Simplify your nighttime routine!

29 Jun

If you read my previous post regarding washing my face at night, you know for awhile, I was using SpaSilk washcloths and water.

This is a great and cost-effective way to wash your face before bed. Water – free from the tap. SpaSilk washcloths – $9 for unlimited uses. Environmentally friendly because you’re not washing any soap down the drain (except when you wash them) and you’re not throwing anything away. The only con, I found, was if I fell behind on my laundry, I ran out of washcloths. Kind of a pain in the rear, and traveling with them isn’t really a viable option, either, given that I can usually barely find enough room for all my shoes in my luggage. I decided to try other options.

Enter Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths.

I got a free pack of these in a Nordstrom sample bundle. I packed them in my overnight toiletry case and started using them at a hotel overnight with some girlfriends… and then kept using them when I got back. They’re easy, disposable, soft, and get all my makeup, even eye makeup, off. However, their steep price made me decide to shop around and see what else was out there.

Next up was Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes.

I have a real fondness for Korres, and have in the past used their Pomegranate Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes, but they are becoming harder and harder to find for some odd reason. These wipes had a bit more fragrance than the Koh Gen Do wipes, but were also softer. I liked them about equally, but I wasn’t done yet. I decided to try one last wipe – one you can get in a drug store.

The final contender: Bioré Pore Perfect Daily Deep Pore Cleansing Cloths.

Two most annoying things about this product: the long-ass hard to remember and type out name, and the fact that there doesn’t seem to be a photo larger than a thumbnail anywhere on the internet. Otherwise, love them. Cheapest of the three, takes off my makeup, handy refillable container (other two do not offer this, just adhesive flaps), and the cloth is very slightly (deliberately) rough to aid in exfoliation. Here’s your breakdown:

  Cost* Texture Quality Organic/Natural?
Koh Gen Do $1.30/wipe Soft, non-abrasive Spa – 5 stars Yes
Korres $0.60/wipe Very soft, non-abrasive Specialty – 4 stars Maybe
Bioré $0.28/wipe Exfoliating Drug store – 3 stars No

Make your decision accordingly. If you have ultra-sensitive baby skin, you may want to splurge for the Koh Gen Do. I have pretty sensitive skin, though, and so far have been happy with the cheapo Bioré wipes. Key to all of these wipes, in my opinion, is that they are NO RINSE – you simply use them to wipe off your makeup and the day’s grime, then moisturize as usual. If it’s something I have to dampen, lather up, and then rinse off, it’s just added an extra ten minutes to my routine that I could be using to blog. So no thanks to that nonsense.

If you’ve found love with another face wipe, I’d love to hear what kind!

*Based on the unit cost on Amazon without shipping.

4 Responses to “Simplify your nighttime routine!”

  1. fancieland June 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    I definitely miss makeup wipes for quick clean up at night. The Biore ones sound like they’re worth trying. The spa silk cloth sounds really neat too though

    • katej78 June 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      Hi Fancieland! I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the Biore wipes. The Koh Gen Do wipes are truly awesome but whew, what a price!

  2. Wendy June 30, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    I’ve been using the Simple Skin Care cleansing wipes. They are cheap, from the drugstore, and don’t contain fragrance which often irritates my skin. They are pretty gentle, however, and sometimes I have a little residue of my heavy- duty waterproof eyeliner left behind. But overall I’m pleased with this product. Like you, I adore Korres products but I am also frugal and if I can find a cheaper alternative, I’m there!

    • katej78 June 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      Ah, thanks, Wendy! I’ll have to check them out!

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