If You Really Have To Use A Face Wipe… Then Try Some Of These Handy Helpers

Face wipes have a bit of a bad reputation, but that reputation is more than justified. Although incredibly convenient, face wipes are
saturated with all kinds of chemicals to keep them moist for a long
period of time; ironically these ingredients can be incredibly drying and sometimes
damaging to skin. Although often seen as a quick fix, a face wipe will only remove makeup and
dirt that’s visible
on the surface – rather than helping to lift and clear the build-up
that’s sitting within the deeper layers of skin, waiting to potentially
cause spots,
irritation and blocked pores. Since their inception, women have been relying on them and them alone to remove makeup and grime at the end of the day; rather than using them as a first step, or as a last resort when there’s no access to a decent cleanser and a sink, face wipes have become an alternative to a whole nightly routine. Generally speaking, I hate them with a passion; however, when they’re used sensibly and with understanding they can offer benefit and are definitely worth having in a drawer for ‘just in case’ emergencies. Face wipes would never been a recommendation of mine, but if you’re going to use one it’s definitely worth investing in a decent wipe that’s saturated with goodness (rather than drying chemicals.) If you’re not sure where to turn, then these two packs of wipes are definitely on my ‘good list’ rather than on the naughty step…

1. Clinique Take The Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes (£16.00 for 50)
Saturated with a gentle micellar water solution, these oversized wipes have been specifically designed for use before you undertake a second stage ‘proper cleanse’. They’re gentle on the skin, non irritating and hard working too – removing a lot of the visible makeup from the surface with little rubbing or tugging. Although £16.00 may sound like a lot, with fifty towelettes (a posh word for oversized wipes) in each resealable and practically air-tight pack, it actually works out a worthy investment.

2. Bioderma Sensibio H20 MicelleSolition Makeup Removing Wipes (£7.00 for 25)
After everyone else has had a go, the original micellar brand has finally launched their own take on the micellar wipe. Each one is infused with a very gentle micellar solution, which cleanses the skin with
fatty acid esters that are similar in structure to those of our skin cell
membranes. The result of this is that the balance of our skin is well respected, while offering effective makeup removal… That’s all a girl can ask for.

If you’re in the market for a face wipe and don’t know where to turn, then micellar wipes are gentler than their chemical rich counterparts. Look for ‘micelle’ or ‘micellar’ in the description, as well as key words that include ‘soothing, gentle, nourishing or non-irritating.’ Generally speaking, the ones you can pick up for a couple of quid aren’t going to do your skin much good – so investing a little more will help you out in the long run.

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  1. Pam Scalfi
    May 17, 2016 / 11:11 am

    i always use as the first step but then go over with a nice cleanser, toner and moisturiser! I like using the N7 wipes or simple, but when travelling I do rely on these babies :PPam xo/ Pam Scalfiā™„

    • Hayley Carr
      May 18, 2016 / 7:29 am

      First step is key – never alone!

  2. Jordan
    May 17, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    I don't normally use a face wipe, but occasionally it's a good quick way to get your face clean. So good to know there's some higher quality ones that get the job done better.

    • Hayley Carr
      May 18, 2016 / 7:30 am

      They don't get your face clean as such, just remove the surface dirt, so use with caution!

  3. Lena
    May 19, 2016 / 7:47 am

    My favourite ones are the Simple makeup remover wipes – I always have them on hand for if I come home from a late night out!

  4. Chantalle
    May 19, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    I'm not a massive fan of face wipes either but I have been using the Simple Micellar wipes whenever I can't properly cleanse my face – hate it but sometimes it has to be done like you said! We don't have these 2 available in Australia yet so I can't wait for them to be released, they sound amazing! x Chantalle | http://www.ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

  5. Mellisa With Lifecell
    May 21, 2016 / 7:27 am

    My skin is to oily. Oil start appearing on my face within two or three hours and it's not possible to wash face every time. So it's must for me to carry wipes in my bag. Surely going to try these.

    • Hayley Carr
      May 22, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      You really shouldn't be using face wipes in the day or that frequently – they're saturated with so many drying chemicals, which will actually cause your skin to produce more sebum. Which is probably why it's so oily. Try oil blotting sheets or something like Blotterazi; a primer is also a MUST!

  6. Becky Smith
    May 21, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    I am a little embarrassed to say I used to remove my makeup with wipes before I knew anything about skincare (or really used any) and I was so shocked to discover how little makeup they actually removed when I did start using something else. I dread to think just how much gunk I constantly had sitting on my skin x Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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