Its time to Scrub a dub in the tub with Dermalactives

I apologize for the dark picture above but with the product being a dark green and the lettering being black I think the only way you can see the details clearly is after the entire jar is empty. Currently I am about halfway through with the jar. I’ll have to take a shot at photographing it once it is empty to see if i am right.

This is the Demelectives Elastin and Collagen Rejuvenation Soft Salt Glow Body scrub in Apricot and Green Tea. If this seems slightly familiar to you it was recently featured in the Dermstore beautyfix beauty box ($24.95 per month – I believe this was a feature in either august or September) and on the IPSY website.

According to the brand site…

This gentle soft scrub is enriched with Apricot Abrasive and Green Tea extract for natural exfoliation that is also rich with antioxidants and nutrients. It provides skin with the essential nourishment & conditioning while cleansing it of unwanted pollutants leaving skin looking fresh & clean, with a vibrant & naturally healthy radiance.

I am a huge fan of exfoliators (I think you know that by now) but finding a good body scrub is surprisingly difficult for me. I often feel like Goldilocks actually. This one is too harsh, this one is too soft. this one leaves too much undissolved particle in the bottom of my shower, this one leaves too mush residue on my skin.

I have to admit, i was somewhat skeptical of this one when I tool off the lid. while the scent is amazing, mostly apricot with a fresh green tea backer to keep it from smelling too sweet (Too sweet always makes me think sticky even if it isn’t. Not only was this not sticky but it didn’t feel mentally sticky), it looks like particles suspended in jelly.

when i dipped it out onto my fingers I thought at first that it was just speckled jelly. At first I couldn’t feel the exfoliates. Then as I used it they made their presence felt. The particles proved to be a good, yet gentle exfoliate that, when they did their job, dissolved and didn’t leave particles all over the shower tiles. To be honest i expected them to stay and exfoliate my feet until I scrubbed down the bottom of the shower.

they didn’t which was a pleasant surprise. In fact most everything about this was a pleasant surprise. The jelly melted over the skin, sticking around just long enough to get the exfoliates where they needed to be. While they did hydrate the skin a little bit, the gel aspect was much more of a conveyance mechanism. I’m sure it did some hydrating, but I still had to moisturize post shower and when i use the more moisturizing exfoliators I don’t have to do that.

This isn’t a criticism though. I have plenty of body lotions I am more than happy to work on using up. As I said before a good body scrub isn’t all that easy to find. This one was good. It exfoliated and washed away clean leaving no film on the skin as it left.

Sadly none of the scent remained on the skin. There might have been a delicate trace of scent prior to my toweling off post shower, but it didn’t remain and was obliterated by the body lotion I used afterwards. The scent was nice in the shower, but didn’t last so if you are looking for a clean smelling body scrub that won’t clash with post shower products this is definitely one to look into. As I liked the scent i was somewhat disappointed. I may have to search the brand and see if they have anybody lotion in this scent to go along with the scrub. I may not have put apricot and green tea together on my own, but it definitely worked well in my shower.



Trying out the Kate Somerville Exfoliacate: First Use

I have to admit, this one was a fun test for me. First of all you know I love exfoliators. I love the physical ones and I love the chemical ones too. In addition this is a Kate Somerville product. I find Kate Somerville an interesting brand.

On one hand there are so many people raving about the products that it is hard to believe the hype.

On the other hand, every product I have tried from the brand has lived up to the hype.

But this is the Exfolikate. To be more precise this is the Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. I have heard so many super fab things about this product for a really long time. Everyone I know has at some point tried this. The reactions range from ‘this is the best’ to ‘it was a little too intense for me but it was still fabulous’. In short I have heard no bad things about this other than comments about it’s intensity.

But what’s a little pain among friends?

And so I am going to pretend i have not heard any of the rave reviews and see how it works for my skin, after all what is fab for one isn’t always fab for all. So to the website!

thin layer of green on the skin

Reveal smoother, clearer skin in two minutes with Exfolikate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment from Kate Somerville. This clinic-inspired exfoliating scrub clears pores and preps skin to better absorb the rest of your regimen, making every product and ingredient that follows more effective.

  • Removes surface dullness
  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reveals a smooth, healthy-looking, glowing complexion
  • Helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
Dermstore

This product retails for $28 which is quite reasonable actually. According to the directions, a thin layer is applied to the skin, it is massaged in and left for a maximum of two minutes. And then it is rinsed off. The results I am looking for are listed above so I know what I am looking to find. And so onto the face we go.

I have to say I wasn’t expecting it to be green. I know that is an odd thing to say but somehow I thought it would be a clear jelly like thing. I think that might be because a lot of the chemical exfoliators I’ve tried have had that kind of texture. So i found it surprising.

