Until relatively recently, disposable makeup wipes were a big part of my skincare routine. In fact, for a while during in my teenage years, makeup wipes were pretty much the only part of my skincare routine - although I doubt “routine” is the right word for “scrubbing off leftover mascara and falling into bed”...
Luckily, I soon learnt that if I wanted my skin to cooperate, I needed to treat it with a little bit more love. Yet, I still used disposable wipes to remove most of my makeup before cleansing, thanks to them being so convenient.
I didn’t really think about it. It was what I was used to.
However, as I started to get more into sustainable living - and therefore became more aware of the masses of waste that I was creating in all areas of my life - I knew that those wipes had to go. They may be tiny, but they most certainly add up!
On top of that, whilst makeup wipes may contain natural fibres, they are more often than not woven together with materials like polyester and polypropylene. The presence of these plastics means that they are not biodegradable and instead sit in landfill, or in the ocean if flushed down the toilet...
Luckily, there are alternatives out that are better for the planet and, in my opinion, so much nicer to use.
Atlas & Ortus' reusable makeup wipes are compatible with cleansers, oils and even micellar waters. They also have an exfoliating side which can be used on the face, as well as a gentle side for removing eye makeup, which was a huge plus for me. When you’re done using them them, you simply pop them in the wash at 30 degrees, dry them, and they're ready to go again! It’s such a simple zero-waste swap. And, what’s more, I’m saving money that I used to spend on disposable wipes - so it's a win for me, and a win for the planet.
As with all sustainable shifts though, they do take a little bit of getting used to. I've collaborated with Atlas & Ortus to bring you our guide to getting the most out of your reusable face wipes.
Trust me, you’ll never want to go disposable again!
My top tips:
- Keep the wipes stored dry, ready for use. I store mine in a small basket by the sink, waiting to work their magic!
- To remove makeup, smooth your cleanser over your face with your fingertips, gently massaging it in. Then run a clean wipe under warm water and wipe off the cleanser using the smooth side of the warm pad.
- After cleansing, run another wipe under the cold tap to gently refresh your face, leaving it clean and moisturised.
- If you need to exfoliate, use the same process with the rougher side of the wipes, but rub gently and avoid your eye area!
- The wipes also work brilliantly with micellar waters. Simply add the liquid to the smooth side of a wipe and gently rub your eyes, as you would with disposable wipes.
- Wash the wipes in your next wash and reuse. If you aren’t going to be doing any washing for a few days, it can be a good idea to lightly hand wash your wipes to help stop them from getting stained. Any natural soap or even a natural, solid makeup brush cleanser will work perfectly alongside warm water. Then put them in with your washing as normal.
Use a gentle detergent (ecover zero is a good one!) in small amounts to wash your face wipes, otherwise it can get trapped in the cloth fibres and irritate the skin.
- Pop your wipes into a little mesh bag (a lingerie bag or a delicates bag) before putting them in the washing machine. This will protect them and avoid them getting lost amongst your other laundry!
- Bonus tip: Use coconut oil as a natural alternative to synthetic cleanser. It’s better for you and for the planet! Your mascara will literally melt off, without rubbing or pulling.
For more eco-conscious chatter, read about my journey to ethical living over on my blog.
Lydia Paris is a London based writer and content marketing consultant. Get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org
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