So, what are we REALLY using on our faces??
Hey guys! It’s Aisling here and today I’m talking skin care.
Having recently read an online article about the problems associated with regularly using face wipes to cleanse the face or remove makeup, it got me thinking. Of course, face wipes are handy when we are on the go, or simply too busy to cleanse the skin properly and need to freshen up, but what ingredients are in them and how do they affect our skin? This isn’t something I would regularly pay attention to or put much thought into but I wanted to find out what I was really using on my face. Having said that, I’d like to start by letting you all know my intention here isn’t to knock any skin care brands or dub any as being ‘bad’. I just thought some of you may be in the same boat as me and like to know exactly what ingredients that we use on our faces everyday, which aren’t just found in face wipes but also the many other products we use on a day to day basis. So, here’s what I found out!
Two face wipes which I regularly use and love are Water Wipes and Simple’s ‘Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes’.
I only recently started using Water Wipes and have to say I find them very refreshing on the skin. I generally use them just to freshen up my face when I am too busy to cleanse it properly in the evening or am on the move. I haven’t yet tried them for removing makeup but have heard that they can be used for this also.
Simple skin care is a brand which I have been using since my early teens because of it’s affordability and the lack of perfume in it’s products. I find anything too perfumed irritates my skin, so Simple is always my go-to as I find it very mild on the skin. As a general rule I would normally double cleanse my skin first using an oil based cleanser, followed by an exfoliating face wash. Having said this, I am often late in from work or on the go, so in this case I use the Micellar Cleansing Wipes as a quick way to remove my makeup in the evening.
Now to the bit we all want to know, what’s in them?
Well first up, lets talk about the Water Wipes. On the front of the packaging it claims to be ‘The World’s Purest Baby Wipe’, stating that it is chemical free. Having looked at a few brands of wipes this would appear to be very true! There are only two chemicals listed on the back of the packaging and these are (1) (yes, you guessed it!) water, and (2) grapefruit extract. I don’t think anybody could argue with me when I say neither of these products are harmful to the skin and for this reason, water wipes will definitely be my preference going forward!
Let’s move on to the Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes. These claim to ‘gently cleanse and unclog pores’ and ‘instantly hydrate’. While I am not arguing that this isn’t the case, and having used them myself and found them good for removing makeup quickly, their ingredients appear to say otherwise. Let me give you a break down of some of the ingredients that are in them,
Benzoic acid: Known to be a harmful food preservative, how great can it truly be for the delicate skin around our face?
Ceteareth- 12: According to the National Skincare Authority, it contains toxins and has been linked to some cancers. It’s classification as a penetration enhancer means it alters the skin structure allowing chemicals to pass through, sending more toxins into the blood stream.
Ceteareth- 20: Like ceteareth-12, this is also known to have carcinogenic properties and even in small doses has been linked to skin irritation around the eyes and lips. Dubbed one of the 7 most harmful skin care products, yet is found in many products designed for sensitive skin??
Disodium EDTA- Doesn’t appear too dangerous when only applied to skin but can cause damage when inhaled, so best to avoid deodorants or perfumes with this ingredient.
Panthenol- W hen I researched this product I found there has been a lot of controversy surrounding its usage in skincare products. More often than not though, it appears it has benefits when used on the skin and hair because of it’s moisturising properties. It is also a nutrient from the Vitamin B family, which Simple claims to feature in the majority of its products, which is definitely a bonus.
Tocopheryl acetate- Upon reading this, the word tocopheryl would appear to be something beneficial to the skin as many would be aware it is the common name given to vitamin E. w
What you wouldn’t suspect is that it is added to the acetate (acetic acid) which can be actually corrosive and cause skin irritation. The reason it is added to this chemical is to give it a longer shelf life. Does this mean these wipes mightn’t be so kind to the skin after all??
These are just some of the ingredients found in the Micellar Cleansing Wipes, but it’s pretty interesting isn’t it? I would never have thought that the ingredients used in products which are designed for sensitive skin could be any way damaging to the skin or linked to all kinds of irritation.
Again, I want to point out I’m not at all knocking the brand and I will continue to love and use some of their other products, but this has definitely been an eye opener for me and I will certainly be paying more attention to what is in the products I use going forward. I would definitely feel that less chemicals are best so I will be on the look out for some other more natural products to try, to see what difference I notice, if any!
That’s all from me today guys, I hope you found this useful and If anybody has any suggestions of other brands I can try out/ review, let us know!
Until next time,