Are reusable makeup wipes actually useful?


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The first ever form of makeup remover was a makeup wipe. It was discovered in 1957 by Arthur Julius.

By: Haley O’Neill, Reporter

As our world is constantly evolving, so are many ways to prevent things. From using recycled napkins to using solar panels to reduce energy. One of the newer ways to benefit our world is to use reusable makeup wipes. However, the question stands; are they actually useful?


For years upon years, many have used only soap and water to remove their makeup. Whether it was to scrub it off with their hands or cloth of some sort, many found this to be beneficial in the removal of makeup. Then came the creation of makeup wipes. Almost anyone who wore makeup hopped on the bandwagon and purchased makeup wipes. Companies such as Neutrogena, Cetaphil, and many others had created formulas to get more people to buy. Whether it be for sensitive skin, or to remove all waterproof makeup, it began selling quickly. The purchases of these began decreasing as other products began coming out. The rather newer way to remove makeup is through “micellar water.”

Micellar water benefits

Micellar water is much different from the water that comes from your sink. With supposed ingredients such as glycerin and other mild surfactants, it is said to be the better product in cleaning the face. Many of the micellar water products are free of alcohol and reduce “irritation and inflammation.” When using the product it not only cleanses the skin of any oil, dirt, or makeup, it also keeps the skin hydrated. In addition to that, it is perfect for all skin types. Many companies such as Garnier, Simple, Bioderma, and others have created multiple versions of Micellar water.

Garnier has 5 different ones, all of which have many different benefits. I have used the All-in-1 Mattifying Micellar water (the green one). After using it for more than a few months, I think that it truly helps remove all of my eye makeup at the end of the day. However, just like any other form of eye makeup remover, I feel like it leaves a film over my eyes. To me, it seems as though the film is similar to an oily or greasy feeling. I use the water as a form of a makeup remover and follow it by using a facial cleanser. While the water is used by many as a cleanser itself, I feel that an actual facial cleanser is needed. The Garnier company also makes eco-friendly makeup wipes. But what exactly are they?

Eco-friendly makeup cloths

Used to help remove the skin from makeup, cloth makeup pads were created. In addition to that, they were also created to help the environment. Rather than throwing away pieces of cotton, makeup pads were made to reuse them. Throwing them in the washer using a lingerie bag or by just simply hand washing them, they’re eco-friendly. While washing them in a washing machine keeps the stains from makeup, they are still supposedly beneficial. It also makes buyers use water by washing them. So the question is: are they actually eco-friendly?

In my opinion, I believe that they are not. It requires you to use water to wash them and get the residue off. However, if you hand wash them, the residue may remain. It also raises red flags as to how they can be beneficial for the skin. Based on the skin I have, which is acne-prone, it would not be beneficial. While it may help remove my makeup, it may also spread more residue or bacteria.


In conclusion, I feel that for my skin it would not be clean nor beneficial. As of right now, I use cotton pads, that are disposable along with micellar water. In addition to that, to get the film off, as said above, I use a cleanser. This ensures that any form of oil, dirt, or even makeup is off and my skin is clean. Using the makeup pads can clog pores, and it is quite the opposite of eco-friendly. Therefore, I would not purchase the makeup pads nor will I use them.