April 25, 2014

The Best Way to Exfoliate Your Face

The Best Way to Exfoliate YourΒ Face

Wanna know the best way to exfoliate your face? And the cheapest way? If your skin is dull, tired, stressed, and just flaky the best way to exfoliate your face won’t cost you a cent as you can do it with a simple tool you have hanging around your house anyway!

I have a standing date with best friend and his boyfriend for Sunday brunch. We catch up during this time, eat stupid amounts of dim sum, and I get to hear him gush about how fab my skin looks. I’d like to say he probably has to say that since he’s my best friend but actually, I believe he really means it because whenever I exfoliate using the method I describe below my skin literally glows with health! And mind you, Sunday Brunch typically means cheek stain and absolutely no other makeup!

Don’t get me wrong I have facial scrubs a plenty and I use them often! I also have exfoliating pads, resurfacing pads, Glycolic treatments, etc…etc…

But once I week I break out a washcloth and use that to exfoliate my skin. Try it, it’s life changing. There are actually plenty of exfoliating towels and washcloths you can purchase from a variety of Asian brands that are specifically designed for the purpose of exfoliating your face. You don’t need any of them! Any washcloth at home is perfectly great to use. Typically I use a older washcloth that might be less soft than my others and I run it under really, really hot water. I wring it out so no water remains and I brush it firmly onto my face, cheeks, forehead, etc…you want to be firm but you don’t want to be too harsh. If you suffer from ruddiness, sensitive skin, Rosacea, etc this probably isn’t a great method to use. I’d recommend it for those that aren’t sensitive and have drier, flakier skin that’s dull. I typically do it once a week because it actually is quite a strong handed method of exfoliating skin.

Be sure your skin is damp with prior to doing this and also remove all your makeup prior. You can do this with a cleanser if you like, something that foams up and lathers! I normally skip the cleanser portion as my skin is already clean but if you are using a cleanser while doing it I’d suggest something like Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser.

I don’t fold the washcloth in any particularly way but you can fold it into a tight square if you like. I start at my forehead and work to my temples. I move the washcloth across my forehead in a brisk manner with some pressure and do so for about a minute. I move to my cheeks and rub in a circular motion using the same brisk manner with firmness as I go. You wanna feel a little tingling as you move around, if you don’t feel a little bit of a warming up as you go you’re probably being too gentle. Use pressure and be firm but don’t hurt yourself. On my cheeks I rub the hardest because I have flakier skin here. I do each cheek for about 20 to 30 seconds each. And finally I move to my chin and neck doing these areas for about a minute.

After you’re done rinse your face with cool water and pat dry. Follow up with a hydrating facial mist. You might feel a little tingle or even a burning sensation when you apply your mist. At least I do! You’ve removed quite a few dead skin cells with your washcloth so your skin might be a bit sensitive after.

Prior to applying any skincare I wait an hour after I’ve exfoliated! Typically I go ahead and apply a sheet mask after this and after that I follow up with an essence, facial oil, serum, and my moisturizer.

My skin literally glows with vitality when I use this method to exfoliate my face. It’s like I had a facial. No dullness, no flakes, just perfectly smooth, glowing skin! I even feel like my skin feels a bit firmer.

And it didn’t cost me a cent.

So grab a washcloth and try it!

Bet you’ll love the results!

Keep in mind I only do this once a week as I don’t think my skin would like me doing it daily.

If you ever wondered why my skin looks so amazing you can blame it on hot water and a washcloth.

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  • Nancy

    Yes! I’ve been doing this since High School,in my 30’s now, but I have always found it to be the best way to exfoliate. I do love my facial scrubs too! but this has always worked for me,I recommend it! thanks Muse πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      yay πŸ˜€ it really is the best and cheapest way to exfoliate! πŸ˜€ thanks for sharing Nancy!

  • Pamela

    I do this too!

    I have oily skin that I don’t exfoliate as often as I should. I actually use a scrub with the hand towel (I’m currently using Korres rose scrub). I find that applying the scrub with only my hands is not enough and gently polishing my skin with the towel works aces. This is especially helpful during summer months when I have to clean sweat and sunscreen along with my usual makeup out of my pores.

