For years, my favorite method to take off my makeup has been using remover wipes. I swore by one brand’s towelettes because my eyes would get irritated if I used anything else. However, I started to notice that they weren’t getting all of the makeup off. Sometimes I would use one before a shower, only to find myself with raccoon eyes afterward because of the eyeliner and mascara residue left behind. Furthermore, makeup remover wipes were running me anywhere between five and eight dollars for a 30-pack. Granted, I was only paying this about once a month— but that adds up!
Luckily, there’s a solution for those of us who want something gentle, efficient and cost effective: the reusable makeup remover cloth. For the past month, I’ve been using the BSL Natural Makeup Cloth. This unique cleansing cloth is soft on skin and tough on makeup. The antibacterial fabric consists of dense, wedge-shaped microfibers that pick up oil, dirt and makeup by just adding water. It also works to refine and improve the texture of skin by removing dead skin cells. The benefits have won me over, and I don’t think I’ll be turning back any time soon.
1. They Work Better
When it comes right down to it, I’ve experienced less makeup residue left on my face after using the makeup cloths— specifically eye makeup. They really do pick up every bit of my eyeliner and mascara, and I’m never left with raccoon eyes after showers or the morning after. I still like to follow up with a cleanser for acne treatment, and that also helps get any last traces of face makeup that might remain.
2. Cleanse Without Chemicals
One of the biggest benefits to using makeup cloths instead of wipes is that you only need water to make them work. Although I wouldn’t say I have sensitive skin, the areas around my eyes react poorly to many makeup removers. Whether it’s a high concentration of chemicals or the mere presence of alcohol, there are a lot of ingredients in makeup remover wipes that can prevent you from achieving a great complexion. I don’t have to worry about irritating my skin with these reusable cloths, and I have smoother skin to show for it.
3. Environmentally Friendly
Since you’re able to use one cloth over and over again, you’re going to reduce your waste significantly. Also, it only needs water to help achieve a squeaky clean face, so you won’t be letting any unnecessary chemicals rinse down your drain.
4. Cost Effective
The BSL Natural Makeup Cloth is said to last six months, and they come in a pack of 3 for $20. That’s eighteen months of makeup removing power! Compare this to the $90+ I would spend in that time on regular makeup wipes… hello savings!
It does take me a little extra time using the microfiber cloth, because I like to work on one area at a time to make sure I’ve picked up all of my makeup. After each use, I rinse the cloth with liquid hand soap, and I wash it in the weekly laundry to keep it clean. I never have to worry about running low, or accidentally leaving a seal open on packaging. Overall, it’s been much more convenient than using wipes.
Would you ever consider ditching the wipes?