Face Wipes or Makeup Remover Wipes? Which One is Better for Makeup Removal?

You’ve had a big night out, got home late and have just taken a look at yourself in the mirror. Oops, you forgot the makeup remover wipes!

Your lipstick has smeared, your mascara has run and your cat eye has turned into a black eye. You know you definitely need to take off all your makeup before going to bed. The last thing you want is black marks all over those crisp clean sheets and pillowcases!

Even worse, you might wake up with a huge pimple on your cheek.  

You know you should really double cleanse to get every scrap of foundation out of your pores, tone and moisturize, but at 2am, you really can’t be bothered. So you reach across your bedside table and find…

Cleansing Wipes

Cleansing wipes are cotton towelettes that are pre-moistened with a cleansing product.

Now, you can use them to remove makeup after a big night out (or any night out for that matter), but these wipes tend to be less effective than their makeup removal wipe counterparts.

But wait, you feel a little further and find…

Face Wipes

Many brands of facial wipes claim to remove dirt, oil and makeup.

Generally, the cleansing solution is very mild in an all-purpose face wipe. This means that it is difficult to remove long-wearing cosmetics like waterproof mascara or color-stay lipstick without rubbing and tugging at your skin.

But regularly using wipes like these general purpose face wipes may damage the delicate areas around your eyes and lips. 

You may think you’re out of options, but that’s not the case.

Welcome to the stage: Makeup remover cleansing wipes.

How Makeup Remover Wipes Differ from General Face Wipes

The difference is in the cleaning agents used…

Makeup remover wipes contain a special cleansing solution that will effectively remove makeup. The cleansing agent in makeup remover wipes is more potent than in face wipes. It will easily dissolve waterproof makeup, oil and dirt without needing to rub at the skin. 

5 Things to Look for in a Makeup Wipe

  1. Look for a wipe that will gently remove all waterproof makeup, oil and dirt. It should contain ingredients that soothe, nourish and nurture your skin. Some wipes will just move the makeup and dirt around your face. Others will remove makeup along with the natural oils from your skin, as a result, leaving you with dry, flakey skin.
  2. If you have easily irritated skin, look for a makeup remover wipe that is suitable for sensitive skin. Avoid wipes that contain alcohol or harsh chemical surfactants like sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). There is evidence that SLS can cause severe skin irritation.
  3. Face wipes need to have a good shelf life which means they will contain preservatives to reduce the buildup of bacteria. The most common types are parabens and chemical preservatives. It’s best to avoid them as they have been shown to have links with breast cancer. Try a single-use packet where there’s little risk of bacterial contamination and no need for nasty preservatives.
  4. Choose make-up wipes that include an oil free cleanser in their formulation, so you are not left with greasy residue. If you need to wash or rinse your face after using a wipe, it defeats the convenience of using a makeup remover wipe in the first place!
  5. Disposable wipes create a lot of waste and damage to the environment. You can purchase eco-friendly, biodegradable and compostable towelettes.

Face Wipes vs Makeup Remover Wipes: What’s the Verdict?

A makeup remover wipe is definitely going to be better than a face wipe if you want the convenience of a wipe to remove your makeup.

Look for a one-use makeup wipe that contains gentle ingredients but is tough enough to thoroughly remove makeup. It should also have all-over cleansing, toning and moisturizing benefits.

Why not try Take Offz by Savvy Travelers? 

Do you use makeup remover wipes? What are your tips for finding the perfect wipe? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with the Savvy community!

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  • Allie Moore

    I used to think makeup wipes were enough to get all the gunk off my face at the end of every day but my face was breaking out still so I decided to try something else. Started using Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser (I have dry skin so its not too oily for me) and noticed a pretty immediate change. My skin feels radiant now because its not being stripped of all the oils with soap and water or the wipes, and it gets alllll my makeup off in one clean swoop. Definitely recommend a moisturizing cleanser for anyone with dry skin thats also experiencing irritation from wipes like i did

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