The secret to a better cleanse may be hiding in your first aid kit

Jessica Alba’s facialist shares her unusual cleansing hack

BeautyCrew Beauty Assistant / April 16 2019

Just when you thought you’d heard all the best skin care tips, celebrity aesthetician Shani Darden – the woman responsible for the gleaming visages of celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Shay Mitchell and Chrissy Teigen – comes through with expert advice on how to switch up your cleansing game for the better.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Darden revealed that she likes to use gauze (yep, that thin woven fabric in your first aid kit that’s used for dressing wounds) in her cleansing routine and on her clients.

Now that’s one cleansing hack we’ve never heard before!

People always ask me, "How often you should get facials?" I recommend that you either see an esthetician or give yourself an at home facial about every three to four weeks. If you can't get a facial, a professional peel will help remove the dead layer of skin. How often do you treat yourself to a facial? #SkinbyShani
People always ask me, "How often you should get facials?" I recommend that you either see an esthetician or give yourself an at home facial about every three to four weeks. If you can't get a facial, a professional peel will help remove the dead layer of skin. How often do you treat yourself to a facial? #SkinbyShani

“For cleansing the skin, I like to use gauze. Why I love it is because it gently exfoliates and it's antibacterial.”

Darden went on to explain how she uses it in her cleansing routine: “I use two pieces of gauze…after I'm done cleansing I use the gauze to remove any of the excess cleanser on the skin”. However, she notes that if you are using this cleansing method, the cleanser you use alongside the gauze MUST be gentle on skin, “especially if you're using other serums or products with retinol or glycolic acid”.

Come to think of it, her method is a lot like the one Kim Kardashian’s dermatologist Dr Harold Lancer recommends, only Dr Lancer uses a washcloth instead of gauze. We can see how the antibacterial coating on gauze could help with the cleansing process and may be even more effective than reusing (and continually re-washing) a washcloth. We think Darden may be on to something here!

Now, excuse us while we head to the pharmacy to stock up on gauze.

Looking for more expert skin care tips? Check out Sydney facialist Melanie Grant’s top skin care lessons.

Do you have any unusual tricks for glowing skin? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credit: @jessicaalba

Briar was Beauty Crew’s intern before joining the crew full time as a Beauty Assistant in March of 2019. She is a self-professed product junkie, skin care obsessive and she is always on the hunt for the perfect mascara. Her favourite products include Biologique Recherche’s P50W Lotion and Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter.