A cosmetic doctor's video of foundation on a satsuma shows why you shouldn't use makeup wipes

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A cosmetic doctor's video of foundation on a satsuma shows why you shouldn't use makeup wipes
Dr Esho's video uses a satsuma to mimic the skin.Instagram/Dr Esho
  • A cosmetic doctor has shared a video showing what happens to your skin when you use makeup wipes.
  • Dr. Tijion Esho applied foundation to a satsuma then used a wipe to removie it, but it merely pushed the makeup into the pores.
  • "Microscopically your skin is quite similar," he told Insider. "We don't realize that the surface of the skin actually has several grooves and bits that we can't see with the naked eye."

A cosmetic doctor has used a citrus fruit to show people why they shouldn't use wipes to take off makeup.

Dr. Tijion Esho, an aesthetic doctor based in London, posted a video on Instagram and Twitter in which he applied liquid foundation to a satsuma.

He then used a face wipe to attempt to remove the makeup, but seemingly only pressed it into the pores.

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"Why I keep preaching to you all about makeup wipes," Dr. Esho captioned the video.

Instead, he recommends double cleansing the skin using a cleanser or micellar water for 60 seconds and then moisturizing. Even simple water alone is better than using a wipe, he explained.

Dr. Esho told Insider that as well as being unsustainable from an environmental standpoint, makeup wipes are not actually designed to clean the skin.

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"They are formulated to break down makeup," he said. "The chemicals in some cases can be harsh to your skin causing micro-tears, or push makeup and debris deeper into your pores leading to further problems."

A cosmetic doctor's video of foundation on a satsuma shows why you shouldn't use makeup wipes
Dr Tijion Esho is a cosmetic doctor based in London, UK.Dr Esho

Dr. Esho has been advising against face wipe use for some time, but he wasn't expecting this video to strike such a chord with people.

"This video going viral showed me that since the pandemic more and more people are invested in skin health and being educated in this as part of wellness, which is great as it's something I'm very passionate about," he said. "As a whole it's had a very positive impact, many people changing and improving their own habits just by that video."

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Dr. Esho continued: "A minority were confused, saying 'but my face isn't a tangerine.' Of course it isn't. But microscopically your skin is quite similar. We don't realize that the surface of the skin actually has several grooves and bits that we can't see with the naked eye - it also has many oils and lipids that can act like the waxy surface of the orange - the video represents what can happen at a microscopic level and should be food for thought."

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