Thursday 22 February 2018

The Panel: The best facial wipes

Pictured, clockwise from top left:
Estee Lauder Take It Away LongWear
Makeup Remover Towelettes;
Soap & Glory Clear Here Cleansing
Cloths; Faith In Nature 3-in-1 Facial
Wipes; Nelsons Pure & Clear Purifying
Daily Facial Wipes; Inglot Milk & Tonic
Make-Up Remover Wipes.
Pictured, clockwise from top left: Estee Lauder Take It Away LongWear Makeup Remover Towelettes; Soap & Glory Clear Here Cleansing Cloths; Faith In Nature 3-in-1 Facial Wipes; Nelsons Pure & Clear Purifying Daily Facial Wipes; Inglot Milk & Tonic Make-Up Remover Wipes.

Sarah Caden

When it comes to your optimum, everyday skincare, facial wipes just won’t do.

However, there are times when only a wipe will suffice. Summer is coming, so there will be those festival situations where there is no running water available for a wash, and wipes are invaluable. Or, at home, there are days when eye-make-up requires an initial removal before you apply your usual cleanser. Or, then, there are the inevitable nights when you are just too tired for the few minutes that a proper cleanse requires. Tired is one word for it. When we put wipes to the test, we were in search of the magic combination of a disposable cleanser-soaked cloth that would shift even stubborn make-up, but whose alcohol content wouldn’t leave us looking scalded, or — the downside of an alcohol-free wipe — leave a film of residue on our skin. To our surprise, we discovered wipes that fit the bill for a range of skin types, and, for the tired and emotional, our best overall, while a bit expensive, is a one-wipe miracle worker on night-out eye make-up.

BEST OVERALL

Estee Lauder Take It Away LongWear Makeup Remover Towelettes, €26, Estee Lauder counters nationwide These are dear, even when you allow for the fact that there are 45 cloths in a pack, compared with 25 in most of the others we rated. But they are good, and we found that a single wipe did the job. “These are brilliant on mascara,” said one panellist, “even if you’ve gone from the office to a night out and put layers of it on. And, after a long day like that, a good wipe is your very best friend. I liked the cucumber-y smell, too.”

BEST T-ZONE TREAT

Soap & Glory Clear Here Cleansing Cloths, €6, larger Boots nationwide Specifically aimed at people with oily, blemish-prone skin, these wipes aren’t so much about taking off make-up as they are about targeting a problem area. They are not for use on the eye area, but for the T-zone, where the salicylic acid content gently exfoliates and helps to clear pores. “There is a lovely clean smell to these,” a panellist said, “something like a gentle soap. My skin felt quite squeaky clean, without being sore.”

BEST SOFT SWIPE

Faith In Nature 3-in-1 Facial Wipes, €4.51, selected health stores and pharmacies nationwide Paraben-free and alcohol-free, these wipes promote themselves as “all natural” and biodegradable and they are pleasantly gentle. Containing aloe to guard against irritation, they do a good job of cleansing, though waterproof mascara defeated them. “I liked these as a quick fix,” said one panellist. “They clean quickly and they don’t feel terribly chemical-y, so I’d definitely buy them as a regular cleansing stand-by.”

BEST FRESH FACE

Nelsons Pure & Clear Purifying Daily Facial Wipes, €6.95, Nelsons Homeopathic Dispensary, Duke St, D2, mail order, tel: (01) 679-0451 Smelling of tea-tree oil, these wipes rate well in the natural stakes, but still include some alcohol, so if you’re after a degree of astringence, these are the ones. Be warned that they will sting if you try them on your eyes, but you can happily let them loose on blemishes, while the arnica and calendula content are blessedly soothing. “The cool feeling of these is very pleasing,” one panellist said. “They take off make-up well, and make a difference to oiliness, but aren’t drying.”

BEST KIND CLOTH

Inglot Milk & Tonic Make-Up Remover Wipes, €4, Inglot stores nationwide, see www.inglotireland.com The honeycomb weave of these cloths is what sets them apart from others that do an equally good job on stubborn make-up. The weave means they have more give than other wipes, so that even with heavy make-up, it doesn’t feel like you’re scrubbing off your skin. “I use a wipe when I can’t be bothered getting involved with a cleanser, but I can’t take anything too harsh,” said one panellist. “These are neutral wipes that work well — and neutral, in this case, is a compliment.”

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