7 Hot Cloth Cleansers That Do The Job

Hot cloth cleansing is quick, simple and effective. Not only does it remove every trace of make-up, it gently exfoliates the skin, leaving it ready for anything that follows – plus, it’s kinder to the environment than using endless cotton pads soaked in make-up remover. Here are some of our favourite hot cloth cleansers…
By Rebecca Hull /

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Miracle Cleanser, £25.20 | Aurelia London

Best For: Soothing Irritation

Why We Love It: Prone to rosacea, breakouts or general irritation? Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser was designed with sensitive skin types in mind. Like all hot cloth cleansers, it has a thicker consistency for a more thorough cleanse, but it never suffocates the skin or leaves it feeling coated. Instead, a hefty dose of probiotics, plant essences and cocoa butter work together to calm, hydrate and cocoon your skin. The antibacterial bamboo cloth it comes with speeds up the process and gently buffs away any unwanted dirt on the surface to ward off future breakouts.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Hot Oil Double Cleansing Balm, £15.50 | Beauty Pie

Best For: Boosting Hydration

Why We Love It: This is one of the best cleansers we’ve tried – not least because it visibly improves the hydration of your skin. Designed to be used with a flannel or cloth, it has a juicy, balmy quality to it – as you massage it in, it warms up to melt away make-up, dirt and excess oil sat on the skin. Thanks to ingredients like aloe juice, niacin-rich rice bran oil and baobab sariche oil – all of which penetrate the skin to bolster your moisture levels – it never leaves your complexion feeling tight or dry. 

Available at BeautyPie.com

Original Hot Cloth Cleanser, £2.99 | Lacura

Best For: Those On A Budget 

Why We Love It: If you’re on a budget, this hot cloth cleanser is the perfect choice. With a rich formula of chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil, it coats skin with moisture while simultaneously removing every last bit of dirt. Unlike some other affordable cleansers, your skin won’t feel tight or dry once you’ve rinsed it away – just smooth and plump with plenty of renewed radiance. It really goes the distance too – you’ll be eking this one out for months.

Available at Aldi.co.uk

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £15.72 | Liz Earle

Best For: All Skin Types

Why We Love It: The OG of hot cloth cleansers, Liz Earle’s iconic Cleanse & Polish is a bestseller and multiple award winner. The naturally fragrant cream cleanser works for all skin types and never causes any irritation. The texture is impressive, too – milky and fluid, yet thick enough to remove every trace of make-up, without the need for a double cleanse. The muslin it comes with works well with the cleanser to exfoliate and lift away dead skin cells, so that post-cleanse your complexion look brighter, smoother and softer. 

Available at Boots.com

Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser, £18 | Ren Clean Skincare

Best For: Promoting Better Glow

Why We Love It: Another award winner, this quenching cleanser should be massaged onto dry skin before using the cloth it comes with to remove make-up and other dirt. Coat the latter in lukewarm water and use it in circular motions to remove anything on your face. The soft scent never irritates and there are no harsh synthetics in the formula, so even those prone to sensitivities will find they can use this with confidence. Expect smooth, soft skin with regular use thanks to a comforting blend of cocoa seed butter, nourishing flower oils and glycerine.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Cleanser, £90 | Eve Lom

Best For: Improving Circulation

Why We Love It: This is one of Eve Lom’s bestselling products for a reason. Sold complete with muslin cloths that buff, exfoliate and promise to improve blood flow, it’s no wonder this is so popular. The formula itself lasts for months and has a comforting medicinal scent – think eucalyptus and plant oils – that adds to the spa-like experience. The balm texture quickly melts into skin, removing make-up seamlessly – even the most stubborn products – and hydrating as it goes. Regular use will give you a brighter, smoother and firmer complexion – plus, we noticed our pores looked less visible over time.

Available at SpaceNK.com

Hot Cloth Cleanser, £12.95 | No7

Best For: Removing Stubborn Make-Up

Why We Love It: Gentle but effective, this high-street cleanser ticks all the boxes. Creamy and smooth, it’s comforting to use and quickly breaks down all make-up – even waterproof formulas. We love the added red ginseng for its anti-inflammatory benefits. You only need a small amount each time. Just bear in mind the cloth it comes with is quite small, so you might want to use your own flannel, or invest in a separate muslin cloth.

Available at Boots.com

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