Friday, August 1, 2014

Skin Exfoliators ~ Should you be using one?

Having reached a certain age, my skin seems to be dull and lifeless.  Searching for a way to energize and brighten my skin I found a few products that have helped me achieve a more even glowy look.  Using each of these products for a few weeks I was able to see and feel results...if any.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant  here

  1. BHA (Salicylic Acid) increases collagen production for smoother skin.
  2. Proven to reduce acne and blackheads.
  3. Extracts of green tea help soothe skin with repairing antioxidants.
  4. Helps to calm redness and rosacea.
This  liquid is strong.  I have tough Italian skin and this was too much for my skin.  After applying with a cotton pad I felt a tacky residue on my skin.  I have used it a few times to make sure the tackiness wasn't just a one time issue.  No, it's every time.  I don't like the way this liquid makes my skin feel, so it's a no go for me.

WEI Pomegranate Buffing Beads here

  1. An authority on Chinese herbal beauty invented these single use dry scrub exfoliating packets.  Made with pomegranate peel, gentle buffing beads and other natural ingredients.  
  2. Pomegranate long admired for its detoxifying powers is filled with antioxidants that will brighten skin tone, encourage cell renewal, and also help clear blocked pores.  
  3. Blend the single serving packet with your favorite skin cleanser for a renewing skin cleanse.
These beads are magical.  Each individual package has just the perfect amount to add to your trusted cleanser for a deep cleansing that whisks away dead, tired skin.  I love this product.  No matter which cleanser I choose, and I switch around quite often, these beads add an extra level of cleansing.  I especially like to use this in the evening.  It leaves my skin ready to accept my Retin-A and reach down deep into the skin layers.  

The Aloe Source Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish here

  1. Sulfate free cleanser effectively removes makeup, oil, and impurities.  
  2. Gently exfoliates with a combination of jojoba microbeads, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, while nourishing aloe vera soothes the skin for a healthy radiant glow.  
  3. While cleansing the jojoba beads gently polish away the loosened skin cells and skin debris while increasing circulation, while leaving skin with a healthy looking radiant glow.  
  4. Rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes that nourish smooth and soften the skin.
This cleansing polish is wonderful.  It effectively cleanses my skin and leaves it feeling silky smooth.  Although this cleansing polish is effective at exfoliating my skin, I sometimes feel like my skin isn't quite as clean as it could be.  There is often a slickness to my skin that leads me to believe no matter how much I rinse, there will always be a bit of residue left on my skin.

suki exfoliate foaming cleanser here

  1. Gently get rid of dirt, oil and makeup with organic lemongrass and chamomile and wipe away old layers of skin with non-abrasive sugar.
  2. The alpha-hydroxy acids in raw sugar gently buff away dead layers of skin and excess oils without stripping your skins natural moisture.
  3. Infused with the fresh scent of lemon your skin feels refreshed.
Of the 4 products I've introduced, I have to say this is my favorite.  It takes only a dime size amount to produce a foamy scrub that offers cleansing and exfoliating in one gentle effective step.  This rinses off easily while leaving my skin ready for the next steps in my skin care routine.  And the smell is heavenly.

So, the question still is ~ Should you be using a skin exfoliator?  Yes, I think you should. The difficult part is searching for one that works for your skin.  

Do you use and exfoliator?  Share your favorites with me.  I'd like to know what others are out there.


  1. I stopped using skin exfoliators a while back and I can definitely see the - negative - impact on my skin. So, thanks for these suggestions!

    1. Giselle, you are very welcome. Like you, I stopped using exfoliators and my skin suffered because of it. Since I decided to begin using them again I did the extra research to find one that would work best for me.

  2. Oh you most definitely should be exfoliating! Those dead cells hanging around on you skin make your complexion look dull and dry. Exfoliating helps you products work better, however you only need to exfoliate every 3 or 4 days and no more than that. I am not a fan of anything with bits and beads for the face as peeps tend to over rub when using them and cause damage to their skin.

    My hands down fave exfoliator is Bioelements Kerafole! It's an enzyme based mask. After you cleanse your skin you put a thin layer on. The enzymes in the mask sweep away the dead cells. Rinse in it off after 10 minutes and your skin will be smooth and glowing!

    1. I've not tried Bioelements Kerafole. I do use an enzyme based mask/peel once a week. I like the fact that it's natural. The suki cleanser I'm using is so gentle I can use it on a daily basis with no side effects. You are right about the level of rubbing, light is best.


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