Right, I am going to talk about face washing for the next two minutes. Specifically, flannels. Don’t stop reading – honestly, this is good. For it has been agreed within the walls of The Pool HQ that there is absolutely nothing more lovely than using a hot flannel to wipe off daily face grub.
Often referred to as cleansing cloths by beauty folk, flannels are one of those rare things that are so simple but utterly brilliant. As old as the hills, they are probably something you used as a kid but swiftly forgot about, along with talc and bath bombs. But I am saying this: you can forget face brushes and wipes (please God, don’t use wipes), a hot flannel is *the* business when it comes to washing your face.
Sali Hughes, she of unending beauty knowledge, agrees: “I have been cleansing with a hot flannel twice a day for about 20 years and will never use any other method. It is by far and away the most effective way to remove make-up, is much friendlier to the environment than sudsy face washes or cotton wool, and the exfoliating action of the flannel leaves skin glowing and ready for skincare. It's truly life-changing – do it for a week and tell me your skin doesn't look better.”
Sold? Yes? OK great. So, where do we get one from and how do we do it?
We can’t talk about flannels without mentioning Liz Earle’s Cleanse And Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Perhaps the most popular flannel/cleanser combo going, it sells one every 20 seconds around the globe and was the very first product that the brand launched 20 years ago. It comes with a pure muslin face cloth which you use to wipe off the creamy cleanser once you’ve massaged it in. Not only does it budge all make-up, the muslin texture sloughs off dead skin cells and makes your face all soft and glowy. It smells pretty amazing, too. This has recently found it’s way on to the desks of two Pool members who have both been waxing lyrical for days. The words "soothing", "luxurious" and "strangely virtuous" have been used.
My recent discovery is Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleaning Cloth (launching July 31) which works a treat with their Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Rub the balm all over dry skin (it’s fine on eyes, too) then get your cloth, soak it in warm water, wring it out, press it on to your face, hold for a bit and then gently wipe. If you’re feeling really bothered, then rinse the cloth in cold water and hold on your face for five seconds to close your pores.
But tip of the day comes from Lauren Laverne, who recommends IKEA’s terry towel face cloths at £1 a pop “they are the business, F”.
Face wash kit