If you’ve ever visited a dermatologist, talked to a beauty editor, or read a women’s magazine, you’ll know that the two most important commandments of skin care are as follows: 1) Wear sunscreen, and 2) Don’t sleep in your makeup. The first rule is easy enough, but the second one? Not so much. I don’t know about you, but if I’m out painting the town red until the wee hours of the morning, my interest in washing my face before bed is pretty much nonexistent. But here’s the thing: if you don’t wash your face,
you will get pregnant you will break out, and you will die, and you will hate it.
So what’s a lazy and/or tired girl to do? Enter cleansing face wipes.
These wipes do it all: they remove your makeup, they cleanse your skin, and some of them are moisturizers too. I keep a stash in my bedside table–that way they’re in reach on nights when I can barely keep my eyes open, let alone wash my face properly. I also keep a bunch in my beach bag and my gym bag. And in my bathroom. They’re everywhere. I surround myself with them, really.
As much as I love cleansing wipes, it’s important to note that you should not incorporate them into your daily routine. You should be properly washing your face, like, the vast majority of the time. Consider cleansing wipes to be your pinch hitter–bust them out when you have no other options, but don’t rely on them to get the job done on the regular.
With that being said, here are my picks for the seven best cleansing wipes on the market today. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, $6.99 Yes To Cucumbers gets the first spot on this list because they’re kind of the gold standard of cleansing wipes. The cucumber ingredient is really cooling and refreshing (and smells lovely), while the green tea element helps to clear up breakouts, and the aloe vera is super moisturizing. Five out of five lazy girls agree: Yes To Cucumbers is the best.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes, $15 If you have super dry or sensitive skin, you need to get your butt to the Body Shop and scoop up all of their Vitamin E products, stat. My skin went through a dry-as-the-desert phase a few years ago and the Body Shop’s Vitamin E products carried me through. Anyway, these wipes are a good choice for the lazy girl whose skin is sensitive and dry.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Wipes For All Skin Types, $15 Korres is the brand I turn to when I want to feel a little fancy. There’s something about the word “yoghurt” that really thrills me. Anyway, these wipes are packed with chamomile, calendula, macadamia, and jojoba oils to nourish and moisturize skin.
e.l.f. Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths, $3 OK, I’ll admit that I was a little hesitant to try these wipes, because there’s something about cleaning your face for $3 that makes me nervous. I was pleasantly surprised, however–the e.l.f. towelettes didn’t irritate my skin at all, and they took off my stubborn eye makeup really well. This product comes with a snap-open, snap-closed lid, which really helps to maintain the wetness of the wipes. A+ work by e.l.f., for sure.
Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $7.99 I haven’t tried these wipes myself, but I have two friends who swear by them. “I like the scent a lot, and these wipes are mild enough that they don’t irritate my rosacea,” said one of my friends. (With that being said, if you have rosacea–or any other skin condition–you should check in with your dermatologist before you use any of these wipes. Better to be safe than sorry, my friends!)
tarte Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes, $12 These wipes by tarte make the list because they’re amazing at getting rid of all the waterproof mascara you load up on in the summer, but they’re also totally safe to use on your face too.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes, $6.99 I feel like these are the wipes that Jennifer Aniston reaches for after a long day of yoga, eating delicious quinoa salads, and walking her dogs on the beach. Like, when Jennifer Aniston is way too tired to wash her face, she’s wiping down with Aveeno. I think Jen would really dig the chamomile scent. She’s chill like that.