When my face flakes
When my skin’s dull
When I’m feeling sadâ€¦.
Gather ’round, children. I’d like to tell you about a few of my favorite scrubs (and I promise not to make your play clothes out of curtains!). That’s right — a good exfoliator can send me spinning on a mountaintop like a modern day Julie Andrews.
But first, why should you exfoliate? Because your skin is constantly shedding dead cells to make way for new ones. The old cells dull your skin, making it uneven and sometimes even dry. So you want them gone, pronto. Exfoliating moves this process along faster. With a good product, your skin will look fresher, you’ll have a smoother surface for makeup application and you’ll get more out of your other skin care products because they will penetrate the skin’s surface better.
Here are my current top five favorites:
1. Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains ($40)
Multi-taskers, listen up. This little time saver cuts two-product facial cleansing/exfoliating down to a single easy step. Bobbi Brown’s Buffing Grains are made of Japanese Adzuki bean powder, gentle yet powerful little granules that you can mix into your favorite cleanser to make it an exfoliator too.
And for bargain hunters, Angel Face Botanicals makes a version with 4 times as much product at half the price.
TIP: You can buy the bean powder from many health food stores for practically free. DIYers can even buy Adzuki beans whole and grind them at home!
2. Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub ($7.50)
Want another time saver? Check out Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, my drugstore scrub of choice. I really consider this to be more of a cleanser with a kick, as it’s not quite the exfoliating powerhouse as some of my other favorites. But here’s why I like it…
… soy extracts and microbeads make it really gentle, and it’s also oil and soap free. Despite the name, when I used this daily I saw some dryness over time. I find my skin is happiest when I exfoliate twice per week, no matter the product.
3. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($85)
I know, I’m sorry. This stuff is expensive. But ExfoliKate is also the BEST exfoliator I have ever used. Why so good, you ask? The fruit enzymes in ExfoliKate seriously go to town on your skin; removing dead cells and taking names! It also eliminates bacteria and combats acne and blackheads too. And let me tell you, they chose the word “intensive” for a reason. This works without any scrubbing and in just 20-30 seconds. The results? You look like you just had a professional facial. We’re talking skin that looks sixteen going on seventeen! I’d recommend the Gentle version if you have even a hint of sensitive skin.
4. Blinc resurf.a.stic ($40)
From the folks who started the whole tube mascara craze, Blinc resurf.a.stic is microdermabrasion in a twist-up stick (think extra large Chapstick). One little twist and you have the product you need. Then, move the stick in a circular pattern on your face, adjusting the pressure where you need it. Best of all, no germy hands in a jar! It also has added moisturizing ingredients that adhere to your skin after the product is washed off, leaving it extra soft.
5. MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel ($80 for 30 applications)
Did you know that peels are exfoliators too? It’s true; a good peel can work just as hard as a scrub (maybe even harder, as they tend to have stronger ingredients).
Here’s why these palm size two-step peel pads are my favorite: the best facial I ever received was with an esthetician who had skin so clear and bright that she looked like a nightlight, and she told me her secret. MD Skincare’s Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, of course! She said she recommended it to everyone, regardless of age, skin type or concern, for noticeably better skin. She wasn’t lying! This helps with both of my major issues — anti-aging and acne — and somehow, despite all of its heavy-duty ingredients, it leaves my skin very calm. I buy the travel ones because they’re individually wrapped (and with a product as pricey as this one, you don’t want any of the pads to dry up). I’ve been buying it for at least 3 years (twice weekly), and every compliment I get on my skin, I chalk up to this. Try the Ten-Day supplyand see for yourself ($28).
Did I miss your favorite? Let me know! I’m always looking for a new product to have me singing like a Von Trapp. Till next time; so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!