Venturing into the outside world exposes our faces to a host of dirt, smog, and other small debris. And while shower and face washes can rid one’s face of this grime, taking a quick shower sometimes isn’t an option. In these situations, face wipes can be a fantastic alternative, offering a travel-friendly means of looking and feeling your freshest while on-the-go. To help shine a light on some of the more premium products in this space, we’ve thoroughly combed through the segment to bring you this condensed guide to the best face wipes for men.
Though on the surface these may look like nothing more than a moist towelette with masculine branding, the reality is that many modern face wipes are scientifically engineered to cleanse the skin on our faces of the day’s dirt and grime, without removing or mitigating the production of natural oils skin requires to stay healthy. Furthermore, there are also various specialty face wipes that are specifically-designed for post-gym use, after-shave applications, and “replacement showers,” just to name a few.
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes
Founded in 1984, Burt’s Bees eventually achieved mainstream success thanks to the Maine-based brand’s natural yet effective grooming products, and while Burt’s is best known for its chap stick, the company makes a wide range of equally top-notch and largely organic offerings, such as its facial cleansing wipes. Offered in packs of 30, these 6.9” x 7.4” facial wipes are pre-moistened with an advanced formula containing raspberry and pink grapefruit seed oils, willow bark, beetroot, and sugar cane extracts, as well as fruit extracts from watermelon, lentil, lemon, orange, and apple. Lightly infused with a scent of pink grapefruit, these wipes are able to rid facial skin of sweat and dirt—as well as makeup—without stripping the face’s natural oils or leaving behind a heavy residue. By using these wipes directly after working out, they’re able to largely mitigate the presence and/or growth of acne. And, in addition to being sold in a variety of other scents, the Burt’s Bees website also offers a (slightly discounted) regular monthly subscription option where packs can automatically be sent to your door.
Neutrogena Men Invigorating Scent Face Wipes
While most facial wipes on the market are made for both genders, these Neutrogena wipes are specifically formulated just for men, both in terms of the towelette’s construction and the liquid formula that said towelettes are pre-moistened with. Neutrogena Men’s facial wipes come in packs of 25 and are intended for use after the gym or a workout, and have a formula that removes dirt, grime, and oil, helping to unclog pores. The efficacy of these wipes is made possible by taking lessons learned from the eminent grooming brand’s 90 years in the skincare game. Though they may look similar to competitor’s offerings, the actual wipes measure 7.2” x 7.4” and are constructed from a thicker, more robust material that allows them to stand up to use on faces with beards or heavy stubble without shredding into pieces. Boasting a masculine fragrance, these dermatologist-recommended wipes are also entirely free of alcohol and are manufactured in the United Kingdom. A resealable opening also helps to trap in moisture, preventing the wipes from drying out over time, and making them more conducive to traveling and use away from home.
Every Man Jack Volcanic Clay Facial Wipes
A decidedly masculine facial wipe aimed at men with oily skin, Every Man Jack’s Volcanic Clay Facial Wipes are largely composed of naturally derived ingredients that collectively enhance the skin’s health. Volcanic clay acts as an organic detoxifying agent that helps to absorb dirt and oil while the addition of glycerin draws moisture to the surface of the skin. These towelettes are also infused with vitamin E and witch hazel, plus hydrating and soothing aloe vera. On top of the therapeutic ingredients that make up these facial wipe’s formula, this product is also 100% free of dyes, phthalates, parabens, aluminum, and gluten, and is also vegan-friendly as well as being 100% cruelty-free. These facial wipes also utilize a charcoal-activated formula for maximum efficacy and are able to leave the user’s skin soft, fresh, and devoid of shiny oils. The container these wipes are sold in features a sealed and locking plastic access door that completely seals in moisture. Despite the bevy of ingredients contained in these wipes, they don’t boast any scent, relying on cleaning you up rather than masking funk with a fragrance or cologne.
