You've finally found the skincare elixir of your dreams, and there's nothing standing between you and perfect skin…right? Well, we've got some news—you may be sabotaging your skincare without even realizing it. Even if you've found the perfect product, the wrong applicator can ruin everything. Those $4 cotton rounds you picked up from the drugstore? Yep, not as pure, white and innocent as they seem. Here's why:
1) They are not always 100% cotton. Oftentimes, they are made from a blend of synthetics, like rayon and viscose. If you have sensitive skin, these materials can cause allergic reaction, irritation and discomfort.
2) They may contain fertilizers and bleaches. Run-of-the-mill drugstore cotton pads can leave behind bleach residues, dioxins and petrochemical additives, and who wants to put that stuff on their skin?
3) They waste product. Raise your hand if you know what we're talking about: you squeeze your toner onto a cotton pad, and it seemingly disappears before it reaches your face. Feels like a waste, right? Well, that's because it is!
Now that we've convinced you to try luxury cotton applicators, here are a few of our faves:
Cotton balls are hard on the skin, yes, but they’re also hard on the environment! Enter S.W. Basics Eco Cotton Rounds. These reusable pads are designed to replace cotton balls, saving disposable cotton from ending up in the landfill. What's more, they're unbleached, certified organic AND made in the USA. This set comes with a handy laundry bag and eight rounds— one for every day of the week, plus an extra for laundry day! Genius, right?
These smooth, luxuriously thick pads are 100% cotton, and made without fertilizers, bleaches, or pigments. They're ridiculous soft and fluffy, and can split in half to get more bang for your buck! Perfect for removing makeup and applying toner, we even use them to blot, blend, and smudge our makeup. The pads won't rip and soak up too much product, and they don't have the scratchy, sharp edges that cotton rounds sometimes do. Bonus! Unlike cotton balls or drugstore rounds, there's zero fluff, lint or stringy bits left behind when you use them.
Pai's muslin clothes offer another reusable, eco-friendly option for cleansing and removing makeup. Made from 100% unbleached organic muslin cotton, they work best when paired with a balm cleanser. The gentle cotton fibers rid your skin of dead cells, and—on a deeper level—boost circulation. You can go ahead and surrender your scratchy towels and cotton rounds!