Before we dive into the wonders of using a Microfibre Cloth in your skincare routine, let me clarify what microfibre cloth is ?
“Microfibre material is smaller than the diameter of a strand of silk and 1/5th the diameter of a human hair. It has a fantastic ability to absorb oil and dirt while reducing bacteria by 99%. As a fabric it is non-abrasive and gentle on all surfaces” – Wikipedia.
Some of the benefits
Here are some of the benefits of using a microfibre cloth in your daily beauty routine.
- A microfibre cloth thoroughly removes makeup – no mucking about, it does the job.
- It gently exfoliates the skin without being abrasive.
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
- Diminish acne, whiteheads, blackheads and unclog pores from dirt and bacteria.
- Minimises scars.
- Does not disruption the PH levels of your skin.
- This cloth will absorb oil and dirt while reducing bacteria by 99%.
Teaming together a natural oil cleanser with a microfibre cloth makes for a very simple and effective way to cleanse your skin. I explain more about how to use a Facial Cleansing Oil here. You do not need to use too much pressure when applying a microfibre cloth to the skin, gentle pressure is all you need to let it do the work. This simple cloth is an effective gentle exfoliator, it leaves the skin smooth and even which is ideal for applying makeup and helps to reduce the appearance of open pores too, which is a great help for people who suffer from enlarged pores.
The elephant in the room
As microfibre cloths are made from synthetic fibres, those who gravitate towards useing natural fibres may prefer not to try one. I am passionate about making informed choices with my natural skincare and after much research, this does include using a microfibre cloth.
Why you may be asking ? Well, this is a personal choice that we each get to decide on and as with any purchase we make it is for each of us to do what sits best with us personally. I feel that in this case the benefits do outweigh the eco issues surrounding using this synthetic fabric in my skincare. My reasoning being that firstly, I will be getting months even years of use out of one cloth on my face which can then be repurposed and used in other ways around the home for many more years to come and, secondly, by using a microfibre cloth I am cutting out the need to purchase a liquid make up remover, exfoliating paste, face packs, foaming cleansers, makeup removing wipes, cosmetic pads and the like every month, which in turn generate a huge volume of, largely non-recyclable packaging per single use purchase, this amounts to a massive amount of packaging to be recycled (if that is even possible) over time. This is a purely a personal choice but I hope that by being informed you may choose to consider using one in the future too.
NOTE Please apply your cloth gently and do not rub too hard especially around your eyes as your skin is more delicate here and the microfibre although it is non-abrasive, can have a mildly exfoliating feel on some sensitives skins.
CLOTH CARE Wash in a warm cycle in the washing machine with a gentle detergent (never use fabric softener) and then just allow your cloth to air dry. You could also give your cloth a rinse out with shower gel when you are showering/bathing between uses.