should you cleanse your skin with a washcloth

Do you use a washcloth to cleanse your face?

I know a lot of you swear by it, and there are definitely some good reasons to use one, but, I can’t be bothered to. I mean, once in a while, I will. And I do love the results. But, everyday? I’m way too lazy for that.

The last time I used one was only a couple of days ago, and it inspired me to write this post about the pros and cons of washcloths. So, let’s get started:

Why Should You Use A Washcloth?

As I said, there are a couple of good reasons to cleanse and remove your makeup with a washcloth:

  • It helps cleanse skin: A washcloth gives your cleanser a helping hand, so it can remove makeup and other impurities faster. That way, they don’t end up in your pores, causing breakouts.
  • It exfoliates skin: A washcloth provides a gentle exfoliating action even sensitive skin can usually tolerate well. And, when skin is exfoliated, it looks smoother and brighter.

Related: What The Best Type Of Exfoliator For Your Skin Type?

Why Should You NOT Use A Washcloth?

If you’re looking for an excuse not to use a washcloth, here are a couple:

  • Laziness: You need to wash yours after every use, and not everyone can be bothered with that (I so can’t, sorry!).
  • They’re a playground for bacteria: Bacteria thrive in moist environments, and a just-used or just-washed washcloth is the perfect place for them to live in and multiply. And, if that happens, you could get an infection or irritation. Scary, huh?

Want to get the most out of your skincare products? Click on the image below to subscribe to my newsletter and receive the โ€œHow To Combine Actives Like A Proโ€ cheatsheet.


How Do You Use A Washcloth Safely?

Ok, now that I’ve scared you, let me reassure you.

It’s possible to use waschloths safely, without the risk of getting an infection or something. After all, so many folks are using one daily without problems.

How do they do it? Good habits, my friend:

  • Wash your washcloth after every use. I know it’s boring, but it’s essential for good hygiene.
  • Never use a washcloth when it’s wet or even just damp. That’s when bacteria develop, so give your washcloth time to dry before using it.
  • Never share your washcloth with someone else. If they have an infection or something, they’ll pass it on to you, and vice versa.
  • If you’re really worried about bacteria, boil the washcloth in hot water after every use. That’ll kill them all, trust me.

Related: Is It Safe To Share Your Skincare Products?

What If You Have Eczema?

A washcloth is great for everyone. Everyone bar those with eczema. The friction of the washcloth against the skin can cause a flare-up and make your eczema worse. Avoid!

The Bottom Line

Using a washcloth is a great way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin at the same time. But, because they could potentially be playgrounds for bacteria, they require more maintenance than some ladies (ahem) can put up with. It’s up to you to decide if the results are worth the hassle.

Do you use a washcloth to cleanse your skin? Let me know in the comments below.