It was the best of times; it was the worst of times; it was the year of Southwest Airlines flying a plane full of
orphaned baby animals to safety after Hurricane Harvey and for Best Picture; it was the year of Moonlight winning the Oscar Harvey Weinstein, natural disasters, mass-casualty events, threats of nuclear warfare, and The Emoji Movie . Needless to say, you’re not alone if the past 12 months have left you feeling… less than refreshed.
But with 2018 a mere three days
away, now’s your chance to regroup, refocus, and wash your hands of the singular grossness of 2017. (Figuratively, of course — it’s not like you can just Eternal Sunshine that shit.)
And while you’re at it, these cleansing wipes will leave you fresh-faced,
frizz-free, and thoroughly exfoliated from head-to-toe. Because you should never let lackluster skin and last night’s mascara get in the way of saving the world. (Not that you would, anyway.)
If these two-sided sheets don't look like your average face wipes, that's because they aren't. Each one comes enriched with activated charcoal, which does more than just give the wipes their goth-friendly appeal — it also helps draw out dirt and debris from deep in your pores better than other cleansing agents can on their own. The smooth side wipes away surface dirt and makeup (even the waterproof stuff), the nubby exfoliating side allows for a deeper clean, and soothing chamomile and aloe extracts leave skin soft and fresh without overdrying.
Blaq Dual Sided Charcoal Wipes, $12.95, available at Blaq.
Proof that chemical exfoliants aren't just for your face: The 17 (!) highly effective acids in this two-step body peel work overtime to resurface and smooth dry, rough, lackluster skin from the neck down. The non-irritating formula is safe for all skin types, but it's particularly well-suited to anyone who deals with keratosis pilaris, a.k.a. "chicken skin," a.k.a. those itchy, sandpaper-y bumps on your upper arms that seem impossible to get rid of and tend to worsen during times of stress...
Dermadoctor KP Duty High Potency Daily Body Peel, $56, available at Sephora.
At the end of the day, most cleansing cloths are essentially just sexier, more skin-friendly versions of the wet wipes you get at a greasy BBQ restaurant — but not these ones. For starters, they're dry, thanks to hemisqualane, a lightweight emollient that has the texture and feel of a dry oil but whisks away even long-wearing makeup with ease. They'll leave skin feeling fresh without traditional watery cleansers, and the blend of olive, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils
actually hydrates. Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths, $18, available at Biossance.
It takes a lot of wine to function as an effective mind-eraser, but sweeping just one of these gauzy, antioxidant-rich pads over your face is enough to wipe away dulling skin buildup and impurities — if not exactly expunge the previous night from your memory.
Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, $27, available at Soko Glam.
With the deodorizing, mildly antiseptic blend of neem leaf extract, peppermint oil, and bright, citrusy essential oils, these ingenious wipes were technically made for high-functioning fitness freaks who might not have time to shower between their 6:30 a.m. SoulCycle class and 8 a.m. meeting. But let's be real: They're also perfect for the sedentary dirtbag in you who relies on dry shampoo five days a week.
Yuni Shower Sheets Large Body Wipes, $15, available at Yuni Beauty.
Sometimes you make the effort to double cleanse to remove every last trace of makeup; other times you use a one-and-done face wipe to take off what you
think is everything but still wake up with mascara on your white pillowcase. These remarkably efficient pads mimic the milky emulsion you get from an oil cleanser to dissolve all of your makeup, not just most of it — no sink necessary. The secret is in the coconut milk, which works with hydrogen water and fatty acids to thoroughly cleanse without stripping. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Makeup Remover Pads, $20, available at Sephora.
Infused with a lightweight, dry-touch blend of avocado and camellia oils that smells delightfully of Banana Boat sunscreen, these hair wipes work effortlessly to calm frizz and add shine without messing up your style. The individual packets are perfect for tossing in your purse, and also happen to look not unlike a millennial-pink prophylactic. Edgy!
IGK Swipe Up No-Frizz Smoothing Wipes, $18, available at Sephora.
The EPA might not want us to stay informed about the environmental pollutants currently destroying our planet, but at least we can stop them from doing the same to our skin. These towelettes come packed with glycolic acid and vitamin C, so you can defend your body's largest organ against free radical damage and get a brighter, smoother complexion at the same time.
Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel, $44, available at Dermstore.
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