Wipe Girl Problems: The 9 Face Wipes That Solved Our Skin Woes

From icky residue to too-sweet scents, we identified our top beefs with the cleansing cloths – then found the brands that solved every skin sin

01 of 09

PROBLEM: THEY STING MY EYES

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Courtesy Neutrogena

Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: Wipes aren’t just this lazy girl’s beauty best friend, they’re a lifestyle (I tried to make #wipelife a thing, but it didn’t take off). I use them for everything from removing multiple layers of mascara and liner to getting salad dressing off my shirt, so I like a wipe that’s really soaked in cleanser, but won’t burn my sensitive eye area. Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes (the OG of makeup wipes) suds up a little on contact so it feels like I’m actually washing my face, only without the painful “I can’t open my eyes” aftermath. Buy It! Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $6.49; neutrogena.com

02 of 09

PROBLEM: THEY'RE NOT ECO-FRIENDLY

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Courtesy Josie Maran

Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: I’ve been on a green beauty kick lately – from everything from skincare to cosmetics – and my vanity is quickly resembling an apothecary. Which is why I also need a face wipe that is certified organic, easy on the environment and isn’t full of nasty (and scary) ingredients. Josie Maran’s wipes clean, hydrate and leave my skin (and the planet) super fresh and clean. Buy It! Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes, $12; josiemarancosmetics.com

03 of 09

PROBLEM: THEY DON'T TREAT ACNE-PRONE SKIN

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Courtesy Murad

Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I almost never use face wipes because I hate the filmy residue most leave behind (an acne-sufferer’s worst enemy). So when I tried out Murad Clarifying Wipes I was a little hesitant. It said on the directions that there’s no need to rinse after applying (major red flag) but luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. They’re designed to help clear blemishes and reduce shine and they definitely lived up to their name. Considering I’ve been using them religiously for weeks now, I guess I’m officially on the face wipe bandwagon. Buy It! Specific Beauty exfoliating clenasing cloths, $18; murad.com

04 of 09

PROBLEM: THEY MAKE MY SKIN TOO OILY

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Courtesy Dickinsons

Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, so I have to choose my wipes wisely. And for a while, I struggled to find a formula that was gentle enough for both my face and my eye area. Then a fellow editor introduced me to these witch hazel wipes and everything changed. Witch hazel has been known to help combat acne and even fine lines and wrinkles. It often helps depuff the skin and tone pores without leaving any sticky residue or excess oil. Buy It! Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel daily clean cleansing cloths, $6.99; drugstore.com

05 of 09

PROBLEM: THEY DRY OUT MY SKIN

KOH GEN DOH CLEANSING WIPES
Courtesy Koh Gen Do

Catherine Kast, Style Editor: Picking a favorite wipe from my no-fewer-than five packs currently residing in my various purses right now is like picking a favorite child. Okay, it’s not, because the Koh Gen Do is easily the most effective when it comes to moisturizing my skin. It’s the only one I’ve tried that actually stays wet overnight (I know this because sometimes I just slap this on my face in bed and throw it on the ground – TMI, I know, but when I go to throw it away in the morning it’s always still magically damp). I wake up with perfectly dewy skin that feels squeaky clean without feeling tight and dry. Bow down. Buy It! Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths, $13; sephora.com

06 of 09

PROBLEM: THEY DON T TAKE OFF MY EYE MAKEUP

PROBLEM: THEY DON T TAKE OFF MY EYE MAKEUP
Courtesy Specific Beauty

Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: I m probably the laziest person on the team when it comes to skincare, so I have tried a lot of wipes over the years. And though I like many brands, I still often wake up with mascara on the pillow. This style has an exfoliating beaded texture on one side that scrubs more stubborn makeup, and the other, smooth side is perfect for one final swipe before going to bed. Buy It! Specific Beauty exfoliating clenasing cloths, $9.99; specificbeauty.com

07 of 09

PROBLEM: THEY DON T GO WITH THE REST OF MY BEAUTY ROUTINE

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Courtesy Pacifica

Adeline Duff, Style & Beauty Intern: When it comes to my skincare routine, I like to take a natural approach. All I tend to care about is making sure my skin is super clean and moisturized, so I try to avoid harsh products, instead using coconut oil for everything. I ve tried tons of makeup-removing wipes, but when I discovered Pacifica s Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes it was almost like they were made for me. Now, all I need at the end of the day are these wipes to do the cleaning job, and then I slather on some coconut oil to use as a moisturizer. I swear, my skin has never looked or felt healthier! Plus, they come in an adorably colorful package, and who doesn t love the smell of coconuts? Buy It! Pacifica Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes Facial Towelettes, $6.99; target.com

08 of 09

PROBLEM: OVERPOWERING SCENTS MAKE ME NAUSEOUS

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Courtesy Simple

Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: At the end of the night, the walk from my bed to bathroom might as well be a five-mile journey. So I usually end up reaching into my nightstand for a wipe. The thing is, with heavily fragranced options, my relaxing evening is pretty much negated because the scent is so overwhelming, I end up having to wash it off my face before I can fall asleep. Thankfully, these gentle wipes aren’t made with any artificial perfumes, so I can blissfully drift off in the best way possible: makeup-free while playing Candy Crush.
Buy It! Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes $4.99; drugstore.com

09 of 09

PROBLEM: THEY LEAVE MY SKIN FEELING ICKY

PROBLEM: THEY LEAVE MY SKIN FEELING ICKY
Courtesy Olay

Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: I’ve long thought face wipes are genius – but couldn’t stand the layer of film they’d leave behind after swiping them across my face. But these cloths made me a believer again. Not only do they truly leave my skin makeup and oil-free, they don’t leave behind a coating of any kind. That (and the barely-there scent) makes these my nighttime beauty MVP. Buy It! Olay (Everything Off) Deluxe Make-Up Removal wet cloths, $5.99; olay.com

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