Facial wipes are a hit-or-miss type of beauty product. You either love the new package of hypoallergenic, botanical essence-soaked disposable cloths you just picked up, or you think they're, well, just okay. Until I discovered my Dickinson's Witch Hazel WipesВ ($4), which are honestly the most refreshing beauty product I've ever found, I was under the impression that I didn't really need facial wipes.В To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to use them for. I mean, I washed my face each night and moisturized. That was enough, right?В
According to skincare expert Maryam Zamani, MD, I was technically right. "Face wipes should never be a substitution for skin cleansing," she says. "The face should be rinsed after wipes are used as they contain makeup remover, detergents, alcohol, and other ingredients that can leave a residue on the skin, which can cause irritation and sensitization."В
However, she says, "if you are in unique situations where you can not wash the face," they are useful for removing makeup and pollutants. In other words, stick to using a traditional cleanser each night, but if you just finish a workout or feel like your skin has been exposed to pollutants in smog, exhaust, and the like, then use a face wipe to refresh, cleanse, and soothe.
With oily skin, though, it's likely that you need a specific type of face wipe-one that hydrates, controls oil, and is gentle on the skin (after all, the last thing you want to do is encourage your skin to produce even more oil).В Keep reading to see the eight best face wipes for oily skin as recommended by experts.RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes $16Shop
These facial wipes from one of our all-time favorite natural beauty brands, RMS. They are soaked with organic coconut oil, renowned for its antibacterial and cleansing properties. They are also alcohol- and fragrance-free, which Zamani says is important to maintaining the health of your skin. "Some people," sheВ says, "use skinВ wipesВ aggressively on theВ face, particularly around the eye area, and that can irritate and stretch the skin." So do be sure to remain gentle, since over time, tugging on the skin this way can contribute to signs of premature aging.
If you have oily skin and struggle with acne, Zamani says you should forgo the use of facial wipes all together. "If you have oily skin or are prone to acne breakouts, I recommend never using aВ wipeВ because you just transfer bacteria around theВ face.В But if you must, find one with salicylic acid," she says. This pick from drugstore-friendly brand Yes To will soothe and cleanse the skinВ while delivering potent salicylic acid to battle breakouts and inflammation.В
Jessica Alba's company, Honest Beauty, also makes a super-gentle form of facial wipes. These are also alcohol and fragrance-free. Plus, they're hypoallergenic, pH-balanced, and completely vegan. How's that for a do-it-all face wipe?
These are the real deal. For me personally, I alternate between the aforementioned witch hazel wipes and these little blue ones. (They'veВ found a permanent home in my gym bag for their after-workout cleansing ability.)Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes $3Shop
Honey ArtistsВ makeup artistВ Josee LeducВ likes these drugstore classic wipes. "They use a lot ofВ natural, effective ingredients in theirВ faceВ wipes," she says. "I'm always concerned about how many syntheticВ products go on myВ face. I really make an effort to read the ingredient list before I make a purchase. Just like I do when I shop for food." As for specific ingredients she likes to see, think "grapefruit extract, lemongrassВ extract, tea tree oil andВ witch hazel.В Those areВ amazing ingredients to have in your skincare rituals if your skin is prone to acne."
Honey ArtistsВ makeup artistВ Daniela GozlanВ calls these face wipes "the best for oily skin." They contain tea tree oil, which she says "dissolves oil stuck deep down the pores; it keeps the pores unclogged and the skin fresh and supple."Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths $20Shop
Despite not being "a huge fan ofВ faceВ wipesВ because they don't always clean theВ faceВ thoroughly and they leave behind a lot of residue," Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Skincare Collection, recommendsВ these cruelty-free and biodegradable wipes the most. "I love the Kaia Natural Juicy BambooВ faceВ wipesВ because they have vitamin E and C, amino acids, and honey to hydrate and soothe the skin. Plus, they are natural, and they have a lot of nutrition for the skin in them. They don't leave a lot of residue on the skin and they are great for taking off makeup."Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Wipes $15Shop
Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and assistant clinical professor, department of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center, reiterates the importance of cleansing with a traditional formula at night. You should use facial wipes to remove stubborn makeup areas or "refresh only." She recommends any productВ made for sensitive skinВ since they have less harshВ and irritating chemicals. Try these Greek Yoghurt wipes from Korres, which are suitable for all skin types (including sensitive) and even help calm inflammation and redness.ВOle Henriksen Stay Balanced Oil Control Cleansing Cloths $15Shop
These Ole Henriksen wipes are a must for makeup artist Kristine Cruz fromВ Antonio Prieto Salon. "The aloe helps moisturize my skin while the glycolic and lactic acids help remove dead skin cells. My skin feels refreshed and soft." These will remove oil without stripping the skin, leading to a more comfortable, matte texture over time.В
Next, read up on the best face washes for oily skin, according to dermatologists!