The cost of convenience...

Friday, 17 May 2013

Admittedly, I am partial to the odd face wipe. They’re quick, convenient, refreshing and if it means I take my make up off when I stumble in from a night out before I crash, they’re great. But these little saviours could be the reason why I still suffer with terrible skin. I’m terrible for spending all my money on makeup and skimping on skincare, like I’m sure a lot of people are. I mean why spend £50 on a cleanser when a £3 pack of face wipes could do the same job? Well, maybe it’s time for a re-think.

I have suffered with acne for several years now and I’ve been on about every ‘magic’ pill that the Doctor could give me, none of which had any great effect. Luckily, in recent years my skin has cleared up significantly but it’s still not great. I’ve been using face wipes for years now without even thinking about the damage that they are doing to my skin.

When face wipes first came out, they were revolutionary in the skincare world, with almost every brand, including MAC, making their own versions. However, these little wonders are soaked in chemical preservatives to keep them moist when they are sitting in shops for months on end, waiting to be bought. These wipes are then rubbed all over your face, including your delicate eye area causing irritation, redness and dryness, something which I suffer with frequently and now I know why.

Along with the harsh chemicals used, these ‘little wonders’ are breeding grounds for bacteria. They sit on warm shop shelves for weeks or months at a time letting bacteria grow, bacteria which is then wiped across your face which could in fact do the damage your trying to prevent, if you’re using them to stop breakouts.

Using a proper cleanser is a much better way of removing make up and washing your face as face wipes only take the surface make up off. They don’t open up your pores and deep clean your face so almost always there is still make up left on your skin after using them, even if you can’t see it. I put this to the test the other day to see for myself. I used a face wipe to give my skin a good clean then after I used a cotton pad soaked in the Clinique exfoliating toner and the dirt that was left on the cotton pad actually disgusted me. I really wasn’t expecting that much make up to come off on the pad but it really is horrible to think that most nights that’s what I go to sleep with on my skin, then put make up over it again in the morning. This is clearly causing a build up in my skin which then results in the breakouts I’ve been experiencing over the years.

Don’t get me wrong; in some circumstances these are great. I will still use face wipes for times when I can’t take my whole skincare range with me like when I’m at the gym or on a flight and want to freshen my skin up but from now on, I will most definitely be properly cleansing my skin at night. The extra time it takes before bed is definitely worth it if you want clear skin - something which I have wishes for, for years. 

Does anyone know of any good cleansers for dry skin? I can't decide which brand to go for!


  1. I have dry skin hun and use face wipes and all kinds of creams some budget some high end of the market. Have you ever tried Ponds? Or been for a skin consultation and had a proper look at your skin? xx

  2. No I havent, but it is something I'm considering. I want to try some better skincare first as my skin does improve when I'm taking better care of it! It has got a lot better recently xx

  3. Totally with you on this on! I used to use the lime green simple wipes and in between my break outs my skin was dull and bland looking... What a difference a proper cleansing routine makes :)



  4. I never use facewipes. Occasionally I'll buy a pack to keep on my dressing table for a quick wipe over my face before I start my makeup in the morning.
    It takes like 4 or 5 of them for me to really feel like my face is clean and sure 4 or 5 a day, not long later they're all gone. I think it ends up costing more than buying a bottle of makeup remover and cotton pads or a cleanser.

    They're handy for throwing in your bag in case of an emergency (i.e unexpected sleepover at a friends) but thats it really.

  5. Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser is amazing!! It removes everything and leaves my skin feeling really soft and clean, Liz Earle is great too but a lot more expensive than the Soap & Glory! I too am guilty of grabbing the face wipes after a night out but I definitely notice the difference in my skin the next day xx

  6. Really interesting as I've been using Body Shop pads for a year now and just cannot get my t zone to clear up. Moving to bottled cleanser soon.

  7. I don't use the regular face wipes, just the ones for makeup removal which I consider a necessity because sometimes my makeup won't come off completely if I just use a cleanser.

    My first step is a makeup wipe, then an oil cleanser which I rinse off, then a more regular foam type cleanser.

