Why you shouldn’t be using wipes to clean your face

Many women turn to face wipes at the end of the day to remove make-up, but it's been claimed using them could be damaging to the skin. Along with being slightly aggressive, it's also thought regular use of wipes can cause premature aging.

Pampering brand Sanctuary recently commissioned a study which found its new Foaming Micellar Cleansing Water is up to 46 per cent more effective at cleansing every day dirt than standard wipes, around 50 per cent quicker at removing foundation and gentler on skin.

Nichola Joss, Sanctuary skincare expert, said: "Face wipes tend to be a little aggressive on the skin as they drag and pull the skin when being swept across the face.

Helen George is the face of Sanctuary's new Foaming Cleansing Micellar Water

"Dragging and pulling the skin can subsequently cause premature aging and put stress on the skin. Also, often the ingredient of the face wipes are concentrated onto the wipe which can dry out skin too."

While more effective at removing dirt and make-up, cleansing waters also nourish the skin meaning the face is left feeling fresh.

Nichola added: "Sanctuary's new foaming Cleansing Micellar Water contains refreshing and soothing rose water combined with nourishing argon oil and micelles which act like dirt magnets."

Sanctuary is holding a 'Wipe Amnesty' at Boots stores across the country on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March, with actress and Strictly Come Dancing star Helen George as the face of the event.

Discussing her involvement, Helen said: "The Sanctuary Wipe Amnesty really resonates with me because I love wearing and experimenting with different make-up looks. I used to use wipes, but I never seemed to get all of my make-up off. I now use Sanctuary's Foaming Micellar Water daily; it's quicker and much better for my skin."

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