Product Type: Wilkinson body care
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Wiping the day away
Skin Therapy 3 in 1 Fragranced Facial Wipes
Member Name: ryeb
Skin Therapy 3 in 1 Fragranced Facial Wipes
Advantages: Low price, good quality, and pleasant to use.
Disadvantages: Did not deep clean my skin.
I used to use facial cleansing wipes a lot when I was a teenager, because I was always in a rush to get my make up off. Now that I am older, I tend to find that using a traditional cleanser, followed by a toner and moisturiser if needed, produces better results. This is probably because I take more time over each stage and therefore do a more thorough job. Nevertheless, I usually have at least one pack of face cleansing wipes in the house for those late-night-and-early-start days. I buy the Simple ones most often, but last year I decided to try Wilkinsons Skin Therapy 3 in 1 facial wipes as they were available on a 2 for 97p offer. Individually, they cost 57p for a pack of 25.
Skin Therapy is a range of skin care products produced for Wilkinsons. These wipes are said to gently remove make up, cleanse, tone and moisturise the skin. They are formulated to suit all skin types and are free of alcohol and lanolin. The ones that I bought are fragranced but there is also a unscented product in the range, which I have not tried.
Like most skin wipes, these are sold in a plastic packet with a resealable flap. I have had some difficulties with similar packets before as the flap tends to loose its stickiness after a while. This can lead to the wipes drying out and becoming unusable. Thankfully, the Skin Therapy packet has a secure flap that re-seals easily. I had an unopened packet in my bathroom for 6 months and when it was started the wipes were still in perfect condition.
When I first opened the pack, I was surprised at how large the wipes were. I thought that the cheaper price may mean that they would be smaller than average. However, once they are unfolded they are large enough to cover your whole face in one go. The scent is mild - I would describe these as lightly perfumed with a cucumber-floral aroma that is fresh and pleasant. I would not like a highly scented wipe myself, as I think that can be a bit overwhelming when used close to your nose. The sheets look smooth and feel soft to the touch, which is I want in a product to be used on my delicate face.
USING THE WIPES
I think Wilko have got the feel of these wipes spot on. They are not too wet but at the same time they feel moist enough to be pleasant to use. They glide over the skin, and feel very light on the face. They are sturdy too. I have never had a problem with the wipes falling apart or leaving any "bits" behind. This was another thing that I thought cheap wipes may be guilty of. Cleansing my face in this way is certainly very quick. I find that one wipe is ample for one session, in fact I sometimes feel I could have got away with using half of one. This makes them especially good value.
I first bought these to take away on a camping trip. During that time I used the wipes every day for a week. I found that they dealt well with all my make up, removing liquid foundation, pressed powder, eyeshadow, and concealor with equal ease. I did not try them on waterproof mascara, but they dealt with the regular kind easily. I never felt the need to scrub away at my skin to produce results. They dealt with any shine, but I felt at that time that this effect was not as long lasting as it would have been using my usual seperate toner and cleansers. Once the cleansing was over, my skin felt lightly moisturised and smooth to touch. I didn't experience any discomfort or redness - just a nice refreshed feeling.
When I came home I decided to continue using the wipes as my primary cleanser. After 2 weeks though, I began to be unhappy with the results. They still continued to remove cosmetics and obvious surface grime, even after a day at the allotment. However, I noticed that the large pores around my nose were becoming blocked more often. I continued using the wipes for a while longer, but when I noticed that the pore strips I use weekly were loaded with deep down dirt, I stopped. I think the wipes are probably just not suited to someone such as myself whose face really needs regular deep cleansing.
As a short term , or occasional replacement for a standard cream cleanser, these wipes worked fine for me. As a longer term substitute, they did not. If you are planning to try these as an everyday product and have skin like mine you may find the same is true. Those with less problem pores may find they they work well enough. I have kept the remaining wipes to use when I feel tired at the end of the day, and doing so every so often has caused me no problems. For the price I think these are a high quality product as they do not look or feel cheap. Well worth trying to see how they would suit you.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]
Summary: An inexpensive 3 in 1 facial wipe that does not deep clean, but deals with make up well.
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