How do microfibre makeup remover cloths work?

How do microfibre makeup remover cloths work?

Reusable makeup remover cloths are in, make up wipes are out! Whilst they've been around for a good few years, make up remover cloths are starting to quickly gain popularity. No doubt increasing attention on our environmental impact, plus a proposed ban on single use make up wipes, has shone the light on these make up wipe alternatives, but how do microfibre make up remover cloths actually work?

In this blog, we will delve into the details of how microfibre makeup removers work, whilst explaining why they are more effective and sustainable than traditional make up wipes.

What are make up remover cloths made from?

Whilst there are a number of different make up remover cloths made from different materials, we're focusing on microfibre cloths. These are the magical cloths that are able to remove the heaviest and most waterproof make up looks with only water.

Microfibre is a type of fabric that is made up of extremely fine fibres, which make it highly absorbent and effective at removing dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin. Although you may be familiar be microfibre cloths used for household cleaning, these typically aren't the same material used for make up remover cloths. 

To avoid dragging the face and potentially damaging the skins surface, a good quality microfibre make up remover cloth with be made of a plush, ultra-soft microfibre that glides over the skin.  

How do microfibre make up removers work?

As these cloths glide over the skin the long fibres lock in make up and dirt, lifting them from the skin as you go. We've been asked whether the make up removers are infused with a type of miscellar water, and the answer's no. These cloths are activated by warm water.

The amount of chemicals you can avoid by ditching make up wipes is pretty impressive, and a huge plus for those with sensitive skin or any skin type for that matter. Your skin will always thank you for minimising the harsh chemicals found in single use wipes which can be irritating and drying.

So the 'magic' of these cloths is simply activated with water. Running them under the tap and rinsing is all you need to do to start gently wiping away the day.

Do they really only need water?

Yes they do! We're so used to hearing that we need a 5-step skincare routine with countless balms, cleansers and toners that we're naturally skeptical that water could do the job just as well. But once you make the switch from wipes to cloths, you certainly won't want to switch back.

Can I stil use them with cleansers?

Just because you can use just water, doesn't mean you have to. So no, you don't need to ditch all your favourite skincare products. Whilst it's a chore for some, others enjoy a lengthier routine and a microfibre make up remover cloth can slot in with your 3, 5 or 10-step process! Skincare starts at make up removal, making reusable cloths the perfect way to reduce the chemicals whilst prepping your skin for the next step in your skincare routine.

Are they more sustainable than make up wipes?

With the proposed ban on single use wipes, naturally the country needs to look for more environmentally friendly options. And luckily there are plenty out there! 

Unlike single-use plastic makeup wipes which are made from non-biodegradable materials and contribute to the growing problem of plastic pollution, microfibre makeup removers can be used again and again for more than 3 years. This means that you can save money and reduce your environmental impact by using the same makeup remover, rather than buying and tossing out single-use wipes. When it's time to get a new cloth, you can send your makeup remover to textile recycling.

Wipes are also a huge contributing factor to blocked pipes in the country with millions flushed down the toilet every year. Removing wipes from the table is therefore a huge step in avoiding this very serious problem.

It is important to note that microfibre can shed micro plastics when washed. However, using a micro plastic wash bag helps to created a more whole solution by trapping fibres that break off in the wash cycle. This ensures that the microfibre makeup remover remains effective and sustainable, while also minimising the impact on the environment. We're happy to gift microplastic wash bags to anyone who wants one with their order.

Why else should I stop using make up wipes?

In addition to being more sustainable, microfibre makeup removers are also suitable for all skin types. The fine fibers in the microfibre fabric are gentle on the skin and can effectively remove makeup without causing irritation or dryness. This makes them a great choice for people with sensitive skin or allergies, who may have trouble using traditional makeup wipes that contain fragrances or preservatives. Your skin will thank you for avoiding harsh chemicals, which can strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt the balance of the skin microbiome.

When you have a make up remover cloth that only needs replacing every 3 years or so, you're going to save an awful lot of money. With single use plastic wipes you need stocking up every month or so depending on frequency of use. And whilst they don't seem too expensive at the time, it naturally adds up. Whereas for the price of 3 make up wipe packets, you could invest in a microfibre make up remover that will then last you years to come.

Final thoughts 

In conclusion, microfibre makeup removers offer numerous benefits compared to traditional single-use makeup wipes. They are effective at removing makeup with just water, making them more affordable and gentle on the skin. They are also more sustainable and cost-effective, as they can be used over 1000 times or over 3 years. By using a micro plastic wash bag, you can ensure that your microfibre makeup remover remains as eco-friendly as possible. Overall, microfibre makeup removers are a convenient and sustainable choice for removing makeup and taking care of your skin.

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