Emma Hardie Amazing Face Dual Action Professional Cleansing Cloth
Pai Skincare Organic Muslin Face Cloth
Human + Kind Deep Cleansing Cloth
ImseVimse Washable Cleansing Pads
ICA Basic Microfiber Cloth
Cleansing is my favorite beauty ritual. In the second part of my previous post, 2 Ways To Use The Oil Cleansing Method, I will highlight face cloths to use with the OCM. I’ve gone through a couple of different ones over the years, and I think I found out what to look for in cloth for the best results. Although I have a favorite, all of these I’ve listed work really well. It’s just a matter of preference, skin type, price, and usage.
The Benefits of Cleansing with a Face Cloth
Just using a cleanser and your hands may not remove everything. A face cloth not only helps remove stubborn makeup rests but also face wash remains. Most face cloths offer some kind of gentle exfoliation that will reveal brighter and clearer skin. They can also be a gentler alternative to other face-washing gadgets. As they come in different shapes, forms and materials, you’re bound to find one that suits you!
How to Care For Your Face Cloths
I know people who will replace washcloths every day or even after every wash, and swears it makes a huge difference. This is probably a very smart move. But don’t feel bad if you’re not one of them. I’m definitely not. I replace mine every week or until it gets too spotted, that’s when I put them in the washing machine. I’ve never gotten skin problems from a “dirty cloth”, but this could of course be subjective to the amount of makeup/dirt that is taken off with the cloth. For instance, I only use cleansing cloths on fairly clean skin, so it’s my experience that you can get away with the same cloth more than two times.
I will probably get hate for being so chill about reusing a dirty cloth, but observe: if you start breaking out more than usual since starting washing your face with a cloth, then opt for a new cloth after every use! I always follow the washing instructions on the cloth. Usually, it should be washed at 40-60°C without fabric softener.
Emma Hardie | Amazing Face Dual Action Professional Cleansing Cloths
£10-15 for 3
Amazingly long name, don’t you think? I’ve been using these for the oil cleansing method for over two years. What I love about these is that they have dual sides, one gentle but exfoliating microfiber cloth and one soft muslin side. I guess the muslin side is supposed to act as the more exfoliating part, but comparing it with Pai’s muslin cloth, this one is much less aggressive in my opinion.
The only negative I have about it is that the microfiber side ends up losing some of its softness the day you decide to wash it. I don’t know exactly if I’ve done something wrong, but I’ve read about others with the same complaint.
- Dual Sides
- Loses softness of microfiber side quickly
- Could be larger in size
Pai Skincare | Muslin Face Cloth
£3 for 1
Excuse the turmeric stains, I’ve had it just as long as the Emma Hardie cleansing cloths. My old review of it wasn’t very kind, I keep reading amazing reviews on this one, but I just can’t seem to agree, especially when Pai says to “understand sensitive skin”. Even now when my skin is really amazing, these cloths feels like it’s scratching my skin on a microscopic level sometimes. Of course, it leaves my skin exfoliated and soft. But I can’t imagine using it daily or around my eyes. And I still wouldn’t recommend it to people with active cystic acne.
But with that said, it does a great job in exfoliating and is best used on the body with the oil cleansing method #2. I also like that it’s organic and unbleached. The way I use it the most is to help remove face masks as it exfoliates and helps rid of any gunk that may have creeped out of the pores.
EDIT: Since my review, Pai has come out with a softer and dual-sided cloth that’s worth a look.
- Great body and face exfoliation
- A bit abrasive for sensitive/reactive skin
- Too thin to use with the OCM
Human + Kind | Deep Cleansing Cloth
£5.95 for 2
These are a recent addition to my cloth collection. What’s good about these is also the worst, they are like ridiculously soft. They claim to exfoliate and stimulate circulation, but I have a hard time imagining it when I barely feel them on my face. Okay, I’m maybe exaggerating a bit, but you get point… Because they are so incredibly soft, they aren’t really the option if you’d like to add some exfoliation. On the other hand, these cleansing cloths work well with sensitive and acneic skin types, and are great around the eye area!
- Super soft
- Holds steam well
- Maybe too soft?
- Wish they were a bit larger in size
ImseVimse | Washable Cleansing Pads
~€15 for 10
I was looking for something to replace cotton pads with and these came up. These cleansing pads are great when washing with OCM #2. I’ve also had these almost two years, and that’s why they look a bit shady. But they’ve kept their softness and quality. I wouldn’t go to the extent to say that they are soft enough to use around the eyes, even though I do it, but they are great and will gently exfoliate the face, neck and décolletage. You can find these on Amazon, where you also can find a bit bigger but softer ones – they actually make baby stuff and period pads.
- Replaces cotton pads
- Gentle exfoliation
- Could’ve been softer
ICA Basic Microfiber Cloth
€1 for 2
Microfiber cloths rules my kitchen and window cleaning, and many in the OCM-community swears by microfiber cloths. Problem is that they come in so many different forms and purposes, that it took me some time until I found the right ones to use on the face that were just right.
These cloths you’ll find in your local supermarket for cheap bucks! From the bunch, these became my absolute favorites to use together with both OCM methods, and as a general face towel. They absorb water quite well, holds steam for some time without cooling instantly, good size, soft but exfoliating at the same time, and I haven’t had any problems with them losing softness after washing.
OBS! These are sold only Sweden and may be more for my fellow Swedish followers, but there’s several shops on the web selling microfiber cloths for facial purposes!
- Holds steam well
- Good size
- Soft enough to use on the eyes
- Maybe not the most environmentally friendly cloths as they’re made of polyester?