Are Face Wipes Giving You Wrinkles?
Well they could be... Lots of you will love the convenience of using cleansing wipes once or twice a day on your skin - but could they be causing you harm? Sales of these quick and easy solutions for face care have doubled in the past year but why are they not a good idea?
Here are some of the drawbacks of face wipes
- The wipes do not actually clean the skin but rather just smear any dirt and make up across the face while at the same time dragging the delicate facial skin unnecessarily, especially if you are in a hurry.
- The wipes are far from natural because the cleansing fluid, in which they are soaked, contains surfactants – detergent-like chemicals that dissolve make up and grime.
- Then we don't rinse off this cleansing fluid after using a wipe so the chemicals sit on our skin, possibly leading to irritation and more.
- Another ingredient in wipes can be alcohol which can leave the skin feeling tight and dry.
- The packets of wipes have to stay moist but, as this moisture can lead to bacteria, preservatives are also included in the ingredients, leading to skin irritation and even an allergic reaction.
- The main preservative used is often methylisonthiazolinone or Ml. Worse case scenario from this toxic chemical is the appearance of blistering, red rashes and/or swelling. It is believed by some experts that this preservative is a common cause of dermatitis or eczema.
- The final drawback is that often wipes are not fragrant-free. An added artificial fragrance can be a common cause of allergies.
What is the best way to clean your face?Oil is highly recommended because it will naturally dissolve the dirty oils on your skin without stripping it or using harsh chemicals.
There are different oils you can useCastor oil is antibacterial and best for cleaning skin. Depending on your skin-type, you will want to use a different ratio of castor oil to other oils. These other oils include olive or jojoba (both suitable for all skin types), avocado (ideal for drier skin), and almond oil (best for oily skin). Not only will this cleansing method help your skin regain its natural, dewy glow, but it’s also been known to help lessen wrinkles. Here is the ratio of oil to extra-virgin olive oil depending on your skin type:
- Normal Skin: 1:1 ratio of castor oil to extra-virgin olive oil (or alternate oil)
- Oily Skin: 3:1 ratio of castor oil to extra-virgin olive oil (or alternate oil)
- Dry Skin: 1:3 ratio of castor oil to extra-virgin olive oil (or alternate oil)
Oil cleansing method for normal skin to make 1 cupCourtesy of https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10010/how-to-wash-your-face-and-remove-makeup-with-oil.html You will need:
- ½ cup castor oil
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Clean wash cloth
- Rub a small amount of oil onto dry skin, adding more as needed, and massage onto skin for about a minute.
- If you wear mascara and eye makeup, rub a small amount onto your lids (using your ring finger only as this has the lightest touch) to gently remove any makeup.
- Run wash cloth under warm water before wringing out and placing on your face for a minute or so.
- Finally, use the washcloth to wipe away any oil residue.