Are facewipes bad for your skin

Q&A: Are Face-Wipes Bad For Your Skin?

Are facewipes bad for your skin

In our Q&A Posts, we bring you real-life skin queries and concerns, and offer you the scientific and natural solution that eléni skincare provides.

The Problem

“A couple of years ago I stopped using skincare products and started using face-wipes to remove my makeup, now I use them in the morning too, but I’ve heard they can actually be bad for your skin. Is this true?”

The Science

Sales of face-wipes have doubled in the past year alone, they’re cheap and quick to use, but skincare experts worry that wipes don’t effectively cleanse the skin, and instead cause more problems than they solve…

Premature Ageing: Have you ever used a face-wipe to remove stubborn eye make-up? Usually, you’ll find you have to “scrub” the area, which can prematurely age the skin around your eyes, as it is very delicate.

Irritation: The fluid wipes are soaked in contains surfactants – chemicals that dissolve make-up and every-day dirt. If these are too harsh, they can irritate the skin, especially as you don’t rinse it off. Rough and textured wipes can also damage the skin, leaving surface scratches and redness.

Dryness: Many face-wipes contain alcohol, which can cause dry skin, and it’s even worse for those who suffer with rosacea or eczema. If you suffer from sensitive skin, you should really avoid using wipes.

Spots and Acne: If you suffer from breakouts a good cleansing routine should be your skincare basic. Not only do wipes increase the risk of you spreading bacteria around your face, but as they often don’t remove all make-up and debris, but instead transfer it around your face, there’s a high likelihood that you are encouraging blocked pores that will trigger more breakouts.

Allergic Reactions: Most environments breed bacteria, and face-wipes need to stay clear of bugs. This means using preservatives, often in high doses, to keep open packets of wipes hygienic. These preservatives can trigger an allergic reaction, including tightness, rashes, swelling, and even dermatitis.

If that isn’t enough, research has shown that not cleansing skin thoroughly means you leave a barrier of dead skin cells and dirt – so those serums and moisturisers you use afterwards? One study showed 30% less anti-ageing ingredients make it into the skin when it’s not properly cleansed. So, if wipes aren’t giving you more wrinkles from tugging them around your face, they’re preventing you from treating existing ones.

The Solution

Face-wipes are not the ideal skincare solution and should not replace a proper skincare routine, but if you can’t resist using them occasionally, then you should aim to treat your skin extra well on the days when you can cleanse properly.

Step One: Rinse

If you can’t resist using face-wipes for their convenience (particularly after a night on the tiles!), then try to pick ones without dyes, perfumes, or artificial ingredients, and wipes for sensitive skin are usually a little better, especially if they have a soft and fluffy cloth. You should try to rinse your face after using them to remove any residual chemicals and preservatives, and gently pat dry with a face cloth or towel. Do not rub.

Step Two: Cleanse

When you can, use a proper cleanser to clean your skin. Cleansers not only clean your skin more effectively than wipes, but they often contain other natural and active ingredients that help condition and moisturise skin too without drying it out. eléni’s Facial Deep Cleanse is specially formulated to be used with or without water, so you could replace your face-wipes with this product and simple cotton pads. Easy!

Step Three: Exfoliate

If you are using face-wipes as part of your regular routine (but not too often!), it’s really important to exfoliate once per week with a gentle exfoliator to make sure you are removing dead skin cells, residual make-up and day-to-day dirt that gathers on the surface of your skin. This will leave your skin feeling much smoother, and you will reap the benefits of your moisturisers and serums!

Step Four: Moisturise

Replacing lost moisture from your skin is so important, especially when using face-wipes as the artificial preservatives and alcohol will really strip your skin of moisture, making it feel tired, tight and uncomfortable. eléni’s Rich Stabilising Moisturiser will leave your skin feeling soft and supple, especially during winter – when your skin dries out even more!

Step Five: Get Rid!

Ideally, you should try to replace using wipes with a proper skincare routine if you want to keep your skin in top shape. Next time you use a face-wipe to remove your make-up, use a cleanser and a clean face cloth afterwards to properly cleanse your skin, and then take a look at the cloth. We guarantee there will be more make-up on it than you think!

