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Save or Splurge | Exfoliators

If you want to catch up on this series read the first post here.

I hope my preamble is never too boring for you to get through; I just like to provide context. It's important that you know why I'm thinking what I'm thinking. So, I had to separate cleansers from exfoliators cause these have to be viewed under a different set of parameters. Initially, I thought I would even further separate physical exfoliators from chemical ones but the more I look at my stash I realise that isn't an accurate reflection of the products I've tried.

Recently I saw this hilarious post from Lotus Touch Beauty:

#factsonly πŸ˜€

So save or splurge? Splurge (within reason).

This one really comes down to knowing your ingredients. Especially if you have sensitive skin. All of my favourite exfoliators feature a physical component - some agitator that activates when you rub the product on your face - and acids and/or enzymes that "eat away" at the top layer of the skin. Check out the posts below:

REN Micro Polish Cleanser
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask 
Ole Henriksen 2-in1 Polishing Sugar Mask

Though the Peter Thomas Roth and Ole Henriksen products aren't cleansers - i .e. you have to use them on clean skin, they feature the same duo-exfoliating properties. If you have super sensitive I would recommend those powder wash thingies.

Detox Gentle Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash - £38 for 2 oz. image

Ingredients: Glyceryl Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Lime Extract, Lemon Extract, Maltodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Vitamin C, Coconut Oil, Lipase, Subtilisin, Acai Berry Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Fruit Extract, Bilberry Extract, Tocopherol, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder.

Josie Maran Argan Exfoliating Cleansing Powder - $40USD for 2 oz. image

Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Argania Spinosa Shell Powder**, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cellulose Gum (Carboxymethyl Cellulose)**, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract**, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal**, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch**, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclodextrin**, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil**, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract**, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil**, Papain**, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Powder**, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract**, Limonene**. **Natural.

Those are some more expensive examples. Biore caught on to the trend and released an affordable option...though the ingredients aren't good.

Biore products -
As seen in Collins

Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub ingredients -

Fragrance? Menthol? Double nope.

To clarify my "within reason" statement: I also don't believe that we should be swayed by brand names. More expensive doesn't always equal better. You must be tired of hearing me say this but you really do have to check the ingredients.

And on the St. Ives dig 😝for a long time we thought that Apricot scrub was the business right? Yeah...only to realise later how many people were complaining about the walnut shell particles actually cutting their skin. To be fair, St. Ives has supposedly reformulated this product. It's now labelled as their 'Fresh Skin' version and the ingredients are: Water (Aqua, Eau), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Polysorbate 60, Ceteareth-20, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Fragrance (Parfum), PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Phenethyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Methylisothiazolinone, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract. 
As for black masks...we gine get to that in another post. Hol' tight.
If you've tried the new St.Ives range and love it let us know in the comments. As always, please check with the skin care experts about what's best for your skin. Heidi raves about Saadiya and yuh know Jenai is my go-to.

p.s. Last call for Alicia Norville to get in touch with me.


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