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Self-Care Sunday: Transform your skincare regime with the ‘hot cloth cleanse’

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

A little idea we stumbled across on Cult Beauty recently, that was possibly too good not wind up the ‘self-care Sunday’ flagpole... is that of the ‘hot cloth cleanse.

With the masks + winter equation not often equating to happy skin, we’re poised to try anything that might help buffer the burden... especially one as bliss-sounding as this!

The ‘hot cloth’ method - true to its name - involves using a hot (but not too hot) flannel or muslin cloth to amp up the power of your cleanse/moisturise routine.

All you have to do is apply your cleanser, then run a cloth under warm/hot water, wring it out and then lay gently over the face so that the steam can open up your pores.

Use the cloth to then remove the cleanser, rinsing as needed, and then pat the skin dry. Next, and here’s the crucial bit, use a facial oil to lock in moisture while the skin is still damp/warm.

We trialled the method with Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, which we‘ve picked out as one of the front-runners in league of facial oils (there are a few more we’ll be introducing over the coming weeks).

Product description:

‘Cultivating the universally adored benefits of vitamin C, the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil dramatically brightens and firms your complexion. Brimming with powerful antioxidants, it instantly revives dull, lacklustre complexions, levelling texture and tone.’

Our opinion:

‘We could pretend it was the lure of fancy ingredients, and not the pretty pinkness, that attracted us to this product, but it might not be strictly true (the cabinet-appeal is real!!) That said, this product’s beauty is much more than bottle-deep - something we were quick to realise after a few day’s getting to know the new hot cloth / rose oil regime. It’s partner in grime? Upcircle Beauty Vegan Cleansing Balm. Together, these two products and the hot cloth method felt like a ritual, with definite skin benefits after a few days. This oil also isn’t as greasy as some oil products, with the almost dry-oil feel lending well to these ‘mascne’-prone times’

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