Don’t rely on cleansing wipes (not all the time, at any rate)
These seemingly perfect little pads may seem like a windfall for lazy ladies when it comes to late-night makeup removal. After all, what could be easier than fishing one out from a resealable package, sweeping it over your skin and calling it a night?
The ugly truth, unfortunately, isn’t quite all that rosy. While their dirt-dissolving surfactants are much the same as those in wash-off cleansers, yours truly – alongside quite a few industry insiders, I must add – would caution against depending upon wipes for all your cleansing needs: Without a good rinse, wipes will inevitably leave behind a layer of grime, and cannot be counted upon as perfect substitutes for proper cleansing.
Bummer. What recourse, then, do we wipe worshippers have? If you must use a wipe, avoid unnecessary tugging around the delicate orbital and lip area, and always follow up with a quick splash of lukewarm water.
Try: Milk Beauty Wipes, $13 from Sephora Singapore.
Harsh handling of post-shower skin is a surefire way of promoting premature ageing. Sure, the succor of a steaming warm washcloth is not without its merits – the fuzzy fibres are superb for sloughing dead skin – but the friction created by those very same fibres can result in “expression” lines, sort of like the “sleep lines” running down the side of your nose when your cheeks smoosh up against your pillow.
Oh, and repeated “recycling” of the same wet washcloth – an incubator for bacteria and other baddies – is akin to rubbing a whole new suite of gross germs right back into your cleansed skin, too. The solution? Splash off with fingers, grab a damp towel – you can consider investing in one of those reusable woven cleansing cloths if you’re so inclined, but make sure you keep it spick and span – and pat gently to wick water off your damp skin.
Bottomline: At the end of the day, you do need a little water and elbow grease to take it all off – a small price to pay, really, for beautiful skin begins and ends with a perfectly clean canvas. Because hey, cleanliness truly is right next to gorgeousness!
Try: Makeup Eraser The Original MakeUp Eraser, $30 from Sephora Singapore.