Removing makeup using reusable face rounds

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On any given day, I'd estimate that I go through three cotton pads for the interest of my beauty regimen. I had never actually thought that much about it, until I did the math: In the course of one year I throw upwards of 1,000 cotton pads. That, multiplied by the span of a life, is a *lot. *

While I'd like to believe the rest of my routine is fairly sustainable (thanks in large part to the strides the beauty business, in general, is making in that way ), the cotton ball conundrum nevertheless needs to be hacked. And though I know reusable cotton pads exist, I have always been skeptical: Because how secure is it, really, to recycle and reuse something that's sole purpose is to receive dirt, grime, and bacteria from my skin?

When I found out just how nasty it is to double dip with a cosmetics removing wipe, then I had to know for sure. So I checked in with New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, who allow me to know that regardless of what I had initially thought, reusable cotton pads (such as those bamboo babies) are A-okay--so long as they wash them. A lot.

"Reusable decorative cotton rounds are a great way to help sustain the ground, but you need to make certain to wash them correctly," he says. And no, he doesn't mean"wash them" the way you probably wash your makeup brushes (AKA never)--he suggests that they actually, really require a regular brush and rinse.

"As you use them, they become soiled--in some cases heavily fine --with oil, dirt, and makeup," he states. "Look at them such as mini towels, and treat them as you would treat any towel or wash cloth. Use them only once, and clean them together with your other linens" He suggests sticking with odor free detergent, like Tide Free (which, bonus, has a neutral pH to make it gentle on skin) and using a minimal amount when you wash. "Make sure not to overload your washer detergent, as overdosing can cause detergent to get trapped inside the fibers of your materials can lead to direct irritation of the skin."

While tossing reusable cotton rounds in the wash rather than pitching them in the trash (or keeping them around for multiple makeup removals) may add yet another step to your attractiveness"to-do" list, it's got double duty benefits to your skin and the surroundings. And what could be better than that?

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