This little deodorant-like tube is the most convenient way to cleanse while on-the-go. (Sorry, TSA, you can’t confiscate this one.) To use, wet your face, then swipe the stick all over your face to get the lather going. Rinse it all away after a minute (or two) of massage, and just like that, it’s over. Bonus: Its sweet citrus scent, which lingers long after you wash.
Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick
When this skin-care stick first hit the Allure beauty closet, our editors were instantly enamored with its fresh-to-death scent. (That would be the green tea, of course.) But then we learned it’s formulated with an impressive 13 different natural oils (including coconut, sunflower, and olive), all of which soothe skin while removing surface dirt and grime when rubbed into skin. It exfoliates, too, thanks to actual green tea leaves found in the balm. So if you’ve got an upcoming trip planned, you might want to consider tossing this two-in-one skin-care stick into your suitcase, leaving room for the really more important stuff — shoes, of course.
This cools-on-contact stick hydrates skin with a slew of soothing ingredients, including cucumber pulp, aloe, and camelia left extracts. We keep the tiny tube stashed in our bags for post-sweat sesh touchups or those too-hot-on-the-subway-platform moments.
Dr. Brandt Multi-Performance Stick
What if we told you that you could hydrate, smooth, conceal, and protect your skin with just one product? Turns out, you can — this multitasker (that rightfully deserves a place in this list) can do all of the above, and then some. After a few swipes, plus a bit of finger- or sponge-blending, the creamy formula melts into skin to “blur” fine lines and pores — which yes, when we swiped, did make our pores appear way tinier. It also packs UV protection with an impressive SPF 45, so we’re officially dubbing this stick a handbag must-have.
Belif The True Tincture Cleansing Stick
Skin feeling extra-sensitive this time of year? That’s the winter weather talking — especially if you live in a windier, colder area. Because of the low temps, we suggest incorporating a soothing ingredient, like anti-inflammatory chamomile or arnica, into your routine. (If you’re allergic to either essential oil, of course, skip this step.) This chamomile-spiked cleansing stick — which has actual flower petals from the herb! — is also made with calendula, which works as a natural astringent, along with redness-relieving raspberry leaves, and hydrating oat. It pretty much does everything, even for those with baby-face skin.
Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick
If you thought makeup wipes were user-friendly, this makeup-removing stick is going to become your actual BFF. Simply swipe this lipstick-size stick (it’s about the same size as its iconic Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, a forever makeup-bag staple) over your lids and lashes to remove every ounce of liner, shadow, or mascara after a long day of work — or an even longer night out. Bonus: You can also keep it in your makeup kit to touch-up early morning mistakes you may have made before that first cup of coffee. (Which hey, we totally understand.)
We’ve already waxed poetic about our love for Milk Makeup’s latest launch, but if you’re in the market for a primer that will leave your skin looking as if it were just hit with Snapchat’s “pretty” filter (who doesn’t want that?), you might want to add this stick to your stash. After swiping the tube over your entire complexion (especially that pesky T-zone), you’ll notice a reduced appearance of wrinkles and pores along with a hint of brightness, too.
Julep Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick
Julep’s cleansing stick may just be the standout product from its recently launched skin-care line, as it actually doubles as a gentle scrub thanks to exfoliating ingredients like rice bran oil. What’s more, the detoxifying stick actually has pomegranate enzymes that help dull hyperpigmentation and brighten skin. Brilliance in a bottle (or in this case, stick).
H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Eye Balm
This slim stick has earned a permanent place in several of Allure‘s unofficial gym rats’ bags (mine, included), largely in part due to its naturally cooling effect — the result of soothing aloe hard at work, which feels epically good after a tough workout. Hydrating hyaluronic acid, along with vessel-constricting caffeine, help reduce puffy eyes after a long run or a long night out.
If the name if this skin-care stick (Instant Miracle Line-Erasing Blur Stick, that is) doesn’t sell you on its magical powers alone, allow us to convince you of its phenomenal abilities that work on all skin types, sensitive skin included. However, we particularly recommend this for those with slick, oily skin or those of the combination type, with the latter group making sure to focus the stick on just your T-zone or specific slick spots. The oil your face naturally produces, also known as sebum, is absorbed thanks to the stick’s silica, which also helps eliminate shine and cover up the appearance of pores when you gently buff this formula on your face.
Boscia Deep-Pore Cleansing Stick Treatment
Everyone is obsessed with activated charcoal right now — and rightfully so. The detoxifying ingredient purges pores with an almost magnetic-like effect, cleansing skin of dirt, oil, and grime. It’s also got another hero ingredient, glycolic acid (yes, that’s the stuff found in facial peels), to help even skin tone and texture. Glycolic acid, a specific type of alpha hydroxy acid that’s derived from sugarcane, actually dissolves gunk between skin cells, while — reminder — the activated charcoal purges them. The combination of the two works wonders, leaving your face far fresher after just one use. If we’re being honest, this is probably our fave stick of the bunch. Save the best for last, right?
11 Best Skin-Care Sticks to Streamline Your 2018 Routine
An easy way to reach your I’m-gonna-declutter-everything New Year’s resolution? Simplifying your skin-care routine, regardless of whether it’s oily or dry. And what better way than to cleanse, cover, and correct your complexion than with easy-to-use, no-clean-up-necessary beauty sticks? This whole new category not only streamlines your routine (and your vanity), but happens to be conveniently TSA-friendly, too. (Translation: Your upcoming beach vacation just got way easier to pack for — and you’ll be able to carry all your products on the plane.) Just a few swipes of these magic skin-care sticks can help a variety of skin woes, including cleanse, exfoliate dead skin cells, as well as hide enlarged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Plus, if nothing else, they’re a great way to use that leftover Sephora or Ulta gift card.