The treatment was easily smoothed over the skin and before I even began the massage in circles part, I could already feel my skin heating up under the mask. I started the timer, massaged the mask and waited the two minutes.

They are not kidding about the intensity of the mask. It was quite intense. I began to have visions of my skin burning off and leaving me extra crispy like Spawn or maybe Freddy Kruger. About the time I was contemplating a life of horror movie existence, the timer went off and I gratefully washed the Intensive Exfoliating Treatment from my skin.

before mask left after mask right

Much to my relief my skin was still there. My skin looked less dull and was in fact glowing just a little bit. It felt soft and smooth. It is recommended that this product be used twice a week. I am sure that if i used it twice a week it would have some pretty good effects. I plan to try it actually. So while I go on with my other skin care I will go on with the ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating treatment. Once I am finished with the tube (or a month has passed whichever arrives first) I’ll circle back and compare my skin to the photos in this post. However I have to say that for a first use, this was quite the product and as impossible as it seems, it feels like the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment will be living up to the hype.



A familiar favorite for Face Mask Friday

Oh yes my darlings, this afternoon I brought back a familiar favorite. It is the Yensa Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing mask. I’m sure we have covered the basics before, but to refresh, according to the product page…

Get your SUPERFOOD GLOW on with our Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask. Infused with 8 orange skin-loving ingredients to help nourish and polish the face for hydrated, smooth, supple and radiant skin. The lightweight and exfoliating formula polishes and resurfaces skin in only 5-10 minutes! Pumpkin helps boost collagen and Turmeric soothes skin.

mask on

In case you are wondering the 8 orange skin loving ingredients are: pumpkin, turmeric, carrot, papaya, grapefruit, ginger, honey and orange. Personally I think they are stretching the term orange with both honey and grapefruit, but as I adore this mask I am willing to be a little color blind.

I chose this mask because despite the early in the week exfoliation, I could use a little bit more. (I always do this after being sick actually. It doesn’t matter what the illness is, I generally find that as I get better I need more exfoliation. Its like my skin is purging while my body fights the internal fight. But only when I am on the mend.) And this is an amazing and gentle exfoliation. It always leaves my skin feeling simply fabulous and I thought fabulous was perfect for a Friday.

no change after ten minutes

Plus even with my still stuffy nose I can smell this mask. It has a warm scent that it spicy, earthy and sweetly pumpkin-y (it isn’t a ‘pumpkin spice’ scent though) and just reminds me of fall.

This mask goes on clear but with an orange tint. It looks a bit like honey to be honest, but it doesn’t have the cloying sweetness or the intense stickiness. It does make you look wet for the 10 minutes you have this on. The wet look remains as you wait, there is no change in the mask as it sits on the skin.

turns white as you massage with just a little bit of water

And even though it looks liquidly and makes me think of honey dripping, the mask doesn’t drip, it actually stays in place well. I never lie down when I am wearing it though. even though the mask doesn’t move a part of my brain still thinks honey and I just can’t lay back on the pillows. I have to sit up. I have tried and it is fine, it just hurts my brain and becomes less restful, so I work at the desk while it is on. I just have to use the speaker phone if I answer any calls.

when the ten minutes are up, I return the toe bathroom sink. I put a little water on my hands and massage the mask into the skin. Here the masks starts to turn white and the exfoliation comes into play. I massage the mask in small circles periodically dipping my hands under the tap for a little more water. Then when I felt I have had enough exfoliation I rinse the last of the fine grained particles away.

before mask on left, after mask on right, not much difference in the photos, it is a gentle exfoliation after all, but the skin feels so much better, just ignore the baggy allergy eyes

As always my skin looks healthy and freshly exfoliated. It feels fantastically clean and I honestly don’t want to put anything over it for a bit. After a few minutes I will go in and put a tiny amount of moisturizer on my skin. Moisturizing right after exfoliation is always a good thing, I just love enjoying that freshly scrubbed feeling for just a little bit.

Today I brought out this mask because I wanted a little exfoliation and a reminder that autumn is on it’s way and that this summer will not last forever. This summer has been brutal in so many ways and I am more than ready for a change of the seasons. While this Yensa Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask can’t change the seasons, It can remind me that a new one is on the way and make my skin feel fabulous while I wait. As far as consolation prizes go, that is a pretty good one.

And as a reminder Yensa still has a sale going on: Yensa CBD cleanser is still on sale for 50% off (!!!) until Monday, August 15th. Use code CBDDAY22 at checkout and stock that cart up to over $50 pre-tax for 50% off the cleanser and for free shipping. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory and can help your skin relax and feel good while you remove the dirt and makeup from a long day. I really enjoy this cleanser and have used it a number of times.

