18 February 2013

My favorite...Facial Scrubs!!

For some reason, as I have aged (do you have any idea how much it PAINS me to write that?), I have found that I have to constantly readjust my skincare routine. My skin still tends to be oily, sensitive, and prone to breakouts/clogged pores - but now I also get to deal with fine lines, wrinkles, dry patches, & flaking. I would like to talk to the person in charge of skin issues. I'm going to start a petition that says you should only have to deal with wrinkles or breakouts - not both!

I don't use a single drugstore product in my skincare routine. It's not because I'm a product snob - it's that they either don't work well for me or because I refuse to use products that contain harsh ingredients (that can contribute to aging of the skin). Don't get me wrong - there are plenty of high-end products that are also full of harsh ingredients, too - and I don't use those either.

So how am I going to deal with the flaking without causing clogged pores, breakouts, or even more dry skin? I don't usually like facial scrubs. No way would I use baking soda on my face - brown sugar is a better option, but it doesn't work well for me. Most store scrubs contain ingredients that are way too harsh on the skin - either chemically, the actual scrub particles, or both. For years, for exfoliation, I have used BHA products. But my skin objects to that now.

(A note about BHA products - IMO, there are NO good drugstore BHA products. BHA is a tricky thing - pH is extremely important for it to work properly. Most drugstore products don't have the proper pH - and/or they also contain other ingredients that are bad for the skin. That's one reason why I started making BHA products myself. The only other BHA products I would recommend would be Paula's Choice.)

Anyway, back to me and my skincare concerns.  :-)

There are a couple of products that I've tried lately that I like. So far. Both are facial scrubs and I received them as samples with purchases I made. The down side is that both are fairly expensive.


One is Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner - 3.5 oz. $40

The website description: "Creamy, clay-based scrub exfoliates with bamboo extract and energizes with tourmaline to leave skin radiant and refined. Dermatologist-tested. Non-acnegenic."
Directions: With fingertips, massage onto moist face, neck and décolleté. Remove with warm moistened towels. Blot dry. Brush away particles. Should be used twice weekly.

This is a fairly thick, but easy-to-apply product. You can tell that it's clay-based from the consistency. The particles in it are very fine, so I feel like they aren't making tiny tears in my skin (which is what products like St. Ives scrubs with the pieces of walnut & apricot shells can do). A little goes a long way, and after rinsing, my skin feels smooth and soft. This product reminds me of a microdermabrasion cream that I used to use - and liked a lot. They also make a cleanser with the little scrubbing particles, but I don't like it as well.


The other is Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish - 3.4 oz. $30, 6.8 oz. $42
From the website: "This effective scrub cleanses and exfoliates, removing dead skin cells to leave skin smooth and even-toned. Suitable for all skin types, Face Polish helps remove dead skin cells with purifying microbeads, while emollients soften the skin."
Directions: Place a small amount onto your fingertips and gently massage into dampened skin. Rinse with warm water.

I believe the scrubbing particles in this product are jojoba beads. The consistency of this scrub is creamier than the Aveda, and the product is more moisturizing. It also has a nice, light fragrance. I think you could probably use this product daily if you wanted, although that may not be necessary. You can easily get by with using just a pea-sized amount of this product - so the large tube is a great deal at 6.8 oz. for $42 - I think it would last 9-12 months if you were careful not to contaminate the contents.

Comparing the two products: Well, I can't really compare them. To me, they're different types of scrubs. The Aveda one is more of a "treatment" that is used once or twice a week. The Laura Mercier one is more of a routine-use product that you would use daily or every other day. I think they both serve a purpose - and it really depends upon your skincare needs as to which one would be best. But since I don't intend to shell out $80+ for facial scrubs, I'll have to make a choice. I think I'll use the rest of the Laura Mercier sample and then reevaluate my  skin. If it still seems like I need more frequent exfoliation, I'll repurchase the Laura Mercier - if I think I can cut back to exfoliating a couple of times per week, I'll repurchase the Aveda. At least I think that's what I'll do. I might have to get back to you on this. :-)
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