Most of us like the convenience of using a face wipe instead of washing our faces. After a late night out, who wants to spend minutes trying to remove make-up? But are cleansing face wipes bad for your skin? The answer is yes!! Cleansing wipes don't effectively clean the skin; instead they smear dirt, bacteria, oil and make-up across the face. It's like applying cleanser to your face and then not washing it off! Make-up wipes can be harsh on your skin due to the amount of pressure required to remove your make-up especially around the eye area. The skin around the eye is a lot thinner so the constant rubbing and dragging of the skin can cause premature lines and hyperpigmentation.
Many people also use baby wipes to remove their make-up. However, just because they're safe to use on babies bums, that doesn’t mean you should use them on your face! Have you ever tried removing stains around your house walls and cupboards with them? You'd be surprised what they can do!
Still want to use cleansing wipes? Opt for a product specially designed for the eye area, as it's likely that the cloth and cleanser will be formulated to accomodate the more delicate skin.
You should also as be gentle as possible. Don’t scrub your face and avoid purchasing the cheap £1 wipes - they might seem like a bargain now but they're terrible for your skin and, as they damage it over time, you'll end up spending a lot more money on anti-aging products and treatments to repair the damage in the future when, actually, it was avoidable.
Here are 4 of the best 'skin-friendly' cleansing sheets:
1. SHISEIDO Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets (£16.50 / 30 sheets)
These pure cotton cleansing sheets are alcohol- and oil-free; and maintain the skin's natural balance whilst removing impurities, make-up and excess sebum. The great thing about them is that they won't strip moisture from your skin. Containing Palo Azul, they help to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, promoting a blemish-free and balanced complexion; and the Peony Root and Rosemary Extracts control excess oil and fight bacteria, whilst tegulating oil prodcution and preventing blemishes and shine.
Selen says 'I really like these wipes. The fresh, relaxing fragrance has a lovely calming effect on both the mind and skin; and they felt very refreshing. After use, my skin felt clean and nourished with no residue. Plus, unlike some cleansing wipes, Shiseido effectively removed all of the make-up and didn't leave my skin feeling tight or irritated. My only criticism is that the cloth could have slightly softer for use around the eye area.'
2. LANCER Make-up Removing Wipes (£32 / 30 pack)
I was very impressed by these gentle super-moist wipes. Developed by celebrity dermatologist Dr. Lancer, they're made from gentle, non-irritating biodegradable Bamboo fibres and infused with calming Aloe, Cucumber and Marshmallow Extracts, and Vitamin E to soothe the skin and the soft cloths protect the delicate eye. They also handbag friendly as they come individually packaged to ensure the utmost hygene and prtoection from 'blemish-loving' pollutants.
Selen says 'These wipes are pricey, espeically if you're planning to use them on a daily basis but they're certainly worth it. They easily removed all traces of make-up and my skin felt soft and non-irritated. Plus, as they're individually packaged, the great thing about these wipes is that you don’t have to worry about them drying up.'
3. RMS BEAUTY The Ultimate Make-up Remover Wipes (£15.00 / 20 pack)
I don’t think you can get any purer than these eco-friendly pure organic coconut oil infused wipes!
Coconut oil is renowned for its high concentration of Lauric / Caprylic Acid, known for its natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It's nourishing, soothing, hydrating and gently removes make-up without stripping the skin. It also helps to soothe the skin, calming rashes and sunburn, and you can even use it on post-shaven skin – great for the guys!
Selen says 'I liked these wipes because the cloth was very delicate and gentle on the skin. However, although the wipes were great at removing all traces of make-up, and very gentle around the eyes, I was left with an oily film on my skin and felt the need to wash my face. I'm a huge fan of coconut oil on the skin but it's defintiely better to apply it directly onto clean skin, rather than with the wipes.'
Be Warned: Coconut oil solidifies in the cold weather so, if you are planning to use these wipes, you need to rub the pouch in between your palms to warm them up before use.
4. SKYN ICELAND - Glacial Cleansing Cloths (£13 / 30 sheets)
These cloths are the closest product you can get to washing your face with cleanser and water! Infused with Icelandic glacial waters, White Willow Bark and Cucumber Extracts, they sweep away make-up, dirt, oil and other impurities, while refreshing and soothing stressed skin. Plus, the Icelandic kelp helps to revitalize the skin and fight inflammation. A fantastic product!
Selen says 'You don’t need to activate these cloths with water. Simply rub both sides of the cloth together to create a rich, foaming lather and gently sweep across skin. My skin felt very clean, fresh and soft after use; and the cloths removed all traces of my make-up - even the waterproof mascara! I loved the fragrance too.'
'Another good thing about these wipes is that they don’t have any 'nasty' ingredients - they're free from parabens, silicones, SLS/SLES, and dyes; plus they're 100% vegan.'
(Final Thought: Cleansing wipes are good as a quick fix (e.g. now and again after a gym session or if you can’t get access to running water) but I wouldn’t use them on a daily basis.)