Thursday, 11 December 2014

A note on hot cloth cleansing and cleansing cloths

I would say the "hot cloth" method is the most widely approved approach to cleansing in the skincare sphere, and I for one am a convert. However, I just thought I'd quickly outline some things I've picked up since cleansing this way - basically, so you don't repeat the same mistakes I made.

For those unfamiliar, hot cloth cleansing involves using a cleanser (be it a balm, oil or gel) on dry skin, using some water to emulsify and then towelling off with a damp cloth. This is to be contrasted with using a foaming cleanser on damp skin, which can dry out the skin and leave it feeling tight.

It's a superior way of getting a good cleanse without leaving your skin parched. For those who want to get started, here is what I would suggest.

Use a moisturising cleanser //

Even if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Many foaming cleansers (read: containing sodium lauryl sulfate) can strip the skin of oils, which makes the skin want to over-compensate and produce too much oil. Stick to an balm a hydrating gel or even an oil (I promise they're not as scary as they may seem).

Cheap cloths are just as good as pricey ones //

I made this mistake in the beginning, and bought a pack of 3 muslin cloths for $30 from a very expensive brand, only to discover the face cloths sold for a few dollars in Woolworths were just as good, if not better.

Cleansing with a cloth is a mild way to exfoliate //

Manually scrubbing on your face twice daily, albeit lightly, will still exfoliate and stimulate the skin. This is great, however maybe pare back your regular exfoliating routine if you fear your skin might be sensitive.

I hope this helped you if you're considering cleansing in this way! Let me know if I can answer any more questions.
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