I fully support products that save me a step or make life a little easier… but not if it means the environment is going to suffer. An instance where that’s the case: Single use face wipes. I know… they’re a gym bag hero and fine if you use them every now and again when you’re in a pinch, but for daily use, try switching to reusable cotton rounds instead. Here’s why: “The biggest environmental problem with makeup remover wipes is the sheer volume,” Diana Felton MD, state toxicologist with the Hawaii Department of Health, told Real Simple. “One group estimates that 20 million pounds of single-use wipes (including baby wipes and disinfecting wipes) are disposed of every day in the U.S. Many wipes are disposed of in landfills, and despite claims to the contrary, most are not biodegradable and do not rapidly break down, creating too much trash to fit in our landfills.”
Not only does making the switch have green benefits, it’s also better for your skin. Derms have long been leery of their patients using face wipes alone to cleanse the skin as they often leave behind dirt and makeup so you then have to cleanse again. As I mentioned above, best to save disposable wipes for when you’re in a pinch.
Have I sold you yet?! If not, then I urge you to just try one of these reusable cotton rounds products for yourself. Once you realize they’re *even better* than the non-reusable kind, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the eco-friendly switch sooner.
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Face Halo Original Makeup Remover
This microfiber makeup remover is the size of the palm of your hand and just needs water to be able to wipe away a full face of foundation, lipstick, and mascara in a few swipes—no cleanser needed. Yes, really.
Daily Concepts Daily Bio-Cotton Makeup Removers
This mixed bag of makeup removers includes two eye makeup removers as well as three larger makeup remover squares all in a machine washable pouch. Similar to above, just add water to remove makeup.
LastObject Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
If you’re a cotton round stan (did I use that right?!), these alternatives are for you. They seem to be the most similar to the real thing and yet they claim to last for more than 1,750 times. Use them to apply toners, essences, or to remove makeup, they’re good for it all.
Dermstore Collection Days of the Week Reusable Cleansing Pads
Any Type A readers out there? Meet your reusable cotton round match. This set of seven bamboo rounds comes with a label on each one with the day of the week so you’ll know you’re using a fresh one every time. Use them alongside your products to apply skincare or help cleanse your face.
Mushroom 7-Day MakeUp Eraser Set
Who says eco-friendly has to be boring? Add some life to your makeup remover rounds with this fun mushroom printed set. Each pad just needs water to remove makeup—no cleanser. One side has shorter fibers to remove makeup and the other side has longer ones to help give skin a light exfoliation.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Eco Pads
Specifically made to pair with Garnier’s best-selling micellar water makeup remover, these pads whisk away makeup, dirt and grime stat.
Organic Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
Worried about how many cotton rounds you go through? This pack of 20 will have you covered with enough to always have a fresh one on hand.
Jenny Patinkin Pure Luxury Organic Reusable Rounds
This set comes with 14 organic bamboo pads (one for morning and night, every day of the week), a vegan croc carrying case, and a mesh bag to wash them in.
Marleys Monsters Facial Rounds
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These organic cotton rounds come in a set of 20 and once you’ve worn them out you can compost them.
Take My Face Off Mitty 4-Piece Makeup Remover Set
These microfiber makeup remover towels come in a teardrop shape that’s ideal for taking off heavy eye makeup.
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