As the years go on, it seems that our makeup purchases aren’t just about quality products, but quality products that contribute to a more sustainable routine. Many individuals are researching ways to recycle makeup products and opting for reusable alternatives. Speaking of the latter, reusable makeup remover pads have surged in popularity over the past few months. Sure, makeup wipes and cotton pads are still on the market, but the increased demand for options like reusable cotton pads hasn’t gone unnoticed. If you’re curious about using reusable makeup pads in your regimen, allow us to fill you in. Ahead, find your guide to reusable makeup remover pads, including what they are and if they’re a product worth adding to your vanity.
What Are Reusable Makeup Remover Pads?
Reusable makeup pads are just what they sound like—pads that can be used to remove your makeup time and time again. What we mean is, you won’t have to throw one out after you use it. Instead, you can remove your makeup, wash the reusable makeup pad, and then use it the next day to take your makeup off. There are different options available, including reusable cotton pads and towelettes, depending on your preference. Whichever format you choose, they’re typically made with a soft, skin-friendly material like cotton or microfiber so as to not cause irritation.
Are Reusable Makeup Pads Worth It?
If you’re looking to make your beauty routine more sustainable, we’ll be the first ones to say that reusable makeup remover pads are worth it. Not only do they contribute to less waste, but they’re also budget-friendly. Meaning, you won’t have to constantly go to the store to restock your makeup wipes or disposable cotton pads whenever you run out. Instead, with the help of two or three reusable makeup pads, you can have a seemingly endless supply!
How To Use Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
Putting reusable makeup remover pads to use is seriously simple—the process is the same as any other cotton pad or makeup wipe you’ve used. But, if you’re still hesitant, we’re breaking down a step-by-step guide, below.
Step #1. Choose a Liquid Makeup Remover
In order to wipe away your makeup look with a reusable makeup remover pad, you’ll need to have a liquid makeup remover on hand. You can use a traditional option, like our L’Oréal Paris Clean Artiste Waterproof & Long Wearing Eye Makeup Remover, or opt for a trendy alternative like micellar water. If you prefer the latter, grab the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, which can be used to remove all makeup, including waterproof mascara.
Editor’s note: Some reusable makeup remover pads can be used to remove makeup solely with water—seriously. Always follow the directions of the product you’re using for the best results.
Step #2. Saturate Your Reusable Makeup Pad
Saturate your reusable pad with your liquid remover of choice. This is the same process as with a disposable cotton pad.
Step #3. Gently Wipe The Pad Over Your Face
Once your reusable makeup remover pad is saturated and ready to use, you can glide it over your face to remove your makeup. Depending on the size of the pad you’re using, you may need to use a new corner or pad to remove a full face of makeup. Continue to saturate and wipe until all of your makeup is removed. All done!
How Do You Clean Reusable Makeup Remover Pads?
We touched on this earlier, but after using your reusable makeup remover pad, you’ll need to clean it of the foundation, mascara, and other makeup residue. Most reusable pads can be put in your washing machine, inside a hand wash garment bag, with the rest of your weekly load of laundry. You can also opt to hand wash your reusable makeup pads in the sink with soap and water. As always, it’s a smart idea to follow the washing instructions of the specific reusable option you’re using.
4 Other Ways To Use Reusable Makeup Remover Pads In Your Routine
Reusable makeup pads are primarily intended for removing makeup, but they can be used in other areas of your skin care routine. Here are four times you may want to reach for one.
1. Cleansing Your Face
A reusable makeup remover pad is a smart option for applying no-rinse cleanser options like micellar water. Just like when using one to remove your makeup, you can saturate the pad and glide it over your face to cleanse.
2. Applying Toner
It should come as no surprise that you can use reusable makeup pads for toner, too. To do so, saturate your reusable cotton pad with toner, like our L'Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner, before wiping it over your complexion.
Because reusable makeup remover pads need to be gently rubbed over your face, they can actually be used as a form of mechanical exfoliation. You can up their exfoliation abilities by using one to apply a face scrub, like our L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, as opposed to your hands.
4. Removing a Face Mask
Instead of splashing your face with water, consider putting your reusable makeup remover pad to use to remove a face mask. Once time is up, wet the pad with lukewarm water and wipe it over your face. Easy, peasy.
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