Our beauty routines before and during the MCO are vastly different. Besides wearing less makeup now, we spend a little more time in skincare.
Makeup wipes were never a huge part of our routine in the past. When we get home, we make sure to remove everything properly with a cleansing oil, so we usually only need makeup wipes for quick removals when we’re feeling lazy, or if we find it too cumbersome to bring along makeup removers when we head to the gym.
So here’s where it gets peculiar: we’ve actually been using more makeup wipes now than before. Read on to find out why and also why you may want to consider doing the same too.
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1. Use makeup wipes to remove sunscreen
Compared to before the pandemic, we’re more conscientious with sunscreen application. Besides applying it in the morning before work, we reapply another layer twice in the day – usually at around 12 noon, and then again at around 4pm.
Note: You should wear a sunscreen even though you’re working from home. This is because UVA rays (the ones that are responsible for causing skin damage and accelerate skin ageing) are able to penetrate through your windows and affect your skin.
Without a full face of makeup, it feels a little excessive to do an intensive cleansing process with a regular makeup remover. In this instance, however, a makeup wipe feels like the perfect way to ensure that we get rid of sunscreen residue, as well as any impurities and grime we may have on our skin.
Note again: Sunscreen has to be removed with a makeup remover. A normal cleanser won’t cut it and you may notice pimples appearing if sunscreen is not removed thoroughly.
2. Use makeup wipes to remove masks
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Leave-on masks, especially clay masks, can be quite cumbersome to remove, and we sometimes end up spending a lot of time at the basin trying to get everything off.
Well, we found out that makeup wipes are perfect for removing leave-on masks – yes, even clay masks, gently and thoroughly. It’s so much more convenient and a total time-saver, and we haven’t looked back since.
We know you may be wondering, “Will it remove the goodness from the mask that I’ve applied?” The short answer: no. The skincare goodness of the mask should have already penetrated into your skin, and what you’re removing is the excess product that isn’t absorbed.
3. Use makeup wipes to refresh your skin
Now that we’re home more, we don’t switch on the air-conditioner if the weather isn’t too hot – it’s better for our pockets and even better for the environment. And on warmer days, we tend to only switch it on in the afternoon and use a fan for most of the morning. Given Malaysia’s humid weather, this means that we’ll see some grease and shine on our faces by lunchtime.
Instead of washing with water, which can help refresh our skin but not remove grime and grease, we use a makeup wipe to gently freshen up. They’re perfect for a mid-day perk-me-up so our skin feels comfortable and we can get on with the rest of the day.
Best makeup wipes to consider
If you’re now convinced about investing in more makeup wipes now than before, here are some products to consider.
Makeup wipes between RM10 and RM30
1. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Using no artificial perfume, colours, or harsh chemicals, these skin-loving wipes are well-loved by those with sensitive skin. You’ll find that your skin is moisturised after cleansing.
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes retails for RM12.36 (for 25 sheets) and is available at Hermo.
2. Nivea 3 in 1 Gentle Cleansing Wipes (Dry Skin)
These wipes are formulated for dry skin and can be used even on the eye area. The sheets are enriched with almond oil to soothe and moisturise skin, while refreshing it.
Nivea 3 in 1 Gentle Cleansing Wipes (Dry Skin) retails for RM18.90 (for 25 sheets) and is available at Watsons. At the time of writing, there’s a discount going on and it’s retailing for RM15.12.
3. Bifesta Cleansing Sheets Moist
Bifesta is one of the most known brands in the market for makeup removers. This fuss-free option helps to thoroughly remove makeup while offering a moisturising and refreshing sensation.
These sheets are also infused with amino acid to make sure that your skin remains hydrated and supple after cleansing.
Bifesta Cleansing Sheets Moist retails for RM22.41 (for 10 sheets) and is available at Watsons.
4. Yes to Coconut Cleansing Wipes
These moisturising, vegan wipes are infused with coconut oil and kukui nut extract, which are known for their ability to relieve dry skin.
You’ll love how purified and refreshed your skin feels after it gently removes every trace of makeup from your skin.
Yes to Coconut Cleansing Wipes retails for RM23.41 (for 30 sheets) and is available at ASOS.
5. Sephora Collection Cleansing Face Wipes
These cleansing wipes come with two textures – a textured side that can help exfoliate and a soft side for gentle cleansing.
There are three variants to choose from: coconut water, aloe vera, and watermelon, depending on your preferences.
Sephora Collection Cleansing Face Wipes retails for RM29 (for 25 sheets) and is available at Sephora.
Makeup wipes between RM30 and RM55
6. Biore Cleansing Sheet Refresh Tub
This is one of the most popular makeup wipes in the market because of how quickly they’re able to remove makeup without drying out the skin.
These sheets are infused with cleansing oil to help remove stubborn and waterproof makeup without needing any tugging on your skin. With its skin-loving formula, you’ll find that your skin feels fresh and dewy after cleansing.
Biore Cleansing Sheet Refresh Tub retails for RM31.90 (for 44 sheets) and is available at Shopee.
7. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Towelettes
These wipes are saturated with gentle micellar cleansing liquids to help remove makeup on both the face and eyes.
They’re also dermatologist-developed and tested against allergy. Its fragrance-, paraben-, phthalates-free formula promises to be non-pore-clogging.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Towelettes retails for RM40 (for 10 sheets) and is available at all Clinique counters and Sephora.
8. THEFACESHOP Herb Day Cleansing Wipes
One of the products that many would stock up on when they travel to Korea, these cleansing wipes are enriched with aloe and has a soft texture to soothe irritation-prone skin.
THEFACESHOP Herb Day Cleansing Wipes retails for RM40 (for 70 sheets) and is available at Zalora.
9. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes
These makeup wipes don’t just remove makeup, but also cleanse and tone your skin at the same time. The wipes are infused with ingredients that help to soften, moisturise, and soothe skin.
For those with sensitive skin, you’d be happy to know that the cloths are made with natural materials and the product has been dermatologically tested and allergy tested to make sure it is suitable for you.
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes retails for RM53 (for 30 sheets) and is available at Sephora.
Makeup wipes above RM60
10. Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths with White Willow Bark
These cloths are infused with Icelandic glacial waters to give your skin a thorough cleanse – almost like if you dipped your face into the Blue Lagoon!
With a five-star rating on Sephora, this is loved for having a clean scent and not leaving behind a tacky sensation.
Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths with White Willow Bark retails for RM63 (for 30 sheets) and is available at Sephora.
11. RMS The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe
Probably one of the most luxurious makeup wipes you can find in the market, these are infused with the brand’s signature coconut oil. The coconut oil used is so pure that if you use it in an environment with colder temperatures, the oil will solidify and require you to warm up the unopened packet in your hands to warm it up in order to liquefy it.
These wipes melt away all traces of makeup – even stubborn formulas – and also has a cooling sensation that soothes irritation like rashes and sunburn.
RMS The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe retails for RM75 (for 20 sheets) and is available at Sephora.
12. Holika Holika Daily Fresh Olive Cleansing Tissue
These cleansing wipes from Korean cult brand Holika Holika are infused with vitamin E and olive oil to help prevent the appearance of fine lines.
Rich in antioxidants, these cleansing wipes are the best for those who are looking for a gentle option that also has anti-ageing benefits.
Holika Holika Daily Fresh Olive Cleansing Tissue retails for RM88.65 (for 60 sheets) and is available at YesStyle.
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