After a workout, I refuse to leave the gym without washing my face. Even if I’m going straight home, I make sure to get rid of any dirt or sweat that could potentially seep into my pores and cause a breakout. This habit is helpful, but because my gym’s locker room only provides hand soap and hand-sanitizer (yes, I’ve sanitized my face and lived to talk about it), I worry that my skin will dry out. Then I came across Olay Total Effects Lathering Cleansing Cloths ($6, drugstores) and I’m obsessed. These dry cloths lather up as soon as you wet them, so they’re perfect to keep in your purse or gym bag. They contain salicylic acid to prevent zits, as well as moisturizing ingredients to leave skin soft. Now I no longer have to carry a bottle of face wash with me at all times—my skin’s thrilled!
—Jillian Ruffo, beauty intern
From makeup remover to acne wash, it takes a small army of cleansers to freshen my face before bed. For years, I’ve been searching for a face wash that can do it all while still protecting my sensitive skin. After hearing Features Assistant Editor Sarah D’Angelo rave about Neutrogena Deep Clean Sport Facial Cleanser ($6.99, drugstores), I decided to give it a shot. The tingling wash took off grime and makeup, but wasn’t harsh. Plus, it contains salicylic acid to keep blemishes at bay, and the leak-proof packaging is perfect for my gym bag. So long, three-step cleansing routine!
— Catherine Q. O’Neill, contributing blogger