Everyone wants a skin care shortcut, but some shortcuts should be avoided at all costs. Many people search high and low for easy ways to remove makeup, and choose makeup wipes. However, this skin care shortcut does more harm than good. Keep reading to learn the truth about makeup wipes – and the alternative, easy ways to remove makeup that are better for your skin.
Dermatologists and estheticians alike preach that you should never sleep in your makeup. Most people understand this, but want to save time, so they reach for a quick swipe of a makeup wipe. It's fast, it's easy, and it removes the makeup, right? What you don't realize is that makeup wipes are NOT a substitute for cleansing. It may seem like they work well, especially when you see your old makeup smeared on a used wipe at the end of the day, but nothing removes pore-clogging impurities from your skin like professional quality makeup remover and cleanser formulas.
You cannot be sure that 100% of your makeup, dirt and oil have been removed with a wipe. "You better bet not all of it makes it onto the wipe," says Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education. "When you drag the wipe over the skin your makeup is driven right back into the pores, especially if it's not being rinsed off."Wipes don't remove everything – they can leave behind invisible dirt, oil and debris that your skin faces each day. In fact, wipes can smear that dirt, bacteria, and oil across your face and into your pores. Your skin may "look" clean, but there's no guarantee.
How is your skin "clean" if a makeup wipe leaves behind an invisible film of residue? This residue can easily get pushed into your pores along with the leftover grime, which creates the perfect breeding ground for irritation and breakouts. So your 'easy' shortcut is now responsible for your future breakouts. Sound convenient now?
Aside from irritation and breakouts, makeup wipes can actually be the cause of fine lines and wrinkles. Because the cleansers used in the wipes are often mild, it usually takes quite a bit of rubbing and scrubbing to remove stubborn makeup. When you perform these motions repetitively on the delicate skin surrounding your eyes, you reinforce the lines you already have, and set the stage for future wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging.
The makeup wipe quick solution is too good to be true. But there are other easy ways to remove makeup:
The easiest way to remove all traces of your makeup without any harmful side effects is to use a formula designed to break down stubborn makeup, like Bioelements Makeup Dissolver Perfected, and then follow it with your normal daily cleanser.
"These Bioelements at-home makeup removers are the same professional formulas that are used by licensed estheticians in the facial room to remove your makeup," says Stenzel. "Cleansing is the first step to great skin, and it shouldn't be cut short. In fact, it takes the same short amount of time – seconds really, to use an effective makeup remover. Don't cheat your skin with a makeup wipe."
Bioelements makeup removers are fragrance-free, and dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, so you know they're safe to use around your eyes – unlike many name brand wipes!
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