Makeup Bag: Facial Cleansing Wipes For Late Nights And Lazy Mornings

They aren’t the sexiest or most exciting beauty product — not by a long shot — but facial wipes are an absolute necessity. If you’re prone to late-night laziness or, um, unforeseen sleepovers, a pack thrown in your purse can mean the difference between a fresh face and eyeliner on your cheeks in the morning. As a longtime connoisseur of both crashing wherever and staying out all night, I’ve found myself at many a drugstore closely examining the best of their cleansing wipe offerings. Given that my skin is, at any given point in time, either congested and acne-prone, red and irritated, or dry as the desert, I have purchased and tried approximately All Of Them. Here are my 5 top choices in the category…

Lumene Sensitive Touch Gentle Cleansing Wipes: If your skin is on the brink of a disaster, but you still need to get your makeup off somehow if not by magic, Lumene’s soft, gentle wipes are ideal. They contain no alcohol and don’t have the slightly rough exfoliating texture that some other wipes have, so they’re even perfect for removing eye makeup. [$6.99, Dermstore]

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes: I’ve sung the praises of these wipes in the past, but that certainly won’t stop me from doing it again! These are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and I’m pretty sure they’re straight-up saturated in coconut water. They’re really gentle and natural, and also, your face is going to smell amazing. [$6, Pacifica]

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes: For normal and combination skin, these super-refreshing wipes with white tea and cucumber extracts are perfect for removing makeup and the day’s grime. Sensitive types may want to steer clear, however, as the deep-cleansing ingredients can be a bit harsh. [$6, Burt’s Bees]

Murad Clarifying Wipes: If acne is a concern, but getting in front of the sink is not an option, Murad’s breakout-fighting formula will ease your worries. These clinically proven wipes use witch hazel and cucumber and lemon extracts to fight shine and regulate oil production while cleansing the skin of dirt and bacteria. [$18, Murad]

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes: The name says it all — these wipes are pretty simple. Gentle, unscented, and super-soft, you really can’t go wrong here. [$4.78, Target]