These 12 Cleansing Sticks Are A Godsend For Your Rushed Morning Routine
Anyone with a generous amount of frequent flier miles has probably racked up a few travel hacks along the way, too: TSA Pre-Check is well worth the membership fee; avoid Spirit Airlines at all costs; it's possible to get away with a carry-on and personal item for a short trip if you're strategic about it. However, the only problem with stuffing a week's worth of clothes into your carry-on is one struggle. Fitting a weeks' worth of skin care products into your travel pouch is another. Thankfully, that's where cleansing sticks with new, groundbreaking formulations come into play — and they're well worth using on the ground, too.
"Advancements in cosmetic formulation has brought effective cleansing technology in almost all forms," Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells TZR. "Cleansing sticks are the latest trend to hit the market. With roots in Korean beauty, they are are easy to use, portable, and as effective as traditional cleansing formulas." To note, they should be stored at room temperature — and not in the bathroom — just as you would keep any of your other regular cosmetic products. And you should pick them out as you would with your liquid cleansers, too: by looking for ingredients that are specific to what your needs are. Ahead, see some of the latest and greatest cleansing sticks on the market — and get Dr. Zeichner's insight into the active ingredients in them.
Oh My Gommage! Cleansing Stick
Gommage, a gentle exfoliant, helps resurface your skin while the babassu oil aids with dryness.
Modern Friction Cleansing Stick with Exfoliating White & Purple Rice
This is another gentle exfoliator with an ancient Chinese ingredient: purple rice. It's rich in antioxidants, which protect your skin from free radicals.
Cactus Water & Hibiscus Cleansing Stick
"For dry skin, look for hydrating ingredients like cactus water and coconut oil," Dr. Zeichner says. "This natural oil can help protect and hydrate dry skin."
Charcoal Mask Stick
Yes to Tomatoes
Yes To Tomatoes' mud mask works just as well as glitzer brands' offerings, for a fraction of the price. Now, that same tomato and salicylic acid-based formula comes in a solid formula — and works in just five minutes flat.
"Matcha, a potent antioxidant, comes from the leaves of green tea and can help brighten and calm the skin," Dr. Zeichner notes.
Tako All-in-One Cleansing Stick
If you don't feel like lugging your makeup wipes around, then the sunflower seed oil in Tako's stick breaks down the day's residue. Plus, it comes with a silicone brush on the other side!
Power Cleansing Face Stick
Oars + Alps
"Charcoal is extremely absorbent, and can help excess way home from the skin," Zeichner says of the hero ingredient in this stick.
Detoxifying Cleansing Stick
With rice bran oil for dirt removal, pomegranate enzymes for exfoliation, and grapefruit peel oil for toning, this option by Julep is a true all-in-one.
One Step Oil Cleansing Stick
Argan oil is usually associated with hair because of its strengthening benefits, but in this stick, it acts as a balm for even the driest of skin.
Frxxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser
If you're trying to nix oil and reduce shine, the microexfoliants in this stick provide a deep clean.
Cucumber Water Stick
"For facial redness, look for ingredients like cucumber water, which has a soothing effect," Dr. Zeichner says.
Incredibly Clear Cleansing Stick
Thr rosehip oil in this stick has soothing benefits and can be used across all skin types, according to Dr. Zeichner.