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How does not using cotton pads Save money on skincare?

Caring for your skin is an investment that can get pricey, so it’s good to save money on skincare wherever possible!

Think of all the hours spent researching which products to add to your skincare routine, and then spending a small fortune to buy them!

It’s only natural to expect the full benefits from these skincare products, right?

What if there’s something that wastes a little bit of your products every time you use it.

Three Cotton Pads on Marble Table

Save money on skincare by not using cotton pads!

How often do you use cotton pads during your skincare routine?

Maybe twice a day to apply liquid skincare products like toners, oils and essence?

That adds up to be 730 cotton pads a year!
Or, about $15/year just in cotton pads.

Olehenriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner and Cotton Pads

Now, you might think that the cost of using cotton pads for skincare isn’t too high.

However, the real savings from not using cotton pads isn’t too obvious!

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How else does not using cotton pads help save money on skincare?

Every time you use a cotton pad to apply skincare products, there’s always liquid that gets soaked up and trapped in the cotton pads.

How much skincare liquids can get trapped in cotton pads?

Let’s find out with a simple test using Olehenriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner as the liquid:

Dry Cotton Pad Weight
Completely Dry Cotton Pad
Weight of Cotton Pad Soaked with Olehenriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner
Fully Soaked Cotton Pad

A completely dry cotton pad can absorb at least 5.5 grams of Olehenriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner.

After squeezing as much skincare liquid out of the soaked cotton pad as possible, the final weight of the cotton pad is:

Freshly squeezed Cotton Pad

Unbelievably, 1.21 grams of Olehenriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner is left behind in the cotton pad!

If all that toner is not being applied to your skin, it’s eventually thrown away.

This is almost the same as throwing away a full 30mL bottle of your skincare product away every 12.5 days if using cotton pads twice a day.

How extremely wasteful!

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Can you imagine throwing away one of these full 30mL bottles every 12.5 days?

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    So, how can I apply toners and skincare liquids without using cotton pads?

    It’s actually quite simple to use liquid skincare products without cotton pads.

    Just pour the liquids into one hand while cupped and use your fingertips to dip and apply!

    Now, instead of your products being wasted, the skin on your hands will benefit from your skincare products as well.

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    Looking at the bigger picture, it’s clear that using cotton pads to apply skincare products leads to:

    • Avoidable waste filling up landfill.
    • Faster repurchase of skincare products.

    By not using cotton pads when applying skincare products, you’ll not only be environmentally friendly, you’ll also use more of your skincare products and save money on skincare by repurchasing products less frequently!


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