As like every other person who wears makeup, we tend to just reach for the easiest option for removing our makeup from the day. We don’t care how, just as long as it doesn’t take as long to take off than it did to put on! WE JUST WANT IT OFF! I’m sure we can all agree that using a makeup wipe is often that more quicker and convenient. But does that mean they are good for your skin?
And the answer is no.
Recently, as you might have seen on my social media, I attended the La Roche-Posay event in London, and I had an amazing time learning all about the brand and talking with the Dermatologist Dr Justine Hextall. There was also another lady from the La Roche-Posay marketing team (I think), who obviously new a lot about the products so it was good to know why certain ingredients were added into their well thought out and tested products which are made especially for sensitive skin.
So after we listened to Dr Hextall talk about the causes of sensitive skin we were invited to ask her some questions privately at the end, and I had one burning question to ask! It was that ever since I started wearing makeup, my skin has just become so red? And she asked me: When roughly does it get the most red? And I said that it was after I take my makeup off. Immediately, she asked if I used makeup wipes and of course I said yes but I also use a cleanser afterwards. So she basically told me that despite using a cleanser after, you’ve still done the damage to your skin with the chemicals in the makeup wipe.
She explained how face wipes contain all sorts of chemicals needed to remove the dirt and makeup from your skin, some of these can react badly with our skin. She also said how makeup wipes are meant to be able to stay free from bacteria and fungi, therefore they pack a load of preservatives in them which are not necessarily safe to leave on your skin. I suffer most of my redness on my cheeks which looking back at photos from when I was around 12 and younger, I never had this problem. Therefore, I believe it could be caused by the combination of wearing makeup and using face wipes. So deciding to completely cut out makeup wipes was one of the solutions I decided to take.
I’m not even lying when I say this but, ever since the event I have not used a single face wipe, and that’s been 2 and a half weeks! Instead I have been using the La Roche-Posay Dermo-Cleanser which is absolutely incredible! I’m seriously amazed by this stuff, it’s such a simple lightweight, non-oily formula which is so easy and quick to use. How I like to use it is I squeeze a little bit into my hand (you don’t need a huge amount), then I rub the cleanser all around my face so it melts the makeup off, then I take a warm cleansing cloth and gently wipe it off. Sometimes I go in for a second cleanse, but it truly does take off every last bit of makeup!
The cleansing cloth I normally use is the Liz Earle cloth which came with the Cleanse and Polish. But I have also been testing out the Magnitone WipeOut cloth which is so cool! You don’t even need a cleanser, just add water! It literally removes your makeup just by using the cloth – it’s insane. The cloth does feel slightly tough to move about on your face but in 5 seconds all your makeup is gone! They are perfect for travelling too as all you need to bring is the super soft and gentle cloth.
LRP have formulated all their products so that they are free from preservatives, fragrance, parabens and colorants – containing no ingredients that could potentially irritate the skin. They really do take a lot of time and care over each and every one of they products, they even told me that their products are that safe and broadly tested that they can be used on baby’s skin. Now how incredible is that? I think I have finally found a skincare brand that works well with my skin. Since using these products on a daily basis without fail, I have noticed my skin is a lot clearer and brighter, it’s like my skin has created a natural barrier to spots and irritation. I am getting a lot less black heads on and around my nose area, my chin is FREE from spots, my cheeks are a lot less red and I do not seem to experience those large cyst like spots on my forehead anymore!! My skin couldn’t be any happier and healthier.
In addition to cutting out face wipes I have taken the action to wear less makeup, the girls at the LRP event suggested using their Effaclar BB Blur cream which is what I have been using only on days where I need coverage on my skin. I have also been using:
- Effaclar Duo
- Thermal Spring Water
- Toleriane Ultra Overnight Care (night cream)
- Toleriane Ultra (day cream)
- Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour
Therefore, I really do believe that because I have been cutting out the use of face wipes everyday, my skin is on the way to recovery. Dr Justine Hextall says it is possible to recover from sensitive skin which I was so relieved to hear, so imma keep on blocking out the face wipes and hopefully my skin will be ONE WHOLE COLOUR (well somewhere along those lines would be nice 🙂 ). I hope you guys have entertained the idea that maybe makeup wipes aren’t all that great…perhaps you could try cutting them out for a week and see what difference this might make to your skin…
Thanks for reading!