why face wipes are bad for the skin

02/04/2022 by Emma Froch

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WHY ARE FACE WIPES BAD FOR THE SKIN?

Face wipes are a bathroom essential for many people due to their convenience, cheapness and quickness for removing makeup at the end of each day.


What people don’t realise is that they are super bad for the skin. Each wipe is soaked in high levels of dehydrating alcohols, preservatives and synthetics in order to keep them moist, preserved and effective for using.


When using wipes on the skin and eye area, those harsh ingredients are then rubbed over the face in order to dissolve all traces of makeup. This constant rubbing especially round the delicate eye area can lead to those dreaded fine lines (that nobody wants to have)! For those people who don’t rinse the skin, those nasty ingredients are then left on the face during the night time and transferred to bed linen. This leaves the skin dirty, and causes the skin to become dehydrated, pores becoming clogged and premature ageing can start to set in. 

INGREDIENTS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Some of the most common chemical ingredients to look out for in face wipes which can be dehydrating and non-beneficial for the skin are shown below:


1. Alcohol Denat (Ethanol or Ethyl Alcohol)

2. Triclosan

3. Artificial fragrances (Parfum)

4. Methylisothiazolinone

THE IMPACT FACE WIPES HAVE ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Apart from being bad for the skin, face wipes also have a negative impact on our environment. 


Once used they are then discarded with the majority being flushed down the toilet. This then starts to cause disruption to the sewage systems, often blocking sewers which then ends up being released into the sea, impacting marine lives, and lining the beaches.


A lot of face wipes are made from non-biodegradable plastic which will often end up in land-fill where they will sit for a long period of time before becoming decomposed. *1 wipe can take up to 100 years to decompose.

USING A FACE CLEANSER INSTEAD OF FACE WIPES

The job of a face wipe is to remove make up and impurities but they don’t provide the skin with any nutritional value or nourishment that it needs. Opting for natural face cleanser will ensure your skin is effectively cleansed, nourished and protected without the need for harsh, skin damaging ingredients.


Our Oat Silk Cleanser is designed for all skin types in mind, including sensitive. The gentle formula effectively removes makeup whilst melting away impurities from the skin leaving it comfortably cleansed. 

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A key to healthy skin isn't just about a healthy diet and lifestyle, its also about adapting to a good skincare routine and understanding what you are using on your skin. Your skin will soon thank you!



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