24 February 2015

Manual Exfoliators of the Gentle Kind

If we're really going to talk dead-skin-shedding, my preferred way to go about it would be a chemical exfoliation once weekly - Alpha H Liquid Gold, I'm looking at you. But with that said, I do like to get down, and ever so slightly scrubby on the odd occasion, though with none of that scratchy apricot kernel rubbish, instead with much gentler formulas that still slough and leave my skin feeling incredibly soft, but without a red-rawness about it. A trio of complexion transformers get regularly rotated within my routine and tick all of the aforementioned above boxes...

I've got to give it to the first gentle gritty exfoliator that got me thinking they're really not too bad after all, Oskia's Micro-Exfoliating Balm. Creamy and rich in texture, aside from the list of lovely nutritional ingredients, the balm uses a mix of silica and pure MSM (there's that star ingredient again) granules to refine the surface of the skin and buff away dead cells, yet emulsifies into a milk when in contact with water to soothe and nourish. It's pretty special indeed and I bring it out around once a week, but it's more than gentle enough to use every second day should you fancy it. 

One with a bit of a difference comes from Indeed Labs and their Facial Powdered Exfoliator - it really is just a pot of pure powder that transforms into more of a paste when water is added which I then proceed to spread on and massage in. Five active ingredients make up the formula; bamboo extract for soft sloughing with the added bonus of all-natural antibacterial properties, rice bran powder smoothes and soothes, red algae for fighting free radicals, hyaluronic acid keeps hydration levels under control and pineapple extract acts as an AHA and breaks down dead cells by chemical exfoliation. I've got to give it to this one, after use, my skin is left the softest it has ever felt after using any product and so instantly drinks up whatever I follow with on top. 

Delivering all kinds of transforming results is REN's Flash Rinse One Minute Facial - the clue's in the name with this one, and the overall finish is much akin to a one hour luxury facial, and really goes a little something like this: massage, leave, rinse, repeat (next week). Texture wise, it could easy be mistaken for your tube of toothpaste, blue, beady and slightly tacky, but in terms of formula, the technology locks in a hefty dose of vitamin c which activates the product when you bring water into the mix, but also works to firm and tone by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, supporting natural collagen production and  evening out the overall tone. The results? Seriously glowy and silky-to-the-touch feeling skin.

Feeling the need for an exfoliation a little more manual? Look in the direction of any of the three above as each are suitable for all skin types - sensitive skin gals, that means you too...


  1. I need to get my hands on REN's One Minute Facial, I always hear such good things about it!

    Catherine, xo || Lady Liquor

  2. I love the Ren One Minute Facial, I'll even argue that it's better than the similar Kate Sommerville product. I've yet to try the Oskia balm, but it's there on the list :)

    In terms of powders, I love the NUDE Fizzy-Oxygenating whatever that long name is one. You should check it out!

    Dar | www.holylipstick.com

  3. It's pretty amazing stuff Catherine - I highly rec. ;-)

  4. Ah it's amazing stuff - I'm guessing you mean the Exfolikate? I've never tried that but I've heard good things about the 'lighter' version! The NUDE product sounds awesome, I'll definitely look into this - thanks ;-)


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