This doctor’s tangerine trick shows why you should never rely on make-up wipes

It can be tempting, when it’s late and you just can’t be bothered to do a full cleanse to take off your make up, to instead reach for the make-up wipes. After all, how bad can they really be?

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Well, a recent Instagram Reels video released by cosmetic doctor Dr Tijion Esho – whose client list includes celebrities such as Charlotte Crosby and Nicola Adams – might make you think a little differently.

In the video – captioned ‘Why I keep preaching to you all about make-up wipes’ – Dr Esho demonstrates how effective make-up wipes really are at removing product by applying foundation to a tangerine before attempting to then remove it using a wipe. At the end of the video, you can see plenty of foundation still left in the dimples of the tangerine skin, which is exactly what happens to the pores of our skin.

So not only are they bad for the environment, they’re not even very effective at removing make up at all. Skincare expert Caroline Hirons has also previously preached about the ineffectiveness of make-up wipes and her dislike of them.

Instead of using make up wipes, Dr Esho advises his 45.9k followers to do a double cleanse using a cleanser or micellar water (although Hirons also has some strong feelings about these too) for at least 60 seconds, before always following up make-up removal with putting moisture back into the skin.

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One person commented: ‘I use micellar water to take the makeup off then I wash my face with cerave hydrating cleanser after, someone told me this was too much for my skin? I’ve still been doing it anyway though because it’s the only way my skin feels clean’ to which Dr Esho replied: ‘that’s a good combo x’.