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Beauty Breakdown - Hot Cloth Cleansing.

5 August 2014
I love hot cloth cleansing, it's the perfect way to gently exfoliate and deep cleanse every day without your skin taking a beating. In this post I'm going to outline the basic cloths used for hot cloth cleansing and talk about their benefits.

Terry Toweling/ Face Flannel - The Aussie staple cloth, we all have bad memories of mum running after us as kids with a washer in hand. You should know that as an adult these cloths are actually much more pleasant, they're great because they are inexpensive, soft, exfoliate and clean really well and you can buy multiple cloths for just a few bucks. Go for cotton fibers when choosing your cloths. These are great with balms and oils, the little fibers have the ability to sweep away product really well but they also work great with creams and foaming cleansers. The best all rounder face cloth in my opinion and the one that I always come back to after trying other cloth types.

Microfiber Cloth - Super soft and apparently great at clearing out pores (I have yet to see actual proof of this), these are generally softer than Terry Toweling cloths so if you are looking for the softest option this is the one you want. Some Microfiber face cloths are double sided (exfoliator on one side), others claim you only need water and no cleansing products (Enjo) but the real truth is any microfiber cloth will remove makeup and clean the skin really well with just water, I actually find it quite fascinating just how well they do this but I love cleansers so I'm not willing to give them up, definitely encourage you to give it a go though if you have a microfiber cloth laying around, it's really impressive.

Muslin Cloth - These can be picked up as a bargain or you can really break the bank, the only difference (in my opinion) is going to be the price and occasionally the quality (softness) of the cotton fibers used. I find these to be a rougher cloth even though I broke the bank with my purchase and I prefer to use them with cream cleansers as I don't find they deal with balms or oils as well as a traditional face flannel.

So how do you incorporate hot cloth cleansing in to your routine? Simple. You cleanse as per usual, using your preferred type of face cleanser and instead of rinsing off with water you wet your cleansing cloth with hot water, wring out the excess and wipe the cleanser away from your skin. You can rinse your cloth after the majority of your cleanser has been removed and swipe over your face again to ensure there is nothing left behind.

When working out how hot your cloth should be the best way to know you're on the right track is to feel with your hands, the water should be just hot enough that it doesn't burn your fingers, by the time you wring the cloth out and get it up to your face it will have cooled to the perfect temperature for your face.

Using firm pressure, sweep the cleanser off your skin, if you're tugging at your skin then you're being too rough, the idea is to gently exfoliate, deep clean and polish the skin in one cleansing action, if it hurts, you're doing it wrong, you'll know very quickly what feels good and what doesn't, the experimenting phase here shouldn't take long at all.

Hot cloth cleansing can be done morning and night but you should also keep in mind that using other exfoliants may not be necessary often, don't go overboard! If you hot cloth cleanse every morning and night then I would recommend only using other manual exfoliants once a week, keep an eye on your skin, it'll tell you if it's not happy.

Have you tried Hot Cloth Cleansing? If so let me know your thoughts!

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4 comments on "Beauty Breakdown - Hot Cloth Cleansing."
  1. This was super informative, thanks! Can't wait to read more about it, I had never heard of it before.

    What is ENJO? I never really dug deep but I remember their cloth products are crazy crazy expensive (looks gimmicky to me) - have you ever tried their stuff?

    Before I spend the night trying to figure it out, what is that skin-like placement on the Terry Toweling in that first picture???

    1. Enjo is super expensive for what it is, essentially they are just different textured microfiber cloths that clean certain surface particularly well, I wouldn't actually recommend the brand, their prices are absurd! I've used one of their standard cleansing cloths and it was nothing special, I think they are impressive until you discover that any microfiber cloth will clean anything really well.

      The little flesh toned piece you see tucked under one of the edges of the terry toweling cloth is just the label! Those ones came from Target I believe and I don't cut them off because clients love to know exactly what you're using and where they can buy it hahaha.

  2. I like a thick plush towel, but a cheaper jacquard washer. I get the Best & Less old lady jacquard print ones: ugly as hell but the unevenness of the jacquard print gives a good scrub. I use it with a scrub cleanser in the shower - it really cleans!

    1. That's a good tip! The texture in raised wash cloths can feel great on the skin so if you're looking for a good scrub that would be a good way to go.