Sustainability is one thing that Skinsheet founder Mary Frances Knight considers in each a part of her life, together with her magnificence routine. For years, cotton rounds—that are notably single-use and nearly indestructible in landfills—had been a part of her each day routine, however she favored them extra in idea than in apply due to their environmental affect. So she got down to reinvent the product, creating an eco-friendly choice that additionally enhanced her routine.
“I needed a sustainable various to cotton pads that was not a type of reusable rounds,” says Knight. “I needed one thing that was going to be larger and higher than a cotton pad, one thing I may use to use merchandise, and one thing that was going to perhaps provide even higher penetration after I used it with toner. And, in fact, there’s the extra sustainable half, however I actually needed a instrument for my routine that wasn’t a tool, one thing that would work for anybody’s routine and make it higher.”
She lastly landed on The Skinsheet. It’s a single-use cellulose sheet made out of one hundred pc cotton waste. It’s biodegradable and will be disposed of both within the trash or your compost. As a result of it’s licensed for industrial compost, house compost, soil biodegradability, and marine biodegradability, it’ll break down anyplace.
“As a result of I needed to innovate the cotton spherical, it needed to be sustainable,” says Knight. “I assumed a reusable materials was going to be my solely choice and I examined a bunch and I talked to lots of people and I did loads of analysis. But it surely’s actually arduous to get them clear and so they’re not essentially extra sustainable. Going again to the New York Occasions article concerning the reusable grocery bag—it will take like 20,000 makes use of [for a tote] to make up for its footprint. I simply didn’t take pleasure in utilizing [reusable rounds] and I felt like they had been much more restricted in perform than cotton rounds.”
Knight developed two Skinsheet merchandise: The Cleaning Cash ($20) and The Multiuse Facial Sheets ($24).
Do you keep in mind these little capsules that you just’d stick in water after which the entire sudden a washcloth would seem? That’s what The Cleaning Cash are like. Add water and so they balloon into a giant sheet that you need to use to softly cleanse your pores and skin.
“These we did in form of a woven texture simply to assist decide up dust and it offers you a delicate exfoliation,” says Knight. “You employ these similar to you’ll use a washcloth. So lathering cleanser, eradicating cleanser, particularly cleaning balms. As soon as you employ these with a cleaning balm, you’ll by no means return. I exploit them on a regular basis for eradicating masks or for heavy make-up.”
The Multiuse Facial Sheets can be utilized to press merchandise into your pores and skin.
“Whereas a cotton pad solely retains water on the within of its fibers, this may maintain it on the within and outdoors,” says Knight, “which implies it’s going to be extra absorbent, so it’s going to carry extra within the first place. And once you apply strain, it releases actually simply into your pores and skin.”
She makes use of them to use her toners and serums.
“I really like actually skinny serums, however I really feel like they only form of sit in your pores and skin once you apply them,” says Knight. “After I use certainly one of these merchandise with a Facial Sheet, I can pat it in and it doesn’t simply sit there. You’ll be able to really feel it in your pores and skin and also you’ll discover there’s hardly something left on the sheet.”
Along with being larger than conventional cotton pads, due to the way in which Skinsheets are spun, they’re stronger—so that you don’t want to fret about them falling aside or, “should you’ve acquired a little bit of stubble in your face, you don’t have to fret about them getting caught on the hair and tearing or abandoning little fibers,” says Knight.
What it’s like utilizing The Skinsheet
I’ve used my pores and skin sheets to take away make-up, press aloe vera juice into my pores and skin, and wipe off a creamy cleanser. I really like the way in which they really feel on my pores and skin and the way successfully they work. Moreover, I really like that they’re single-use. I rarely use washcloths as a result of I do know you ought to be washing them after two days of use for non-compulsory cleanliness, and that’s not doable for me. Having these single-use gadgets that I can simply throw in my compost bin is one of the best of each worlds.