I have a few of these cosmetic sponges in my bathroom and I found out my husband has been using them. He likes to clean his face with these because he thinks they clean his face better and has refused to use the washcloth I bought for him, insisting that these are much better for his skin.
Well, it’s true they’re softer and slightly less abrasive but the reason why I don’t encourage him to use these are that they’re breeding ground for bacteria as they’re always damp since they’ll soak up water really quickly. So while such cosmetic sponges may clean the face better, but they could be bad for all skin types especially those who are acne proned!
Washcloth vs cosmetic sponges
Anyway, he has been washing these sponges quite frequently and hanging out in the sun to dry. In addition, he’s been replacing them regularly so I suppose it’s pretty safe. But between the cosmetic sponge and the washcloth, I think the latter is more hygenic because cloth dry much faster. In addition, you can always boil the washcloth in hot water like once a week to ensure it’s bacteria-free.
Personally, I prefer to use my hands to cleanse my face but I understand some love the way the washcloth exfoliate their skin naturally. Hence, if you’re using this on your face, do pat it down and rub your skin lightly. In fact, washcloth is great when you don’t have time to wash your face in the morning – just soak it in warm-to-hot water and swipe it over your face!
Cleansing wipes for convenience
And talking about cleansing in a hurry, I suppose that’s when these use-and-dispose cleansing wipes comes in handy. They’re convenient and are definitely great in place of normal cleansers for speed and ease. Many girls like to use these especially after a night out when they’re too tired to cleanse their face as usual. I took a look at the ingredients on these Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes and they look quite fine to me. In addition, they’re alcohol and oil free, so I suppose they won’t cause damage when used occasionally. But I don’t like using these because I always feel an invisible film left on my skin afterwards. So while they’re convenient, I don’t think they’re really great for our skin long term.
So do you use any of these to cleanse your face? And do you think cleansing is better with a sponge-puff or washcloth?