You may have had to switch up your exfoliating routine this year, since microbeads have been banned. I have three products that I love and use regularly that use more sophisticated methods to get that desired youthful glow. Exfoliating is vital to making all your products soak into the skin better. When you exfoliate, rather than just layering products on dead skin, you’re applying on new fresh skin, which helps even tone.
Laura Mercier’s Face Polish is an exfoliator you can use almost daily. I usually use it in the morning in the shower, which makes my skin look a bit brighter for the day and my makeup go on better. I love the way it smells, the skin-softening emollients, and the purifying microbes that give it a very fine granular texture.
Recently a friend, knowing I was writing this column, said during lunch, “I have found a life changer in fighting aging skin.” When she told me it was Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate, Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, I laughed and told her I had it and loved it. I use it once a week. I usually use it at night. It can cause some redness, and makes my skin a little itchy; as the name says, it’s intensive, so it’s better to use when you don’t have anywhere to go. It looks the color of seaweed and has an interesting, natural scent. That’s because it is made with papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin enzymes that are formulated to naturally exfoliate dead skin cells without over-drying. It also has lactic acid, which is a natural AHA skin exfoliator, as well as rosewood and cinnamon extracts to stimulate circulation, honey and vitamin E to smooth and soften skin, and aloe vera to help soothe. The vitamin A in it has antioxidant benefits. Scrubbing exfoliants are designed to deep clean, while fruit enzymes clarify and renew, balancing hydration for smoother, brighter skin.
GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment is great too. It was originally used backstage in Hollywood as the 10-minute ‘facial in a jar.’ It is more of a mask since you leave it on longer than the other two, but can be used twice a week or as often as desired. In 10 minutes you will feel camera ready even if you’re just going to have coffee.
Exfoliating is a must, no matter what you use. Your other products will work more efficiently and it will change the appearance of your skin to be brighter, smoother, softer, and more youthful!