The Editor-Approved Face Wipes That Get Us Through Long Flights & Lazy Nights

It's a familiar line from the most traditional of wedding vows: "For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer..." But who's to say you can only feel that committed about another human being, and not a beauty product that we can trust to love and to cherish, to care for us in sickness and in health? No, makeup-removing cleansing wipes can't live out a real-life love story with us — but they've definitely been there through the worst of it, the latest of nights and most moisture-zapping flights, or just when other cleansers can't get the job done alone.

That's why, when we asked the beauty team to name their favorites, we jumped at the chance to name our go-tos, from eco-friendly options that last for years to micellar formulas that are great for sensitive skin. Ahead, our very favorite face wipes — which we recommend for taking it all off while traveling, using as a pre-cleanse before the real cleanse, or just those post-happy hour evenings when the temptation to fall asleep on the couch with makeup on is all too real.


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Simple Kind To Skin Facial Care Micellar Cleansing Wipes

"I don't love cleansing wipes in general — they're wasteful (because you can never use just one) and really just can't replace an actual cleanser in terms of, you know, cleansing — but I'll hop off my high horse for a quick sec to say that these ones from Simple are as good as it gets. Because they're super soft and have no scent whatsoever, they're gentle enough for my wildly sensitive skin, and I do feel like the micellar technology is better at removing makeup than your average wipe. I reach for them before and after workouts and on the rare occasions I'm too drunk and/or exhausted to wash my face." — Rachel Krause, senior beauty editor
Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes$4.79 Buy

Marleys Monsters Reusable Organic Cotton Wipes

"I try my best not to use single-use wipes or cotton rounds anymore, and these reusable cloths have made it so easy to make the switch. I use them for absolutely everything — just douse them with a little micellar water, cleanser, or even facial spray to remove makeup, then throw them in the wash to give them a new life. I even use them to spot clean my eyeshadow brushes between colors." — Mi-Anne Chan, associate video producer & beauty writer
Marleys Monsters Reusable Organic Cotton Wipes$22.00 Buy

Belei Oil-Free Micellar Facial Cleansing Wipes

"When I travel on the weekends, these packable Belei face wipes from Amazon are a stand-in for my Drunk Elephant Cleansing Balm (mostly because the big plastic jar of wax would be too messy to pack in my suitcase). I like that the texture is a bit thicker than other handy pre-soaked towelettes I've used, which means I only need one to clean my whole face and neck. They're also unscented and never irritate my super sensitive eyes, so I can scrub away all my mascara without ruining my boyfriend's mom's hand towels." — Megan Decker, beauty writer
Belei Oil-Free Micellar Facial Cleansing Wipes (Pack of 2)$9.00 Buy

Face Halo Pro

"I'm trying to be more eco-friendly when it comes to my beauty routine and my first move was switching from cleansing wipes to reusable face towels. At first I thought that this switcheroo would be a total fail and the sustainable offerings wouldn't measure up, but these pads proved me so wrong. The fabric gently takes off my waterproof mascara and even multiple layers of foundation. Plus, they're easy to travel with, and the best part: I just throw the pads in with my laundry, and each one can be used up to 200 times." — Thatiana Diaz, beauty writer
Face Halo Face Halo Pro$22.00 Buy

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

"I don’t use makeup wipes too often because thinking about them from a sustainability perspective keeps me up at night. However, these wipes are a rare luxury I indulge in whenever I travel. They’re thicker than your average one-and-done wipe, and are soaked in a magical, herb-infused cleansing water (which also comes in a bottle) that leaves my skin feeling clean, but not the least bit dry. An absolute in-flight must-have." — Karina Hoshikawa, beauty & wellness market writer
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths$17.00 Buy

Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes

"These cleansing towelettes hold a special place in my heart: For all the times that I've come home and been too lazy to wash my face thoroughly, these get the job done. Unlike other wipes, which take two or three cloths to cleanse your face entirely, you only need one to fully cleanse and remove dirt without drying out your skin afterward. I actually wake up with glowy skin from using it the night before. If I could buy a box of these in bulk and stash them away for life, I would." — Aimee Simeon, beauty writer
Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes Original Fresh $3.49 Buy

Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

"You know a beauty editor lives and dies by a product if it's one of the only ones they still go out and buy. These wipes are that for me. There's no better feeling than getting home at night and skipping a double-cleansing routine for one of these towelettes. Say what you will about other wipes not cleaning all of your makeup off, but I know that just one of Simple's finishes the job without leaving even the tiniest bit of makeup residue behind." — Samantha Sasso, beauty writer
Simple Facial Wipes Cleansing$6.29 Buy
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