The best eco-friendly biodegradable facial wipes for removing make-up

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Ava Welsing-Kitcher
biodegradable eco-friendly face wipes

Environmentally-friendly beauty products are becoming increasingly popular. Here are the biodegradable wipes you need to swap your plastic wipes for need for on-the-go eco-friendly cleansing…

They’ve saved our pillows after nights out and made festival skincare a breeze, but make-up wipes might soon become a guilty memory. Made from polyester, they’re to blame for 93% of blockages in Britain’s sewers, according to Water UK – and the government has pledged to eradicate them, and all other avoidable plastic waste, by 2025. 

Now, in a bid to help the environment, manufacturers of wipes will be able to use a “fine to flush” symbol on their packaging. Drawn up by the water industry, the logo aims to clarify which wipes can be safely flushed down the loo (making life easier for us all).

Unfortunately, many biodegradable face wipes still come in plastic packaging. But as we focus on the future of our planet, any small changes we can make to our beauty routines are a positive step in the right direction - including water-free beauty products and packaging-free options.

And if, like us, you’re looking to reduce your single-use plastic waste this year then check out our ultimate guide on how to do so here

Nivea Biodegradable Aloe Cleansing Wipes


These gentle wipes biodegrade in 28 days and are made with 100% renewable plant fibres to ensure nothing at all is leftover that might degrade the environment.

£3.29 for 25,

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes


The cult classic wipes found in everyone’s bedside table have gotten an eco-friendly upgrade.

£2.19 for 20,

Yes To Primrose Oil 2-in-1 Cleansing + Moisturising Wipes

yes to biodegradable eco-friendly face wipes

Made with compostable cellulose, these wipes are free from parabens and harsh sulphates to cleanse even the most sensitive skin.

£4.99 for 30,

Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton Sustainable Beauty Wipes

beauty kitchen biodegradable eco-friendly face wipes

The microalgae in these compostable cotton wipes nurtures skin with its mix of antioxidants and vitamins.

£5.99 for 30,

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Wipes

biodegradable eco-friendly face wipes

Soaked in an active micellar solution, these wipes swipe away make-up without irritating your eyes. 

£6.40 for 25,

Klorane Soothing Make-Up Removal Wipes with Cornflower

klorane biodegradable eco-friendly face wipes

Made with cornflower – an ingredient known for its decongesting properties – these wipes de-puff your eyes while you wipe away your mascara.

£4.70 for 25,

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wipes

the body shop biodegradable eco-friendly face wipes

Tea tree oil in these facial wipes will help rid the skin of make-up, excess oil and impurities with minimal effort.

£6 for 25,

Neal’s Yard Organic Facial Wipes

neals yard biodegradable eco-friendly face wipes

Certified by the Soil Association, these organic wipes are enriched with aloe vera and lavender to help sooth and relax your skin.

£6 for 25,

This article was originally published in issue 419, with several updates throughout. 

Main image: Getty


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Ava Welsing-Kitcher

Ava Welsing-Kitcher is Stylist’s junior beauty writer and resident curly girl. She’s addicted to lip balm (who isn’t?!), wearing eyeshadow as blush and lipstick and all things hair.

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