I love to exfoliate so about 2-3 times per week, I go for a total body scrub for some serious exfoliation. I tell you, nothing beats the sensation of having soft pinkish skin after a body scrub!
Most of you may have used loofah, bath scrubbing gloves, or those nylon or ramie bath mitts to slough off dead skin cells and remove impurities. I have used those items and once thought them to be effective but I was so wrong! Because nothing beats the Korean exfoliating glove (daesugun or ddae soogun) or Italy towel when it comes to exfoliation.
The daesugun or the Italy towel is a bathhouse basic. For Koreans, no jjimjilbang (public bathhouse) experience is ever complete without it. If you watch Korean dramas, then you definitely know what I’m talking about. If not, then go watch Boys Over Flowers, there’s a scene where Jan Di’s brother gives Go Jun Pyo a back scub using the Italy towel. LOL.
I have tried different types of Korean bath mitts but I recommend Viscose because it works better than the others. It works wonders, gently peeling away layers of dull, flaky skin and impurities. Literally!
To use the Viscose exfoliating mitt, simply lather up on your favorite exfoliating soap (I use papaya-based or Kojic-based ones for best results) and leave it on for a few minutes. After rinsing, start scrubbing with the bath mitts. You can use long strokes or circular strokes, it will work either way. Just make sure that you start exfoliating AFTER you have rinsed soap off your body.
And the Viscose exfoliating mitt is not even expensive; a piece costs around Php40 (that’s less than a dollar). Amazing, right? I stock up on this wonderful bath essential, give it away as gifts to my friends and they love it. Those who have used it say it leaves them feeling squeaky clean each time.
To purchase the Viscose exfoliating mitt, just go to a Korean convenience store or Korean sauna and ask for an Italy towel or daesugun (ddae soogun). Dae or ddae, I think, means dirt or dead skin cells and sugun (or soogun) means towel or slough. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
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