We Put New High-Performance Facial Wipes to the Test!

I’m kind of addicted to facial towelettes. (And by kind of, I mean I totally am.)

A way to remove caked on eyeliner without the whole sink, suds, and water routine? SOLD!

Here’s the thing: these beauty cloths aren’t just for makeup removal anymore. In fact, facial cleansing is just the tip of towelette iceberg. Today’s versions promise to do everything from stop sweat, to shrink pores, to provide spa-worthy skin treatments. Check it out:

The Pore Minimizer: When it comes to pore proportions, it’s all about genetics, but there are ways to minimize size! One strategy is exfoliation. Soap & Glory Off Your Face Wipes Cleansing Cloths ($10) are packed with gentle, acid-free exfoliators that banish dead skin cells as they remove makeup, which can give the appearance of tighter, smaller pores. The towelettes themselves are super soft and have a calming, spa-like smell.

The Natural Wonder: Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes ($5.99) are multi-tasking miracles. They harness the power of pineapple and papaya enzymes to deep-clean pores, all while gently cleansing and toning your pretty little face. Free of parabens, phthalates, and all those other tough-to-pronounce ingredients, they’re perfect for a midday pick-me-up, and the fruity smell is utterly addicting.

The Practical Peel: Bliss is famous for its spa-mazing skincare treatments. Now, you can experience the power of its peel at home. Bliss That’s Incredi-‘Peel’! ($49) contains 30 spa-strength glycolic resurfacing pads that promise to target things like wrinkles and age-spots. Here’s the thing: They DO sting a bit, but if you use one before you hit the hay, you’ll wake up to an amazing “facial-like” glow. (Yes, you really can see a difference!) Plus, each individually wrapped ‘peel’ is super soaked, so you can easily hit up your face AND your neck with anti-aging action.

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The Amazing Eraser: One of my favorite beauty brands, Stila Cosmetics, is now in the skincare game. I instantly fell in love with its Ready For Take Off Moisturizing Cleansing Cloths ($15). They effectively removed caked on liner that I slept in and long-wear lipstick, all without leaving my face feeling crunchy or dry. You can thank aloe, lavender, and chamomile for that!  

The Sunscreen Savior: Let’s face it, beauties - slathering sunscreen on your kisser just isn’t a pleasant experience, not to mention the greasy hands and fingers you’re often left with. Adventuress High Performance Sunscreen Wipes ($24) are the solution. They’re infused with SPF 30 and provide UVA/UVB protection. Simply slip your fingers into the back pocket of the gauzy pad, and the perfect dose of sunscreen is dispensed as you smooth it over skin. The formula has a light, floral scent and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky. I put these pads to the test in Florida and remained burn free!  

The Blemish Blasters: Tea tree oil is known for its breakout breakdown properties, and The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Cleansing Wipes ($12.50) don’t disappoint. Packed with Community Trade organic tea tree oil, they have a light Eucalyptus-like smell, feel tingly and refreshing, and soothe sensitive skin on contact. Most importantly, they deep clean pores, helping to prevent stubborn blackheads and blemishes. 

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If you need to zap a painful pimple stat, reach for a pack of Clearasil Ultra On-The-Go Rapid Action Wipes ($2.97). Infused with 2% salicylic acid, these medicated wipes slashed my healing time in half after a nasty forehead breakout. 

The Sweat Stopper: When excess sweat has you feeling down in the pits, DERMAdoctor’s MED e TATE ($48) wipes are just what the doctor ordered. Infused with an FDA-approved, high-potency anti-perspirant, along with a blend of botanicals, these handy-dandy wipes effectively reduced sweat during a stress-busting run. They also cut back on drippage during an uber-hot day in Florida. DERMAdoctor says they can be used everywhere from your face to your feet, but I found they work best on your soles and under your arms, as they can leave a bit of residue.  

The Skin Soother: When you have super sensitive skin, it can be tough to find cleansers that will help keep things calm. ATOPALM Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes ($12.99) were developed exclusively with dry, sensitive skin in mind. The thick, luxurious cloths are soaked with olive, grape seed, and jojoba oils to moisturize, soothe and smooth easily irritated faces. They contain enough formula to remove a face full of makeup and then some!

The Favorite: This is where you tell me all about your favorite towelette! Leave a comment below, and tell me all of the gorgeous details!. I read all comments and am always up for trying new products!

*Disclaimer: The products reviewed in this article were provided to GalTime by the public relations firms that represent each manufacturer. All opinions are those of the author.

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