Men’s Health XXL Body & Face Wipes
Since its inception in the mid-1980s, Men’s Health has blossomed into the world’s biggest and most successful men’s lifestyle magazine, with 35 versions issued across 59 countries and a website receiving over 100,000,000 monthly page views. And after more than three decades of reporting on and reviewing workout gear and grooming goods, the Hearst-owned publication harnessed its expertise in these areas to deliver its own highly-calculated products. The Men’s Health XXL Face & Body Wipes were born out of numerous surveys and ample user feedback in a bid to deliver the perfect after workout wipes. Comprising part of the Men’s Health Elite Collection, each pack contains 25 jumbo-sized wipes that, in addition to helping rid your face of sweat, dirt, and grime, are also moistened with an energizing and deodorizing formula that can kill odor-causing bacteria. This formula is also powerful enough to clean your hands while still being sensitive enough for use on your face or below the belt. And, just like the previous entry, the Men’s Health XXL Body & Face Wipes are cruelty-free, and come housed in a container with a moisture-sealing and locking plastic access door.
Olivina Men All-in-One Bourbon Cedar Cleansing Cloths
For those who don’t have the sweat from a full workout to contend with and simply want a nice and effective way to freshen up in the morning or after work, there’s Olivina Men’s All-In-One Cleansing Cloths. A delightful and masculine fragrance of bourbon and cedarwood has been infused into each pack’s 10” x 12” towelettes. These cloths also employ a quick-drying formula that doesn’t leave behind any sticky residue or shine. Each pack of ten comes in an individually-sealed wrapper, making them ideal for popping into a wallet, gym bag, backpack, or back-pocket where they can be kept at the ready for when needed. And, in addition to producing its wipes in other scents such as Juniper Tonic, Olivina Men makes a vast suite of matching Bourbon Cedar grooming products including an all-in-one hair, face, and body wash, both solid and liquid colognes, a shaving cream, a shave soap, a hand soap, a deodorant stick, a face moisturizer and sunscreen combo, a “hand rescue cream,” an exfoliating scrub, and an “age-dyeing day and night face rescue spray”—allowing you to wear a single scent across the board for all your grooming needs.
Oar + Alps Cooling & Cleansing Wipes
Our skin takes in and absorbs the chemicals and products we use on it and, just like with the food we eat, it can have a pretty profound impact on our overall health and wellbeing. And this, in a nutshell, is essentially the ethos driving the folks over at Oar + Alps, which uses a combination of natural ingredients to deliver highly-effective products. The grooming brand’s Cooling + Cleansing Wipes maintain Oar + Alps usual MO, with an advanced formula containing soothing and anti-inflammatory caffeine, energizing menthol, green tea leaf extract, glycerin, ginseng root extract, ultra-hydrating corn-derived Propanediol, antioxidant-rich apple fruit extract, cucumber extract, and chamomile, naturally antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antibacterial Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice (and extract), and a sugar-based cleansing agent that cleans the skin without removing natural oils. Sold in packs of 14 individually-wrapped wipes, each 8” x 10” sheet features one textured “Arctic Blue Ice Crystal” side meant to cleanse and exfoliate the skin while the other blank side offers a cooling menthol and caffeine-rich formula. Dermatologist tested and cruelty-free, these wipes can be used all over the body and are safe for all skin types, too.
