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1.5.13

Why Face Wipes are the Worst Invention EVER

Although incredibly convenient, the simple face wipe has to be my most hated invention ever. When they first hit the shelves of Boots they were something of a revelation, completely changing the skincare market and the daily routine of women across the world. I for one stocked up by the packet-load and spent many years using them to remove my makeup before bed... Before I realised they were causing more problems than they were solving.

Say NO to face wipes

By their nature they're soaked in all kinds of chemicals to keep them moist for a long period of time, which are incredibly drying and sometimes damaging to skin. If you're suffering from skin issues, then look first at whether or not you're using face wipes and how they fit into your daily routine; I bet you a facial that they're causing you all sorts of problems without you realising. Your face is a delicate flower that needs to be watered and tendered to in the right way, but face wipes cause us to be lazy and scrap the routine that has been preached to us since we were teenagers: cleanse, tone and moisturise.

A face wipe will only remove the makeup and dirt that is visible on the surface; it will not remove the dirt and makeup that's sitting within the upper layers of skin, causing spots, irritation and blocked pores. The perfect experiment to illustrate how utterly useless face wipes are is to wipe your face as you would normally, then taking a cleanser and toner to skin to really remove the nastiness - the horrific amount of dirt, grime, makeup and grease that comes away from your skin will have you dumping the face wipes for good.

Don't get me wrong, face wipes have their function in life (I'm talking 3am after the pub and festivals when you're living out of a tent,) but on the whole they should be kept as a last resort rather than the crutch we lean on daily. Start a new month with a new routine, and make that routine based on cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturising your skin... Your face will thank you for it.
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24 comments

  1. I've just started my skincare routine using Kiehls products and finally banishing the face wipes for good!

    Victoria
    www.florenceandmary.com

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  2. Such a good post! I used to always use face wipes and they really dried my skin out and gave me spots! Now I make sure to remove my make up properly! :)
    Kelouise xo

    http://thebellelavieproject.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Anonymous1.5.13

    Baby Wipes to remove surface make up/waterproof mascara and then cleanse. Simples

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  4. I have to admit I do use face wipes to take my make up, but I use a wipe first and the I was my face with my cleanser to give it a full clean, because for me a facial wipes doesn't take all my make up off. Xxxx

    mrsbeautyjunkie83.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. *claps*

    Not to mention they're incredibly wasteful!

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  6. I've considering getting rid of mine, I only use them to remove my makeup and then use a cleanser etc. I'm looking for a good makeup remover that isn't a wipe!

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  7. I totally agree! I spent a fortune on face wipes over the years & now hate using them! Definitely reserved for festivals & desperate times! xx

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  8. I agree 100%! I can't understand the things, I saw a real deterioration in my skin when I used them - never again! x

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  9. I have to agree. My skin has been awful for a few months, and I'd changed and become a little lazy when it came to skincare. As you said with using a cleanser or toner afterwards it's apparent they don't really do a lot in the way of cleaning.
    But for a festival or very late night, they are fine.
    x

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  10. I couldn't agree more, they're awful! Always telling people this

    www.indiebeanloves.blogspot.com

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  11. I completely agree!! Some of them feel like they scrape your face right off!

    http://theperksofbeingahipster.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Totally agree - face wipes are the devil!

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  13. Completely agree with you, although they are genius for removing swatches. That's all I use them for though!

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  14. I tend to use face wipes before bed and use a gentle exfoliator every morning. This routine works for me but your post has got me thinking... I guess they can't really get into the upper layer of skin at all... hmmm!

    Ekaete

    www.redlipsandroses.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I do use baby wipes to take off the 'surface layer' of my face makeup (I use eye makeup remover for my eyes) But I double cleanse, tone and moisturise after that. I used to use face wipes on their own in my teens and my skin was awful! It was much improved once I realised they could only take the top layer of makeup off x

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  16. Totally agree! If I get face wipes now as part of any kit, I use them to dust my room - best thing to do!

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  17. I remember when I first realised how little make up wipes actually remove. These days I use them to get rid of the bulk of my make up, as, although I have some lovely products, Bioderma, etc, I want to get the most out of them and I find I use far less when I haven't got to get all my make up off first. I think make up wipes are okay to use like this, as part of a full skin care routine, but I would only very rarely solely use them... maybe camping.

    Steph xx

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  18. I use make up wipes to remove the bulk of my make up. However, I do this mainly to ensure I can maximise the use out of my lovely skin care products. I have some lovely, if a bit pricey, items such as Bioiderma, Liz Earle, La Roche Posay, etc, and I like to make them last for the amount I have paid for them. I do think this is the only way make up wipes are acceptable to use regularly, as a part of a bigger skin care routine.

    Steph xx

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  19. Thank you for explaining - I've seen a few bloggers complain about face wipes but never why. I use baby wipes - huggies, johnsons, pampers, whatever's cheapest or on offer, as these are miles cheaper than make up remover wipes. I've been using these since doing Pantomimes for 10 years and having to remove layers of stage make up. Since starting to read blogs I've invested in a cleanser, my face care routine is sure to evolve from here! x

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  20. Very well said. Wet wipes should never substitute your makeup removal routine or your face is doomed. Thanks for the info.

    Zel
    http://crizeelong.blogspot.com

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  21. i agree they are awful wiping dirt all round your face! really good read x

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  22. I keep wipes in my bag for removing swatches or just in case emergencies in rubbish toilets. I stopped using them on my face because no matter which ones I use they make my face feel dry and sticky at the same time. I don't know how they manage it but they do!

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  23. Great wake up call, it's true we sometimes use it so much that it becomes a lazy facial routine rather than us doing what we should. My fave wipes from above are Simple wipes, didn't know that TopShop had their own wipes lol.
    http//www.uksdazzbeauty.com

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  24. Anonymous17.6.15

    I want to put a vote in FOR wipes. For years I avoided them agreeing with what everyone is saying here, till I actually tried a couple of different brands and the best I've found is superdrugs own brand for dry skin (I don't have dry skin) no alcohol but does have sweet almond oil, allantoin, vit e, hyaluronic acid and the wipes themselves are soft. After reading this blog I used my wipes then to test how clean my skin was I used a glycolic lotin on a cotton wool pad. The pad came out as clean as when I've used a regular cleanser. I'm not saying they are my only method of cleansing, much like many people they're handy when travelling or sleepy/lazy nights! I think like any product there is good and bad, you don't need to spend a fortune.

    I see little difference in using a cleansing lotion that has been siting on a shelf for god knows how long and a wash cloth/muslin/cotton wool pad to remove make up.

    I also think it depends on how much make up you wear - I do reach for more heavy duty cleansers when wearing more heavy duty make up.
    Yvonne (I don't work for superdrug but actually a competitor)

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