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A cosmetic doctor has taken to social media to show why we shouldn't be using makeup wipes to take off foundation, sharing a seriously gross video on his channels.
Using an orange to demonstrate his case, the Dr Tijion Esho, founder of the Esho Clinic, squeezed some foundation onto the skin of the fruit until it was completely covered, then showed just how ineffective the wipe was at removing dirt and grime.
The idea was that the peel was meant to mimic our pores, in order to show just how much makeup residue sticks to your skin and clogs it when you do nothing more than sweep a wipe over your face.
On his Instagram, Dr Esho wrote: "Why I keep preaching to you all about make up wipes."
Sharing his suggested alternative to makeup wipes, in order to assure makeup is properly removed, Dr Esho wrote: "Alternatively double cleanse using a cleanser or micellar water...for 60 seconds and try follow up makeup removal with moisture."
While an orange and the skin obviously aren't the same texture, and don't retain makeup in the same way, the graphic is nonetheless a stark reminder that makeup wipes only remove a surface level of makeup, and demonstrating why they can be bad for your skin long-term.
"Love this demonstration - literally makes my toes curl when clients say they use wipes," a fellow skin care expert wrote in the comments.
Meanwhile, another follower posted a wide eyed emoji, and wrote: "Wow when you put it like that. Defo hope you'll do more of these to educate us more".
"The fact I used to do this as a teenager makes me ILL," a third concurred. "Even if I'm flat out drunk I always oil cleanse then use a gel cleanser - I'd take them to a desert island".
Dr Esho isn't alone in thinking makeup wipes should get in the bin.
Globally qualified advanced aesthetician Caroline Hirons, author of bestselling book Skin Care, has long voiced her distain for using them, too.
Saying that wipes should only be used for "fannies, festivals and flights" the skin care guru previously explained on This Morning: "A wipe just moves [the dirt] around your face.
"And, I don't understand, it's not quicker. It's not quicker and it just doesn't work that well."
Let's not forget about the environmental impact of makeup wipes, as well.
As Hirons adds on her blog: "To give you a sense of scale, if an average wet wipe is roughly a 6-inch (15cm) square, then one year's worth of wet wipes, from just that one company, would stretch to the moon and back more than 24 times." YIKES.
Like the majority of skin-care experts, Hirons also advocates double cleansing instead of swiping a wipe around your face, removing your SPF and makeup with a first cleanser and using a second to properly clean the face of any remaining residue.
You can use a flannel or a microfibre cloth instead of a wipe when cleansing, too, if you wish.
So, there you have it, people. If this video hasn't made you bin the wipes, we don't know what will.
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