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Kim's Korean secret

February 17, 2011 Reviewed by Kim 29 Comments

The other day I walked into the Asian market with my friend SuChin so she could pick up a few things; some kimchi (pickled cabbage), sesame leaves, chocolate and this tiny little green and black bath cloth.  She asked me if I ever had a Korean body scrub, and said if I can bare it, I should definitely try out one of these little magical cloths. How could I resist? I bought a pack of two for $1.75.

Sometimes called a Ddeh Meeruh cloth, this small rag is not for the faint of heart. “Meeruh” means push, and  “Ddeh” means dead skin cells, and that's what this rough little mitt literally does. Now I’ve tried tons of body scrubs, and those natural scrubby mitts you can pick up at Whole Foods, but that’s all for babies compared to this mitt.  I’m not sure how many layers of my skin came off, but my skin has never been so incredibly smooth and soft as it is now! And it didn’t irritate my skin at all. All of the dead flakey wintry skin has been polished away. Even the little bumps I get on my thighs have been smoothed. My husband touched me the other day and was like “Wow, your skin is  crazy soft!”   I’ve been using it every few days for the past couple weeks. But I noticed a huge difference after just the first use.   And according to my friend, they last forever.

You use in the shower and you can use either long strokes or a circular motion. Be sure to use it AFTER you have rinsed the soap off your body. And of course, make sure you moisturize after the shower. At under two bucks, these amazing Korean mitts are probably one of my new favorite beauty finds.

P.S. SuChin just told me that sometimes she likes to put a little oil or moisturizer on it and then do a gentle exfoliation on her face.....light circles.  Be Gentle!

Editor's note: We also came across some exfoliating gloves from Daily Concepts thanks to our friends at Spa Week Daily.

  • April 20, 2013

    by chrislyn

    HI kim i am very interested to use italy towel because i heard a lot of good things when using this towel, i just wanna know if this is available in philippines i hope it is and can purchase without ordering in ebay or in amazon i hope and very greatful if you can help me find here in my country to find this pls... thank you i hope u can help me wait for your reply and thanks again

  • October 22, 2012

    by Jan

    Alicia - I use a separate one on my face. Since these are very long, I cut them to wash cloth size and they last FOREVER! Then have a separate one for my body.

    Callie - not sure they will do much for small scars, but it's certainly worth a try especially since the rest of your leg will benefit from the exfoliation. Good luck!

  • October 21, 2012

    by Callie

    I have a few bite scars left on my legs. I wonder if these cloths can help me to get rid of it. please advise;)

  • September 29, 2012

    by Alicia

    Wow. Is there one forbthe face too? All these things to take dead skin off the facecare always expensive.

  • September 29, 2012

    by Holly

    Just ordered one in every colour from eBay! Can't wait to soak in the bath and then attack my heels with the blue one!

  • September 26, 2012

    by Derpina

    I got mine a week ago, pink and green. They are amazing. I use an epilation for hair removal and this little beauty got rid of all the ingrown hair in 2 days. One week and all the red spots were gone! My legs are now perfectly smooth
    At that price they're a steal over expensive ingrown hair solutions. I love these clothes. As far as I can tell, the pink one is a little gentler, but there wasn't a huge difference between the two colors.

  • July 13, 2012

    by Nisi

    Hey guys, I've been wanting to buy one really bad but someone told me that 3 versions exist. Green, yellow, & pink....the color basically describes how intense the Italy towl is. My question is if anybody has tried the rest of them out??

  • June 14, 2012

    by Kim

    Here are some places you might be able to get them:

    hope this helps!

  • June 14, 2012

    by vanna

    i just don't know where i can find 1...i want 1 really bad!

  • July 12, 2011

    by Junko

    I bought one of these from ebay: JAPANESE SALUX BEAUTY SKIN BATH CLOTH. It's 11" x 35" and wonderful for scrubbing your back!

  • July 12, 2011

    by Gerel

    If you soak yourself in hot bath and then rub with this cloth, you will get rid of more dead skin that soaping first. You can wash with soap later. This is the way they do in Korean jimjilbang or korean saunas.

  • May 24, 2011

    by Jaysie

    Yes, Junko, I received them yesterday. I wanted to see the info on the packaging before posting anything here. The only info in English is: Made in Korea, Viscose 100%, Italy Towel Co., and Italy Towel. I was in too much of a hurry today to use one, but I'm looking forward to trying them on the weekend!

