My beauty routines before and during the Circuit Breaker are vastly different. Besides wearing less makeup now, I find that I spend a little more time in skincare.
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Makeup wipes were never a huge part of my routine in the past. Because I wear makeup for work, when I get home, I make sure I remove everything properly with a cleansing oil. I usually only use makeup wipes when I need to do quick removals between scenes when I’m filming for work or if I find it too cumbersome to bring along makeup removers when I head to the gym.
So here’s where it gets peculiar: I actually use more makeup wipes now than before. Read on to find out why and also why you may want to consider doing the same too.
1. I use makeup wipes to remove sunscreen
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Compared to before Circuit Breaker, I find that I’m more conscientious with sunscreen application. Besides applying it all over my face in the morning before work, I reapply another 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 my regular makeup remover. In this occasion, a makeup wipe feels like the perfect way to ensure that I get rid of sunscreen residue, as well as any impurities and grime I may have on my 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. I use makeup wipes to remove masks
I mask more often now that I spend more time at home. Leave-on masks, especially clay masks, can be quite cumbersome to remove, and I sometimes end up spending a lot of time at the basin trying to get everything off.
One day I 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, I’ve never looked back since.
I 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 are the excess product that isn’t absorbed.
3. I use makeup wipes to refresh my skin
Now that I’m home more, I try not to switch on the air-conditioner if the weather isn’t too hot – it’s better for my pockets and even better for the environment. And on warmer days, I tend to only switch it on in the afternoon and use a fan for most part of the morning. Given Singapore’s humid weather, this means that I tend to see some grease and shine on my face by lunch-time.
Instead of washing with water, which can help refresh my skin but not remove grime and grease, I use a makeup wipe to gently freshen up my skin. I find that they’re perfect for a mid-day perk-me-up so my skin feel comfortable and I could get on with the rest of the day.
Best makeup wipes to consider
Even when we’re given the green light to go back to work, the above-mentioned tips are still going to be relevant. If you’re now convinced about investing in more makeup wipes now than before, here are some products to consider.
Makeup wipes under S$5
1. Guardian Make-Up Remover Wipes
Probably one of the cheapest makeup wipes you can find in the market, this one from Guardian is fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin. Also free from alcohol, colorant, mineral oil, and paraben, these gentle wipes are heavy-duty enough to remove even waterproof makeup.
Guardian Make-Up Remover Wipes retails for S$1.95 (for 10 sheets) and is available at Guardian.
2. 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 S$3.50 (for 10 sheets) and is available at Guardian.
3. Yes to Coconut Cleansing Wipes
This 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 S$5 (for 30 sheets) and is available at Lookfantastic.
Makeup wipes between S$6 and S$12
4. Nivea Fragrance Free Facial Cleansing Wipes
These wipes are formulated for normal and combination skin and can be used even on the eye area.
The sheets are enriched with vitamin E and Hydra IQ to soothe and moisturise skin, while refreshing it.
Nivea Fragrance Free Facial Cleansing Wipes retails for S$9.50 (for 25 sheets) and is available at Guardian. At the time of writing, there’s a discount going on and it’s retailing for S$7.60.
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 water melon, depending on your preferences.
Sephora Collection Cleansing Face Wipes retails for S$11 (for 25 sheets) and is available at Sephora.
6. 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 S$11 (for 70 sheets) and is available at Lazada.
Makeup wipes between S$12 and S$15
7. Garnier Skin Active All in 1 Micellar Wipes
If you like the micellar formula, you may want to consider these wipes, which are infused with Garnier’s popular micellar water.
The formula is oil-free, and allergy-tested to make sure that it instantly removes all makeup while being gentle to skin.
Garnier Skin Active All in 1 Micellar Wipes retails for S$12.90 (for 25 sheets) and is available at Guardian. At the time of writing, there’s a discount going on and it’s retailing for S$9.65.
8. 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 S$13.90 (for 25 sheets) and is available at Guardian. You can also purchase two for S$20.85.
9. 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.
Holike Holika Daily Fresh Olive Cleansing Tissue retails for S$13 (for 60 sheets) and is available at Lookfantastic.
10. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Towelettes
These wipes are saturated with gentle micellar cleansing liquids to help remove makeup on both 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 S$15 (for 10 sheets) and is available at all Clinique counters and Sephora.
Makeup wipes between S$15 and S$20
11. 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 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 S$17.90 (for 44 sheets) and is available at Guardian. At the time of writing, there’s a discount going on and it’s retailing for S$15.90.
12. 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 is is suitable for you.
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes retails for S$18 (for 30 sheets) and is available at Sephora.
Makeup wipes above S$20
13. Philosphy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Cloths
Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser is a holy grail product that’s well-loved by beauty enthusiasts. This is why you can expect nothing but a great experience with these cleansing cloths.
Suitable for all skin types, these wipes are able to gently remove all traces of dirt, grease, and makeup, so that your skin feels purified and revitalised.
Philosphy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Cloths retails for S$21 (for 30 sheets) and is available at Lookfantastic.
14. 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 S$22 (for 30 sheets) and is available at Sephora.
15. 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 soothe irritation like rashes and sunburn.
RMS The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe retails for S$25 (for 20 sheets) and is available at Sephora.