As a teenager who dealt with acne, pimples, clogged pores, while on top of it, having very sensitive skin – cotton pads were the only thing that kept my skin looking and feeling clean.
I’m going to start off incredibly transparent. I, myself, have only made the switch to reusable, bamboo cotton pads as makeup wipes as recently as the beginnings of this blog. I had known for years that the waste of minimum four cotton pads a day, was completely unacceptable. However, as a teenager who dealt with acne, pimples, clogged pores, while on top of it, having very sensitive skin – cotton pads were the only thing that kept my skin looking and feeling clean. This is an inherently difficult concept as it brings in the aspect of vanity in the realm of what is ethical and environmentally sustainable when making market choices. This is where my experimenting with reusable cotton pads has illuminated this aspect of my beauty routine. The actuality of keeping your largest organ clean and paraben-free no longer has to come at the price of picking the latter of sustainability, reusable cotton pads are revolutionary. Seriously, rather than perpetuating the production of cotton – saving the 20,000 litres of water it takes to produce one kilogram of cotton – invest in reusable cotton pads. Cleaning them is as easy as throwing them in your weekly laundry, laying flat to dry, and ready to reuse for your week. I got mine at my local Whole Foods, with many other local brands such as Harlow Skin Co. also joining the transition. Don’t settle on bad skin and bad habits, choose wisely.