Not only are single-use makeup wipes pretty rubbish for your skin, but are also bad for the environment. Once in landfill, these wipes can take up to 100 years to break down and considering you used one wipe for all of 30 seconds, it’s a pretty terrible trade-off.
There are so many eco-friendly makeup wipes on the market these days, making it super easy to replace your single-use habit. From reusable cotton rounds that mimic cotton pads to microfibre wipes, there is something for every preference. We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up some of the best reusable wipes available so you can do something good for both your skin and the environment.
The original Face Halo product will always be a firm favourite but this latest release, called Face Halo X, is truly helpful when it comes to makeup removal. Designed to slip over your index and middle fingers, the Face Halo X is basically a cross between a cotton bud, a touch-up tool and a cotton round.
Made with Face Halo’s unique knitted HaloTech fibres, this tool is able to be used wet as a delicate makeup remover for your eyes, or to touch-up any liner or mascara smudges you might encounter. The Face Halo X can be washed in the washing machine up to 200 times and negates the need for cotton buds or pads. Shop via Face Halo for $38 a four-pack.
To remove your full face of makeup with water and a reusable pad, look no further than the Santé by Enjoy Makeup Remover. Using super fine fibres, the pad massages your skin to remove makeup and impurities while cleansing and exfoliating to leave your skin feeling fresh.
Santé’s range of products has been dermatologically tested and passed, giving you peace of mind that this sustainable makeup remover is gentle enough to use daily. Shop via Santé for $16.
If you’re looking for something that closely resembles the single-use cotton pads you used to use to remove makeup, there is a more sustainable option. The Makeup Remover Pads from Biome are reusable rounds made from hemp and organic cotton fleece that removes makeup and cleanses your skin.
These wipes come in packs of 10 and are soft, durable and can be washed in the washing machine to be reused again and again. Shop via Biome for $34.95.
This natural sponge is made from Konjac plant roots as well as bamboo charcoal. This Japanese Konjac sponge has been used as a beauty tool for centuries and is extremely gentle on your skin. The sponge cleanses and balances the skin’s pH levels with its natural alkalinity while also gently exfoliating away dirt and makeup.
The addition of charcoal helps to counteract excess sebum ad combat acne-causing bacteria, making it a great makeup remover for those with oily or combination skin types. Simply soak the sponge in water and use it alongside a small amount of your favourite cleanser and you’re done. Shop via Flora & Fauna for $7.95.
These plush reusable wipes remove makeup with just water. These pads are bigger, soft and seven times more absorbent than traditional single-use makeup wipes and don’t contain any harsh toxins, making it perfect for those with seriously sensitive skin.
You can wash these pads over 200 times and simply hang to air dry after each use. In a pack of two, you’ll receive one white and one black remover pad, so you can choose which to use depending on the heaviness of the makeup you’re removing. Shop via Blush Off for $24.