  8. Natio is a good cleanser. I'm suffering from a touch of acne and it's so annoying i didn't get any through my teens.

    Kate - Sparkle Dust xx

  9. I love Tropic Skincare's 'Smoothing Cleanser' - it takes even the toughest mascaras off and is fab for my (dry) skin. It's 100% natural too!
    Megan xxx

  10. I absolutely love bioderma, as a blogger we all hate to admit that we're lazy, so the thing I love is that you can wipe off makeup and there is no need to wash you face fully after. It's a French product which is inconvenient but is being launched in the UK as-we-speak, so if you can track it down, I now wouldn't go back.
    E x

  11. Hey! Very interesting blog post, you've hit the nail on the head and i'm glad you're making better awareness. I've worked in beauty retail for 8/9 years, trialling hundreds of different products in the process. I used baby wipes & cosmetic wipes for years, which unfortunately did hell of alot of damage to my skin. I've got very dry, sensitive skin and put my 'eczema' patches or spots down to bad skin. I quit using baby wipes, cheaper covering makeup and skincare and swapped to almost entirely Lancome. My skin now is as good as it will ever be now. I also use a little bit of Clarins. A good skin care routine is key. The fact i've gone veggie as well may have helped! If you ever want any advice for dry skin send me a message on my twitter - i know loads about ingredients to avoid and that so I can help!

    (Also following you from bbunch blog now!)
    Robyn viav x vintageisavirtue blog

  12. Thankyou Robyn! I've kind of got my skin under controll a bit more now, I just need to invest in some decent cleanser and moisturiser and i think I should be fine. But I thought I should use my blog to stop my followers from making the same mistakes as me! xx

  13. Oh my gosh! This is something I never even thought of. I love face wipes - they are super easy. ...but I confess, that I never once thought about the chemicals that I am rubbing all over my skin. This is definitely something for me to think about, since my skincare routine is lacking!

  14. I've recently stopped using face wipes and have seen a huge difference! I use Boots No7 Melting Gel Cleanser! It's amazing and it made my skin feel refreshed and smoother after the very first use! :) x


  15. I love facewipes for when I haven't worn make up for days, it's half way through the day and I want a quick fresh up. They're great then. But as for removing my make up they are rubbish.

    I do use them to get the most of my make up (that you can see) off in all honesty but the I go over that with a oil cleanser and then a toner - even after the oil cleanser (Which oddly enough doesn't make my skin even more oily) the pad after I've used the toner still comes off with some make up. Not as much as if I'd missed that step out, but it's shocking just how much make up you don't get off after wipes and a cleanser.

    Juyey xx

  16. I have really dry areas on my face and I've found the best cleanser I've used is the Garnier one which is like two separate liquids which you then shake to 'activate' it's the Simple Essentials 2 in 1 makeup remover ( it's brilliant! I leaves my face so moisturised afterwards and it takes allll my makeup off, even stubborn waterproof mascara! Definitely worth a pop at only £2.99 too :) hope this helped!

    Chloe from xxxx

  17. Hot cleanser by superdrug is meant to be really good for dry skin!

    Kamila xx

  18. Excellent post! After using face wipes religiously for years, with hit and miss use of cleansers, I've recently changed my routine. I've started using Soap and Glory facewash in the morning and Bodyshop Aloe cleanser and toner at night, over the past couple of weeks, and it has made a huge difference. I've also been drinking lots more water and my skin is loving this new regime. I'm not massively prone to breakouts but do get the odd blemish on my chin or t-zone - this has drastically reduced frequency with my new routine. So happy I've ditched the wipes (other than for convenience occasionally) xxx

  19. I have only literally this week stopped relying so heavily on face wipes! I ran out and had to go for a proper cleanse instead and in 3 days my skin is a million times better already and my make up looks better for it! My wipes are now sadly relegated to the when-im-too-lazy pile!

    Ash :-)

  20. great post, I don't use face wipes and haven't for some years and I get annoyed when I see people use them because they are so bad for your skin!
    Poppy | far away

  21. sadly I have oily skin so I have no idea what would work for dry skin :(

    I totally agree with what you're saying in this post though. My skin has improved dramatically since I started using proper cleansers - but it's always handy to have wipes for those nights where standing over the sink is a bit too much!

    Emily Jane xo

  22. So glad you wrote this - I was a slave to face wipes and now I realise I'd wake up with horrible congested skin! Proper cleansing is worth the effort!

    Ambi xx

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