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Removing makeup using reusable cotton rounds

On any particular day, I would estimate that I go through three cotton pads for the sake of my beauty routine. That, multiplied by the span of a lifetime, is a *lot. * While I want to believe the rest of my routine is fairly sustainable (thanks in large part to the strides the beauty industry, generally speaking, is creating in that direction), the cotton ball conundrum still has to be hacked. And though I understand reusable cotton pads exist, I have always been skeptical: Because how safe is it, actually, to recycle and reuse something which's only objective is to get dirt, grime, and bacteria off of my skin? When I found out how nasty it is to double dip using a cosmetics removing wipe, then I had to know for sure. I checked in with New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, who allow me to know that despite what I'd initially thought, reusable cotton pads (like those bamboo infants ) are A-okay--so long as you wash them. A lot. "Reusable facial cotton rounds are a great way to maintain the ground, but you need to make certain to wash them correctly," he states. And no, he does not mean"wash them" how you probably wash your makeup brushes (AKA never)--he suggests that they really, really need a regular rinse and lather. "As you use them, they become soiled--in some instances heavily fine --with oil, dirt, and makeup," he states. "Look at them like miniature towels, and treat them as you would deal with any towel or wash cloth. Use them just once, and clean them together with your other linens" He suggests sticking with fragrance free detergent, such as Tide Free (which, bonus, has a neutral pH to allow it to be gentle on the skin) and using a minimum amount once you wash. "Be sure not to overload your washer with detergent, as overdosing can lead to detergent to get trapped within the fibers of your fabrics can lead to direct irritation of the skin." While pitching reusable cotton rounds in the wash rather than tossing them in the garbage (or keeping them around for multiple cosmetics removals) may add yet another step to your attractiveness"to-do" list, it's got double duty benefits for skin and the environment. And what could be better than that?