Criminy, and I thought my awkward tween years were rough, but Zia’s Skin Basics Bamboo Exfoliant with Rice Bran ($25) = even rougher.
Zia designed their creamy, non-foaming face exfoliator to slough off dead skin, stimulate cell turnover and remove surface toxins, and although the product’s not new, it contains an interesting list of ingredients, among them plant extracts like grape seed, soybean, rice brain, lemon peel, yucca and ylang ylang flower (no paraben as far as the eye can see!).
New to Zia? The botanical-based skin care and makeup line can be found at natural food stores like Whole Foods. Their products are free of harsh chemicals and artificial colors. Tabs loves that they’re also cruelty free.
Bamboo Exfoliant is part of Zia’s Skin Basics family of cleansers, treatments and moisturizers created for skin beginning to show the first signs of aging.
Using it for the first time, one word kept coming to mind: invigorating!
The fine exfoliating grains, which I’m guessing are crushed bamboo leaves and stems (the rice bran in the product is mentioned as an oil), HELLA HURT. I felt like I was polishing my sensitive, acne-prone face with sandpaper.
It was a little much for Karen v.3.5, but I probably would have really liked this back when I was in my early twenties and had much oilier, stronger skin. The stuff does clean and exfoliate like nobody’s business (albeit painfully)!
For kicks, I also tried it on my feet, knees and elbows, and I’m very glad I did. The gritty grains worked like a charm to soften rough spots. I found I was able to tolerate the texture on most of my body, where the skin isn’t as sensitive as the skin on my face. After rinsing, my skin felt considerably softer and smoother, too (refreshed, but not tight).
Ignoring the fact that Zia didn’t design Skin Basics Bamboo Exfoliant with bodies in mind, it’s official. I’ll be keeping this bottle in my shower.
Oh, one more thing — this reminds me a lot of another exfoliator famous for its rough grains — St. Ives Apricot Scrub. If you’re a fan of that, or if you’ve got really sturdy, durable skin and you’re looking for a no-nonsense exfoliator, you might like Zia Skin Basics Bamboo Exfoliant a lot. Available at Whole Foods and online at zianatural.com. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,