Rub a dub with Saturday Skin

This week has been about getting my skin back into good condition. It took quite a beating recently. There was fever, there were chills, there were irregular eating habits (Ginger ale was my BFF for the week and while settled the tummy it added way more sugar than I am used to). In addition most of my normal skincare was skipped. I ended up taking my facial cleanser into the shower as a combination shower and skincare moment and that was about it. So once I started feeling better there was work to be done.

One of the first things I needed to do, was to get rid of any accumulated anything that was on my face and that is where the Saturday Skin Rub a Dub refining Peel Gel came into play. According to the product page the Rub a Dub is designed to…

Gently peel away dullness and impurities with power of papaya and pineapple. This refining peel gel gently cleanses skin and improves dullness with natural fruit enzymes. Natural cellulose lifts and removes impurities while aloe extract soothes the skin. Use one or twice per week to treat troubled skin and visibly enhance vitality and glow.

the gel, start with a small amount

When you dispense this gel it is a pinkish gel that does feel like there is an extremely fine grained exfoliate inside. While this may assist, this is mostly a chemical peel. What happens is that the gel pulls up all of the dead skin cells and left over products that are on your skin and rolls them up, like when cloth pills through rubbings and use, although significantly less harsh. these pills of debris as I like to think of them can then be washed away. leaving behind the beautiful skin that Saturday Skin says the product will give you.

And it does. This product works well, it really takes off all of the external gunk and leaves you with fresh skin. It isn’t harsh. It is very gentle but as with anything you can over do it so stick to once or twice a week. The fun thing with this product is that it will tell you when you are doing too much. The more often you use the product, the less effective it looks like it is working. This isn’t because it has stopped working, it is because you don’t have as much gunk on your skin as you did so there is less to remove. The more you have to clear off then the more dramatic the removal process is. If you use it and aren’t getting a lot of dead skin removal then you might want to think about backing down on your exfoliation.

As my recent skincare usage has been abominable, there was a lot to remove.

not the most attractive, but this is what the pilling up of dead cells should look like if you have a lot to remove

One of the tricks to using this product though is to start with a smaller amount of product than you think you might need. If you add too much at a time it takes longer for the gel to sort of evaporate and kick into motion and it wastes product. If you start with a little product and then just add a little bit more if you feel you still need it, the process is quick and easy and no product is wasted so this little tube will last a lot longer than it looks.

I am a big fan of this type of product. It especially helps me out in the summer time when I am sweating a lot and my pores have a tendency to gunk up and cause blemishes. It helps keep the surface clear of dead skin cells ad anything that may help in clogging the pores and thus reduces the amount of blemishes. Plus, right after use my skin feels amazingly soft and fresh. I like peels in general and Saturday Skin’s Rub a Dub is a good one that is gentle enough to use at home by novice skincare users who want the clean fresh skin but who are nervous about the words peel. there is no burning or irritation and as soon as you finish using it you rinse the last of the product off of your skin. It is affordable, easy to use and painless with good results. Over all, an excellent product.

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It’s Glam Glow for Face Mask Friday

My plan was to go through my sample sized masks and clear a few of them out. And then I saw the Glam Glow Youthmud Face Mask on sale. Now here is the thing. While Glam Glow and I have a hit or miss relationship, I adore this mask. I have had numerous sample sized tubes of it come my way over the years. Any time it is a selection option I choose it and if it is an add on, I add it. I absolutely love this mask.

But I have never had it in a full size before. I’ve lost count of how many samples I’ve had of this mask, but never gotten around to purchasing it. It seemed strange to me that i would never have purchased it, so I went ahead and purchased it. And when it arrived I still had every intention of using my samples. Except when I reached into the mask samples I pulled out the Glamglow Supermud face mask sample.

So I decided it was a sign.

I know, I didn’t need much convincing.

clean pre mask

This mask is an exfoliating mask. It goes on with a rough texture and sits for 10 minutes. Then you add a little water and do a bit of exfoliation rubbing before rinsing it off. They say that the mask feels tingly when it is on and I suppose that is so, but for me it is less a tingling zing and more like a bracing wake up sort of tingling. I always feel more awake when i use this mask.

Plus you know how I love exfoliation.

So today I am using the full size. I think I am going to use this as a full month mask, but it really only needs a twice a week use, so I am going to go for a Monday and Wednesday with the Glam Glow and Friday I an still use my samples. Since most of my sample sized masks are hydrating masks it should work out fairly well.

wet mask

With this mask I was surprised by how large the box was in comparison to the jar. The jar was the size I picture it being, but the box was very large and seemed like overkill. As usual I applied the mask, waited ten minutes, it mostly dried down and changed color, and my skin felt invigorated. It is a clay mask so there is some tightneing in it as it dries. Personally I really like clay masks so I am okay with this even if it does make me look like a grumpy guts midway through because I can’t move my mouth to smile. When it was time to rinse off, I added water, massaged a bit to exfoliate and then rinsed off.

dry mask

With exfoliating masks it is important to moisturize right after. Since I was moisturizing, I like to go over my face with just a little bit of toner on a pad to make sure i took off all of the mask before adding a layer of moisturizer.