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Q&A: Party-Ready Skin

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In our Q&A Posts, we bring you real-life skin queries and concerns, and offer you the scientific and natural solution that eléni skincare provides.

The Problem

“I want to make sure my skin is looking good for nights out with friends and family over the festive period. Around Christmas-time, I tend to wear more make-up than normal, and I want to avoid break-outs and blackheads. Any tips?”

The Science

At Christmas-time, we tend to eat, drink and be merry – which often means eating and drinking lots of lovely things that aren’t always that good for us, or for our skin. Alcohol, moreish nibbles, and foods high in fat can all cause break-outs, and if we add that to the effect winter and cold weather already has on our skin, we could run in to some skin problems.

The Solution

Prep and replenish your skin for the party season to ensure you glow for New Year!

Step One: Cleanse

Looking after your skin might not be your top priority during the hustle and bustle of Christmas, but if you want your skin to look good, you’re going to have to stick to your skincare routine. Cold weather can remove the natural sebum layer on your skin, so use an effective and gentle cleaner to avoid dry patches that will show up through your make-up, preventing that flawless finish! eléni’s Facial Deep Cleanse is specially formulated to complement this sebum layer, and can be used with or without water.

Step Two: Exfoliate

We often wear more make-up during the Christmas period due to family gatherings, work nights out and general festivities – this can create a build-up of product on the skin that can block pores and cause unexpected break-outs. Often, a cleanser will not completely remove this build-up, so it’s important to exfoliate. But that’s not all – exfoliating the skin will also help to gently buff any dry patches, giving you a smooth base when applying your foundation, creating the perfect photo-finish!

Step Three: Moisturise.

Cold weather can strip your skin of moisture, and dehydration caused by alcohol consumption won’t help either. It’s important that you replenish lost moisture in your skin by using a nourishing moisturiser. eléni’s Rich Stabilising Moisturiser will leave your skin feeling soft and supple, and you may want to consider using a facial primer, to give your make-up extra staying power!

Step Four: Brighten Tired Eyes.

With time off work to relax, you may have a late night or three, so grab yourself an instant pick-me-up with eléni’s Eye Contour Smoothing Créme to reduce puffiness and redness.

Step Five: Banish Break-outs.

Unfortunately, even the best skincare routines can’t completely prevent break-outs during the festive season, so be prepared with eléni’s fast-acting BlemishLess Cream, which can help reduce swelling and redness, and can even be applied sparingly over make-up without ruining your hard work. .

Finally, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to rehydrate and flush your system, this will definitely help in keeping your skin clear and glowing!

Review: Silver Brogues

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Silver Brogues is a beauty and fashion blog by 30-something year-old Rosanna. She sampled “A Selection” of eléni skincare, and for her the Eye Contour Smoothing Créme and BlemishLess Cream came out on top!

eléni Reconstruction Serum immediately leaves skin looking smoother. My favourite, a product I have been searching for, is the Eye Contour Smoothing Créme – my eyes look and feel hydrated, I will definitely be ordering more of this! I love the clove smell of the BlemishLess cream, it even smells like it’s working wonders! I love the travel pack idea too, you should buy your skin an early Christmas pressie!

Check out the full review here.

Review: Orlagh Maye Beauty

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Orlagh Maye is the owner of Orlagh Maye Beauty Salon and a Beauty Blogger who tested “A Selection” of eléni products. She loved the range so much, she now stocks it in her salon, and on her online store!

The range has blown me away. The liposomes basically help get all the active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin, and like with any range, I have my favourite products. I just love the rich feeling of the Eye Contour Smoothing Créme on my eyes, especially before I sleep. This is a rich cream, it is so refreshing, hydrating, moisturising and soothing, especially around the sensitive eye area. Loved it.

Also, the moisturiser has a velvety finish on the skin. I found when massaged into my skin it was left feeling calmed, moistened and smoothed, a perfect base for applying make-up. If I can use this on my sensitive skin, anyone can use it, so I think it would be perfect for all skin types.

Check out the full review here.

Q&A: Winter and Your Skin

In our Q&A Posts, we bring you real-life skin queries and concerns, and offer you the scientific and natural solution that eléni skincare provides.

