Like most, my first dabble with a wipe of any kind was baby wipes; as a teenager I always had a pack to hand to remove my make-up in school (the scent of Johnson's baby wipes is still a nostalgic time-warp of fragrance despite the fact I have yet to birth a child), before briefly (and regrettably) graduating into the world of cheap, make-up remover wipes.
All wipes - be they facial or otherwise - are not equal and as such you shouldn't be so hasty to dismiss an entire genre of everyday convenience. Do I use facial wipes everyday? Heck no, my acne prone complexion would never allow it but I do rely on packs of various - and often surprising - wipes more frequently than you'd imagine. Be it travel, a lack of time on your hands, or a need to prepare like a modern day Mary Poppins, for every event that life may throw your way, I have a wipe recommendation for you and then some.
The "Why Didn't I Think of this Before" wipe
We've all been in situations in which a shower would be nothing more than heavenly but is entirely out of your grasp be it at a festival, an unplanned overnight stay, or after a long, muggy, I-can-feel-the-stranger-beside-me-breathe kinda commute - I could go on but I won't. Basically every now and then, a gal wants to feel fresher than the situation dictates and the Johnson's Top-to-Toe Baby Washcloths are the easy, low maintenance and zero fuss way to cleanliness. The oversized wipes are ideal for quickly "washing" down your entire body in seconds, not to mention they are both refreshing and gently scented.
The "Deepest Cleanse from a Wipe Ever" option
Anyone who really cares for their complexion will ration any facial wipe use to an absolute minimum - for me they are reserved for those late night, cross-country, train journeys in which I'd rather sell my soul than step foot anywhere near the dim, dingy and foul smelling train bathroom. I'll admit that I haven't tried every face wipe out there (who'd want to?) but I know what I'm looking for and what I am not. I need - yes need - a facial wipe to be kind to the skin; I'd rather sit uncomfortably in make-up for 10 hours or more, than risk irritating and inflaming my complexion - it is as simple as that. I also require any on-the-go cleansing option to be just that - cleansing. I want to remove my make-up, not smudge and smear it all over my face. If they happen to be fairly nourishing, cooling and contain a sliver of glycolic acid to keep any future and existing blemishes in check, all the better and that is exactly what Johnson's Clean and Clear Deep Action Facial Wipes delivers. If ever you need to call on the assistance of a cleanser of this category, ensure this is the variety you purchase.
The "Perfect Travel Companion"
Are you a light traveller (educate me in your ways) but like to refresh and to an extent cleanse your face and hands on a flight or particularly testing train journey? Well I haven't found a more dinky yet perfectly sized pack of facial wipes than the Nivea 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Wipes. Yes each pack contains only 7 clothes so to speak but I imagine this should be more than enough for the typical traveller (or as a just-in-case everyday precaution). As an added bonus, not only do the Nivea 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Wipes remove all traces and forms of make-up - yes that includes waterproof mascara - but they are slightly more moisturising than your run-of-the-mill wipe; ideal for dry air situations such as a long haul flight.
The "Do it all Germ Slayer"
When you lug around several nude lipsticks and a full bottle of perfume daily, you might find that space is of the premium within your handbag. I hear ya and raise you no less than 11 lip products, a tube of hand cream, SPF and a lifetime of disregarded receipts, and yet I always have some form of anti-bacterial cloth to hand...or y'know nestled under the weight of the rest of my handbag contents. Typically I rely on Carex Complete Refreshing Wipes: they are cheap, cheerful, readily available and they are gentle enough to be used on the hands, face and body - not to mention they are great for sanitizing any germ riddled surface...no just me?
The "Because Eyes Need Extra TLC" pads
Skin care experts may disagree but I think ready-soaked, eye make-up pads are a stroke of genius and really isn't this exactly what the Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover Pads are at their core? Sure they are not the most sophisticated of skin care products but the gentle no sting formula, easily removes every scrap of eye make-up (again this includes the ever tricky waterproof mascara), all the while being gentle to the delicate skin around the eye area. If you forever mean to stock up on a separate eye make-up remover product (and perhaps cotton pads) the Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover Pads offer a ready made solution. Travel, bleary eyed or simply lazy and on occasion to fix eyeliner mishaps, I reach for this tiny pack of pads more frequently than I care to admit.
The "Because We All Sweat" necessity
My Granny always says "Women don't sweat, we glisten" - well Granny, I can tell you there's no glistening going on when I hit the gym or y'know run for the bus. I straight up sweat, wet patches under the arm and on occasion above my butt (you are welcome for that mental image) and although I do use anti-perspirant, I'm not entirely comfortable - for reasons I won't go into - applying such product more than once a day. The perfect solution for the spontaneous workout (aka taking the stairs rather than the elevator) and the aftermath that follows is Quickes Deodorant Wipes. As the name suggests this nifty wet wipe, deodorises the skin with a light, almost floral scent all the while gently moisturising the skin. Trust me when I say these are life altering.
We've come a long way since the humble baby wipe haven't we?
Is there anything else that comes in wipe form that deserves an honourable mention?