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Can You Skip Washing Your Face If You Use Makeup Wipes?

Spoiler: you can't.

Q: I use makeup remover wipes to clean my face everyday. Can I skip washing my face now since the wipes get rid of makeup and dirt?

While makeup wipes are definitely the tamad girl’s best friend, know that they cannot (and will never!) substitute good ol’ face washing. 

Think of it this way: your wipes are no different from your trusty makeup remover that you use with a cotton pad, so you’ll definitely need to rinse your face after using them.

Makeup wipes are packed with chemicals that may leave residue on your skin. So if you don't wash your face after, it might lead to a variety of skin issuesespecially if you have sensitive skin.

If there are instances—like a night of having way too many shots at ~*da club*~—when you ABSOLUTELY cannot wash your face, Dr. Kaycee Reyes M.D., D.C.D, M.S.c, of Luminisce Skin says there is a solution. “Not all facial wipes are created equal. If you want proper cleansing without washing your face, use makeup remover wipes with salicylic acid,” she said.

For oily skin, opt for oil-free and textured wipes—they will gently exfoliate your skin and unclog your pores. For dry skin, choose a brand that contains moisturizing ingredients like aloe, glycerin, and Vitamin E.

If you have sensitive skin, you might want to ditch makeup wipes completely. Almost all wipes contain alcohol and fragrances that will irritate your skin—even if they say they are alcohol and fragrance-free.

Also, if you wear contact lenses, be sure to always remove them before you wipe off your eye makeup and mascara to avoid irritation. 

TL;DR? ALWAYS wash your face after using makeup remover wipes. The beauty gods will bless you and your skin forever.

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