Why hello there, this article is all about exfoliators, apologies if the title got your hopes up.
As my time in cosmetics has gone on, and on, and on, I have come into contact with so many different kinds of facial and body scrubs, and exfoliators all boasting about how wonderful and unique they are. So, here’s my breakdown of some of the loveliest, scrubbiest scrubs on the market:
Clarins Toning Body Scrub
More of a luxury treat rather than your regular, this stunning salt scrub fragranced and packed full of essential oils really packs a punch. I’ve never had that much of a love affair with salt scrubs as many of them tend to slip right off before they’ve had chance to be worked into the skin; this however, really stays put and allows you to really work it in before rinsing it off, leaving your skin ridiculously smooth and lightly fragranced.
Clinique Sparkle Skin Exfoliator
The Body Shop Cocoa Body Scrub
A cream based scrub that really does wonders for the skin, it sticks well allowing you to really work it in whilst also being packed full of grains of walnut shell, cocoa and others. Containing the body shops beautiful sourced community fair trade cocoa butter from Ghana. This was my regular exfoliator before working for Clinique as I can now luckily get Sparkle skin at discount, but that is literally my only reason from moving on from it. Available for a mere £12.50 for quite a hefty tub, which lasts for ages, it’s definitely worth a try.
Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Facial Exfoliator
Powerful, is the word I would use to describe this exfoliator. This mentholated, clay based formula is ideal as a pre-shave, to de-flake and smooth skin before shaving. Ideally left on for 2 minutes, it really opens the pores up and helps dig out dirt and is ideal for blocked pores. If you are a dryer skin type, you will need to make sure you moisturise after use as it will remove any trace dead skin cells. I tend to use this once or twice a week and usually don’t use clarifying lotion after it as there’s often very little need as my skin is a little oiler, but as well as using moisturiser, dryer skin types might still want to clarify as well as multi-level exfoliation helps reduce the build-up of flakes through the day.
Bobbi Brown Adzuki Bean Grains
Made to mix in with your cleanser, this powerful little jar of grains really softens the skin. You need only the tiniest amount and pour it into your palm, mix in then gently rub all over the face, obviously avoiding the eye area as with any face scrub. This isn’t as powerful as the Clinique men’s exfoliator and if you’re not a user of clarifying or scruffing lotion, then using this fairly regularly is a good idea, bear in mind that the oiler you are, the less you need to exfoliate, only around every 2-3 days, if you’re dryer and your skin is a little duller then every day to every 2 days is good; just gage it by how your skin feels after a few uses, if your skin starts to feel ever so slightly raw, then use common sense and scrub less.