Soap and Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths
As some people may have deduced from my previous reviews, I'm something of a skincare fanatic and I love trying out different products, from face washes to masks and moisturisers. One type of product I don't tend to be so keen on, however, is face wipes, as I find that they don't tend to clean my face very well and often leave traces of make up on my skin, causing it to break out. Nonetheless, I was given a bumper bag of Soap and Glory goodies for Christmas which included a pack of these wipes and as a big fan of Soap and Glory products I thought I might as well give them a go. As my review will show, I've been incredibly impressed with them.
These face wipes come in a plastic packet, sealed on top with a sticker which is peeled off to pull out the face wipes and replaced when they are not in use. Like many products in Soap and Glory's range, the packaging uses a pink colour scheme with a muted background pattern displaying the Soap and Glory 'S&G' initials. The front of the packet displays the company logo, the product name (which I'm a fan of - Soap and Glory really don't disappoint with their product names!) and text claiming that the wipes are 'infused with poreshrink-rs acid free exfoliator'.
The back of the package includes more detailed information on these cleansing cloths. There is an ingredient list and contact details for Soap and Glory, plus some more details in English, French and German. The packaging describes the wipes as '3-in-1 cleansing, toning and skin-smoothing cloths', which 'will cleanse, tone, and - if you employ a little bit of pressure - exfoliate your face'. They even go so far to say that 'using these wipes regularly might make your pores shrink'.
Using the wipes
I find these cleansing cloths very easy to use. Every time I undo the seal on the packet to take out a wipe, I'm surprised at how moist the wipes feel, as I've always found in the past that face wipes dry out very quickly once the packet has been opened, no matter how carefully I re-seal the packet. However, this isn't a problem with these 'Off Your Face' cloths. Because the wipes are so moist and loaded with cleansing ingredients, I'm able to wipe the cloth just once or twice over my skin knowing that this is enough to remove all make-up and grime - even waterproof mascara and eyeliner which are notoriously difficult to remove. I generally give my skin a bit of a scrub with one of these masks, and it really does leave my skin looking and feeling squeaky clean.
Although I'm usually very diligent about my three-step cleanse, tone and moisturise regime, morning and evening, I tend to use these face wipes on those occasional nights when I'm just to tired (or have had one too many drinks!) to be faffing around with lots of different products and I just want to clean my skin quickly and fall into bed. Because of this, when I use these wipes I don't tend to bother using toner or moisturising afterwards. And this is where I can tell that this product's claim to have a '3-in-1 cleansing, toning and skin smoothing' effect really is true, as I wake up in the morning and my skin feels soft, smooth and refreshed with no tightness at all. The acid-free exfoliator really seems to work (which is very rare for a face wipe) and my skin also feels nice and refreshed, as though I have used moisturiser. The wipes haven't brought me out in spots as some other wipes have in the past. Though I don't have enough confidence in face wipes to use them on a daily basis, I know that I can use these occasionally and they will keep my skin looking fresh, clear and spot free.
The cloths are made of a good quality material which is durable enough to give my skin a good clean without any risk of ripping or falling apart. The amount of product on each wipe is definitely sufficient to cleanse my entire face and neck and I've never found myself feeling that I need to use two wipes to give my skin a good clean as I have with some other brands of face wipes in the past.
With regards to the 'Poreshrink' technology that these cleansing cloths claim to harness, I can't really comment as I use these wipes on a sporadic basis, rather than regularly. However, I do always notice that immediately after using the wipes my skin appears matte and my pores are less visible, so I have no doubt that if used regularly these cleansing wipes could well have a shrinking effect on pores, as Soap and Glory are a brand whose products really do tend to live up to their claims.
Price and Availability
Soap and Glory products are widely stocked in Boots stores, and Boots is always my first port of call for their products. These wipes are also available in Harvey Nichols and from some online retailers, such as Amazon. With an RRP of £4.50 for 25 cleansing cloths, these aren't the cheapest face wipes; however, I think that their superior quality makes it worth spending the extra money on them. Soap and Glory products are often found on '3 for 2' in Boots too, so it's worth looking out and stocking up when they're on offer.
Despite not being a fan of face wipes, I've been incredibly impressed with the quality of Soap and Glory's 'Off Your Face' cleansing cloths and the effect that they've had on my skin. Though I still wouldn't use them on a daily basis as I just don't trust face wipes to give my skin the care it needs to keep it blemish-free and in tip-top condition, I think these are a fantastic stand-by product to have in my 'skincare cupboard' (yes, I have an entire cupboard of skincare products!) to use on those evenings when I just don't have the time or energy to be faffing around with cleansers, toners and moisturisers.
The wipes themselves are made from a very good quality material and are strong enough to give my face a good clean without tearing or disintegrating. They stay incredibly moist (unlike the vast majority of other face wipes I have used in the past, which tend to dry out within a few weeks at most of being opened), which means that washing my face with them is fast and fuss-free. They really do make me feel that my skin has been thoroughly cleansed, and remove all traces of make up and muck. They also seem to exfoliate and moisturise, meaning that I wake up with soft, smooth and clear-looking skin. Although these face wipes are a bit more costly than their rivals, I'd say that their quality makes the extra money definitely worth spending.
Overall, I'm awarding these cleansing cloths a fantastic score of five out of five. I really do think that they stand head and shoulders above any other brand of face wipe that I've used in the past and when my packet runs out I will certainly be buying another one to keep for those nights when I just want to clean my face and get to bed as quickly as possible.