Why Washcloths May Be Your Best Exfoliating Trick Yet

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There are many great ways to exfoliate your face, but a favorite is to simply use a washcloth.

Washcloths are naturally great at exfoliating because the fabric rids face of excess oils, dirt and build-up. Simply apply cleanser, massage it into your face in a circular motion and then rinse off with a warm washcloth.

Why Exfoliation is Necessary

If you only cleanse and moisturize skin but skip the weekly or bi-weekly exfoliation, the dead skin cells on your skin's surface are likely building up, causing your skin to not only look dull, but older.

Proper exfoliation is key to a smooth, bright complexion. Plus, foundation will smooth over your skin perfectly and you'll find your moisturizer soaks in better.  I recommend exfoliating in the morning because the skin repairs itself at night. You can invest in facial scrubs or the Clarisonic Mia, or you can spend a few dollars on a stack of really nice washcloths.

Softer is Better

Soft washcloths are better for the the face than cheapie, thin ones which can tear at the skin. I actually use my toddler's super soft bamboo washcloths when I wash my face because they are small and perfect for the face unlike the really large basic washcloths most people buy for the home.

I also read great things about these Brooklyn Bamboo Everday Adult Washcloths. According to the reviews, which are very good, people love to use them on their faces.

One thing to consider with bamboo: they take a long time to dry because of their thickness, so be prepared to run them in the dryer a few minutes longer.

Wash Your Cloths Often

You don't want to re-use a washcloth too many times. Wet washcloths can harbor mildew, so use it a couple times and between uses, wring out the excess water and hang to dry.

Make Your Exfoliation Even More Luxurious

Treat yourself with a warm washcloth every once in awhile (the warmer the washcloth, the more spa-like the cleansing).

You can even get fancy with special peppermint oils. A quick nuke in the microwave and that scented washcloth will make you feel like you're in a Sedona, Arizona spa, getting pampered for $1,000 a day.

Don't Skip the Scrubs, Though

We don't recommend using only washcloths to exfoliate your face. To get a truly good scrubbing, combine the use of the washcloth with a store-bought scrub (see our list of the best facial scrubs) or make your own with brown sugar and oil (see 10 homemade facial scrub recipes).