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Why Face Wipes Are Your Skin’s Worst Enemy

September 3, 2018

Would you ever put cleanser on your face, smear it around, and then just leave it there? Ugh, never.

But that’s what you’re doing when you use a wipe: spreading bacteria, dirt, oil and the remnants of your makeup around your skin, then just leaving it sit there. Vile or what?

Wait, there’s more!

Cleansing cloths can cause a number of problems for your skin. For one thing, they’re a fast track to enlarged, clogged pores. And if you’re acne-prone, using wipes is just asking for breakouts. Bonus: The alcohol necessary to keep wipes fresh in the package can even make naturally oily skin dehydrated and dry.

Put simply: Just wash your face. Yes, even when you’re so tired/drunk that you just can’t summon the strength. Just picture your face covered in red, angry spots and get yourself out of that bed.

That said…

Woman washing face

When you’re at a music festival, camping, flying, or in any situation without running water, wipes can become a necessary evil. You can just about get away with using one if you ‘rinse’ by saturating the face with a spray bottle of distilled water. Or make life easier and pick up a mineral-enriched La Roche-Posay Serozinc Face Toner Mist. Serozinc combines purified water with zinc sulphate – perfect for healing and preventing breakouts. Whichever option you choose, don’t just let the water sit on your face. Clear it off with a dry washcloth or cotton pad.

It’s also important to follow any wipe with a chemical exfoliator to really get all that junk off the surface of your skin. Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads are travel-friendly and can also be used at home, morning and night, to eliminate residue and old skin cells.

In the end, many of you will keep using wipes – or, worse, sleeping in your makeup (pardon us while we scream in absolute horror). If so, you’ll want to have a look at the range of clinical facials you can get at SISU.

As cleansing is an essential part of keeping skin exfoliated and fresh, doing so inadequately makes it harder for your skin to look its best. So our chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Intraceuticals oxygen facials and microneedling will be hugely helpful if you’re just not into washing your face every night.

While we implore you to ditch the wipes and embrace a healthy cleansing routine, we understand if you’re having too much fun – or too much work – to do so every day of your life. Book in for a facial and let us help if you’re feeling the effects of one too many late nights with a wipe. And when you get here, we can recommend the best cleansers to suit your specific skin type and condition. (Whether you use them or not is up to you!)

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