    Long live simple makeup hacks.

    • Isabella Muse

      πŸ˜€ agreed! def a makeup hack that helps with either oily or dry skin!

  • Ivanna

    I’m 31 with the face of a 16 year-old. I keep telling people not to waste their money on scrubs because nothing works better than a towel. Nope, they say. Ingredients, they say. Tugging, they say. Pfffffffft

  • Sarah Kipling

    Awesome tip! My friend was just telling me the other day that this is her fave method – and she has radiant skin.

  • Jen

    I used baby towel washcloth, those cute towels for babies☺️. Works great alsoπŸ‘ it takes off most of my dead skin and not to harsh on my face😊!

  • Dusty

    This is exactly what I do! Just warm water and a washcloth… that’s it.

  • Sammi

    See I’ve always been told to never rub at my face with a flannel or towel, only ever to gently wipe or dab, as they are too rough on skin and can cause microtears which leads to wrinkles. I dont always listen to this, and I do like that a vigorous scrub gets the blood running to the skin which is where the tight, glowing effect comes from. But I dont know if I want to risk long-term skin damage? :S

    • Isabella Muse

      I wouldn’t do it so hard you’re tearing skin! You just wanna be brisk and firm but not rubbing it in a harsh manner πŸ™‚

  • gail

    Dang! And I just ordered one of those Japanese sponges from Boscia! Well, I bet you’re gonna get a lot of people trying this method, too. Thanks for sharing non-makeup simple stuff like this, we all love it. My fave lip hack (!) is dipping my finger in olive oil, then granulated sugar, then giving my scaly lips a good scrub. And it’s pretty yummy, too.
    Thanks again, and Happy Spring!

    • Isabella Muse

      those are awesome too gail! Konjac Cleansing Sponges are divine πŸ˜€ a great and effective way to cleanse your face! homemade scrub! πŸ˜€ great tip! Happy Spring (although it’s damn cold haha). Thanks for sharing!

  • mindy

    Musekin, I buy what’s called “bar rags/cloths” they’re the size of washcloths but have bigger loops in the woven fabric, cheap cheap, a dozen for less than $10 on line… I have oilier skin and they work great with whatever you want to use with it, water alone works too and doesn’t strip the oils, I always thought it was silly to strip the skin only to reapply all the products to add the moisture back in… I’ve done this all my life, and I am old, and I believe avoiding all the chemicals/soaps/products have left me with great skin, very little wrinkles…a splash of witch hazel and
    it’s easy, cheap and works! one can adjust how hard they rub depending on the sensitivity of their skin. (disclaimer: I do not work in the bar rags industry, but I was a waitress for about 15 minutes years ago)
    happy trails ladies

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks mindy for sharing! I’ve never used those style washclothes before but have to look out for ’em ;-D good old witch hazel saves the day ;D

      • DiEtta

        Check out Costco for the bar towels…..!!!! I use them for all my beauty needs. Keep one on hand to use while putting on make up and doing my hair. Then toss in the washer! They are usually in the section where the car stuff is. πŸ™‚

  • JoElla

    I’m learning that sometimes, the old school way is often the best.
    Thanks for reminding me about my neglected wash cloths.

  • sharon

    I have sensitive but oily skin and I spent a lot of money on exfoliating products until I remembered that my grandma used a washcloth. I use one every day, because I have big pores, but I use a dab of soap-free cleanser. That’s it. My mother’s skin is even more sensitive and she uses water and a washcloth ONLY. She’s in her 60’s and is frequently carded when she wants to claim the senior’s discount.

  • betty

    I use a coarse washcloth with pink Dove soap on my face,neck,chest and arms once a week to exfoliate. I have been doing this for the last 10 years and my skin looks great. ( I’m 60 ). I know you are told not to use body creams on your face, but I use Jergens shea butter moisturizer every day on my face and body. It works for me πŸ™‚