I know; I’m late to the party.
When skin therapist Jennifer Rock (aka The Skin Nerd) launched her Cleanse Off Mitt in 2016, the beauty blogs went wild for the thing.
In case you’re unfamiliar, the reusable microfibre cosmetic mitt promises to remove all make-up and oil from the skin without any product added.
In all honesty, I didn’t believe it.
I know make-up wipes are bad news, but they get the job done as a pre-cleanse. And I wasn’t going risking a face full of spots just to try out some trendy facecloth.
Honestly like; how could a plain old mitt collect every last grimy molecule of foundation, mascara, cream blush and bronzer? Nonsense!
Then, late one night having run out of wipes and sporting a full face of Charlotte Tilbury’s finest, I discovered a Cleanse Off Mitt that had come free with my Neostrata Exfoliating Wash.
Dubious, I drenched it in warm water and ran it gently over one eye…
When I looked back into the mirror I was genuinely surprised – I am not kidding: my eyeliner and waterproof mascara had vanished.
I kept going. In no more than a few swipes, a full night’s slap had all but disappeared, with zero scrubbing.
I even ran a cotton pad and some micellar over my face to check for residue – it came away spotlessly clean. This mitt works like a charm. Damn.
Given all the beauty bull we’re sold all day long, it’s refreshing to happen upon something that does exactly what it says on the tin.
In case you thought it was witchcraft, here’s the science bit: ‘The fibres on the mitt are 30 times thinner than cotton and up to 100 times thinner than a human hair.
‘These tiny loops manage to break the surface tension that binds oil and makeup to the skin’s surface, gently hooking the oil and removing debris.’
I can never hit the leaba until my face is completely scrubbed so I did use a cleanser as a final step afterwards, but I can confirm; the Cleanse Off Mitt does a mean job all on its own.
One mitt will last you three months (you can pop in the washing machine at 30 degrees) so it’s better for the environment to boot.