Today I want to sing the praises of the Salux Cloth – this is the ultimate exfoliator!
What is a salux cloth, you ask? It’s a nylon bath towel, originating from Japan. It exfoliates your skin and promotes improved blood circulation. Salux cloths create a great lather as well so you don’t need to use much product. It’s kind of similar to the texture of a synthetic bath poof, but it rinses and dries much more easily so it’s more hygienic. I’ve been using it to combat my Keratosis Pilaris (‘chicken skin’), and it has done wonders! It’s effective for exfoliating for people without KP as well, so if you want baby smooth skin, keep reading.
I have Keratosis pilaris – this is an overproduction of keratin in the skin, which presents as ‘chicken skin’ or rough skin (Dermnet NZ). Scale fills the hair follicle instead of exfoliating naturally. This is an inherited condition – I have seen talk online that it is caused by gluten, but that is not scientifically proven. I have had skin like this as far back as I can remember, and it has always bothered me. I have tried to exfoliate with the usual scrubs, and those exfoliating gloves, but it was time to bring in the big guns. I was really sick of how rough my skin looked and felt and I wanted it to be smooth – or at least smoother. I read about the Salux cloth on reddit.com/r/skincareaddiction and finally decided I had to get one.
I use it once or twice a week, in the shower. I usually use my Salux cloth while I have conditioner in my hair, so my skin has had time to soften up. I wet the Salux cloth and add a moisturising body wash to it – until recently I was using Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy body wash but since finishing that I’m using Trilogy botanical body wash.
It’s quite a long piece of cloth, I hold each end in my hand and rub it down my back and shoulders, before working down to my butt, thighs, and legs. I focus particularly on my butt and knees, which is where my keratosis pilaris is worse. It can feel quite intense, but it doesn’t hurt as long as you don’t scrub too hard. With continued use of my Salux cloth, it gives less resistance because my skin has become smoother.
I do this before I will shave my legs, and it makes my legs feel hairless and smooth for much longer. Once I’m out of the shower, I will apply my Paula’s Choice AHA body lotion. With having the excess keratin gone, this can really work it’s magic of chemical exfoliation. I’ve had it for almost a year now and I didn’t think it was very effective, but since using my salux cloth I have faith in it – I will repurchase it once this tube is finished. If I have shaved I will apply my Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion since using an AHA on freshly shaved skin is not recommended (I’m wincing just imagining it). I’ve written more about the Paula’s Choice AHA body lotion in a previous post.
I wish I had bought one of these so long ago! It’s kind of gross seeing all the dead skin but my butt has never been so smooth hahaha – is that TMI? Oh well, we’re all friends here.
To purchase your very own Salux cloth visit Amazon or eBay. For Paula’s Choice AHA body lotion and other products, you have the option of their Australian (and NZ) website here or USA (with shipping to some other countries) here. Following those links will get you a discount on your first order – yahoo!