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Dangers of Makeup Remover Wipes

GEN X JUST SAY NO!

Article by Jennifer Buck

Photography by Jennifer Buck

The Hidden Dangers of Makeup Remover Wipes: Why Estheticians Say 'No'

As a Licensed Esthetician, my mission is to help you achieve radiant, healthy glowing skin. In pursuit of this goal, it's essential to highlight the importance of using the right skincare products and techniques... educating you!! One product that often raises eyebrows in the skincare community is makeup remover wipes. Despite their convenience, these wipes may be doing more harm than good to your skin. In this article, we will explore the hidden dangers of makeup remover wipes and why estheticians recommend avoiding them.

Skin Aggressors

Makeup remover wipes are typically infused with chemicals, When used on your skin, these harsh ingredients can strip away the natural oils and disrupt your skin's delicate balance. This can lead to dryness, irritation, and even breakouts.

Incomplete Cleansing

Makeup remover wipes may leave behind traces of makeup, dirt, and oil. They are not as effective as a thorough double cleansing routine, which includes using a dedicated makeup remover, my favorite is Dermalogica's Pre-cleanse, followed by a Gentle Cleanser by ZO. Incomplete cleansing can clog pores and lead to skin issues.

Physical Agitation

The act of scrubbing your face with makeup remover wipes can be too abrasive for the delicate skin on your face. Over time, this physical agitation can lead to redness, micro-tears, and premature aging. Estheticians often advocate for gentle cleansing methods, especially around your EYES!

The Environment

The environmental impact of makeup remover wipes is a growing concern. Most of them are non-biodegradable and contribute to plastic waste. Estheticians encourage eco-friendly alternatives, such as reusable makeup removal cloths my favorite is Make-up eraser.

Sensitive Skin Reactions

Makeup remover wipes can be particularly harsh for individuals with sensitive skin. They may contain allergens or irritants that can cause redness, itching, or hives. People with Rosacea and acne should avoid these at all costs.

Aging and Wrinkles

Constant tugging and rubbing with makeup remover wipes can accelerate the aging process. Over time, it may lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Estheticians emphasize the importance of treating your skin with care to maintain a youthful appearance.

Preserving Your Skin's Barrier

Your skin's natural barrier is crucial for protecting against external factors and maintaining moisture. Using makeup remover wipes can compromise this barrier, making your skin more vulnerable to damage.


While makeup remover wipes may seem convenient, the potential harm they can cause to your skin is not worth the shortcut. As a Licensed Esthetician, I encourage you to prioritize the long-term health and vitality of your skin. So double cleanse at night with Pre-cleanse and Gentle Cleanser while using Makeup eraser and viola your skin will thank you!

This is only the beginning of your skin care journey and a great first step to healthy skin.

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