When You’re Just Not Feeling Soap

I love a squeaky clean, fresh-faced feel (and look!) just as much as the next girl. Sometimes, though, no matter how motivated I may feel to emulate nearly half of every runway show’s endless parade of models with dewy, soft, glowy skin, I can’t be bothered with a three-step ritual every single night. Hey, sometimes I stay out past my bedtime, feel far too exhausted, or am simply (admittedly a little embarrassingly) just plain lazy. In times like these, I smugly retreat to my bedroom, generally asleep within minutes, and still wake up fresh faced thanks to these awesome alternatives to traditional face soap.

Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes
There is definitely no shortage of choices when it comes to facial wipes; there are formulas ranging from exfoliating to anti-anging to moisturizing, but my top choice is one that does it all. Easily erasing the day from my face, I love nothing more than a gentle wipe that doesn’t require tugging on delicate skin, especially around my eyes. Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Wipes are saturated just enough “with a soothing, cleansing solution that includes natural plant-based essences [and their signature Argan Oil]. Each luxuriously soft wipe purifies, exfoliates and leaves my face refreshed and moisturized.” They smell divine, too, and just like their Bare Naked Nail Wipes (which are part of my beach essential packing kit), a portion of every sale is donated to the Polar Bear SOS initiative, a project of the National Resources Defense Council.


The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm
This soothing cleansing balm feels like pure luxury. Truly an indulgent way to whisk away the day’s dirt and makeup, this ultra-softening balm easily melts makeup and gently yet effectively cleanses away impurities and buildup. The texture is what’s positively perfect, though: super silky and incredibly easy to smooth over skin, almost nothing feels as good as this balm. That is, except, how soft and supple your skin will feel after its rinsed off.


Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil 
When I need a deep clean, stat, I reach for Philosophy’s Facial Cleansing Oil. Waterproof mascara, smoky eyes and lip stains are no match for this super-effective cleanser that ensures my pillow is makeup free come morning. In as little as 30 seconds, the easily-emulsifying oil comfortable cleanses while maintaining skin’s natural moisture levels. The formula feels plush on the skin and rinses completely, leaving skin perfectly clean and soft.