How often do you give your face a really good scrub?

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 18 Comments

My husband hands down prefers a good facial scrub (or exfoliant) over a cream or foaming cleanser. I think it’s his OCD talking because despite my telling him that he really needs to do the cleansing bit first, then the scrub … he just goes straight for the scrub. Straight for that smooth finish that feels so, so clean.

I get that. But I also get that exfoliants don’t need to have harsh, scrubbing effect to achieve this same feeling.

Lately I’ve been getting my super, smooth skin fix from two “powder-to-paste” gentle exfoliants that landed on the Styling You desk* and quickly made their way into my bathroom cupboard (btw, remind me to show you my bathroom cupboard one day soon … just give me some warning so I can clean it out first).

Gentle powder-to-paste exfoliants:  She Aromatherapy Red-Rice Exfoliating Powder $19.95; Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant $59.95

Gentle powder-to-paste exfoliants: She Aromatherapy Red-Rice Exfoliating Powder $19.95; Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant $59.95

Now, Mr Styling You thinks that gentle and exfoliant in the same sentence is an oxymoron (or is his he just thinking I’m a moron? Note to self, must get clarification. Stat) but I’m here to tell you Stylers that it’s the exfoliants of the gentle kind that your skin is going to thank you for – right now and further down the anti-ageing track.

Exfoliants are an essential part of your skincare regime.  Not only do they work to get rid of dead skin cells that can make your face look super dull but they can unclog pores, reduce inflamation and pigmentation and work in the long-term to lessen the amount of fine lines on your face.  You might say they’re the workhorses of a good skincare regime.  They do their job with a minimum of fuss and give you instant rewards for your efforts.

The absolutely beauty of these particular exfoliants is that they ARE gentle enough to be used every day and boy, oh boy, have I noticed a difference from doing so.

The only tricky thing I’ve found is that the powder-to-paste formula means that they’re not really suitable as a shower product.  Store them in the shower recess and you’ll find you’ll just have a whole lot of gluggy muck going on.

How they work is that you add a small amount of the powder to the palm of your hand, mix with a little water and then apply to your face in gentle circular motions, then rinse off.  Once I got my head around this, I simply did my cleansing in the shower and then continued with the exfoliant once I was out.  Not a huge biggie but that little bit of fuss that might deter some. Just saying.

Why it’s worth persevering with this type of formula is that the powder remains inactive until you add water, so when you actually apply it to your face it’s going to do you more good than if it had been sitting in the jar for months on end.

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Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant $59.95: This is a salon-only product has a very fine powder.  The tiny granules disperse as soon as water is added to activate the fruit enzymes derived from green papaya and the skin and leaves of pineapple. It contains no synthetic or artificial ingredients.  www.alpha-h.com

Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant 50g $59.95. Stockists: 1800 659 777

Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant 50g $59.95. Stockists: 1800 659 777

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She Aromatherapy Red-Rice Exfoliating Powder $19.95: This product is more readily available and easier on the budget.  The powdered granules are slightly larger than the Alpha-H and don’t disperse quite as quickly.  Red Rice is a naturally coloured wholegrain rice, rich in vitamin E and natural anti-oxidants.  In this product, rice vinegar and lemon peel oil are also included help to purify and refine pores.  The entire Red Rice range is free from sulphate, paraben, tricolsan, mineral oils, synthetic colourants, formaldehyde, BHA and BHT. www.sheaustralia.com.au

She Aromatherapy Red-Rice Exfoliating Powder 50ml $19.95. Available at Price Attack     She Aromatherapy Red-Rice Exfoliating Powder 50ml $19.95. Available at Price Attack. www.priceattack.com.au

She Aromatherapy Red-Rice Exfoliating Powder 50ml $19.95. Available at Price Attack She Aromatherapy Red-Rice Exfoliating Powder 50ml $19.95. Available at Price Attack. www.priceattack.com.au

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* I was sent the Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant by Beauty Directory as part of an Alpha-H skincare blogger trial.  I was gifted the She Aromatherapy Red-Rice exfoliating powder (and the entire Red-Rice range) by the owners of Price Attack at Sunshine Plaza and Kawana Waters on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.  I was not paid to review these products.

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Do you exfoliate?  Which do you prefer – a good scrub or a gentle cleanse?

Comments 18

  1. A girlfriend gave me the Dermalogica gentle scrub for Christmas – it’s amazing! I would have never bought it for myself (too $$) but may have to start saving now cause I’m hooked!

  2. I was introduced to the Neutrogean Deep Clean exfoliant by a friend of mine about 5 years ago and I totally fell in love with it! It gives you a nice tingly feeling and also a feeling of being clean and smooth! After the scrub I usually apply a moisturising mask and my mum always says that my skin glows after this regime!

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  3. I’ll confess to being a regular scrubber! Since my big sister introduced me to moisuriser at the age of 12 I’ve been moisurising my skin daily. I started cleansing at age 14 when I discovered make up and have been using exfoliants and masks since I was about 16. I’m now 54.

    My daily routine is usually cleansing twice a day (not in the shower though), using an eye cream and a moisturiser. Twice a week I use a general almond exfoliator (Ella Bache Revitilisant); once a week I use a L’Oreal microdermabrasion product (it has been discontinued in Australia but I scored some on ebay); I regularly use a couple of other Ella Bache masks, a gentle rose petal one (Gommage Delicat)which smells divine and another (Masque Soir de Fete)that seems to lift and brighten the skin, terrific before a night out.

    I was very sick recently and seem to have fallen out of my routine and boy can I tell. My skin is usually soft, smooth and fairly line free, and right now it isn’t. It really doesn’t take much time, it’s just the routine of it; I try to fit it in while I’m doing something else (eg I might put on a mask and fold washing while it sets).

    Don’t forget to exfoliate the body too 🙂

    Your skin will definitly thank you and you’ll be a great example to your kids.

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      Hi Gillian, that is such a great routine and fantastic advice for all of us to take on board. Ella Bache do have some amazing products – great to hear which ones have worked for you.

  4. Ooh yes, I love the Dermalogica daily microfoliant. Awesome.

    And as a side note Nikki, I was just watching some of the Today show and I think you need to send in that photo of you in the pearls and Lady Di flick – could win you a trip to London in their royal lookalike photo comp 🙂

  5. From about the age of 16 I’ve had a routine of cleanse, tone, moisturise, with a very occasional scrub. The scrub was usually like the almond one from Nutrimetics, which I always liked. As I got older I got lazier (and more time poor) so the routine has been simplified. I still cleanse daily with a liquid cleanser in the shower, and moisturise daily too. But I don’t tone or scrub any more. Instead of scrubbing I wash off the cleanser with a face washer, giving a pretty good scrub. I love the feeling of that without putting any extra chemicals etc on my skin (not to mention the extra cost).

    I wouldn’t have the patience for ones you had to mix up 🙂

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  6. Im terrible… I dont exfoliate because a skin routine for me is hard enough. I hate touching my face (or having stuff on my face)

    I wear light make up and have just started really taking care of my skin… (its paying off tho, it looks better than ever!)

    Next step: learn to exfoliate properly!

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  7. Powder to paste exfoliants are my fave type too! I used the Body Shop Moisture White one until they discontinued it 🙁 Through a comp I recieved a free Brightening one from Nutrimetics equally as good and almost finished also.. I’ll check out the one from Price Attack. xxpt

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      Don’t you hate it when a product you LOVE is discontinued. Not just because you can’t buy it any more but you wonder whether you were the only person to have actually liked it. Or is that just me?!

      1. yep hate it makes me sad & nope you are not alone I cannot understand why everyone was not using it… I could even use it in the shower!!

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