Ask Belle: Alternative Cleansing Methods
Jan 26, 2015
Seems like every time I open a magazine there’s a story about some new way to wash my face. I’ve read about oil cleansing, using powders, or sponges treated with charcoal. Have you tried any of these new fangled things? Whatever happened to good, old soap?
Sincerely, Cleansed and Confused
Ha! I love this. I think the beauty industry’s current obsession is how to wash your face. I’ve seen all of the things you mentioned, and cleansing waters.
I recently bought this Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil. I haven’t used it enough to review it yet, but I’ll let you know when I do. The Beauty Department has the scoop on how to cleanse with oil. If you want to make your own, here’s a good article on how to tailor your cleanser by skin type.
I’ve also heard good things about Josie Maran’s Argan cleanser and Ole Henriksen’s Pure Truth cleanser, which I sampled this summer. If you’re looking for a drugstore brand, be careful. Most of the cheaper brands use mineral oil as a primary ingredient, and that is the last thing you want. This Eclos cleanser is probably your best $10 bet.
I use a Konjac charcoal sponge on my chest and shoulders. It’s more effective than all of the soaps that say they treat body acne. Dew Puff makes a sponge that costs about half as much. You can also try African black soap for a detoxifying cleanser.
As for the facial cleansing powders, a male friend who suffers from terrible acne switched to Josie Maran’s powder cleanser and loves it. For a less expensive option, bareMinerals offers a smaller size of their popular exfoliating cleanser.
If any of you have abandoned traditional soap for an alternative cleansing method, please leave your thoughts in the comments.