A few weeks ago I decided to stop wearing makeup on an everyday basis. Make-up for me was my attempt to hide my skin from the world. I had sometimes dry, sometimes oily, blemished, minor acne-prone skin. I would look on the faces of other women who didn’t wear makeup and wish for the moisturized supple skin.
But that same makeup I tried to cover up with would end up shining (from my oily skin), getting sweated off (Caribbean heat), keep my fingers dirty (from touching my face throughout the day)…and just never really looked fantastic, you know what I mean? I do basic makeup – lighttttttest of lights foundation, powder, brows, mascara and always always lip gloss.
Anyways, I came across this article on Marie Claire and this article on Buzzfeed speaking about bacteria on your wash cloth and towels! So…what happens to your skin when you use a dirty washcloth on your face?
“Dreadful things! Because of the damp, hot environment they live in, washcloths are prime breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. When used, germs [on a dirty washcloth] are then spread or reintroduced to the skin, which can cause irritation and even infection” – Dr King, Marie Claire.com article
Experts recommend that our wash cloths be changed after every use and our towels changed after, at most, 3 uses. Be sure to read both articles to get the full dirty picture!
I stopped using a wash cloth immediately and used a dedicated towel for drying my face after showering…and ladies! Laaaaaddddiiiieeeeesssssss…..
My face has done a complete 180!
After a few days, I noticed my skin (face) changing from blotchy dry skin to supple moisturized skin and I was AMAZED. Every time I looked in the mirror I would shout to my bf how pretty my skin is and he’d just laugh because he was always on me to stop saying. “I don’t look good without makeup on…”
Here’s a few shots of my face on 3 different occasions. I’m wearing only some mascara and lip gloss. Oh, and my brows a filled in in 1# image. Besides that, nada. Moisturize and go! #31andcounting
I quickly ordered some 100% undyed cotton yarn from Knit Picks and crocheted myself a few wash cloths for my body and a bunch of face scrubbies for cleansing my face.They are machine washable and re-useable! I used in total 150 grams for 4# wash cloths and 9# face scrubbies.
Here’s our DIY part now that I’m done testifying 🙂
I tried 4# different patterns, all random sizes, which I found on Pinterest as follows (from L to R):
- Oversized Farm House Wash Cloth by Mama In A Stitch
- Crochet Cotton Wash Cloth by Grateful Prayer | Thankful Heart
- Blanket Stitch Wash Cloth by Mama In A Stitch
- Shell Pattern Wash Cloth by DROPS Design
These face scrubbies were the quickest and easiest think I’ve crocheted in my life!
Pattern included in the Crochet Cotton Wash Cloth by Grateful Prayer | Thankful Heart.
These are all the rave on Etsy.com. Make them and sell them! They’d also make awesome gifts for the holidays wrapped up together with some handmade / local soap, don’t you think? If you start making them early, you could save yourself lots of money this holiday and be able to gift a lot more ladies in your life with this beautiful, handmade gift! See how nicely they can look when prettily put together? Use a mini basket, a cheap but beautiful colored plate as per the image below and wrap in clear plastic with a pretty bow. Christmas office gift swap complete! Teacher’s gift – done! Friendly colleague at the Office – done. The lists are endless.
PS – we’re going to learn to make our own soap next! Look out for my next beauty post!
Will you give these little beauties a try? Do you currently use or have used crochet wash cloths? Let me know in the comment section!
Peace and love xoxo