While we (and most experts) don't recommend using makeup-remover wipes on a day-to-day basis, we'd be lying if we said that they weren't one of the most glorious beauty inventions of our time. Whether we're traveling, need some quick touching up, or are too tired to even fathom taking three minutes to properly cleanse the day away, there's nothing easier than cleaning up a cat eye or removing an entire face of makeup with just a few deft swipes.
That being said, while wipes are the ultimate in convenience, there's actually a proper method to using them, beyond just rapidly mopping your complexion and calling it a day. In fact, using makeup-remover wipes incorrectly can result in breakouts and dry, flaky skin—issues that kind of negate the ease of using wipes in the first place, no?
PureWow notes that in order to prevent the spread of bacteria, you should be wiping your face from the outside in—that is, saving your nose, forehead, and chin for last. The reasoning is that your T-zone tends to accumulate the most oil and grime, and if you start by wiping this area first, you're more likely to spread that bacteria to the rest of your face—leading to unwanted blemishes.
Our other tip: Keep makeup-remover wipes around for times of travel and fatigue-related need, but try to stick with a regular cleanser on a day-to-day basis. Doing so will help prevent drying out your face and simultaneously ensure a cleaner complexion. Plus, try to stick with wipes that have minimal additives and synthetic ingredients, which can send your oil production into overdrive. Shop some of our favorites below.
We've found that these wipes actually treat our skin in addition to cleansing—and that's thanks to complexion-boosting ingredients like cucumber, chamomile, aloe vera, and vitamin E.
These wipes are a unanimous favorite at Byrdie HQ, and for good reason: They're refreshing and efficient, typically requiring just one cloth to get the job done. Plus, plant extracts and Japanese white birch sap brighten and soothe.
From one of our go-to natural beauty brands, it's essentially oil cleansing in wipe form. Each cloth is saturated with coconut oil, which kills bacteria, melts away makeup, and deeply moisturizes for the ultimate in multitasking.
The minimal (less than 3%!) synthetic ingredients and antioxidant-packed extracts of green tea, cucumber, and broccoli make these a solid drugstore option.
What are your go-to makeup-removal wipes? Call them out in the comments below!