It took most of us a while to realise just how bad disposable makeup wipes and cotton wool pads are for the planet. It is all too tempting to opt for convenience after a long day at work, or when you've come in from a night out, and wiping away makeup seems easier than actually washing your face. But apart from actually being awful for your skin (they just spread makeup around your face rather than effectively removing it..) and most containing harsh ingredients, makeup wipes are not biodegradable or recyclable, and they end up in landfill or the seas after they are thrown away. Washing your face with a good reusable makeup removal solution is the most effective and kind-to-your-skin way to remove makeup and dirt, and is completely zero waste. Win win!
Luckily, there are now plenty of fantastic alternatives out there, available in multiple stores and online. Here are our top 3:
1. Pai Duel Effect Sensitive Skin Cloths, £15 for a pack of 3, www.paiskincare.com
These brilliant cloths are 100% cotton, so won't release microplastics into the sea when washed. They have a softer side for easily removing eye makeup, and a light exfoliating side to effectively remove all dirt and face makeup. They work amazingly with Pai's Camelia and Rose cleanser too, and when you're done you just throw them in the washing machine to reuse again.
2. Face Halo, £17.95 for 3 on beautybay.com
Described as 'the modern makeup remover,' this igneous invention enables makeup removal with just water alone. Dampen one of your Halo pads with warm water and wipe away makeup. These little beauties can be used up to 200 times, too. Saving the planet and your wallet..
3. Bambaw Reusable Makeup Remover pads, pack of 16 for £13.34 on bambaw.com
This pack of reusables comes with 4 scrub terry pads, for tenacious makeup, and 12 soft velvet pads for everyday makeup, and more sensitive areas like the eyes. They also come with their own little bag for popping in the washing machine, and are mostly made from bamboo, a much more environmentally friendly option.