I think there’s something therapeutic about watching bad reality TV from the couch while I remove my makeup with a cleansing wipe. Last night I grabbed L’Oreal’s new Skin Genesis Micro-Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes, which I’ve been itching to try for a while, and wiped away my makeup (and my cares) while LC, Spencer, Heidi, Audrina and Justin-Bobby (that dumb ass) battled it out on The Hills.
Why I love BHA Products
L’Oreals Skin Genesis Wet Cleansing Towelettes are the first wipes I’ve used that contain BHA, or beta hydroxy acid (aka salicylic acid). I have mild adult acne, and past BHA products have helped relieve my acne without drying out my skin. I seem to respond well to BHAs, so I was looking forward to putting Skin Genesis Wet Cleansing Towelettes to the test.
BHAs are widely reported to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, roughness and mottled pigmentation caused by sun-damage. Dermatologists often recommend BHAs over AHAs because they’re generally less irritating, but here’s a previous post with more detailed information on BHAs and AHAs.
What Sets These Towelettes Apart?
I gotta say… these are the softest wipes I’ve ever used. The embossed fabric looks fluffier and feels much softer against the skin than MAC Wipes do. Plus, they give a little, like cotton, and have a pleasant (albeit intense) honeysuckle/rose fragrance, which I like.
I noticed the softness immediately, especially on the soft skin around my eyes and lips, and I was able to remove all of my makeup with a single wipe, which is great because that spells value.
Although there’s no reason they can’t be used with other makeup and facial cleansers, L’Oreal says they specifically designed them to work with their other Skin Genesis facial lotions and serums.
The wipes are made out of an embossed fabric that grips the skin well, removing makeup and other impurities. They’re highly effective — much more effective than generic moist towelettes are at removing my makeup. Plus, they’re no-rinse and will come in handy on the road. They do leave behind a very slight residue, but it’s not annoying and doesn’t feel dirty at all.
The one area in which these do bother me is on my neck. I can’t stand products that cause sticky neck, and these do. Major bummer, but it’s not necessarily a deal breaker.
Convenient and Travel Friendly Packaging
Despite the sticky neck issue, the product still has a lot going for it, including travel friendly packaging. The snap top pack, similar to MAC Wipes, means that they won’t dry out shortly after the package has been opened. And the package is sized just right for carrying in a gym bag or carry on luggage.
Because I buy MAC Wipes in bulk, L’Oreal Skin Genesis Wipes do end up costing a bit more — 32 cents per wipe in a 25 towelette pack versus 25 cents per MAC wipe, but considering their softness and the addition of BHA, I think the price-value equation evens out.
L’Oreal Skin Genesis Micro-Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes
Use: A gentle makeup remover/facial cleansing wipe
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