Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Great Wipe Debate

by Claire McCormack

Immediately after having my first child, I wondered how I ever lived without an ample supply of baby wipes on me at all times. It was nothing short of a revelation: A stack of quality baby wipes could literally solve 95% of my problems. So, you can imagine my appreciation as I’ve watched the number and variety of “beauty wipes” explode in recent years. No longer limited to wipes made for a baby’s bum, I can now choose from big ones, small ones, body wipes, face wipes, hair wipes ... big hair/body/face wipes ... pretty much every type of wipe one could ever hope for. I’ve found a few favorites along the way and thought I'd share why I love them and a quick how-to on making the most of them.

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

These are the most deeply cleansing wipes I’ve ever used. Ursa Major’s individually wrapped 100% bamboo fiber Essential Face Wipes are infused with a generous dose of 4-in-1 Face Tonic – Ursa’s answer to the common toner. You get all the same benefits as you would from Ursa’s Face Tonic in pocket-sized, spill-proof packets.

What are the 4 benefits of this one wipe?

They cleanse: Removing oil and grime without stripping skin of its moisture or throwing off pH balance.
• They exfoliate: Dissolving dead skin cells and clearing clogged pores (3% natural AHA/BHA complex).
• They help heal: Soothing irritation and inflammation and accelerates healing.
• They hydrate: Hydrating and firming skin (without leaving any residue).

I love the aroma, too: A refreshing medicinal brew spiked with orange, fir and lavender. The super natural ingredient list for these wipes reads like a farmer’s market shopping list. They are packed with aloe to soothe, hydrate and promote healthy tissue regeneration, witch hazel to tighten/shrink pores, willow bark extract for its exfoliating and acne fighting abilities (it’s a natural source of beta hydroxy acid “BHA”), antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial rosemary, as well as apple, green tea, birch sap and radish root to boot!

Due to their size, I mainly use these on my face. If you’re looking to give yourself a post-workout wipe down – face and body – you’ll need more than one.
Heaven Skincare EllaJane Wipes

Heaven Skincare’s EllaJane Celebrity Skin Wipes are so big, soft and strong that a recent first-time user excitedly exclaimed “you can do an entire whore’s bath with one”! (Not that we know what that is ... but it sure sounds impressive.) Though these wipes were designed for use on the face, they are defintely big enough to cover more ground than that. These durable skin wipes are made from 100% organic cotton. They not only cleanse, but also tone and moisturize, covering three skin care steps in a few fell swipes. These wonder wipes have also become the official skin wipe of well-known facial plastic surgeon Dara Liotta M.D.’s practice.

Did you know you can also CLEAN YOUR TEETH WITH THEM? Seriously, these organic wipes can be used to wipe down your pearly whites anytime, anywhere. They are super soft and taste very mild. Infused with taste bud-friendly honey, peppermint and apple pectin, they are almost good enough to eat (but don’t eat them, please.) Gently wipe along the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth, focusing on the gum line to attack that plaque. Your mouth and breath will feel totally refreshed in seconds flat.

These wipes perform traditional skin wipe duties with aplomb as well:

• Apple pectin works to exfoliate and deeply cleanse skin
• Honey heals and moisturizes skin
• The peppermint base works to balance skin’s oil levels
• Peppermint oil helps keep blemishes at bay

Mio Skincare Clean Slate Workout Swipes

You know that amazing cucumber-infused water that you can sip in most spa lounges? That is exactly what these jumbo face and body wipes smell like. Softly scented with a hint of fresh cucumber and mint, they are the ultimate shower-free way to cleanse, refresh and revitalize your face and body before and after a workout, when traveling, or any other time you’re feeling the funk.

Each jumbo (and they are huge) Clean Slate Swipe is specially formulated with natural ingredients – like exfoliating lactic acid – to effectively remove makeup, pore-clogging bacteria, sweat and oil. They help prevent blemishes and post-gym breakouts (they’re naturally antibacterial), while aloe vera and omega oils exfoliate and moisturize leaving skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, without stripping essential oils. Your entire body feels soft and smooth, never irritated.

Mio Skincare adheres to a strict no nasties policy with all of its amazing products. That means the products are free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and colorants, xenoestrogens, PEGs, glycols and phthalates.

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Peel Pads

These wipes are the winner of New Beauty’s Beauty Choice Award for Best At-Home Chemical Peel. And personally, I’ll never NOT use them.

This peel is an extra-strength version of Dr. Dennis Gross’ patented #1-selling Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel on presoaked cotton towelettes. Higher concentrations of alpha beta acids plus newly added anti-aging boosters, including mandelic acid and willow bark extract, deliver a stronger peel without risk of irritation or recovery time.

Why I can’t live without them:

They diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles
• Visibly reduce pores and treat breakouts
• Target dark spots while improving skin tone and texture