The best way to clean your face at night is probably washing it for real. I feel much more accomplished when I sit down before bed and whip out my Cetaphil and Clairisonic Mia. It seems fancy and grown-up to cleanse and tone and do the whole eye cream and night-time moisturizer. It’s even classier if you’re doing all this in your long, flowy robe and real pajamas (like matching top and bottom silk pjs).
I’m gonna level with you though. I’m a cheater sometimes and I love short cuts. I love them extra hard when I come home at 2 AM after dancing in leather shorts until my legs are broken. There’s no eye cream and rose-scented night facials on those nights. That’s when I put on the first old t-shirt I can find (possibly backwards) and pull out these clever little things called facial cleansing towelettes. Or wipes. We’ll say wipes because towelettes sounds too fancy.
I promise I’m usually good, but between traveling a decent amount and staying out really late a decent amount, I’ve tried a bunch of different wipes. I’ll probably try more, but right now, these are the five most notable, either because they’re really good or I hate hate hate them and I want to try and save readers from using them.
We’re gonna work our way up from the bottom.
My least favorite ever ever ever has to be Neutrogena’s Oil Free Pink Grapefruit Cleansing Wipes. This was purely a “hey I forgot my face wash can I borrow your face wipe things” situation with either my youngest sister or my mom. I can’t remember. What I do remember is the intense burning pain that was all over my face. If you have sensitive skin, these are devilish and bad. If you are concerned about acne and don’t have mummy skin like me, they might actually work for you like they do for my sister and mom. It’s not really the wipes fault since they’re geared towards a skin type that’s completely different from my own, so this review is a little biased. But it really really hurt.
Coming in fourth are Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes. These were just okay. I was pulled in by Burt’s Bees natural ingredients and general happiness with their other products I own. The main ingredient is Cotton Extract with is meant to soften and replenish sensitive skin. They didn’t leave my skin feeling too dry or anything, so that was nice, but they didn’t get all my make-up without having to scrub a bit, so that cancelled out the calming effect it was supposed to have. That and it stung my eye area, so it was useless for removing even casual eye make-up, let alone party night make-up.
Number three: Yes to Blueberries Facial Towelettes. Pretty good! I’ve heard the Yes to Cucumbers wipes are better, but since I wasn’t blown away by these I haven’t picked them up. In addition to cleaning and moisturizing skin, they’re supposed to brighten with Lemon Peel and Apple, but since I used them sporadically, I didn’t see any brightening. They aren’t bad, but not the best. I was drawn in by their cute packaging and love of blueberries. They get bonus points for having a real closeable top so I was less paranoid about them drying out.
Now, there’s a huge jump from the number three spot to number two. These last two are ALMOST a tie. ALMOST. The Formula 10.0.6 Keep Me Clean Purifying Facial Wipes are the closest second I’ve ever seen. The packaging is awesome and the sticky, resealable opening actually stays sticky. They smell pretty good, take off eye make-up without having to scrub and scrub. They don’t leave my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable afterward (but I still have to moisturize because my skin is perpetually dry, grrr), and they get all of my face make-up and grime in two easy passes. Plus they double as a toner because they have witch hazel in them. I got mine at Ulta, so I’m not sure if they carry it in regular drug stores or anything (whi ch is a bummer, but for now there’s an Ulta on my way home).
And finally, my best discovery in the trial of face wipes, I choose you, Pond’s Wet Cleansing Evening Smooth with Chamomile & White Tea Towelettes. I had to fight my instinct to ignore products I perceive as blah or boring when this was recommended to me (same thing with my boring, beloved Cetaphil), but I’m so glad I picked it up! The cloths are soft but textured, so they leave my skin feeling the cleanest out of these five. They work great on eye make-up without irritating my delicate peepers, and they’re cheap! Like $4.50 for 30 wipes, and I only use them twice a week at most (although I abused them a little with my summer travels so I ran out rather quickly). I don’t remember the scent very well, but I’m not a fan of lavender and I don’t recall it bothering me, so it couldn’t have been too overwhelming.
And that’s that! I’m always open to trying new products, so if you have any facial wipes you swear by, let me know! I’ve heard Boots No. 7 makes a mean wipe, so I might pick up some of those once I finish up the Formula 10.0.6’s.