We found the best eco-friendly alternatives to makeup wipes
- We tried some of the best makeup removers on the market that'll replace wasteful
- Fiber cloths like the MakeUp Eraser or the Face Halo require only water for fast and easy removal.
- The Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm breaks down makeup while moisturizing the skin.
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Nico Reyes: Makeup wipes have gotten a pretty bad rap over the last few years for containing skin-irritating ingredients and being harmful to the environment. So I thought it would be cool to try out some highly recommended eco-friendly makeup-removing alternatives. Just to be clear, by an eco-friendly alternative, I mean products that are multiuse and don't head straight into the trash after one use. Just for reference, I do have combination skin, and I will be doing the same makeup look for each
First up we have the
Next up we have the Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser. People have been telling me to try this out for years. Cold cream is one of the oldest ways to remove makeup. I'm talking hundreds and hundreds of years old. You basically just apply a layer to your face and start working it in to break the makeup down. Then you can remove it with a washcloth. This remover is 50% moisturizer, so it's going to leave the skin feeling hydrated. I know my skin tends to feel really stripped and dry after taking my makeup off, so I loved how soft it felt after using this. Also, this is five bucks, so it's a good affordable option. Just a warning, though: this stuff has an intense floral-y fragrance, so if that's not your thing, make sure you try the fragrance-free version.
Of all the makeup removers I've tried, micellar water is still my makeup remover of choice. I love this Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water. I just put some on a reusable cotton pad and swipe the makeup off. Micellar water contains micelles, which help pull all the dirt and makeup from your skin. I typically follow it up with my normal cleanser, but a cool thing about micellar water is that you don't need to rinse it off afterwards, so it's super quick and easy. Plus, unlike my experience with makeup wipes, it doesn't burn my eyes at all when I'm removing eye makeup. Cleansing balms are another great alternative.
And lastly, we have another super-popular cleansing balm, the Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm. I remember Hyram saying he loved this one. Don't you just want to eat this? Once again, you just have to work this into the skin and rinse. This has sea buckthorn oil in it, which is supposed to soften and protect. And it also has a lot of other great ingredients, like olive oil and vitamin E to nourish the skin. This is definitely a pricier remover, but because you need so little to get the job done, I think this will last you a very long time.
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