(This review is written for The Glosse Posse.)
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Originating in South Africa in 1949 as ‘Oil of Olay’, Olay began as a pink fluid – the beauty secret – with youth-enhancing properties. It became known as Olay in 1999 – Olaz in German-speaking countries – and is well-known for its anti-ageing products. I’m not going to be talking about anti-ageing products today, however. 🙂
I was recommended to use Olay’s 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths after my colleague (who is probably close to my Mum’s age) noticed that I had problematic skin on my chin and right cheek (acne and acne scars). Her friend, who has sensitive skin, had recommended the product to her and they had both rushed to buy the facial cloths on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart. Within a week, my colleague asserted, her skin was much smoother.
Olay carries three kinds of Daily Facial Cloths: Normal, Combination/Oily, and Sensitive. Most stores sell them in two quantities: a box of 33 cloths or two boxes of 33. Each box costs $7.49US/C$9.99. I was lucky to find two boxes on sale for C$9.99 and immediately started using them day and night.
As my colleague had pointed out, each cloth is pretty big; big enough to cover your entire face. She noticed that there was more than enough foam once the cloth was wet, so she cut up the cloth into two or four pieces. I found that using a quarter of the cloth (about the size of your palm) is adequate for each cleanse. The cleansing routine is very simple: wet the cloth, rub it in circular motion around your face, using both the blue beaded side for exfoliation and/or the smooth side for a gentle cleanse, then rinse. The cloth will lather pretty quickly. Though it appears that there would be plenty for a second use, each cloth can only be used once as it will not lather again once it has dried. This is why cutting up each cloth into four rectangles would give you more product for your money (132 cloths vs 33 per box). After each use, be sure to throw the cloth in the bin and not down the toilet.
Each cloth contains pro-vitamin B5 (treats acne and moisturises skin), beta hydroxyl acid (treat acne), and witch hazel (tones skin).
I’ve been very happy with my cleansing cloths. Since I have such a hectic schedule, using a cloth is the simplest and fastest way to clean my face. After a week of using the cloth, I noticed that my skin is not only smoother but that the acne bumps and scars are fading. It is such a relief.
I would recommend bringing these cleansing cloths with you on your weekend getaways and business or leisure trips. Pack light! 😉