Saturday, 23 February 2013

Skin Wisdom Skin Essentials Cleansing Facial Wipes (review)

Skin Wisdom Skin Essentials Cleansing Facial Wipes

These wipes are produced exclusively for supermarket Tesco – although you wouldn't know it unless you read the packaging carefully, the Tesco name is well hidden – and like the rest of the (extensive) Skin Wisdom range, they are created “in partnership” with Bharti Vyas, a holistic beauty therapist, and first went on sale twelve years ago. Skin Essentials is the standard, or 'everyday' range, there's also Youth Protect to tackle the first signs of ageing, Ultimate Lift for older, sagging skin, Age Delay for... I don't know, even older skin? Instant Benefits for targeted skin care, and Sensitive is self-explanatory, I hope. Phew!

I'd be slacking if I didn't advise you to read the packaging of each product carefully, not only so you only buy products that are suitable for your skin type, but also so you're aware that if you're on the lookout for irritants even products that perform similar duties have completely different ingredients listings. Skin Essentials wipes are adequate in this regard being dermatologically tested with a few beneficial natural ingredients included. They do also contain propylene glycol and perfume, unfortunately, but are free of parabens and alcohol.

The packaging is good. The plastic lid helps to keep the wipes damp, which is especially important for this range as they're less moist than many competitor's – you can't afford to risk any drying out! I found this to be the case in another packet – travel sized, 15 wipes – I took for a weekend away, too, so I guess they're made this way. They're just about damp enough to cleanse effectively, so it's not a major concern but if you want to remove make-up you'll definitely need more than one wipe. You'll also need to scrub quite hard if you use waterproof make-up or just try a different brand. Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes are a good choice for make-up removal.

These wipes are lightly fragranced and they do smell nice and fresh, but a fragrance-free variety is available if you have a sensitive face. I didn't react to these at all, though, and found them to be gentle, with only a little tautness on freshly waxed eyebrows. They don't shred, either, but they do feel a bit slimy so can be difficult to grip properly. I still managed to rid my face of oil and daily grime, though.  They claim to not only cleanse, but tone and moisturise, too.  Toning, OK, fair enough, I'll let them have that, but normal to dry skin types won't find these moisturising enough.

As well-priced as these are, I know you can do better for similar money, so they're not a brand I'd recommend. That's not to say they're bad, in fact they're perfectly adequate, but why settle for merely average? I'm not discounting supermarket brands entirely, I'm quite fond of Waitrose's attempt at sensitive face wipes (see alternative option below) and they're purer, too, so pick some of those up instead next time you do your food shopping.

Gentle yet effective cleansing
Not as moist as I'd like
Very well priced
Not as holistic as I'd like, either
Good quality packaging
Need more than one wipe for make-up removal


Brand: Skin Wisdom


Size: 25 wipes
Price: £2.90 (£0.12/wipe)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Shea Butter, Glycereth-8 Esters, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Limonene

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