The question: Sometimes it seems way too difficult to wash your face—especially when it’s so easy to just grab a face wipe instead. When it comes to everyday use, what’s better for your skin: face wipes or facial cleansers?
The expert: Board-certified dermatologist Michele Green, M.D.
The answer: Both options are effective for removing makeup, dirt, and oil, says Green. “The wipes are certainly more convenient. But in reality, a cleanser with water probably works much better to actually clean your skin.”
That said, they’re perfect to keep in your purse or gym bag to remove makeup before a workout or to whisk away sweat and oil on super-humid days. And it’s fine to use them once in while (like when you just don’t have the energy for a proper face wash)—but Green wouldn’t recommend using them in place of your cleanser every single day.
When you do opt for a face wipe, pick a formula without dyes, perfumes, or artificial ingredients, says Green. If your face feels a little filmy after you use them, it might mean it has an extra moisturizer packed in. That’s fine if you have dry skin, but stay away from those brands if you have acne-prone or oily skin, says Green. And when it comes to your daily face wash, be sure to stick to the real soap-and-lather routine.