How do Popular Makeup Remover Wipes Compare to Natural?

makeup remover wipes

Every night, you remove your makeup, cleanse and wash your face, tone and moisturise. Or is it more like reach for a wipe, scrub off as much makeup as you can and fall into bed?

If you’re like most of us time poor women, it’s probably a combination of the two. You intend to do the whole cleanse, tone, moisturise thing, but sometimes you just need sleep more than you need to wash your face properly.

As a working mother, I understand this completely, and I’ll put my hand up and say that I’m guilty of using wipes to take my makeup off at the end of a long day, too. Not always, but sometimes. But let me show you why you should be using a natural makeup remover wipe rather than grabbing a pack of mainstream ones in the supermarket aisle.

I’m going to compare the WaterWipes cosmetic wipes with a pack that I found at my local Priceline, Garnier Goodbye Dry Gentle Makeup Remover Wipes. I picked the Garnier ones because I’ve got dry skin. So if I was looking for a mainstream wipe, I’d probably choose one aimed at my skin type.

What ingredients are in makeup remover wipes?

WaterWipes Cosmetic Wipes ingredients:

waterwipes cosmetic facial wipesAqua, Maris Sal, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract.

Although the WaterWipes cosmetic wipes aren’t in EWG, we’d estimate that they would have a rating of 0 in the EWG Skindeep database (using the build your own report function).

The only thing that you might be concerned about here is the grapefruit seed extract (GSE). I spoke with Edward McCloskey, CEO of WaterWipes, about GSE, a while back. Edward assured me that WaterWipes use a reputable supplier, and test regularly for harmful residues.

Garnier Goodbye Dry Gentle Makeup Remover Wipes ingredients:

garnier goodbye dry makeup remover wipesAqua/Water, Glycerin, Ammonium polyacryldimethyltauramide / ammonium polyacryldimethyltaurate, benzyl alcohol, benzyl salicylate, cetyl alcohol, citric acid, citronellol, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, disodium EDTA, Glyceryl stearate, Hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, isopropyl palmitate, linalool, myrtrimonium bromide, PEG-100 Stearate, phenoxyethanol, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil (sweet almond oil), Rosa Gallica Extract/Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance.

Once again, the Garnier wipes aren’t in the EWG skindeep database. However, we’ve estimated these to have a rating of 5.

What are the problem ingredients?

  • fragrance, which scores an 8 in the EWG Skindeep database;
  • benzyl salicylate, which scores a 7, and is banned/restricted in the EU;
  • hydroxycitronellal, which scores a 7, also banned/restricted in the EU;
  • benzyl alcohol, which scores a 5, and is problematic for products used around the mouth.

Ingredients taken from here.

Do makeup remover wipes damage your skin?

Most skincare experts agree that using wipes to remove makeup isn’t ideal, as the ingredients in the wipes get left on the skin rather than being washed off with water. This is especially problematic with the surfactants and preservatives used in some cosmetic wipes.

But, the problems with makeup removal wipes are the same as with all cosmetic products. So if you’re going to use wipes to cleanse your face:

  • choose wipes with good ingredients
  • avoid alcohol and fragrances
  • do a final rinse with water
  • apply a good moisturiser after you’ve used the wipes

To avoid irritation to your eye area, hold the wipes over your eyes for a few seconds before wiping. Don’t scrub back and forwards, or you risk damaging the delicate skin around your eye.

Our recommendations

All our products at Hello Charlie are thoroughly researched and tested by us before we’ll stock them. We love WaterWipes, obviously, and we also use and love the Wotnot facial wipes. Wotnots are available for dry, normal and oily skins.

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