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Beauty Notes: Salux Beauty Skin Cloth

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, April 12, 2008 12:34 PM (Eastern)

salux beauty skin cloth
If this doesn't qualify as a cheap thrill, I don't know what does. ($2.69)

I picked up one of these on a whim from a local Japanese shop, after having passed it over numerous times at other markets. They had several knock-offs, but I decided to go with the Japanese version (it really wasn't much more than the knock-offs anyway).

You get a large stretchy towel, as shown in the image; you can easily wash your back with it, and then some. As promised in the copy on the package, you don't need to use much soap. A couple of swipes generate ton loads of lather. Assuming the towel is durable, which it certainly seems to be, this is a good way to extend your soap budget.

It's scratchy, as you'd imagine, but then you don't need to scrub. Using a light touch, you get painless exfoliation and super smooth, soft skin. It's kinda like a loofah, only more efficient and likely much longer-lasting.

The one bugger I experienced was trying to wash my ears with it. It doesn't work well for ears, or else I haven't gotten the hang of it. I had to do the ears a couple of times to get them squeaky clean. And I don't dare use it on my face. It seems a bit rough for that.

All in did I live without this? (I've been using for a week, after a lifetime of washcloths.)

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April 12, 2008 4:34 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I've used something like this since childhood; in Korea people will scrub you down with these things at spas. It's a textured viscose cloth, right? You can find mitts for $0.99, and they are durable. It works best if you soak for a bit so all the dead skin gets soft, and then you'll just see it all peel off, it's a real gross-but-satisfying moment, like picking your nose.

April 12, 2008 10:03 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I'm not sure it's exactly the same's nylon, and you can't really scrub with it. It's far too rough. I didn't notice peeling, but then I don't soak, so that could be it.

It's sort of like, you just touch your skin with it, you rub very lightly.

I did try it out on my face today...after I wrote the post, I realized it didn't make sense not to try it. It's actually pretty good. Again it's not good for small areas such as around the nose, but for broad areas like the forehead, it's better than my Hauschka Cleansing Cream. (Might be worth a few extra minutes in the shower to reduce the amount of Cleansing Cream I use.)

BTW did you know Google bought Feedburner? It's what LP uses to syndicate the blog, so that could be good.

April 13, 2008 4:48 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Hm, it may be the same thing nevertheless. It's rough, and abrades dead skin pretty thoroughly? It's a little tricky applying evenly, though, and it's easier with a mitt. I try to do it after I soap up while there's conditioner soaking in my hair but before shaving, by that point, your skin has soaked up enough water to come off easily (it "pills" up into these little grey bits, charming, I know).

April 13, 2008 5:41 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah, the principle sounds similar. I tried it again today but didn't get pills yet. lol! I dunno, it just sounds like something fun to watch.

It's incredible for my face, so far. I used about half the amount of Cleansing Cream on my face, after washing it with the cloth. I actually felt the cleansing cream was a bit unnecessary. I suppose it'll take a few days to work into a routine.

April 15, 2008 2:14 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I guess the virtue of the cleansing cream is that it exfoliates without abrading the skin, it simply collects all the loose bits and rinses away. My guess is that it's probably redundant to use both, but the Cleansing Cream is probably better for your skin.

You need to apply horizontal pressure, if that makes any sense.

April 17, 2008 11:03 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah, that would make logical sense, but more for young skin. My skin has changed a lot over the past few years. For young people, I would say the cloth is overkill. The cleansing cream alone should do it, if you even need to exfoliate much.

It's odd, how age changes you gradually. You don't look in the mirror overnight and go, "Wa', what a right old bag." lol But gradually, I've needed to exfoliate much more. Since the change is gradual, sometimes it's hard to realize just how much more.

So far I've been using the cloth first, then a teeny dab of cleansing cream, about half the amount I used before. I feel the cleansing cream functions more as a moisturizing treatment (since the cloth leaves my face squeaky clean, which isn't good for oily skin), and picks up whatever odd dead skin the cloth missed in more complicated areas like around the nose.

April 18, 2008 3:24 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Hm, actually, it's the other way around. Young skin is always the more durable. It's probably more the fact that you're oily that makes your skin fine with it.


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