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