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Editor’s pick: Our favourite makeup remover wipes for sensitive skin

We’ve all had this moment happen to us — you come home from a long day after work, a heavy day travelling, or a particularly gruelling night out at the club. You’re tired, perhaps a little tipsy, and you contemplate just falling into bed with a full face of makeup on. Common sense tells you that doing so is the worst for your complexion, but you push the thought away thinking, “how bad can it be?”

The answer is: pretty bad. You’re suffocating your skin. You’re allowing dirt and bacteria to flourish overnight, giving zits a perfect environment to rear their head. But laziness often wins the tug of war between your face wash and your bed. When faced with situations like this, you can easily triumph your sloth with makeup remover wipes.

These cleansing tissues typically offer a two-in-one benefit — they act as a quick, easy makeup remover, and most of them have ingredients that also rid the skin of impurities. Wipes are never comparable to a proper cleansing routine, but in a pinch, they’re the best you can get.

A lot of makeup remover wipes, however, aren’t the best for sensitive skin. Reviews online have bashed certain brands for having cleansing wipes that sting or are uncomfortable, especially around the eye area. If we’re in the business of avoiding aggravation for your complexion altogether, then it’s time to look for gentle wipes that suit people with skin sensitivities without sacrificing on performance. Read on for our top picks.

HERA Instant Cleansing Tissue

HERA’s micellar-based tissues are some of the most luxurious around. Each thick sheet glides on your skin to remove makeup and impurities comfortably. Beyond that, the cleansing formula comes fortified with a fruit acid complex, containing plant-based alpha-hydroxy acids that help gently exfoliate the skin of dead skin cells.

S$30 for 30 sheets. Available at all HERA boutiques.

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye and Lip Makeup Remover Towelettes

Makeup remover wipes may not be the most efficient against waterproof makeup, but this Clé de Peau Beauté is. It erases even your most persistent mascara will give way with a swipe of this towelette. Also, the formula is perfected for those with dry skin, as it comes fortified with argan, evening primrose, camellia and other oils to deliver moisture to your face, especially to the delicate eye area.

S$40 for 50 sheets. Available at all Clé de Peau Beauté boutiques.

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths With White Willow Bark

If you’re really a stickler for cleanliness and want to tangibly feel like a wipe has effectively rendered your skin pristine, then the Skyn Iceland cleansing cloths are your best buy. These are sheets that foam slightly on the skin, using plant extracts and Icelandic glacial water to purge your skin of dirt and other impurities. It’s instantly refreshing as well.

S$22 for 30 sheets. Available at Sephora.

Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Makeup Remover Pads

The most travel-friendly makeup remover wipes go to Dr Jart+’s Dermaclear pads. Each hypoallergenic wipe is individually packed, containing an emulsion made with coconut milk and water that removes makeup. The pad also has small ridges that exfoliate as you cleanse. If you’re someone who flies frequently, these are a lifesaver on board.

S$31. Available at Sephora.

Clinique Take The Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes

Clinique’s Take The Day Off cleansing balm is a wildly popular makeup remover, which inspired the brand to create spin-off wipes. Soaked in micellar water, these wipes are extremely gentle on the skin, the perfect go-to if you’re either a fan of their balm or micellar water makeup removers in general. The generous wipe-to-price ratio also doesn’t hurt if you’re considering this option.

S$14.50. Available at Sephora.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.