In the realm of cosmetics, what goes on must come off. You already know you shouldn’t go to sleep and leave your makeup on overnight. Our mothers used cold cream back in the day to remove theirs, which was greasy and took a lot to get the job done. Another popular option was Vaseline, which contains petrolatum, not necessarily a great choice for your skin. Enter the invention of the modern-day cosmetic wipe. These wonderfully convenient disposable cloths are quick, efficient, and full of added ingredients like rose water or cucumber, that smell great and can benefit the skin.
Easy to use, makeup remover wipes are moist but non-greasy, and strong enough to eliminate even waterproof cosmetics without skin-drying alcohols. Once you start using them, you’ll always want to keep a package nearby.
If you’re on the road or on the trail, you can use makeup remover wipes to wash your face and freshen up when a sink isn’t available. Offered in a variety of different strengths, ingredients, and fragrances (or fragrance-free), you can find a choice tailored to your particular skin type. Keep a generous stock in your vanity, and stash a mini packet in your purse and car. It’s amazing how useful these practical little wipes can be. These are our favorites.
What is micellar infused? It’s herbal infused water that cleanses skin and removes makeup without rinsing or scrubbing, so it’s gentle yet effective. It’s made of micelles – tiny cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water – which help to draw out impurities without drying out your skin. This formula removes 99 percent of makeup and dirt, and even resistant waterproof mascara, but leaves no residue that needs to be rinsed off. The daily wipes refresh while the nighttime calming wipes contain a soft fragrance to soothe and relax. Made from 100 percent plant-based fibers, these towelettes are earth friendly and will turn to compost within 35 days. You’ll feel good these makeup removers are sustainably sourced and use no parabens, soaps, or alcohol on your skin. Did you know wearing makeup was once against the law in ancient Rome? The decree “Lex Oppia” restricted a woman’s displays of wealth, including luxury makeup items and exotic imported fragrances. Not surprisingly, the law didn’t last and was abolished 20 years afterward.
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Lip color is not a new concept. It’s said affluent ancient Mesopotamian women crushed semi-precious jewels and used them to decorate their lips. Since that time, lip color and eye shadows have been sourced from such unusual ingredients as red beetles and even fish scales. Thankfully not anymore. When it comes time to take off those vibrant cosmetic colors, you won’t worry about drying out your skin with these Cetaphil makeup remover wipes. Specially formulated for the most sensitive skin, they’re fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic, so they won’t strip your skin of its natural oils, clog pores, or disturb your pH balance. In a convenient flip-top dispenser to hold in moisture and prevent leaks, you can pack these with you on the go. Keep some in your gym bag to use after workouts. This two-pack of 50 towelettes was clinically tested and developed by dermatologists to pamper sensitive skin.
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For thousands of years people have turned to the benefits of rose water, and you can harness those, too, with these micellar towelettes from Burt’s Bees. Used since the seventh century, rose water boasts a host of antioxidants, balances skin’s natural oils, and helps calm your skin to reduce redness and the appearance of fine lines. These wipes are made from repurposed cotton that would otherwise be discarded as a waste product from T-shirt manufacturing and turns them into a tool to gently cleanse and tone skin while removing pore-clogging dirt and makeup. Three-in-one means they clean, remove makeup, and hydrate your skin with 99.5 percent natural ingredients, all in one easy step. Unlike the Elizabethan era, when coal tar was used for eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow pencils. Never mind that it smelled bad, could cause blindness if it got into the eye, and is flammable. This three-pack is dermatologist approved as a natural skincare brand.
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The old phrase “beauty is pain” was more than a cliche to women of the 15th century. A pale, porcelain complexion was the beauty standard, and women would go to great lengths to get it – even using leeches for blood-letting to make themselves look paler. Solimo offers a pain-free solution to remove makeup while naturally enhancing your skin. Their wipes are free of almost everything – fragrance-free, paraben and phthalate-free, alcohol-free, ethanol and sulfate-free, and cruelty-free with no animal testing. Still, these wipes are strong enough to remove waterproof mascara. These 25-count packages come in a set of six for long-lasting use.
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Before the invention of blush, women would pinch their cheeks regularly to make them appear rosy. We’re glad we don’t have to do that. Did you know the simple act of drinking water can add a natural “glow” to your face? By eliminating toxins and staying hydrated, drinking plenty of water on a regular basis can help your skin have a healthier glow. These makeup remover wipes from Honest Beauty come from creator Jessica Alba, who believed you “shouldn’t have to choose between what’s safe and what works.” The Honest Beauty wipes feature grapeseed oil to lift away makeup without clogging pores, and olive oil as a moisturizer to soften your skin. Cruelty-free, dermatologist and toxicologist texted, the formula uses ingredients that are free of parabens, silicones, phthalates and synthetic fragrances.
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