The Problem

“My skin seems to change in winter, it gets drier and can sometimes even be itchy, occasionally I’ll notice flaky patches. I also sometimes suffer from eczema and psoriasis, and even when I don’t have a flare up, my skin will become irritated where my flare ups usually are. Am I imagining this? And is there anything I can do to help it?

The Science

Another excellent question this week, and an issue that is no doubt affecting many people at this time of the year.

Winter is a time when nature comes to a standstill – plants, insects, birds, animals – are all forced to adapt their lifestyles to survive the harsher winter climate, and we’re no different. With the nights getting darker earlier, and the chill in the air, it’s a safe bet that you’ve started using your central heating system – a major contributor to winter skincare problems.

Cold winter weather, low humidity and home-heating combined can be very harsh on your skin, leading to increased sensitivity, itchiness, dryness and discomfort – even people who don’t normally have dry skin can find the winter months cause problems. When the skin becomes dry, the lipids that help stick skin cells together and prevent water-loss are lost. Without them, the cells flake off and the skin’s barrier becomes less effective as it loses moisture. Many people will find their dry skin start to itch as the break-up of the normal skin barrier causes inflammation, and those with a tendency towards eczema, and other similar conditions, can itch a lot.

The Solution

By making small changes to your skincare routine you should be able to help combat the negative effects of winter on your skin.

Step One: Stop Using Soap

If you hear the same lie repeatedly, you will eventually start to believe it – this is so true about soap. Over time, we’ve been conditioned to believe that the only thing that truly cleans our skin is soap. Far from it! And even more so in winter. The body works hard to build a protective layer on the surface of the skin (sebum), and all too often we work against nature by stripping this off. Please remember that under normal conditions, sebum is the perfect protective layer!

Step Two: Choose The Right Cleanser

Use a cleanser that is gentle on your skin, and one that cleans it effectively, without stripping the natural sebum barrier. eléni’s Facial Deep Cleanse is specially formulated to complement, and not destroy, the natural sebum layer. It can also be used with or without water, perfect for the dark and cold winter mornings, when sticking to a skincare routine can be more difficult!

Step Three: Moisturise. Then Moisturise More!

The outer layer of your skin is called the Stratum Corneum (or the “horny layer”). These cells need water and moisture to puff them up, giving them a smooth and healthy appearance, without this much needed moisture your skin will become dry, itchy, scaly and flaky.

So, how do you keep moisture in your skin in winter?

In the image below, the large blue dots are called “Natural Moisturising Factor”, they absorb large quantities of water, and the small black dots surrounding each cell are a protective lipid layer (sebum) that traps the water to keep it contained.

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In winter, indoor dry and outdoor cold and windy climates make your skin lose moisture much more quickly, so you should use a rich moisturiser such as eléni Rich Stabilising Moisturiser as part of your daily routine.

Often, throughout the day your skin will also become dry and uncomfortable, and it’s not always possible to reapply moisturiser, especially over make-up. This is why we have developed eléni Facial Toner Spritz, the perfect refresher to use anytime, anywhere, anyplace!

As we like to say, #getspritzed!

Step Four: Don’t Forget To Exfoliate

Dry, dull and sallow complexions are common during the winter, as you may not be drinking as much water, and you might also be slacking on your skincare routine due to the dark mornings. Also, when your skin is dry, there is a build-up of dead skin cells that can hinder the skin from carrying out its normal functions, this can add to any skin problems you are having, so don’t forget to exfoliate at least once per week.

Step Five: Use A Humidifier

Apart from making sure you drink enough water to stay hydrated in winter, you could also consider combating the drying effects of indoor heating by using a humidifier. You can create your own at home by filling a bowl with water and placing it on, or close to, radiators. The water will evaporate into the air, and the more humidity there is in the air – the less moisture will be drawn from the surface of your skin. This is especially useful to do in your bedroom, if you tend to leave your heating on overnight.

Do you have a skincare issue you’d love us to resolve? Contact us for your own personalised 5 Step Q&A post.

Stockists: The Beauty Room

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The Beauty Room @ Hairfever, Lurgan, is the latest salon to fall in love with the eléni skincare range.

The Beauty Room can be found on Mourn Road, Lurgan, catering to all of your beauty needs, including: gelish nails, waxing, make-up and lashes, and now eléni kincare!

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Contact Details:

Phone – 07745 546150 – Email – – Facebook

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