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Looking for more sustainable makeup removers?
I was too. This past year, I made the decision to stop using makeup remover wipes as a step to cleaning up my beauty routine and making it more sustainable. Yes, there are biodegradable wipes on the market but in addition to wanting to move away from single-use products where I could, I also felt like makeup remover wipes were too rough on my skin. Yes, they are convenient but wiping away makeup with those semi-dried up wipes would tug at my skin and the area around my eyes, which I’m sure would cause more damage in the long run. I started testing out more sustainable makeup removers and today, I’m sharing my favorite alternatives to makeup wipes below.
If you’re looking for reusable and sustainable makeup removers, keep reading.
Cleansing Balm & Oils
One of my favorite ways to remove my makeup when I’ve done a full face is by using a cleansing balm or cleansing oil on dry skin. I do this as my first cleanser in my double cleansing routine to easily breakdown foundation, brows, and lipstick in seconds before moving on to my foaming cleanser. This way is effective in removing all makeup and it’s sustainable as you will be able to use this product several times, unlike makeup wipes. Plus, they’re easy to rinse off. If you find cleansing oils to be too messy, a cleansing balm is easier to control.
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
Another alternative to single-use makeup remover wipes is reusable makeup remover pads. You may have seen these pop up at more beauty retailers and that’s because they’re a genius invention. These pads are made of microfiber that removes all of your makeup just by rinsing them with water and swiping across your face. I have a set of 4 that I alternate between so I always have a clean one on hand. They’re super easy to clean too; just wash them with dish detergent for a quick clean or toss them in the washer when you’re done for a deeper clean and they’re like new.
Micellar Water + Reusable Rounds
Lastly, my most recently discovered sustainable makeup removing method is using micellar water with reusable cotton rounds. These are made of bamboo cotton and they’re thinner and come with more than the reusable makeup remover pads, so you don’t have to wash them as frequently. These are perfect for removing makeup from smaller areas such as the eyes and lips. The set I purchased came with a little mesh bag to house the dirty rounds. To clean them, you fill the mesh bag up with the dirty rounds, pop it in the washer, and viola, you can use them again and again.
Those sound just as easy and effective as makeup wipes, right? I know, and they’re better for the environments, so they’re a win-win. You can shop everything I mentioned in the links below. If you try any of these out, let me know how you like them in the comments!