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Do Korean Italy Towels Help with Stretch Marks?

Jason Park
Published by: Chung-Ae
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These types of towels can assist with smoothing and reducing the appearance of any kind of stretch marks. But, they are not a panacea. So, while they can be effective, there are some other things you should use to accompany your efforts to get the most effect by reducing the stretch marks.

Korean Italy Towels are like having your own in-home spa. It provides skin with a nice, clean basis to apply moisturizer, tanner or other skin care products. It exfoliates, removes impurities, clears up blemishes, unclogs pores and does a whole host of other things. But can these washcloths help with stretch marks?

Note that these towels are not going to be for everyone. The harsh, abrasive nature of it can do more damage than good if you’re not careful. This will be especially true for those with extremely sensitive skin.

Also, if you have a lot of tattoos, it’s not advisable to use a Korean Italy towel because it can cause the artwork to fade faster than normal.

How can a Korean Italy Towel reduce the appearance of skin imperfections?

After using the awesome scrubbing power of the towel, follow it up with a good moisturizer or skincare treatment designed for skin imperfections. There are many creams, lotions, serums and other skincare products available to help with this. But you should do your own research to see what will be best for your skin type.

Skincare Treatments

Also You may also be able to find a scrub designed to reduce these kinds of scars. They will have special constituents that help further slough and exfloiate that work beautifully with an Italy Towel. You would use this after your bath exfoliation but before you rinse off (as instructed below).

Look for products with carrier oils like olive oil, vitamin E and argan oil. These are excellent for nourishing the skin, but you should be mindful about the which oil works best with your skin type. For instance oily skin should go for products with argan and drier skin should use olive oil.

Also, essential oils such as neroli, jasmine, helichrysum, frankincense and many others are wonderful in reducing the appearance of bumps, scars and stretch marks.

Some Notes

Also, don’t expect immediate results. Although you will begin to notice something right away, a significant reduction will only happen after several applications.

That said, you want to take care to not over-exfoliate because it can cause premature aging and negatively dry out your skin. So, doing this regimen once per week should show noticeable results in eight weeks to six months.

How Do You Use Korean Exfoliating Washcloth?

The way to use these mitt-like washcloths is fairly simple and straightforward. Any one looking for a great way to smooth and refine dry, rough skin can benefit from using it. It’s versatility means you can use it in the shower or bath tub.

Ensure Skin is Soft ; Wet

Either soak in a bath tub or use the shower for 15 minutes. Ensure your skin is thoroughly wet and softened before you begin using the towel. For best results, use water as hot as you can stand it and avoid use any soap, oils or other products prior to exfoliating.

Scrub Your Body with the Washcloth

Turn off the shower or get out of the bath. Then take the dry, abrasive towel dry and put it against your skin, rubbing back-and-forth. Do this until dead skin cells and debris begin pearling up and rolling off the surface. Begin with the tops of your feet and work your way up the body.

Be Ginger about Pressure

But only apply enough pressure to get the desired effect, don’t be so firm that your skin begins to hurt. If this is your first experience with exfoliation, it may not be very pleasant.

In the event you’re working with a sunburn, you may want to do several sessions of soaking and scrubbing in small, light amounts.

Rinsing Off with Water

When finished, rinse off your skin with warm water. At this point you can either choose to continue bathing/showering with soap (or other skincare treatment) or you can rinse your skin with cold water.

Rinsing with cold water helps close your pores to prevent additional dirt and debris building up under the skin. When finished, pat dry with a clean terrycloth towel.

Does a Korean Italy Towel Remove Dead Skin?

The one thing this abrasive washcloth does, that many people praise, is its ability to slough off dead skin; also known as exfoliation. This is because it comprises 100% viscose, which is the same material used to make rayon fabric. The abrasion and thickness of the material is excellent to exfoliate the skin.

Using one at least once per week will keep your skin cells regenerated and fresh-looking. This the skin maintain a youthful glow while fighting off the process of aging.

Levels of Coarseness

The texture of it is similar to sandpaper and also comes with various levels of coarseness. All of which are specifically designed to remove dead skin. There are different colors to indicate how coarse a particular cloth is:

  • Pink/RedFine: best for exfoliating the face, delicate skin and has the least amount of coarseness.
  • GreenMedium: the middle-of-the-road coarseness offered by this is good for the entire body and recommended for women.
  • YellowCoarse: this is the most abrasive; good for calluses, hardness on the feet and other spots for dry, tough skin. Thsi type of washcloth is more suitable for men.

How Do You Clean a Korean Washcloth?

Cleaning the washcloth is as easy as using it on your skin. Simply soak the cloth in a bucket or tub with some dish soap and warm water. If dish soap is off putting to you, you can use detergent designed for hand-washing fabrics. 

Gently move it around in the soapy water until it’s well soaked. If there are any stains or stubborn pieces of skin embedded within the fabric, scrub the fabric against itself and dunk it into the water until it disappears. Then, rinse with warm water and finally with cool water. Wring out all excess moisture and allow it to air dry. 

Are Korean Washcloths Washable?

It isn’t advisable to put one of these in the washing machine or clothes dryer. It can melt the material or cause it to fall apart. At the very least, the coarseness will no longer be viable for exfoliating your skin. It’s better to hand wash the towel and allow the air to dry it.

Exceptions to the Rule

That said, there are some reports by users across the internet who say it’s okay to toss it in with your regular laundry. But, you should use a cold-water wash and gentle detergent if you want to go for this.

This means the choice is ultimately yours, so be wise and judicious about the machine you’re going to use. When in doubt, hand wash the towel to ensure optimal performance.


As you can see, these fantastically abrasive and coarse towels can be a wonderful tool to help beautify, purify and exfoliate your skin. The experience is similar to what you get at a spa.

It provides a nice, smooth surface for which to apply moisturizer, tanner and other skincare products. To use it is pretty simple, all you have to do is ensure your skin is soft and wet then take the towel and scrub. You’ll soon start to see little beads coming up from your skin; this lets you know it’s working.

In regards to scrubbing out stretch marks, a Korean Italy Towel can help greatly with improving the appearance of them. Unfortunately, it doesn’t rid the skin of them once and for all. However, using one of these abrasive washcloths along with the right skincare treatment suited to your type will help combat them over time.

The only caution in using a Korean Italy Towel, whatever your reasons, is that you don’t overdo exfoliation.

You don’t want to compromise the barrier of your skin. If you have very sensitive skin, it may not be advisable for you to use one in the first place. But, depending on your skin’s needs and tolerance for the intensity, use it either once per week or once per month.

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    Hi, I'm Chung-Ae. I love Korean skincare products and Kpop! My favorite Korean beauty brands are Innisfree and Etude House because they offer a lot of affordable products with good quality ingredients.

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