Today’s post is all about hot cloth cleansing. If these words sound new to you, I’ll try to sum up what they mean and why this kind of cleansing may totally change the way you take care of your skin.
Hot cloth cleansing only involves a face cloth – hence the name – and a good cleanser. Now, I’m convinced that some types of cleansers – balms and creams are the ones that come to mind – are the best ones when it comes to hot cloth cleansing. But honestly, any kind of cleanser you own will do the job.
With this type of cleansing, you first put the cleanser on your dry face and massage it thoroughly to either remove all the make-up or the dirt accumulated during the night. Then you soak a clean face cloth in warm water and use it gently on your skin to take off any last trace of make-up and product. The good thing is that not only is it a great feeling, the warm cloth on your skin (it’s addictive, I warn you), but it also gives your skin a soft exfoliation, making it ready to absorb any following product. You won’t need to use any physical exfoliator anymore!
Now, onto some of my favourite hot cloth cleansers, so cleansers specifically created to be used this way.
Liz Earle – Cleanse and Polish
Probably the Holy Grail of all the hot cloth cleansers out there.I remember years ago seeing it on YouTube at a time when it wasn’t really famous within the internet beauty community. It perhaps wasn’t even available at Boots like it is now, and people didn’t know what to do with that little piece of fabric that came with it.
Times have changed and now this is likely to be one of the most purchased cleansers in the world.
Cleanse and Polish has thick, dense, creamy texture and comes in the lovely Liz Earle signature blue bottle. It has a strong smell due to some of its ingredients: rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils. The pump dispenses a good amount of product, which could perhaps lead to it being wasted. 2/3 of what comes out of a single pump is enough to cleanse all your face. It leaves your skin clean and radiant, but it has sometimes given me a bit of tingling which makes me think this might not be suitable if you have very sensitive skin or you are prone to allergies. I think this has to do with the eucalyptus contained in it, which is also the reason for the fresh and cool feeling you have after completely removing it from your face with a warm cloth.
Overall judgement: A very good product, though I was a bit worried the times my skin felt tingly after use. Great texture and good price. Suitable for all skin types: mine is combination to dry but I’d feel free to suggest it to people with oily skin too. Available at Boots, I got the 100 ml bottle (without the muslin cloth) for £14. I personally would purchase it again.
Soap & Glory – The Ultimelt
The Ultimelt is a recent discovery, which I made thanks to Caroline Hirons’ blog which needs no introduction.
I decided to give it a try because I was looking for a cheap cleanser. I got this one for free thanks to a Boots 3for2 bargain and I think it is an even better option than the Liz Earle one. The texture is not that different, though Soap&Glory’s is a bit less dense and appears, at least initially, to be tad lumpy. It is very rich and once you rub it on your face the white coat disappears and soaks through into the skin. The smell is nice, I can’t describe it but compared to the C&P, it is very delicate. The result is pretty much the same as above, your skin is left soft and clean.
I have also used it as a make-up remover, same as I did with C&P, and they both do a good job. Nevertheless, I would use a different kind of cleanser to remove makeup, and use these as AM/second cleansers. You can read more about this topic here.
Overall judgement: Yes, The Ultimelt comes out as the final winner in the duel between the two. If you have just started making your way into skincare then this is a wonderful option no matter what your skin type is, though Soap and Glory warns people who are allergic to essential oils, as this contains many (a blend of orange, lavender, clary sage, rose and geranium). The retail price in Boots is £10 and comes with a flannel (of very poor quality, though).
Hope this was helpful!
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Full list of Ingredients:
Cleanse and Polish
Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Cera alba (beeswax), Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan stearate, Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Benzoic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic acid, Sodium hydroxide, Limonene, Citric acid.
Aqua (Water/Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter Oils, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Synthetic Beeswax, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Pantolactone, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil