Why Face Wipes are the Worst Invention EVER

Although incredibly convenient, the simple face wipe has to be my most hated invention ever. When they first hit the shelves of Boots they were something of a revelation, completely changing the skincare market and the daily routine of women across the world. I for one stocked up by the packet-load and spent many years using them to remove my makeup before bed… Before I realised they were causing more problems than they were solving.

Say NO to face wipes

By their nature they’re soaked in all kinds of chemicals to keep them
moist for a long period of time, which are incredibly drying and
sometimes damaging to skin. If you’re suffering from skin issues, then
look first at whether or not you’re using face wipes and how they fit
into your daily routine; I bet you a facial that they’re causing you all
sorts of problems without you realising. Your face is a delicate flower
that needs to be watered and tendered to in the right way, but face
wipes cause us to be lazy and scrap the routine that has been preached
to us since we were teenagers: cleanse, tone and moisturise.

face wipe will only remove the makeup and dirt that is visible on the
surface; it will not remove the dirt and makeup that’s sitting within
the upper layers of skin, causing spots, irritation and blocked pores.
The perfect experiment to illustrate how utterly useless face wipes are
is to wipe your face as you would normally, then taking a cleanser and
toner to skin to really remove the nastiness – the horrific amount of
dirt, grime, makeup and grease that comes away from your skin will have
you dumping the face wipes for good.

Don’t get me wrong,
face wipes have their function in life (I’m talking 3am after the pub
and festivals when you’re living out of a tent,) but on the whole they
should be kept as a last resort rather than the crutch we lean on daily.
Start a new month with a new routine, and make that routine based on
cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturising your skin… Your face
will thank you for it.



  1. Victoria Eales
    May 1, 2013 / 10:24 am

    I've just started my skincare routine using Kiehls products and finally banishing the face wipes for good!Victoria http://www.florenceandmary.com

  2. Kelouise
    May 1, 2013 / 10:25 am

    Such a good post! I used to always use face wipes and they really dried my skin out and gave me spots! Now I make sure to remove my make up properly! :)Kelouise xohttp://thebellelavieproject.blogspot.co.uk/

  3. Anonymous
    May 1, 2013 / 10:25 am

    Baby Wipes to remove surface make up/waterproof mascara and then cleanse. Simples

  4. Anonymous
    May 1, 2013 / 10:27 am

    I have to admit I do use face wipes to take my make up, but I use a wipe first and the I was my face with my cleanser to give it a full clean, because for me a facial wipes doesn't take all my make up off. Xxxxmrsbeautyjunkie83.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Meg
    May 1, 2013 / 10:31 am

    *claps*Not to mention they're incredibly wasteful!

  6. Áine McGovern
    May 1, 2013 / 10:55 am

    I've considering getting rid of mine, I only use them to remove my makeup and then use a cleanser etc. I'm looking for a good makeup remover that isn't a wipe!

  7. Lois
    May 1, 2013 / 10:57 am

    I totally agree! I spent a fortune on face wipes over the years & now hate using them! Definitely reserved for festivals & desperate times! xx

  8. BeautyDetective
    May 1, 2013 / 10:58 am

    I agree 100%! I can't understand the things, I saw a real deterioration in my skin when I used them – never again! x

  9. Kelly
    May 1, 2013 / 11:00 am

    I have to agree. My skin has been awful for a few months, and I'd changed and become a little lazy when it came to skincare. As you said with using a cleanser or toner afterwards it's apparent they don't really do a lot in the way of cleaning. But for a festival or very late night, they are fine. x

  10. fluff and fripperies
    May 1, 2013 / 11:22 am

    Totally agree – face wipes are the devil!

  11. Midnight Violets
    May 1, 2013 / 11:50 am

    Completely agree with you, although they are genius for removing swatches. That's all I use them for though!

  12. Ekaete
    May 1, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    I tend to use face wipes before bed and use a gentle exfoliator every morning. This routine works for me but your post has got me thinking… I guess they can't really get into the upper layer of skin at all… hmmm!Ekaetewww.redlipsandroses.blogspot.co.uk

  13. emma
    May 1, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    I do use baby wipes to take off the 'surface layer' of my face makeup (I use eye makeup remover for my eyes) But I double cleanse, tone and moisturise after that. I used to use face wipes on their own in my teens and my skin was awful! It was much improved once I realised they could only take the top layer of makeup off x

  14. Girl!Reporter
    May 1, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    Totally agree! If I get face wipes now as part of any kit, I use them to dust my room – best thing to do!

  15. Beauty Daze
    May 1, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    I remember when I first realised how little make up wipes actually remove. These days I use them to get rid of the bulk of my make up, as, although I have some lovely products, Bioderma, etc, I want to get the most out of them and I find I use far less when I haven't got to get all my make up off first. I think make up wipes are okay to use like this, as part of a full skin care routine, but I would only very rarely solely use them… maybe camping.Steph xx

  16. Beauty Daze
    May 1, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    I use make up wipes to remove the bulk of my make up. However, I do this mainly to ensure I can maximise the use out of my lovely skin care products. I have some lovely, if a bit pricey, items such as Bioiderma, Liz Earle, La Roche Posay, etc, and I like to make them last for the amount I have paid for them. I do think this is the only way make up wipes are acceptable to use regularly, as a part of a bigger skin care routine.Steph xx

  17. HannahSundae
    May 1, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Thank you for explaining – I've seen a few bloggers complain about face wipes but never why. I use baby wipes – huggies, johnsons, pampers, whatever's cheapest or on offer, as these are miles cheaper than make up remover wipes. I've been using these since doing Pantomimes for 10 years and having to remove layers of stage make up. Since starting to read blogs I've invested in a cleanser, my face care routine is sure to evolve from here! x

  18. Crizeel Ong
    May 2, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    Very well said. Wet wipes should never substitute your makeup removal routine or your face is doomed. Thanks for the info. Zelhttp://crizeelong.blogspot.com

  19. Bliss Skincare Blog
    May 2, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    i agree they are awful wiping dirt all round your face! really good read x

  20. Anonymous
    May 5, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    I keep wipes in my bag for removing swatches or just in case emergencies in rubbish toilets. I stopped using them on my face because no matter which ones I use they make my face feel dry and sticky at the same time. I don't know how they manage it but they do!

  21. Queen Chioma
    September 28, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    Great wake up call, it's true we sometimes use it so much that it becomes a lazy facial routine rather than us doing what we should. My fave wipes from above are Simple wipes, didn't know that TopShop had their own wipes lol.http//www.uksdazzbeauty.com

  22. Anonymous
    June 17, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    I want to put a vote in FOR wipes. For years I avoided them agreeing with what everyone is saying here, till I actually tried a couple of different brands and the best I've found is superdrugs own brand for dry skin (I don't have dry skin) no alcohol but does have sweet almond oil, allantoin, vit e, hyaluronic acid and the wipes themselves are soft. After reading this blog I used my wipes then to test how clean my skin was I used a glycolic lotin on a cotton wool pad. The pad came out as clean as when I've used a regular cleanser. I'm not saying they are my only method of cleansing, much like many people they're handy when travelling or sleepy/lazy nights! I think like any product there is good and bad, you don't need to spend a fortune.I see little difference in using a cleansing lotion that has been siting on a shelf for god knows how long and a wash cloth/muslin/cotton wool pad to remove make up.I also think it depends on how much make up you wear – I do reach for more heavy duty cleansers when wearing more heavy duty make up.Yvonne (I don't work for superdrug but actually a competitor)

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