similar” to our skin. “We don’t realize that the surface of the skin actually has several grooves and bits that we can’t see with the naked eye.”
Since the wipes we love don’t actually get our skin clean, what should we be using? Dr. Esho recommends double cleansing the skin with a cleanser or micellar water (I didn't know what that was but here's ONE example) for 60 seconds and then moisturizing. He says even simple water alone is better than using a wipe, which are not only bad for the environment, but aren’t actually designed to clean the skin. What?? “They’re formulated to break down makeup,” he explains. “The chemicals in some cases can be harsh to your skin causing micro-tears, or push makeup and debris deeper into your pores, leading to further problems.”