How to Remove Makeup Without Wipes

Knowing your skin type is the key to becoming familiar with which products to use for yourself and when to use them. Healthy skin results from caring for your complexion in the way that it was designed to be cared for. 

Using the wrong products on your skin will lead to irritation and possible breakouts, dry, congested skin, and clogged pores. We will run you through a quick lesson on how to remove your makeup without wipes and how to choose a cleanser for super clean, healthy skin.

Know Your Skin Type & Choose a Cleanser

You’ve probably seen facial cleansers on the store aisles with labels promoting healthy, clear, glowing, and radiant skin. However, cleansers, wipes, and balms can all be confusing if you don’t know which skin type you have and the result you’re trying to achieve. 

There are five skin types: normal, oily/acne-prone, dry, combination (dry and oily), and sensitive skin. Let’s look at each skin type so you can determine which one is yours and the cleanser you need to use.

Normal Skin

Normal skin is neither too dry nor too oily. The texture of normal skin is generally smooth with no imperfections (lucky you). Normal skin has a soft appearance and doesn’t require special treatment. It also doesn’t get irritated easily.

Because normal skin isn’t particular, this skin type will be compatible with many different types of cleansers. Cleansers such as cleansing balms, gel cleansers, and milky cleansers work well for normal skin types. Normal skin will go with the flow of pretty much any facial cleanser you use.

Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Oily and acne-prone skin is porous and has an oilier, shiny appearance. The sebaceous glands are very active in this skin type which causes acne in some people. The pores are larger and more noticeable in oily skin types.

Oily and acne-prone skin types benefit from cleansers that are gel, cleanser concentrates, and foamy cleansers. Always choose an oil-free cleanser. Mattifying primers and makeup are best suited for oily skin types.

Dry Skin

Dry, flaky, uneven patches generally characterize dry skin. This dryness is caused by the weather, low humidity, or other external factors. 

Those with dry skin can experience eczema and other dry skin conditions. People with dehydrated skin benefit from hydrating cleansers such as creamy balms, milky, and oily cleansers. Rich, creamy moisturizers and makeup are best for dry skin.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin experiences frequent irritation and some skin conditions such as rosacea. This skin type is fragile and often feels discomfort such as heat, cold, tightness, and itching more quickly than others. 

Sensitive skin types need to fight dry, irritated, and scaly skin frequently. Soy, oat, gel, and balancing cleansers work best for sensitive skin.

Fragrances tend to irritate those with sensitive skin. Choose a fragrance-free cleanser, moisturizer, and makeup. The more natural something is, the better it is for this skin type.

Cleanse Your Skin

It’s crucial not to sleep in your makeup, regardless of which skin type you have. Sleeping in your makeup can wreak serious havoc on your skin. Not properly cleansing causes dullness, congested skin, clogged pores, and acne.

Now that you know the five skin types, you may have been able to determine which one describes your skin best. 

Once you’ve chosen the cleanser that is right for your skin, follow these steps for a thorough cleaning:

  1. Saturate a cleansing cloth with warm water.
  2. Apply a few pumps of the cleanser to your hands and work into a lather.
  3. Rub the cleanser onto your face in circular motions. Massage well, making sure your entire face is covered with the cleanser.
  4. Use your wet cloth to gently scrub your face, working the cleanser into your skin.
  5. Rinse your face well with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

Facial Wipes vs. Facial Cleansers

A cleanser will remove all traces of your makeup without having to use makeup remover wipes. As long as you use enough of the cleanser to cover your entire face, you’ll be good. 

Why Choose a Facial Wipe?

Makeup remover wipes are suitable for removing your makeup before you cleanse your skin. They aren’t necessary, and some of them have pretty wonky ingredients. 

Pre-moistened wipes usually contain ingredients packed with skin-nourishing formulas to hydrate and balance the skin. They are very convenient because they are portable. Wipes are available pre-moistened or as dry cloths meant to be used wet or dry.

Dry Facial Wipes

Dry Makeup remover wipes are used to clean the skin and pores with or without water. All you have to do is gently wipe the cloth across your face a few times until your makeup is removed. 

The opposite side of the cloth is used to exfoliate the skin and leave it smooth and radiant. These cloths don’t contain harsh ingredients that will dry or irritate the skin, and they’re perfect for all skin types.

Pre-Moistened Facial Wipes

Pre-moistened facial wipes are available in different formulas for different skin types. They are used in the same way as dry facial wipes, but they don’t require water because they are pre-moistened. 

With these wipes, gently wipe them across your face until all of your makeup is removed. These don’t have an exfoliating side, so they don’t clean the pores as well as dry makeup wipes. 

Why Choose a Facial Cleanser

Facial cleansers are great as an added step after using a makeup remover wipe or alone to remove your makeup. You can purchase cleansers that are skin-specific, so your skin will be treated with care each time you cleanse. 

Formulas usually contain ingredients that hydrate, treat acne and control oil, or soothe irritated skin. Facial cleansers come in various formulas such as gel, foam, bar, balm, milk, and oil.

Makeup Remover Pens and Swabs

Removing makeup mistakes is easy too. Makeup remover pens and swabs make mistakes easy to clean up. With these, just swipe across the makeup mistake, and it’s gone! It works like a magic eraser. No water is necessary, so you can use them on the go whenever you need a touch-up.


Your skin type should determine which facial cleanser you use to remove your makeup daily. To cleanse your skin, choose your cleanser and work it into your skin using a warm, damp cloth and gentle circular motions. Then, rinse your skin, pat dry, and follow with your regular skin care treatments and moisturizer.

Facial wipes are used to remove makeup before using a facial cleanser. This step will provide your skin with a deeper cleanse.

Makeup remover pens and swabs are fantastic tools to remove small mistakes during makeup application or throughout the day’s wear.

Glamnetic offers makeup removal options to make your daily routine easier. Erase mistakes and clean your pores with our sweet options.



What Happens to Your Skin When You Sleep With Your Makeup On | Real Simple

Skin Types and Care: Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, Sensitive | WebMD

Dehydrated Skin: Symptoms, vs. Dry Skin, Test, Treatments, and More | Healthline

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