  • May 24, 2011

    by Junko

    Thanks Jaysie * love my little mit ones I got from ebay, but a longer version would be nice for the body. Have you ordered the ones from Amazon?

  • May 24, 2011

    by Jaysie

    If anyone is interested in a long version of this, measuring approx 9x30 so you can use it on your back, I found them on Amazon. Two for $9.99 plus S&H. The packaging says Made in Korea and "Viscose." They have the signature black pinstripes.

  • March 14, 2011

    by L


  • March 13, 2011

    by kim


    I can't really find them online, except on ebay:

    I haven't bought from either of these, but they look like the same thing.

    Hopefully this helps!

  • March 13, 2011

    by L

    Still Looking for one on Amazon.
    I bought what I thought was one on Amazon, but it wasn't.
    Any suggestionions where to buy and specific descriptions?

  • February 26, 2011

    by Pam

    I started shopping for these little beauties once I read your article. Got mine from a spa and they were really cheap...look just like the ones you pictured. Let me tell you, these things are awesome! I used one after my shower and was amazed and mortified at all the skin that rolled off. That evening, I VERY GENTLY used one on my face (exfoliating creaM tend to irritate my skin). WOW! I think what amazes me most is that it hurts but, does no damage at all. Thanks for a great recommendation!

  • February 23, 2011

    by Anna

    Amanda, from what I've read and what I did, you soap up first, rinse completely and then start scrubbing. Soap residue hinders the scrubbing. I found small, firm strokes to be most effective. You'll probably want to rinse yourself and the towel of the skin balls so don't stray too far from the shower.
    My skin is still ridiculously soft 2 days later.

  • February 23, 2011

    by Lindsey E.

    I'm sitting in my office here at TruthInAging two blocks away from "K-Town." I'm walking out of my office to go find these towels. I am an exfoliation freak and can't wait to use them! THANKS!

  • February 23, 2011

    by Amanda

    Do you start scrubbing after you dry yourself after the shower or in the shower with the water still going?

  • February 22, 2011

    by Anna

    After I read this, I googled "italy towel" and "korean bathhouse." Once I read all that, I was on a mission. I managed to find the cloths at an Hmart in NJ and OH MY GOODNESS these things are UNBELIEVABLE. I used the towel last night and made my husband do my back. He initially refused seeing how red my skin was but once he started he could NOT believe how much skin rolled off. I was stunned at what came off my knees, elbows and...other spots! LOVE the towel, thanks for the post!

  • February 22, 2011

    by Abbey

    The cloths in the article are made of 100% viscose. I just got some on Ebay. They are rough. Haven't used them yet but I think I'm gong to like them.

  • February 21, 2011

    by kim


    That's so great! I'm glad you love it. Thanks for sharing.


    I am doubting that the TJMaxx cloth is the same. I've tried other scrubby clothes and gloves and for some reason they just didn't match up to these. I'm not sure exactly what they are made of, but it could also be the weave that makes them work so well.

    Also, these are usually pretty small. Like just big enough to fit your four fingers in. Hopefully you can find them near you.


  • February 21, 2011

    by Alison

    Just bought a 2-pack for $1.59 at my neighborhood Korean market. Tried one this morning and I love it! It did a great job on my body, face, heels, and even my cuticles! Just use common sense and don't rub hard on sensitive areas, and rub harder on tough ones (like heels). I can get rid of about 5 products with this little beauty.

    Thanks so much for the tip Kim!

  • February 21, 2011

    by shancy

    Kim - What are the contents of the cloths? I was at TJ Maxx and they had something called, twin skin polishing towels. They are rough, hand towel sized, made of 100% nylon, and made in Taiwan.

  • February 17, 2011

    by kim

    Btw Jeni these clothes are NOT smooth and soft. They are actually pretty rough. But they do work wonders!

  • February 17, 2011

    by Jeni

    Yum kimchi - I grew up in Hawaii so I love it! This little cloth seems exciting - it looks so soft and smooth in the picture. I will try to remember to look for it the next time I go to the asian market to look for asian candy.

  • February 17, 2011

    by Carol Aguilar

    Our family uses the Japenese Salux exfoliating towels and we love them! I picked them up in a grocery store in Japantown in San Francisco.. they run about $2.99 and they are amazing! It sounds like these Korean body scrub cloths!

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