Hot Cloth Cleansing




Cleansing properly is essential to a clear complexion, and is thereby the most important step of your entire skincare routine. No fancy serum or beauty potion will be able to rectify the havoc when your pores are clogged with dead skin, debris and bacteria (yum.)



Sidebar- It is becoming increasingly popular to cleanse at night and just rinse the face with water in the morning. Please don’t do that! Unless you are changing your pillowcase every single day (and even then!), it is important to cleanse twice a day to get rid of bacteria and other impurities that may not be visible on the skin. Also, by Gods special grace I hope we are also all aware that using cleansing wipes or baby wipes DO NOT SUFFICE as a nightly cleanse right??? Using micellar water or wipes to precleanse i.e. take off makeup before going in with our cleanser(s) however is completely acceptable.



The absolute best ways to cleanse are by using your hands or by using a hot cloth (which I do personally).



So. What in the world is hot cloth cleansing?



It does what it says on the tin- using a cloth that has been soaked in hot water alongside your regular cleanser to clean your face. The fabric of the cloth and the motion of it rubbing against your skin will exfoliate dead skin cells, boost circulation and leave you positively radiant. This cleansing method was used by Marilyn Monroe AND Elizabeth Taylor- and if it is good enough for two of the most gorgeous women of all time, then it is certainly good enough for meeeee.



I’ve been doing this for the last year and I am completely obsessed. Use water as hot as your hands can stand but don’t burn yourself. I use some burp cloths I got for my children because I was too lazy to go out and buy proper face cloths. They are quite soft which will be great for sensitive skin.




How I Hot Cloth Cleanse

1)I remove eye makeup with Bioderma Crealine micellar water


2)I rub my Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser into my face (gently but firmly in an upward motion) for about 60 seconds.


3) I then put my cloth under running hot water until it is damp.


4)I put the cloth over my face until it cools. This way the steam really gets into my pores for a nice proper clean.


5)I clean my face using a circular motion with the cloth. Rinse cloth with running hot water. Put over face again until it cools. Clean again. Rinse and repeat until all cleanser is off my face.


I double cleanse at night (so important) so I repeat steps 2-5



After this thorough cleanse, your skin will be prepped and primed to get optimal results from the rest of your routine.


Has anyone tried hot cloth cleansing? Is this something you could be interested in?


Let me know,




  • Mielle
    Posted at 16:47h, 30 September Reply

    This sounds very therapeutic as well. Off to give it a go!!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 17:34h, 30 September Reply

      It is actually super relaxing- Do it and let me know how it goes please! xx

  • Sola
    Posted at 20:31h, 30 September Reply

    Thanks. Please can you put up a subscription option on your website so that we can get your posts directly via e-mail. xoxo.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 20:36h, 30 September Reply

      Hi Sola,
      Noted! Thanks for the feedback and I will look into it ASAPtually! xx

  • Chinelo
    Posted at 01:58h, 01 October Reply

    Hi Nicole,
    Congrats on the blog. It is really well written, and it is obvious you are natural when it comes to beauty products and the process. Can you provide a email contact so we can reach out. All the best with the blog.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 06:26h, 01 October Reply

      Hi there! Wow thank you so much, I really appreciate it. Email address is
      I look forward to hearing from you and thanks again xx

  • Fatima
    Posted at 17:25h, 01 October Reply

    Hi Nicole,
    I have heard about this before but I didn’t think it would do much so I haven’t tried it. But I’m definitely gonna give it a go hope it works x

    • Nicole
      Posted at 20:42h, 01 October Reply

      Hi Fatima! It is really really good! Please let me know what your thoughts are when you try it xx

  • Felicia
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 October Reply

    Umm how good is this blog?! Thanks for the tips.
    Must confess that some places in Nigeria spew dirty sewage water *cough* lekki *cough*, so the ol’ cleansing wipe at night routine is much more convenient than boiling the kettle then letting it cool.
    Also, have you used a clarisonic before and if so how would you rate it?

    • Nicole
      Posted at 22:37h, 01 October Reply

      The site is AWESOME right??? Lol! Thank you so much hun.
      I agree the water can be beyond disgusting, where I used to live it was just horrendous. But do what you have to do nwanne- even if you have to buy dispenser water to keep in your bathroom. The keg itself is like N1200 and to top it up is N400. So you can have niceeee clean water to properly cleanse because cleansing wipes do NOT suffice. Also- I DO own a Clarisonic and it is pretty good! I just think it might be a bit aggressive for everyday use. I only use it maybe 2ce a week because I find it much gentler (and just as effective) to hot cloth cleanse. Try it and please let me know how it goes xx

  • Mo
    Posted at 11:56h, 02 October Reply

    Hi Nicole,
    Can you do a post on facial scrubs. Since we have to exfoilate/scrub before all other applications

    • Nicole
      Posted at 12:13h, 02 October Reply

      Hi there! Actually, you don’t have to scrub your face before applying products. You are actually encouraged to use face scrubs 2-3 times a week. You should be acid exfoliating (i.e using a toner) twice a day though. But that comes AFTER cleansing. So your daily regimen should be—–> Cleanse, tone, moisturise. Scrubs and masks 2-3x a week.Hope this was helpful xx

  • Folake
    Posted at 20:45h, 02 October Reply

    Hi. So for the past couple of days I tried this out and the results are pretty good. The method left my face feeling all smooth and soft. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:45h, 02 October Reply

      Really???Hurray! You are officially the first testimonial for The Nicole Code! Congrats and expect your white fowl in the post this week! Lol. Thanks so much, i’m so pleased xx

  • Jade
    Posted at 21:07h, 03 October Reply

    Oh. So good.

