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Facial Cleansing Wipes You Can Feel Good About

Facial Cleansing Wipes You Can Feel Good About

Facial cleansing wipes are a bit of a guilty luxury (they're not a guilty pleasure, because wiping your face with what is essentially a baby wipe isn't the most pleasurable experience). We feel guilty because, most of the time, cleansing wipes can be quite harsh on skin and they're not exactly eco-friendly. They feel luxurious because after a big night out when we're too tired to even splash water on our faces, they do the trick quickly. Plus, for the number of wipes per package, they're pricey. But they don't have to induce guilt or cost a fortune. We've found two brands to try, plus a DIY version you'll love!

Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes
Simple facial wipes are free of alcohol, oil, harsh, drying chemical and parabens. There are no artificial perfumes, they're non-comedogenic and are gentle enough for contact lens wearers and people with sensitive eyes. Having said all of that, despite being gentle and well, simple, when it comes to ingredients, they will still effectively remove makeup, including water-proof mascara!
Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes, $8.49, amazon.ca

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Make-Up Removing Wipes
Refreshing and refreshingly made from renewable fibers from sustainably-managed forests, cleansing with these wipes doesn't have to feel so wasteful. The formula is 95 per cent natural and contains no sulfates, parabens or petroleum products. They're also gentle on eyes and Neutrogena promises that you can remove 99 per cent of makeup with just one wipe.
Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Make-Up Removing Wipes, $10.61, well.ca

DIY Facial Wipes
Make your own facial wipes and save money, trees and your skin.
NOTE: The directions below will make a lot of wipes! If you use fabric instead of paper towels, you can do it in smaller batches and cut the recipe in half. If you have kids, make a big batch and use as baby wipes!

What you need:

  • Storage container tall enough to hold a roll of paper towels cut in half (if you make disposable wipes)
     
  • 1 roll of paper towel (choose a recycled brand like Seventh Generation) OR 25 thin wash cloths or any soft fabric cut into wipe size
     
  • 1 3/4 cups Distilled or cooled boiled water (otherwise your wipes will get mouldy)
     
  • 1 Tablespoon of castille soap (We like Dr. Bronner's)
     
  • 1/4 cup of witch hazel
     
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of a moisturizing oil like almond, olive or avocado. Be sure to melt coconut oil first and add it to hot water, rather than cold or you'll get clumps of oil. 
     
  • Optional: 5-10 of a skin-friendly essential oil, like lavender. Psst... make your own essential oils with our handy guide!

How-to:

  • Cut the paper towel roll in half using a big, serrated knife like a bread knife. Put half away for next time.
     
  • Put paper towel or fabric into your container.
     
  • Mix water, soap, oil and witch hazel in a bowl.
     
  • Pour mixture over your wipes and put the lid on your container.
     
  • Flip the container over so your wipes are consistently soaked.
     
  • Use without guilt!
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