14 Types of Wipes To Further Confuse Your Beauty Routine

I used to think there was only one type of wipe available in the groceries—baby wipes. Through the years, as the beauty industry developed more niche products, I’ve come across different types of wipes for almost every sanitation purpose.

While nothing beats the cleansing power of actual soap and water, these 14 types of wipes are great for travelers and people on the go. See which ones you already have, and new types you might be tempted to hoard.

1. Baby wipes. If it’s safe enough to cleanse a baby’s bottom, then it’s safe enough for non-infants to use from top to toe.

Try: Johnson’s Baby Wipes, ₱195 (75 pulls). Available at leading department stores, drugstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

2. Makeup remover wipes. Also known as facial wipes, this removes makeup, refreshes, and moisturizes your face. There are also subcategories, such as eye makeup remover wipes and lipstick wipes.

Try: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths, ₱309 (25 cloths). Available at leading department stores, drugstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

3. Cooling wipes. Also known as sports wipes, this cools the skin on contact. It’s best for wiping away sweat and grime after working out or a long, hot day. I have yet to find one in the Philippine market.

Try: Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths, $4.19 (10 cloths). Available in the US or via feelbanfresh.com.

4. Perfume wipes. This makes a lighter alternative to lugging perfume bottles.

Try: Bioré Fragrance Collection, ¥25 (10 cloths). Available in Japan and select Asian stores.

5. Body wipes. Similar to cooling wipes, sans the cooling sensation. This is the closest thing you can get to a quick shower when there’s no water readily available.

Try: Bioré SaraSara Body Powder Sheets, around ¥25 (10 cloths). Available in Japan and select Asian stores.

6. Medical wipes. I’ve seen three kinds so far—acne wipes, boogie nose wipes, and hemorrhoid wipes.

Try: Clearasil Acne Fighting Cleansing Wipes, $9.50 (pack of 90) and Boogie Wipes, ₱299.75 (30 cloths).

7. General cleaning wipes. While this is great for disinfecting electronics, tabletops, and other personal effects, I wouldn’t recommend this on your face or intimate areas. Some are safe to use on hands, but just to be sure, check the label.

Try: Lysol Hand Wipes, ₱35 (10 cloths). Available at all leading groceries, supermarkets, and hardware stores nationwide

8. Pet wipes. Use it to clean pet bowls and other pet accessories when you’re on the go. But please clean your pet containers the normal way (a.k.a. soap and water) as soon as you get home.

Try: Lil’ Paws Pet Wipes, ₱131. Available at petwarehouse.ph.

9. Intimate wipes. It’s best for keeping women clean and fresh down there, especially during their period.

Try: pH Care Feminine Wipes, ₱42 (10 cloths). Available at leading department stores, drugstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

10. Deodorant wipes. Unlike fragrance wipes, this one is gentle enough to deodorize your underarms after intense sweating.

Try: Pacifica Deodorant Wipes, $9. Available at pacificabeauty.com.

11. Nail polish remover wipes. It’s a quick way to remove a manicure without the fuss of cotton balls and a bottle of nail polish remover.

Try: Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover Wipes, ₱308. Order via sephora.ph.

12. Antibacterial wipes. For germophobes who need extra disinfecting power. It’s great for cleansing hands, but I wouldn’t recommend it on your private areas.

Try: Watsons Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Wipes, ₱45 (20 cloths)

13. Cosmetics sanitizer wipes. Best for makeup artists on the go, this one cleanses your brushes and sponges between clients and photo shoots. To be honest, I asked my makeup artist friends and they said you can just use regular baby wipes for the same results.

Try: e.l.f. Brush Cleaner Wipes, $3 for a pack of 10. Available at elfcosmetics.com and sephora.ph.

14. Lotion wipes. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this was phased out recently. It takes the same number of seconds to apply lotion on your skin as it takes to swipe a lotion-infused wipe, so why spend more money on the latter?

RIP, Pacifica Beauty Lotion Wipes.

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Published: February 14, 2017
Updated: January 11, 2021