BLAQ Cleanse & Exfoliate AHA Wipes
Another high-end wipe featuring a dual-sided, dual-formula configuration, BLAQ’s Cleanse & Exfoliate AHA Wipes employ a powerful liquid that is charcoal-activated and utilizes alpha-hydroxy acids to thoroughly cleanse the user’s skin. One side contains glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin while the other is charcoal activated in order to fully cleanse the face. When used together, these wipes are able to effectively draw contaminants and impurities from the skin and pores. On top of being able to remove surface-level makeup, sweat, dust, and other grime we’re exposed to on a day-to-day basis, these cruelty-free wipes are also enormously effective at eliminating dead skin cells, thereby exposing brighter, newly-generated skin cells, resulting in healthier-looking and feeling skin. Other additives such as aloe vera extract, vitamin A, vitamin E, glycerin, and citric and glycolic acids are added to help further enhance the health and appearance of skin. This advanced two-stage wipe stands as a great alternative to a daily skin care regiment, especially when traveling or on-the-go, and it contains a subtle yet attractive light fragrance. In the company’s typical fashion, these wipes are also colored black, further distinguishing them from other men’s towelettes on the market.
Anthony Glycolic Exfoliating and Resurfacing Wipes
Modern breakthroughs in the worlds of science, chemistry, and cosmetics have more and more been giving way to products that are gentle and safe on the skin while still managing to be highly effective at washing away the dirt and grime. The Anthony brand’s Glycolic Exfoliating and Resurfacing Wipes are a wonderful example of a product benefitting from said breakthroughs, calling on a glycolic-rich formula that’s naturally-derived from sugarcane. Boasting dual-sided properties, these wipes contain a complexion-refining formula that also works wonders at reducing the appearance and presence of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, while also minimizing the size of pores. There’s also invigorating ginseng and menthol, soothing aloe vera, and vitamin E to help shield skin from dirt, dust, debris, and other external environmental aggressors that can wreak havoc on a face’s skin and complexion. Just like with the previous entry, Anthony’s wipes also use Glycolic Acid to clear away dead skin cells, allowing new cells to come to the surface for overall healthier skin. USA-made, Anthony’s wipes are also cruelty-free, allergy and dermatologist tested, as well as completely devoid of any and all parabens, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan, and gluten.
Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes
Over the years a lot of grooming brands known for using organic and natural ingredients have developed—an at times deserved—reputation for gentle but less-than-effective products. This reality, however, is quickly changing thanks to companies like Ursa Major which have proven that quality grooming goods don’t have to come at the cost of environmental sustainability or utilize a host of harsh chemicals to properly do their job. Perfectly encapsulated by Ursa Major’s Essential Face Wipes, these on-the-go cleaning tools are made from sustainably-sourced bamboo, each come individually wrapped, and—like the packaging they come in— the wipes are 100% biodegradable. A combination of alpha-hydroxy acids, aloe vera, conditioning willow bark, vitamin E, sugar maple extract, and toning birch sap afford these award-winning wipes the ability to clean, hydrate, exfoliate, and soothe. Not containing any parabens, petrochemicals, sulfates, synthetic fragrance, artificial colors, glycols, or silicones, these wipes are also cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. The highly-effective and potent-nature of these all-natural wipes coupled with each being individually-wrapped, makes them ideal for everything from post-gym use, to freshening up before date night or after a long flight.
Fulton & Roark Aftershave Cloths
Shaving your face can admittedly feel like a bit of a chore, though with the right products on hand, the task can be turned into a markedly more enjoyable experience. Fulton & Roark’s Aftershave Cloths are very much one of those products, reducing razor burn, and leaving skin feeling cool, refreshed, reinvigorated, and boasting a rich scent. The quilt-patterned towelettes are moistened using a liquid formulated with witch hazel, tea tree, bergamot, eucalyptus, and sage, along with smaller amounts of peppermint oil, glycerin, tarragon oil, grapefruit seed, and other citrus oils. User reviews for these Aftershave Cloths have been overwhelmingly glowing, with 87% of reviews rated at five out of five stars—a direct reflection of the overall quality of this product, and Fulton & Roark’s offerings in general. The company also offers regular shipments of its Aftershave Cloths in the form of a monthly subscription service where the 30-packs of individually-wrapped facial wipes are available at a 10% discount. The only real downside to these cloths is that, after using them, it’s genuinely is hard to go back to shaving without them, though that again just speaks to the inherent quality of the product.
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