The time has come to move away from single-use beauty products so where better to make a sustainable start than with taking off your make up...
At the end of a busy day, the last thing you want be thinking about when removing your make up before bed is the environmental impact. All you want to do is scrub your skin clean as quickly and effortlessly as possible, dab on some moisturiser and get into your PJs.
Unfortunately this isn't as innocent as it sounds, as single-use makeup remover products are a huge planetary polluter.
The issue is that disposable products are playing a significant role in the amount of waste going to landfill, particularly makeup remover wipes and single-use cotton pads, which are currently the products of choice for most of us makeup wearers. Sound familiar?
There’s no getting away from the fact that single-use products are easy and convenient, which is why we like them so much but read on to discover why they're such a problem and what sustainable options you can swap to.
Single-use wipes and waste
According to research by Mintel, 47% of make up wearers regularly use single-use face wipes and pads; with the majority of single-use pads being non-biodegradable and virtually indestructible.
The majority of single-use make up remover wipes are made up of a significant amount of plastic, which can take hundreds of years to break down.
Another issue is that many make up wearers tend to flush used cleansing wipes and single-use cotton pads, causing a range of environmental problems and sewer blockages.
To give you a better idea of the size of the tissue issue, Mintel has also found that 93% of sewage pipe blockages are caused by wet wipes.
Many of these are facial wipes, and as sewer pipes lead to the ocean, this means that these single-use make up removal products are playing a crucial part in ocean pollution, impacting water quality and sea life.
Why reusable is a better Option
While disposable products may be a more convenient option when it comes to removing our make up, for the sake of the environment - and our skin - reusable facial cleansing cloths are a far better option than their less eco-friendly counterparts. Plus, they’re a far more cost-effective option in the long-run.
Eco-friendly cleansing is better for our skin. According to makeup artist and beauty expert, Joyce Connor, using reusable makeup pads can be extremely beneficial for your skin. And it costs the cost of your beauty routine.
“Using a reusable cleansing cloth or make up removal pads to remove make up and cleanse the skin ensures thorough cleansing. A reusable cloth can be used multiple times and rinsed; it's less abrasive on the skin, and by using tepid water, it's less likely to cause irritation."
Joyce goes on to explain that:
"Wipes that are impregnated with cleanser will commonly leave a residue on your skin. By using a cloth or pad, you can control the amount of product you use and ensure you remove it all by thoroughly rinsing the cloth or pad. Your skin will be clean and have a light exfoliation, which in turn aids the penetration of other skincare products.”
Make up wipes smear, make up pads clear Although quick and convenient, make up wipes aren’t a good source of makeup removal. As rather than properly removing make up, they tend to smear the product across the skin, instead of actually lifting it from the skin and removing it completely. Reusable make up removal pads however, when paired with a good cleansing product, actually remove the product from the skin.
Choosing a reusable makeup remover
No two people have the same skin, which means that our skincare needs are just as unique.
When it comes to make up cleansers, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ product or routine; it’s a case of determining what your skin needs and putting a skincare cleansing regime in place that aids your skin’s health.
A key aspect of doing this is choosing the right reusable cleansing cloth for your skin’s specific needs.