While we can accept the fact that disposable makeup wipes and cotton pads do wonders for our skincare and beauty routine, from an environmental point of view, they are a disaster:
- Disposable makeup wipes are typically not degradable or recyclable
- Many end up flushed down the toilet and clogging our waterways
Cotton takes a lot of water to produce and is often grown using pesticides (unless organically grown), so even if the disposable cotton rounds are biodegradable they are not exactly eco-friendly. With consumers becoming more aware of the impact on the environment, many have moved to reusable alternatives such as machine washable reusable cotton rounds, facial cleansing pads, face washers, or mini washcloths.
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What are reusable makeup remover pads?
Typically they are round pieces of fabric (cotton, microfibre, bamboo, or crochet) interlocked together to create a pad that can be washed in a washing machine and reused over and over again. The durability and softness of the pads will vary depending on the fabrics chosen. As they are machine washable, these reusable makeup pads generally have a lower impact on the environment than disposable makeup wipes, face wipes, or disposable cotton pads, however, there are a number of factors to consider outlined below.
Types of reusable makeup pads
- Bamboo makeup remover pads
- Cotton makeup remover pads
- Microfibre makeup remover pads
Reusable makeup remover pads are very versatile, some of the uses include:
- removing makeup with water or micellar water
- facial cleansing with soap or your favorite cleanser or scrub
- applying face creams, masks, or other products to your skin
- touching your face with a clean cloth or pad is more hygienic than using your fingers
- the fibers of the fabric can get deep into your pores for a deeper clean