Washable pads, the latest cleansing craze

We like to pay attention to what we put our face and Britain's bathrooms are becoming increasingly eco-friendly. And washable cleansing pads have now joined our organic skincare products and eco-friendly creams...

What are washable cleansing pads?

Bearing in mind that 823kg of cotton is produced per second, you can imagine that waste that's created. Which is why washable cleansing pads are all the rage with consumers who want to save the planet along with their dosh. Available in a range of fabrics, they work the same way as disposable cotton pads - place a dollop of cleanser on the pad and wipe off any make up or grime. The only difference is that once your done, you pop it into a little bag and add it to your wash. Once clean and dry, you can start all over again! Popular and practical, washable pads reduce pollution caused by cotton production, alongside the amount of water used for its manufacture. Washable cleansing pads have two sides - one soft and smooth to cleanse sensitive zones and a thicker, coarser side to get rid of stubborn make up. They may cost more to buy than your run of the mill pads, but the fact that they're washable and suit all skin types, makes them cheaper in the long run.

Who should use washable cleansing pads?

Washable pads come in all shapes and sizes, meaning you can find ones suited to your skin type and needs:- Eucalyptus pads are really soft, so great for sensitive skin.- Bamboo cotton is slightly thicker, perfect for cleansing oils and dealing with blemishes.- Hemp is highly absorbent so good for fluid cleansers such as micellar or floral water.  That said, if you have sensitive skin, avoid using the rougher side as it's slight 'scrubbing' action could cause fragile skin to flare up.

Make your own washable pads

Pads cost about a quid each, but you can also make your own! You'll need a pair of sharp scissors, a fabric pen, a needle and some thread. Fabric-wise you can pick up organic cotton micro-sponges, double sided bamboo or Tencel® a few snips and seams later and you'll be ready to go!