We all know far too well that makeup remover wipes are a go-to on those lazy late nights. A few swipes across the face and in seconds, your makeup is gone. Though they may be convenient for many, are makeup wipes really safe to use on your skin, or do they cause more harm than good? Consider these factors!
Residue. Makeup wipes and facial cleansers both contain surfactants, solubilizers, and emulsifiers to dissolve and remove makeup and dead skin. Since makeup wipes are meant to be used without water, these chemical ingredients remain on the skin along with any left over dead skin or oils. Unlike regular facial cleansers, these wipes don’t thoroughly cleanse the skin, which in turn can result in breakouts. In essence, you can liken using makeup wipes to cleansing your face with a regular facial cleanser and then not rinsing.
Makeup wipes can irritate your skin and cause allergic reactions. To prevent bacteria growth and bugs, preservatives are used to increase the shelf life of your makeup wipes. One of these nasty little chemicals is methylisothiazolinone, also know as MI or MIT. MI is a formaldehyde releasing chemical that can cause allergic reactions such as rashes, blistering and swelling. Formaldehyde's are also known to be a human carcinogen; a substance that is toxic and in severe cases can cause cancer. Those who have very sensitive or dry to combination skin would want to be cautious when choosing makeup wipes, as most of them also contain alcohol, which is very drying. It is recommended by experts that those with eczema or rosacea pass on wipes as well, since they can easily cause flare-ups. In any case, if you suffer from any sort of skin condition, it is always best to consult with your dermatologist to find out which skin cleansing options would work best for you.
Premature wrinkles. Wrinkles could become a problem, since many makeup wipes require constant rubbing or tugging of the skin. Constant tugging is especially prevalent when removing tough eye makeup, and as a result, it can damage the skin that is around the eye area. So here’s a tip: when choosing to remove any sort of eye makeup using wipes, make sure that you let the solution from the wipes settle into the makeup for a few seconds first, and then gently wipe away. Doing this will lift the makeup, making it easier to remove and prevent harsh tugging. But if you can, try not to use them often and opt for a regular facial cleanser instead.
If, though, you still plan to continue using makeup wipes, remember to read the ingredients before purchasing. If you have sensitive skin and are unsure of what is best for your skin, speak with a dermatologist and always remember to rinse your face and moisturize after every use to get rid of residue and prevent dryness. Here are a few recommended alternatives: Beauty Without Cruelty Eye Makeup Remover Extra Gentle, 100% Pure Organic Flax Seed Cleansing Oil, NatraTouch Unscented Organic Facial Wipes.
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