Water Boost Hydrating Cleansing Wipes
Water Boost Hydrating Cleansing Wipes are similar to others from Simple, and that’s predominantly a very good thing! These standard cloths work beautifully for all skin types, with only one drawback keeping them from our top rating.
We love that these soft, sturdy cloths hold up well during use, and are steeped in enough cleansing solution to remove most types of makeup with minimal effort. They’re also not drippy or too wet in use, and the super-gentle, fragrance-free formula contains gentle cleansing agents that don’t require rinsing.
After use, skin is left feeling soft and hydrated, not dry or tight, and the sodium and potassium-based minerals are a nice touch because the lactate forms of these ingredients (the lactate comes from lactic acid) can help skin stay hydrated. They’re not essential ingredients, but when it comes to hydration, every little bit helps.
Now for the drawback: Water Boost Hydrating Cleansing Wipes aren’t adept at removing waterproof or long-wearing makeup, at least not without a lot of tugging and rubbing, which we never advise because such motions can hasten sagging. But if you wear light makeup, this issue is a non-issue, and these cleansing wipes are worth purchasing.
- Soft, sturdy cloths don't fall apart or "shred" during use.
- Gentle, fragrance-free formula doesn't require rinsing.
- Removes most types of makeup without excess tugging or rubbing.
- Leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated, not dry and tight.
- Not adept at completely removing tenacious or waterproof makeup formulas.
Want cleansed skin without that tight feel? Infused with skin-essential minerals and a plant extract, our Water Boost Hydrating Cleansing Face Wipes are specially formulated for dehydrated or dry skin. They effectively cleanse your skin of make-up (even waterproof mascara) and impurities while instantly hydrating it, making them perfect for even sensitive skin.
Launched in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the general philosophy of the Simple skincare brand is, well... simple! Back then and presently, the brand's claim to fame is that all its products are designed with sensitive skin in mind (as all skincare products should be), omitting fragrance and other ingredients that can potentially cause reactions.
For the most part, we're happy to say Simple gets it right. A series of reformulations in 2015 resulted in a nearly across-the-board improvement in its products. Although they remain decidedly no-frills, they are indeed suitable for sensitive skin.
That doesn't mean there aren't a few missteps in the bunch (you can learn more about this in our individual reviews), but for the most part Simple is a good, reliable, inexpensive line, particularly for facial cleansers and makeup removers.
Note that if your sensitive skin is accompanied by redness, Simple simply doesn't go far enough. Minimalist formulas are one thing if you're operating on the principle that for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are better; however, to alleviate redness you need proven soothing ingredients present in concentrations that are highly likely to make a visible difference. That's one area where Simple falters. Maybe the next revamp will correct this deficiency; what's been done to date has us encouraged.
For more information about Simple (owned by Uniliver) products visit www.simpleskincare.com. Because Simple products are sold in mainland China, where animal testing is required on imported cosmetics, we do not consider them to be a cruelty-free brand.
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