Ensuring an effective skincare routine requires great products, dedication, and sometimes, the use of some special accessories like flannels and facecloths. There are many advantages to using a face cloth when you wash your face but is using a flannel better than using your hands? I’ve laid out the pros and cons of flannels and face cloths below, for you to weigh up the options for yourself.
First comes, there’s the flannel, or as the Americans call it, a washcloth. There are two main benefits to washing your face with a flannel.
Exfoliation: Using a soft flannel or muslin cloth in circular motions gently exfoliates the skin as it helps in the cleansing step. The skin is left smoother and brighter. Using a flannel to exfoliate is a great alternative to abrasive manual scrubs.
It is a good very effective makeup removal. washcloth makes removing makeup much easier, especially if you use oil or balm-based cleansers in the evening. Simply cover your face with your chosen cleanser and wipe a warm flannel over makeup to remove and cleanse. Easy peasy.
The cons of using a washcloth or flannel.
they increase the growth of bacteria. Much like makeup brushes, flannels and washcloths are breeding grounds for bacteria, as dermatologist Dr Hadley King told Marie Claire. Just think of how many dead skin cells can build up on a moist exfoliating flannel if you don’t wash it often enough. With this in mind, always wash your flannel regularly after usage to avoid any long-term stains from makeup, especially on white cloths and never share it with others. Try a high temperature to blitz any makeup stains or bacteria.
however, there are both advantages and disadvantages to using a face cloth, but in my opinion, they’re a great addition to your skincare routine if you remember to wash them regularly and treat them with care.
Here’s my pick of the best flannel and washcloth options on offer right now.
The White Company Luxury Egyptian Cotton Flannel
The white company
Super soft and fluffy, these channels exfoliate the skin super gently and allow you to have a taste of the white company in under a fiver.
Votary pack of five cotton face cloths
Stock up on these luxe channels so you will always have a spare. made of 100% cotton, they are big enough to cover your face and remove your makeup in a go.
Liz Earle pure muslin cloths. 2 per pack
If you prefer a muslin cloth to a thicker flannel, I like the Liz Earle one that with their best-selling cleanse & polish( or you can buy them here for under a fiver separately).
Pai skincare Efoliating organic muslin cloths
Perfect for exfoliating off dead skin cells, these cloths are slightly tougher than others for this reason.