Why You Should Use A Microfiber Towel To Wash Your Face

Most of us have a skin cleansing routine that involves multiple steps. Makeup removal, washing with a cleanser, gentle drying, and moisturizing — that's just the bare minimum, right? Some go above and beyond, adding a toner, exfoliator, and more, to the mix. You likely choose our skincare products carefully after examining the endless options available. But how much thought do you give to the type of washcloth you use — if you use one at all?

The idea that washcloths are useless additions to towel sets, or that they're only actually used by grandmas and fancy spas is losing traction, due at least in part to the arrival of microfiber washcloths. These amazing little squares of synthetic fibers are not only excellent at cleansing the skin, but they're also durable and reusable, holding up well through plenty of washings, and, according to Elite Daily, they dry much more quickly than cotton.

Since the skin on your face is much more delicate than the skin over the rest of the body, it's important to use a gentle, minimally-abrasive towel. Microfiber strands are tiny — only 1/20 the diameter of silk — making them extremely soft and gentle on the skin (via Bustle).

Microfiber cleans and exfoliates gently

Microfiber towels can be used with only water, eliminating the need for harsh (and often expensive) cleansers, and they remove all makeup — even sticky waterproof mascara — easily (via HuffPost). The super-fine strands pick up microscopic dirt, oils, dead skin cells, and germs better than cotton or other fibers because they have a greater surface area than other types of material, and they're also "positively charged," meaning that they actually act like a magnet to attract dirt and oil particles, according to Real Simple.

Microfiber also acts as a gentle exfoliant, removing dead skin cells, revitalizing skin, and promoting even skin tone and texture, all without the use of additional exfoliating tools or chemicals which can be harsh on the skin. For those looking for a gentle, effective way to clean the face without using extra products, using a microfiber towel is a good place to start.