Do you use a washcloth to cleanse your face? I know many people swear by them but I honestly am too lazy to use one. Every once in a while, yes but for everyday, I just don’t bothered with it. The last time I used one was a couple of days ago, which is what inspired me to write about the pros and cons of using one.
The benefits of washcloths
Using a washcloth in your skincare routine has several benefits. When used with a water-soluble cleanser, a washcloth can be a great help in cleaning your skin and removing makeup, especially if you’re wearing thick liquid or cream foundation. This is very important to keep our skin in good condition and prevent it from breaking out from all that makeup that could still be on our face if we don’t cleanse it well and throughout. In addition, a washcloth also provides a gentle exfoliating action that removes oil, dirt and the dead skin cells on the surface, exposing the brighter and healthy skin underneath. Just be careful not too scrub too hard or you may irritate skin!
Washcloths can harbour bacteria
Despite its benefits, I personally don’t like to use washcloths very often. That’s because washcloths when wet and damp can easily harbour bacteria and fungi. Now I know that bacteria and fungi are everywhere, including dry, new, unused or freshly-washed washclothes as well and it’s impossible to get rid of all of them. But when they are in a damp and most environment (like that of a wet washcloth), they can thrive, grow and spread and the chances of them causing skin irritations and eye infections are much higher.
Of course, there’s no need to get all paranoid now and stop using washcloths altogether. There are a few precautionary measures to avoid irritations and infections. The most important thing to remember is never to use a washcloth when wet or even just damp. Always use a dry one and wash it after every use. Also, use a new one every few days. If you still are particularly worried about bacteria, then you can always change your washcloth daily or, once a week, boil them in hot water. In addition, you should never share your washcloths with anyone else or you may risk infections spreading around.
If you follow all the tips above, then your washcloth is safe to use, and even if there may be any bacteria still on it, they aren’t likely to cause trouble for your skin. I just don’t like to use them cause I honestly find it a bit of an hassle to always wash my washcloth after I used it and change it every few days to avoid bacteria and fungi causing problems. Being very lazy, I just find it much easier to just use my hands to wash my face and a washcloth every now and then for a gentle exfoliating action.
I have eczema. Should I use a washcloth?
While I think that using a washcloth can benfit all skin types, provided you take the right prcautionary measures mentioned above, those with eczema, should avoid using one to cleanse their face. That’s because the friction caused by the washcloth can cause a flare-up and make this condition worse. If you have eczema, using your hands to lather up your cleanser and wash your face is the best option.
The Bottom Line
Using a washcloth with your cleanser is an effective way of removing your makeup and cleaning your skin while exfoliating it as well. Using a cotton pad or your hands, though, can work just as well at cleansing your skin so whatever you use depends on your personal preference. Only those with eczema should avoid using a washcloth as it can cause flare-ups. If you decide to use a washcloth, though, remember to always wash it after every use and don’t rub it on your skin if it is not completely dry to avoid bacteria and fungi causing infections.
Do you use a washcloth to cleanse your skin?