5 Makeup-Removing Wipes That Actually Work

Makeup wipe uses plus our favorite toxic-free, all natural options.
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7 Makeup-Removing Wipes That Actually Work

Is there one staple beauty product that you consider a must-have? A product so multi-functional that you keep it ever-handy in your nightstand, desk, bag, and car? For many, the small but mighty makeup wipe is an indispensable product.

Makeup wipes have come a long way, expanding from their original purpose of cosmetic removal to now offering exfoliating, nourishing, moisturizing and toning benefits. There are some clear standouts, many of them chock-full of natural skincare ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, and lavender. When choosing a stellar-status makeup wipe, steer clear of fragrance, parabens, and other suspicious ingredients like propylene glycol (a synthetic liquid used to make polyester compounds). Gross! These ingredients tend to do more harm than good and can even irritate the skin instead of soothing. 

Now, let’s take a look at when and where makeup wipes really shine:

1. Post-Gym Sweat

When your workout was amazing but your skin is a sweaty, sticky mess, whip out a wipe and instantly refresh and restore. Use on your face, arms, back, anywhere you want to prevent clogged pores, acne, or grimy build-up.

2. Late Night Out

Puffy, tired skin and under-eye circles/bags can all benefit from the right wipe. All-natural cloths commonly contain sublimely soothing ingredients like aloe leaf extract and Vitamin E. Came home tired after a night out? Keep one next to your nightstand and wipe your makeup away with one hassle-free swipe. 

3. As A Toner

The best wipes are multi-taskers. Look for a wipe with witch hazel to tone and balance skin.

4. Double Cleanse

Even the most effective wipes are best used in cooperation with your favorite cleanser. And, using a wipe first can ensure you remove all traces of dirt, pollutants and makeup.

5. Shiny Face Buster

When pesky mid-day shimmer strikes, a full-on facial cleanse probably isn’t something you can swing. Use wipes as a quick fix to eliminate shine and oil.

6. Mid-Day Runny Makeup

Carry wipes in your bag as a handy cosmetic corrector. Whether your mascara is running or your eyeshadow is smudging, a little pat or dab with a wipe can offer a hands-off ( keep your fingers off your face!) adjustment.

7. Aromatherapy 

Choose a wipe or cloth with your favorite essential oil(s). Cleanse and brighten your complexion while calming and centering your soul. Talk about a win-win!

Our Favorite Makeup Wipes

Below is a list of products that will have your heart (and face) singing if you’ve always dreamed of a wipe that could live up to the hype. But remember - even the most spectacular wipe is no substitute for a full skincare routine. These beauties really shine when combined with your favorite moisturizer, exfoliator and serum.

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1. Ogee Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths

These organic cloths are multitasking wonders that truly cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. The tiny package is ideal for travel or on-the-go. Vegan, cruelty-free, and all-natural. Key ingredients include organic aloe leaf juice to soothe irritation and antioxidant-rich organic oat extract for anti-aging.

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2. Acure Seriously Soothing Micellar Water Towelettes

These towelettes are gentle enough for sensitive skin and can be used on both face and body. Removes makeup, dirt and sweat without the addition of parabens or sulfates. Vegan and cruelty-free. 

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3. Mauli Rituals

The finely woven cotton muslin cloths gently lift dead skin cells & makeup and increase circulation in the skin. Machine washable for continued use!

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4. Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

These bamboo face wipes are known as a 4-in-1 because they cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and sooth. Subtle orange, lavender and fir scents add to the calming effect of these cloths. Made with aloe vera leaf juice and willow bark extract.

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5. RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remove Wipe

These wonderfully natural wipes are made with certified organic coconut oil to melt away makeup, dirt and impurities. Incredibly gentle - will not strip or agitate the skin. Great for all skin-types including sensitive and acne-prone. 100% eco-friendly.

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