    I tried this over the past 2days and there’s a difference. After the 1st wash ;I start to feel the tingle of my cleanser on 2nd application.

    This easily reduces my need for facials/ Sauna.


    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:13h, 03 October Reply

      Hi Jade! Omg I am SO PLEASED to hear that- officially the second testimonial of the site! Congratulations and please expect your party pack. It definitely leaves your skin deeply cleaned and exfoliated. I really love it. Thank you so much for coming back to let me know how it went xx

  • Hadiza
    Posted at 20:04h, 04 October Reply

    Hi Nicole, luvvvvvvvv ur blog! It’s rich and informative. The hot cloth cleansing tip amazingggggggg! Gives soft,clean feeling.its my official cleansing routine.
    Thank you dearest and keep up d good work

    • Nicole
      Posted at 20:21h, 04 October Reply

      Yayyyyyyyyyyyy!Thanks so much Hadiza- so glad you actually tried it! Please let me know if you try any other tips! Thanks again xx

  • Jadore-Fashion
    Posted at 19:04h, 06 October Reply

    I’ve heard about this…I need to do it more often. ?

    • Nicole
      Posted at 19:26h, 06 October Reply

      Honestly its the best way to cleanse. Exfoliating, deep cleansing and boosting circulation at the same time

  • Sukie
    Posted at 10:14h, 08 October Reply

    Love this. Been doing it for about a week now, bought a muslin cloth on the day I read this post. I can feel my face pulsating for about a min after with a slightly red undertone and I wait for it to stop before toning which immediately cools it down. It feels amazing and my skin feels as soft as a baby’s bottom.
    Thanks Nicole! ??? x

    • Nicole
      Posted at 14:41h, 08 October Reply

      Hi Sukie!!! Yayyyyyyyyyy I’m so pleased to hear that đŸ™‚ I’m completely obsessed with it xx

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    Posted at 09:41h, 13 October Reply

    […] Once in the morning, and and at night. At night ideally you should be doing a double cleanse, especially if you’ve been wearing makeup during the day. This is because we, dewy skinned beauties,  tend to have larger pores which makeup and bacteria can get trapped in. My favourite way to cleanse is using a method called Hot Cloth Cleansing. I’m obsessed with it, and you can find out about this fabulous method HERE […]

  • chy
    Posted at 21:45h, 24 October Reply

    Hi Nicole nice job, the thing is can u help suggest a cleanser that is quite affordable bt good and does what it says? Some of us cant afford high end stores and expensive stuffs but we still want to look good. Any suggestion please

    • Nicole
      Posted at 22:22h, 24 October Reply

      Hi Chy. I understand, MOST of us can’t afford high end products all the time. A good place to start would be Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, or Cetaphil depending on your skin type. I also hear Simple is good, but I haven’t tried it myself. These brands are usually around N2500. Hope this was helpful xx

  • Jem
    Posted at 00:22h, 27 October Reply

    Love this! Tried it for the fist time and it felt like taking the weight of the days struggle off my skin! so soothing and refreshing… Thank you Nicole !!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 12:56h, 27 October Reply

      Hi Jem! It is sooooo relaxing isn’t it? I absolutely adore it and I’m glad you love it too xx

  • lizzyjolie
    Posted at 11:25h, 05 November Reply

    So I did the hot cloth cleansing morning and night and I must confess its BAE. It left my skin soft and fresh and more clearer. I came to office and wanted my friend ifeoma to try it…and then she says you know it makes your pores bigger did you pour cold water on your face to close your pores back…because now your pores are open and bacteria will enter. and I shoudnt do it all the time, ha that got me thinking…and she spoilt the whole experience for me… please is this true? cos I honestly felt even thou it opened my pores and cleansed it, it shrinked my pores and made it smaller.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 18:18h, 05 November Reply

      Hi Lizzy! Happy to hear that you have tried Hot Cloth Cleansing and you are enjoying it. And thank you for your question, many people wonder the same thing.
      Many people are under the impression that hot water opens pores and cold water closes pores. But pores do not actually open and close. Steam or heat merely loosens up whatever oil or junk thats inside the pores, making them appear more visible. Pores are ALWAYS open so we can sweat and regulate our temperature. So carry on with the HCC method to your heart’s content! Hope this was helpful xx

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 11:59h, 30 January Reply

    Hi Nicole,

    First of all, u have a beautiful personality. God bless u. Funny enough, most ladies won’t even disclose to anyone, what products they use because they don’t want anybody looking “as good” as them, I blame it on their insecurities tho.

    I came by your website last week, I felt I just can’t keep up with all the regimen. lol. But making a comment will be the very first step to trying to start taking care of my skin. So here it is, I am going to try the cloth cleansing right away, but with my baby’s old towel :/

    Thank you Nicole. Keep up the good work. We certainly need to pay more attention to our skin.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 10:10h, 09 February Reply

      Hi Yvonne! Thank you so so much for saying that. God bless you too. I realise that my regimen may seem daunting, but it literally takes 10 mins or so from start to finish. But if you were to implement anything into your current regimen- I am 100% behind you with the Hot Cloth Cleansing. It is skin changing! Please let me know how it goes!
      Thanks again hun xx

  • Prisca
    Posted at 21:55h, 07 March Reply

    Oh Lord! Where have I been?
    I just stumbled on your Instagram page and voila,
    it was as though I found my beauty eureka..
    I currently do not have any routine and would
    be infinitely thankful if you can recommend a
    routine with it’s cycle alongside the HCC.
    God bless you as you achieve beyond believe.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 17:26h, 10 March Reply

      Hi Prisca!

      Thank you so so much for saying that! I really really appreciate it. I did a full post on the site on my complete skincare regimen. So why not have a look and see if anything catches your eye love xx

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