As I have said in many of my reviews of skin products, I have very sensitive skin which is prone to dryness and rosacea. I have been trying to use minimal water on my face recently as it seems to make my skin more problematic. I usually rinse cleanser off my face when I am removing my make-up at the end of each day, so I needed something else. Facecloths are a bit too rough on my face and I dislike using cotton wool and toilet roll, so this Sponge Cloth from Dermalogica seemed ideal.
This cloth measures 10x10 inches and comes in a plain plastic pouch. The cloth itself is white with the simple grey Dermalogica logo on it. It is made from a very, very thin sponge-type material which is extremely soft to the touch when removed from the packaging. It is hard to describe the material; the closest comparison I can make is probably to that of a chamois although it is a lot more delicate than that. It is completely fragrance free and has no artificial colours. The sponge cloth is made from a biodegradable, bacteria-resistant fabric.
This is for removing all cleansers and masques - anything you put on your face, really. Dermalogica also say this is good for using on babies, and I can understand why as it's so gentle.
This is suitable for all skin types, but I would say that this is best for people like myself with sensitive, reactive skin. I have seen reviews online where people moan that this does not exfoliate. The cloth is not MEANT to exfoliate. This is a soft, gentle cloth that has no exfoliating properties whatsoever and does NOT claim otherwise.
USING THE CLOTH
After applying cleanser, you simply wipe it off with the sponge cloth. The material feels like it 'clings' against the skin as you use it, really getting the last traces of product and/or dirt from your face. It feels very smooth against the skin; in no way rough or abrasive. This is also gentle enough to use around your eyes, and indeed using this removes my eyeliner better than anything else I have ever used on it. This definitely removes more make-up/dirt than a facecloth or cotton wool does.
After using this you will obviously see the make-up/dirt you have just removed on the cloth. You simply rinse it under the tap and squeeze the water out to clean it. When water is applied, it does seem to take all of the make-up/dirt from off the cloth; however you can wash this in the washing machine. I tend to wash this once a fortnight and then let it dry naturally.
Due to the weird nature of this material, the cloth becomes hard and stiffened when it dries. Once you wet it again, it becomes supple and spongy once more.
Prices vary online for the Sponge Cloth, but you can expect to pay about £9 to £15 for this. As this will last for a long time, it probably works out cheaper than if you were using cotton wool or toilet roll to take your make-up off with.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?
I would definitely recommend this for people with sensitive skin. My skin feels very clean after using this, and it is gentle enough for me not to worry about my skin becoming red or sore.