6 Best Cotton Pads For Applying Your Skin Care, According to Reddit
Although it might not seem like it at first swipe, cotton pads can make or break your skin-care routine. Some pads soak up too much product, while others rip apart when you go to use them on your face. But good ones are magical and can help to evenly distribute serums and toners onto your skin. To source ones you may not have heard of, we naturally turned to the SkincareAddiction Subreddit, where the suggestions are aplenty and reviews are thorough. We’ve rounded them up ahead — from the luxe option you’ll want to keep in every bag to the drugstore buy you can find practically everywhere.
If you’re on the hunt for affordable cotton rounds you can grab while tackling the rest of your shopping list, opt for Up&Up Premium Cotton Rounds. They’re only $3 for a pack of 100 — that’s about $0.03 per pad — and can be used for everything from eye makeup removal to applying essences to skin.
Another popular pick is the Daiso Cotton Puff, described by Redditor hell0potato as “strong but crazy soft [and] not linty.” It’s also effective at not drinking up product, says hell0potato, and 93 fellow Redditors agree.
Redditor HonestThroreauAway recommends Muji Unbleached Cotton Pads — they’re soft but not linty, doesn’t absorb all your product, and only cost $3 for 165 pieces.
If you’re in need of something extra strong, try the Intrinsics Petite Silken Wipes, suggested by Redditor alltheketoladies. It has all the trappings of a good cotton pad: It doesn’t leave any lint behind, is fairly soft and absorbs very little product. They’re a little pricey at $13 a pack (it comes with 200 wipes) on Amazon, but we think they’re worth it.
Designed to pat in toners, the Unicharm Silcot Uruuru Sponge Facial Cotton has an elastic, spongey texture and is soft in a “slippery kind of way,” according to Redditor ketchupbomb. The skin-care enthusiast adds that these “waste the least product” and have a “super bouncy” texture that feels “special and luxurious.”
Loved for its thick texture and versatility, DHC Silky Cotton is a favorite of Redditor GamjaByul. They’re good for applying toner and removing eye makeup, says GamjaByul and can be purchased on Dermstore for $15 for a box of 80.