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Reviewed and Recommended: VIC Face & Body Cloth

Reviewed by Copley March 22, 2009 4 Comments
Posted by Copley

I received my VIC face & body cloth ($12) as a practical/posh present from my godmother purchased from the luxury apothecary Caswell-Massey. To be honest, I didn't think much of the VIC when I received it, assuming that it was just a regular washcloth marketed as a classy gift, for people who like to put their bathroom accessories on display and really care about brand names. And so, I immediately shoved it to the back of my medicine cabinet. A couple of months later, I had all but forgotten about my VIC...until I noticed a reader's comment in our message boards (under Favorite Accessories) that the VIC was the number one beauty tool she absolutely could not live without. It made me wonder, how could a ho-hum washcloth make it to the top of somebody's "desert island" wishlist? So, I pulled my pink-trimmed Vic out of its plastic baggie and got to work.

The VIC is recommended for use with or without soap, for the face or the body. Seeing as I am a particularly fastidious washer, I'd need two separate VICs- one for my face at the sink and one for my body in the shower. I surely wouldn't use my shower pouf on my face, so why should a washcloth be any different? With this in mind, I decided to focus just on my face. I ran warm water over the VIC and rubbed it in circular motions all over, from my forehead down to my neck. Expecting some sort of tingling, invigorating sensation, I was disappointed that the VIC's effect was rather mundane. It was just like washing with any other facecloth, except rougher...

The next time, I tried it with a creamy cleanser and found that the VIC soaked the solution right up. Therein lies the rub. If you are using a cleanser with active ingredients you'd prefer delivered to your skin rather than to a cloth, the VIC should only come into play once the cleansing part is complete. But is it worth adding an extra step in your beauty regimen? Despite my initial misgivings, I'd conclude that yes, the VIC is an excellent tool for dermabrasion. It has a special gently coarse texture, resulting from a complicated manufacturing process whereby strands of cotton are twisted and shrunk at different rates during wetting and drying. The VIC deeply cleans by removing makeup, impurities, and dead surface skin cells. This simple act of scrubbing provides great stimulation for the skin and produces a smooth, glowing complexion. My face looks rosy and rejuvenated after each run-in with the VIC.

The only concern I have is whether exfoliating every day is safe for skin in the long-run. Even if it only affects the surface layer of skin, could it possibly hurtle your face towards the Hayflick Limit just a bit faster? Or at the very least, trigger a rash or flare-up from perpetually irritating the skin? Setting these queries aside, the VIC is a great buy compared to other exfoliation devices, such as the Clarisonic Brush. And thanks to its thin, lightweight, machine-washable material, the VIC can join you on any trip. I might just have to procure another VIC to smooth out rough spots on my elbows and knees. Considering a VIC is supposed to last several decades, I'd say that's a pretty sound investment.

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  • November 26, 2016

    by Jackie

    I love both products. Use my Clarisonic every day and my Vic three times a week. However, I need some new Vics and am having an awful time finding the Vic washcloths to purchase--everyone I've tried is sold out/backorder, etc. Does anyone know where to purchase new Vics?

  • April 1, 2009

    by copley

    Hi Michelle,
    Although the VIC and the Clarisonic brush have a shared purpose- namely to provide gentle dermabrasion and enable active ingredients to more readily penetrate the skin- they won't exactly give you the same results. The VIC is sufficient for sloughing off dead skin cells and creating a rosy, glowing complexion, just like any good scrub. But just as facial scrubs are recommended for use only 2-3 times per week, I have a feeling the VIC should be used in moderation. The Clarisonic, on the other hand, is superior at effectively removing dirt and oil trapped in pores and smoothing skin tone. Its brush makes 300 rotations per second, providing a much more thorough and gentle exfoliating action. Marta swears by her Clarisonic and uses it on her face and body five times a week, wet and dry. If you are willing to make a long-term investment in your skin, the Clarisonic brush is definitely worth it.

  • April 1, 2009

    by Michelle

    Hi Copley,

    In your opinion, do you think the VIC cloth works just as well, or better than the much more expensive Clarisonic brush?

  • March 31, 2009

    by Matina

    This sounds interesting. I too wonder however if you should use this daily? I'm so curious that I suppose I will have to get one right now and try it out! Anyone else tried this or have thoughts about daily use?

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