Americans can’t believe Kate Middleton uses this to wash her face

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Americans can’t believe Kate Middleton uses a flannel to wash her face

Fast forward 37 years and Kate Middleton set tongues wagging in her own right with her semi-sheer ivory dress
Fast forward 37 years and Kate Middleton set tongues wagging in her own right with her semi-sheer ivory dress

It’s pretty standard for anything Kate Middleton uses to sell out, but surely that won’t be a risk this time?

The Duchess of Cambridge’s makeup artist Arabella Preston recently revealed to The Cut that the future Queen uses a flannel to wash her face, describing it as an essential part of her routine.

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The Cut’s Kathleen Hou makes it clear to her largely US audience that Preston isn’t talking about a flannel shirt, but a “terry or face washcloth”.

Hou isn’t initially convinced the Duchess should be anywhere near a flannel. Most Americans, she writes, associate face cloths with “bacteria and gross little brothers”.

Maybe it’s our Commonwealth connection, but flannels and face-washing isn’t exactly news here in New Zealand. Reading about them as a revelation is a little bit like when we found out Americans don’t use electric kettles. (They often heat their water in the microwave instead).

Prince Harry pictured with some of the Royal Family in 2013. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George seated next to Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Harry pictured with some of the Royal Family in 2013. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George seated next to Queen Elizabeth II

It’s not just The Cut either. Over at US lifestyle website Refinery29 the humble flannel is maligned as “rags… covered in bacteria, abrasive on skin, and possibly [making] skin problems worse”.

The bacteria issue isn’t unfounded – bugs love a warm, wet environment – but if you only use them once before washing, you’re probably not going to come to any harm.

Preston says it’s all about a thorough cleanse and some gentle exfoliation. Regardless, it’s a lot cheaper than a Clarisonic or one of its competitor cleansing brushes.

Fast forward 37 years and Kate Middleton set tongues wagging in her own right with her semi-sheer ivory dress
Fast forward 37 years and Kate Middleton set tongues wagging in her own right with her semi-sheer ivory dress

Hou writes that after two weeks of washing with a flannel, her skin “looks clearer and better than ever”.

Long live the flannel, we say.

Source: Stuff co nz

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