I think it’s time we see other products, it’s not me it’s you..

The Jury's in: Makeup Wipes Are Out – BOOST LAB

I think it’s time we see other products, it’s not me it’s you..

Makeup wipes are like the too-small jeans in the back of your wardrobe from 10 years ago that you’ll ‘one day’ fit back into - nice to have, but it’s time to move on!

The same can be said for your make up wipes. We loved them. They were convenient but now we realise they are really quite damaging for us (and the environment). 

Let us give you a list of reasons why it is time to break up with your makeup wipes:


Firstly, makeup wipes are super harsh. They aren’t formulated to actually clean your skin - their purpose is to break down makeup. 

So your face might look makeup free when you’re done, but it’s actually leaving a residue that your skin will definitely not thank you for. You’ll find your clogged pores will cause unnecessary congestion and as a wise woman once said, “ain’t nobody got time for that”. 

Not convinced? Check out Dr Esho’s video on how much makeup is actually taken away from a wipe.


Did you know the texture of most makeup wipes can actually be super harsh on your skin? To the point where it can actually be considered a type of exfoliant - especially when you’re scrubbing away at your face. Most of us beauty-gurus are already using a much better exfoliant, so let's leave it at that. 


A lot of us love using makeup wipes to remove eye makeup - nobody likes panda eyes in the morning. But remember - your eye area is the most delicate part of your face, so scrubbing away at it with a textured wipe can actually lead to micro-tears in the skin that can push forward the ageing-process.


By giving up your wipes you’re also doing the environment a massive favour. To break it down, you’re probably going through two wipes a day to take off your makeup. Times that by 6 days per week for 52 weeks a year - that is over 600 wipes a year! What an unnecessary waste for something that isn’t actually doing its job.

So, what now? We’re so glad you asked. We would recommend looking out for the incredible alternatives to makeup wipes (that actually do a better job!). Your replacement routine could be: 

  • Apply an oil cleanser to your skin without water, gently rub that in and watch the oil break down your makeup. Wash off with warm water.

  • After wetting your face, go in with your usual cleanser to remove that last bit of makeup and give your skin the well-deserving cleanse it craves.

  • Any excess product? Put some micellar water on a cotton pad and wipe that product away.

And post cleanse, your skin will need some nourishing. Our top picks for fresh, hydrated skin includes: