The pros and cons of 4 popular cleansing wipes

Traveling as much as I do, I don’t know why I wasted so much time agonizing about 3-ounce bottles of leaky cleansers and travel-sized samples of sub-par skincare brands, when there’s a whole world of fantastic cleansing cloths out there. I’ve been playing around with a few brands over the last year, and here are 4 great picks for all kinds of skin types, that definitely beat using the hotel soap on your face. (Been there.)

comodynes make-up remover wipes

For Regular Skin: Comodynes Makeup Remover Wipes for Normal Skin

I grabbed these off the shelf at Ricky’s in a panic before a last-minute
trip and wow, did I accidentally pick wisely. A Barcelona-based brand
best known for their self-tanning cloths, their hypo-allergenic
cleansing wipes are 100% viscose (rayon) and they not only clean my skin
gently and thoroughly with one wipe, they do a terrific job on eye makeup and even mascara. My skin
definitely feels soft and clean afterwards and ready to go. Bonus: The packages
are recyclable and the products aren’t tested on animals.

The Watchout: Haven’t found one. I was sad when I ran out.

($7.99/20 at Ricky’s NYC or $7.95 at our affiliate Amazon)

atopalm cleansing cloths for sensitive skin

For Sensitive Skin: Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes
wasn’t familiar with this brand developed especially for people with
sensitive skin until recently. (Evidently it has a huge following in
Asia.) The cleansing wipes are made for dry or sensitive skin, have
antioxidants and some light moisturizing properties, and are free of
parabens. The cloths are nice and soft, and the formulation does leave
my skin feeling good. I never feel a need to rinse or wash again after
I’ve used them.

The watchout: They really don’t
work great on eye makeup. I find I need to go over my eyes with a cotton
swab afterwards. If you’re not big on smoky eyes that may not be an issue for you.

($12.99/25 wipes at at Ulta Stores; free shipping with 2 or more products)

korres pomegranate facial cloths

For Oily to Combination Skin: Korres Pomegranate Cleansing Wipes
I’ve been a long-time fan of Korres,
a natural Greek skincare brand, and was happy to snatch up a pack from
their new pomegranate line, pomegranate being an antioxidant and natural
pore toner. Not having oily skin, it does feel a wee bit drying for me,
but fans who are prone to breakouts rave about it. I find the light
pomegranate scent is delicious, not fruit salad-y.  It evidently works
on waterproof mascara too, which is a huge plus.

The Watchout:
Not the right choice for sensitive skin. Your skin may feel tingly or
sensitive for a few moments after use. You might prefer the Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing Wipes intead.

($12/25 at, or at

burt's bees cleansing cloths

For an Amazing Price: Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towlettes with White Tea Extract
natural fiber cloths are meant to remove makeup, cleanse and tone all
in one. They’re built around the idea of more natural cleansing (99.1%
natural ingredients), and make use of white tea which some experts
believe counteracts the effects of pollutants in the air. They smell
delicious–not cloying, just fresh. I love how they feel on my skin, and
the price is just fantastic.

The watchout: They sting my
eyes. Another one that’s great on the face, but you might want to remove
your eye makeup first. A few reviewers claim they need to rinse their
face afterwards.

($6/30 at, and stores everywhere including CVS, Walgreens, and indie shops)