As we all know cleansing is a non-negotiable first step in any skin care routine and a key for anyone who wears makeup and needs to remove it, so I am always on the lookout for ways to sex up this step, or at least change it up. I recently went to a beauty event showcasing the hottest of the hot and literally everyone was talking about the exfoliating power of a face cloth. Famous English facialist Eve Lom has always known the power of a muslin cloth as it features as the centrepiece of her cult cleansing routine.
“All skin types can benefit from using a muslin cloth,” New York dermatologist Adarsh Vijay told Allure. He went on to say that those with sensitive skin should always exercise caution and not overwork the skin with the muslin as this can cause irritation to the skin. Muslin cloths should be washed after each use and replaced regularly as they harbour bacteria as dirt and skin cells build up on them. Yuck. Luckily cleaning muslin is as easy as putting it in the washing machine and hanging it out to dry.
Imagine my joy at the concept of a simple cleansing and exfoliator mitt that you can use with just water. The latest newcomer to the manual exfoliation and cleansing clan is Mitten’s beauty mitt developed by Fiona Theodoropoulos. Her claim: it “exfoliates skin and does not require the use of any product including cleansers”. Her Mittens are based on the Turkish exfoliating mitt called a kese that, when used with warm water only, both cleanse and exfoliate. “Mitten’s mitts are designed in Australia and made in Turkey from tree cellulose fibres,” she goes on to say.
Two other favourites in the combined cleansing and exfoliating category include Face Halo circular pads that remove makeup in a flash with just water and Makeup Eraser Remover Cloth, a reusable soft polyester-blend cleansing cloth that removes even waterproof makeup with just warm water. They are also great as a pre-cleanse before using your favourite regular cleanser. And body mitts are great for body exfoliation and for prepping skin pre-fake tan.
In spite of what the mitt makers say, I don’t think you should delete your cleanser from the picture. By all means work your mitt like you would a makeup remover or micellar water to take off the day’s makeup but then follow up with a secondary cleanse with a dedicated cleanser. Remember it’s all about the double cleanse.
As with all of the above, keeping them clean is the key, so wash immediately after use with antibacterial soap and once a week chuck them in a warm machine wash. It is best to change up the mitt every five months.