Until my mid-twenties, I never had any âtroubleâ with my skin. I didnât suffer from spots, it wasnât too dry or at all oily and the skin tone was pretty even throughout. But this all changed when I wasÂ around 26, so I had to move from slapping on any old cleanser and moisturiser in the morning and not worrying about it at allÂ before bed, to thinking about what my skin needed and making a concerted effort to take care of it more carefully. One of the most upsetting developments of all was getting spots. I now almost constantly have at least one lurker on my chin.
As ever, I turned to beauty blogs and Sali Hughes to guide me through the mass of products out there, all claiming to deliver the results I desired – fewer spots, a less oily T-zone, reduced spot-related scarring and less redness in the centre of my cheeks. I tried a few different products and can report some improvement in my skinâs behaviour and appearance, thankfully. But the ritual thatÂ made the biggest difference overall was cleansing with a hot cloth.
Diligently applying cleanser to my dry face, then wiping it away using a face cloth that hasÂ been run under a hot tap and wrung out has made such aÂ difference to my skin, and has become an important part of my daily routine since I’ve startedÂ wearing more make-up than I used to. I can see the difference when I have cleansed using this method, and I can feel it too. If I let this routine slip for even one day – using a face wipe for a quick cleanse when I arrive home knackered, for exampleÂ –Â I can see the difference on my face the next day.
The best news for me about this realisation is that hot-cloth cleansing doesnât cost much at all. You do need a balm, cream or oil-based cleanser but there are inexpensive versions of these available on the high street (The Body Shop Camomile range provides my favouritesÂ –Â I like the Silky Cleansing Oil and the Sumptuous Cleansing Butter). Face cloths are also very cheap and are resuable too after a cycle in the washing machine; this means you can afford to use a clean one each time (using the same one more than once means youâll be rubbing the dirt back in). I use face cloths Iâve picked up in John Lewis, Sainsburyâs and Ikea; they all cost around ÂŁ1 each. So if youâre struggling with your skin, the thing I can’t recommend enough is a proper cleanse with a hot cloth.
Do you use the hot-cloth method? What other tips do you have for caring for 30-something skin?