I am a big fan of beauty wipes, and it seems like there’s a wipe for pretty much everything now, including exfoliating, brightening, treating acne, etc. Although many dermatologists recommend they only be used as part of a two-step regimen (using the wipe to remove makeup and then a proper cleanser with water to really clean the skin), after years of testing, I have no doubt that some wipes are actually effective enough to do both.
These Facial Cleansing Wipes from Kleenex ($10 for 25, and you can buy refills for $5) fall into that category. Not the brand you’d expect to branch into the skin care category (although it makes perfect sense when you think about it), Kleenex recently launched a line of wipes, which includes different ones for cleansing, exfoliating and removing eye makeup.
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Made of a multilayered, textured fabric that feels much thicker and richer than the standard, they easily take off every bit of my makeup (more than I see come off with other beauty wipes I’ve used). They also come pre-moistened with an alcohol-free, vitamin-infused formula that gently cleanses my skin and is lightly scented with a fresh fragrance. Another benefit I like: The dispenser is a hard plastic container that you can easily refill, rather than the typical packaging you’re used to with the tab you pull back on the top, which often loses its ability to stick, causing the wipes inside to dry out faster.
I’ve been using the wipes for two weeks to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin at night, without washing my face with water and a separate cleanser afterward. My skin feels and looks great and not a single breakout has surfaced. However, I do believe exfoliation is also important to maintaining youthful, healthy skin, so I’ve continued my twice-weekly mask regimen during this time.
Whether or not you think wipes are an effective method for washing your face—maybe you prefer to just keep them in your gym bag for a post–sweat sesh refresher—these are the real deal.
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