Why I Ditched Face Wipes

Why I Ditched Face Wipes

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:

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!

Tilly x



  1. August 15, 2017 / 11:05 am

    This was so interesting! I never really think twice about using a makeup wipe after a long day, but it seems really worth while to look into the products you’ve been using. Great post.

    Alice x

  2. candice
    August 15, 2017 / 11:34 am

    This sounds like a fabulous range of products

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • lifeastillyrose
      August 15, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      It really is! Thank you for reading x

  3. August 15, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    This post was so interesting and helpful! I normally use a cleanse anyway but at least now I know that in the future that I probably shouldn’t take thr easier option of using a face wipe! ❤️

    Love Somachi xx

    • lifeastillyrose
      August 15, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Yes well I mean, if your skin doesn’t react to them then I guess U could still use them on days where ur too tired to cleanse! But for me they are a huge no go!xx

  4. August 15, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    Glad cutting out face wipes seems to be working for you lovely – I hate them! I haven’t used them for a few years now because they did just cause me so much redness/sensitivity and they would actually make my face sting sometimes too. They’re definitely super convenient and sometimes all I want to do is wipe my make up off with one but I’m always glad I stick with natural cleansers and skincare instead. xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • lifeastillyrose
      August 15, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      I’m glad you’ve experienced similar things!! That’s so true, but I’m going to try and stick to my guns and keep cleansing! Thanks for reading lovely xx

  5. August 15, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I hardly ever use face wipes to remove my makeup and now I’m definitely not going to! I love LRP products, they are so so good. I have very sensitive skin so they work really well for me 🙂 Really interesting post Tilly!

    • lifeastillyrose
      August 15, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who prefers a cleanser! They are so worth the time and money. Thank you for reading and commenting lovely!xx

  6. August 15, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I might give this a go actually, I’ve always used makeup wipes but if I’m honest they’re really not doing any favours for my skin

    • lifeastillyrose
      August 15, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      You so should! Thanks for reading x

  7. August 16, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Ooo these products sound amazing! A few days ago I was thinking about the way I remove my makeup which is with makeup remover and cotton pads and how I’m scrubbing at my eyes and pulling out eyelashes but a cleanser is such a great alternative. You’ve definitely persuaded me to try out this cleaner! Lovely post as always xx

  8. August 16, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Thank you sharing this, I often use face wipes so this was really interesting! I might try not using them for a while. x

  9. August 27, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I can’t stand face wipes either but it’s really nice to know the science behind them and what damage they’re actually doing to your skin!

    • lifeastillyrose
      August 27, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Yes I totally agree! They can be quite damaging to certain skin types!x

  10. August 28, 2017 / 3:06 am

    I had no idea!! I use facewipes…now I may stop though, after reading this, haha. I’ll have to check this out – thank you for sharing :)))

    Btw, I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger award. No pressure, but if you want, details are on my blog 🙂

    ~Iris xoxo

    • lifeastillyrose
      August 28, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Yes I had no idea until I was told my a professional dermatologist and ever since my redness has majorly decreased! And thanks hun x

  11. November 26, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Wow! I don’t use makeup wipes very often but I never thought they could have that much of an effect on your skin! Have you used makeup wipes since, because I know this post was posted a few months ago. I’ve never tried any La Roche-Posay products but they look quite good! xx

    • Mathilda Rose
      November 27, 2017 / 11:06 am

      I have used makeup wipes since and I can defiantly see the difference to when I use my cleanser. La Roche Posay products are so worth it for sensitive skin and for clearing it up!x

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