Ditch the Makeup Wipes and Use These Alternatives

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Makeup wipes may be convenient and easy to use, but they do more harm than good to your skin. Rubbing your skin with wipes, especially when done harshly, can damage skin elasticity and contribute to premature aging. They also don’t get rid of all traces of makeup and dirt, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

How do you remove makeup then? Be gentle on your skin and ditch the wipes. Instead, use cleansing oil, cleansing balm or cleansing water to remove makeup and impurities. Discover some of the best first cleansers worth adding to your cleansing routine:

Try these cleansing balms

Beauty of Joseon

Radiance Cleansing Balm


This cleansing balm features an upgraded formula and new packaging. If you love Beauty of Joseon’s original Radiance Cleansing Balm, then you’re going to love this updated version. It’s formulated with nourishing rice bran water and grain extract to replenish moisture in skin while getting rid of impurities. The sherbet-like texture melts and spreads easily across skin, making it a relaxing double cleansing experience.


Soft Reset Green Cleansing Balm

You’ll never want to go back to using makeup wipes the minute you try this cleansing balm from HYGGEE. If your skin is dehydrated, the Soft Reset Green Cleansing Balm is a great option. Containing Green Calming Complex and green superfood extract, the cleansing balm effectively removes makeup and dirt while soothing your skin. Its balm-to-oil formula also gently sloughs off dead skin cells.

Pyunkang Yul

Deep Clear Cleansing Balm

Need something that dissolves heavy makeup or multiple layers of sunscreen? Pyunkang Yul’s Deep Clear Cleansing Balm breaks down every last trace of makeup, even stubborn eye makeup. Its gentle formula, which includes green tea seed oil and other plant-based extracts, offers a deep cleanse and moisturizes skin. It’s perfect for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin.

Try these cleansing oils


Dermalogy Real Fresh Cleansing Oil Green Tea

This cleansing oil from NEOGEN is a must-try if you’re looking for a cleansing oil that not only melts away makeup, but also soothes skin and calms redness. The Dermalogy Real Fresh Cleansing Oil Green Tea is packed with antioxidants from real green tea leaves, green tea seed oil, evening primrose oil and tea tree leaf oil to keep skin clean and your skin barrier healthy.


Pure Fit Cica Clear Cleansing Oil

Live in a polluted city? Incorporate COSRX’s Pure Fit Cica Clear Cleansing Oil into your daily skin care routine and your skin will thank you for it. Featuring Pure Fit Cica-7 Complex, this cleansing oil thoroughly removes dirt, makeup, sunscreen and fine dust without leaving your skin feeling heavy or greasy. It’s the perfect first cleanse for those with sensitive skin or a damaged skin barrier.


Vita Yuja Cleansing Oil

GRAYMELIN’s Vita Yuja Cleansing Oil can give your lackluster complexion a brightening boost. This cleansing oil is formulated with yuja, hongsam (Korean red ginseng) and ginger extracts to nourish and brighten skin, and clear pores of impurities. Add this to your daily cleansing routine and wave goodbye to breakouts, clogged pores and dull skin!

Try these cleansing waters 


Tea Tree Pore Purifying Cleansing Water

Are you looking for something light but also effective enough to dissolve makeup? Try a cleansing water like AROMATICA’s Tea Tree Pore Purifying Cleansing Water. In addition to cleansing your skin, it contains tea tree extract, niacinamide and BHA, a chemical exfoliant that controls excess sebum, treats blackheads and calms redness or inflammation. 


Cleansing Water Be Clean Be Moist

If you have dry skin and prefer a hydrating option, you can’t go wrong with Huxley’s Cleansing Water Be Clean Be Moist. Instead of water, it’s made with Huxley’s signature ingredients: cactus extract for anti-inflammatory benefits and prickly pear seed oil for skin hydration. It’s also enriched with hyaluronic acid to help skin retain moisture, and centella asiatica extract to soothe skin.


Cica Mild Cleansing Water

For a first cleanser that lasts several months, give VT’s Cica mega-sized Mild Cleansing Water a go. The formula removes skin impurities and calms irritation, thanks to its soothing ingredients like centella asiatica extract and madecassoside. 

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