Hot Cloth Cleansing: How To And Product Picks

There's something so comforting, easy and super speedy about hot cloth cleansing.  A muslin cloth is essentially a fancy facecloth which removes makeup, dirt and gently exfoliates pore deep. All you need is a hot tap, a nice rich cleanser and a muslin cloth (you can pick these up in the supermarket or any big chemist).

It's simples and quick. Just rub your chosen cleanser into your face - a rich cleanser should lift even waterproof mascara.  You'll look like a greasy panda at this stage as your makeup rubs into the balm or cream.  Rinse your muslin cloth under the hot tap (not too hot or you could break veins), wring it out and then place over your face to open the pores. Gently polish off the cleanser in circular motions.

Ever since everyone's former favourite Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish seemed to have changed the formula I've been casting around for new favourites - and here's my current top three.


Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm(€46, 100ml)
Number One on my hitlist at the moment - I LOVE this balm cleanser.  A little goes a long way and it's brilliant for dry skin. Managing to moisturise and cleanse at the same time it doesn't leave you greasy, but it will probably be too much if your skin is oily. Plus it multitasks which is a bonus - use it as a moisturising mask or even as an overnight skin plumper. Ace for Hangover Face.

Best for:  Dry skin


Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser (€21.59, 150ml)
This is the one to go for if you've got skin that flies into a tantrum if you dare to disrespect its authoritAY (put on your best Cartman from South Park voice). Bio extracts protect delicate veins, soothe redness and calm sensitive skin with gentle ingredients. But this cleanser doesn't wimp out: you'll still get a great deep cleanse without irritation.

Best for: all skin types, especially sensitive

hot cloth cleanser

Soap and Glory the Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser (€14.99, 100ml)
Great for young skin because it declogs pores while it cleanses.  Step away from the makeup wipes and give this one a shot if you've got oily or congested skin - it lifts blackheads and makeup in one with its purifying formula.  And of course because it's Soap and Glory it smells gorgeous with a blend of essential oils and cocoa butter.

Best for: young, oily or congested skin


Are you a convert?  Have you got a favourite - Eve Lom, Clinique Take The Day Off, Sanctuary Hot Cloth Cleanser or ANother?

Let us know in the comments!

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