Every time i use this mask I am impressed by how my skin looks and feels and this time was no different. i enjoyed it thoroughly and am glad that i will be using this for the next month. I am very curious to see what effect a month of use will have on my skin from this mask.

clean skin post mask

I will be monitoring the exfoliation level though and if it does become too much I will discontinue use. I will be setting aside my regular exfoliators while I use this because i am pretty sure that would simply be overkill. The exfoliating Glam Glow Youthmud Face Mask twice a week should be plenty for me. in terms of exfoliation,

Honestly I am glad that i am finally getting to try a mask that I loved in sample form in the full size. It makes me want to go through my samples faster and to double check my list for things I want to add for longer term use.

Which to be fair, is kind of the point of samples.

LovelySkin

Trying the Gatineau Gommage

I have to admit, I chose to try this out so soon after it arrived because it was the one item that came in my Allure beauty box that wasn’t explained in the pamphlet. I kind of find this amusing actually. There is an entire page about a lip scrub scrubbing lips and a body moisturizer being used to moisturize the body but not a single mention of the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage.

Because gommage needs less explanation apparently?

(oh and I checked, the Limited Edition refers to the packaging not the product so I’ve linked to the product on the website in the usual packaging just in case they take the Limited Edition down from the site. The difference between the regular and the Limited Edition is the color of the bottle – white for regular, peach for limited edition. If there is any other difference I couldn’t find it.)

Right, so let’s look at the product page on the brand’s website…

The perfect exfoliator for sensitive skin and for those experiencing breakouts, clogged pores, dull skin, uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Radiance Enhancing Gommage uses a mild enzymatic formula free from grains and beads to remove dead skin cells. The unique texture begins with a luxurious balm-like consistency, transforming into a soft nourishing oil as it gently dissolves the outermost layer of the skin. Radiance and luminosity are immediately increased and a fresh, glowing complexion is revealed.

Gatineau

Yup, it’s an exfoliator. Technically it translates to erasing or exfoliation and is considered a more gentle exfoliation than is traditional. well traditional here, it is apparently the more traditional French variety.

So now that we’ve had our morning vocab lesson, let’s look at the exfoliator.

I generally like using an exfoliator once or twice a week. This week has been interesting. In the summertime, time outside causes me to sweat a lot and while that causes me to seek out gentle cleansers so I don’t over wash my face as I add in an extra mid afternoon rinse, it also tends to limit my exfoliation use. I don’t know if it is just the summer sweat making me feel like my pores are purging themselves but i just don’t feel it as necessary.

product on and turning to oil

However this week has been different. The heat index popped very high, too high to spend time outside so it has been an indoor week. While exfoliation is usually a Saturday self care moment, I find myself thinking mid week wasn’t a bad thing. I think it may be the not sweating while staying indoors with the air conditioner aspect.

For whatever reason I decided an exfoliation was in order and as i just finished my last exfoliator, I chose this newly arrived one to replace it. The scent is light and fruity. It is like a peach mixed with a hint of mandarin. It is a very light scent and it also smells like fresh skin care. It is just enough scent to be a pleasant whiff, but still clean enough to smell of skincare.

it dispenses into the hand and feels like a gel. On the website the advice is to “Rub until the balm turns into an oil, then rinse’. So that is what I did. I applied to the skin, and felt it melting into an oil from the heat of my skin almost immediately. Still I massaged a bit and then rinsed.

product rinsed off

My skin felt fantastic. It was a very light exfoliation, there are no hard bits in it whatsoever so I’m guessing it leans more towards chemical exfoliation (hence the enzymatic in the description) If I run my finger over the areas where my pores tend to get clogged, they feel slightly more raised then they did prior to use. And to be honest, I felt that rise the next morning rather than right away. For me this tends to happen with chemical exfoliators. My skin will feel soft and extra clean after use and then the next morning the clogs in the pores will rise. this was done in a gentle way. It smelled light and fresh and gave the rest of my skin a good clean (with surface clear out) while bringing clogs to the surface.

This is all i really expect from an exfoliator. To exfoliate. this worked well, but gently and I think would be good for someone just trying exfoliation or who has sensitive skin. I would try it on the inside of your arm before your face if you have sensitive skin (and as always double check the ingredients list before applying it if you know you have allergies). It is however a very gentle exfoliator and I was very impressed by the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage. Prior to this I never heard of the brand Gatineau before, however with this product working so nicely, I think I may have to take a deeper dive into it. It was a very nice brand introduction. I just wish Allure saw fit to put more about it in the brochure.

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The Daily: May 26th, 2022

Today my darlings, I was sabotaged. The started off fabulously. I awoke after an actual good night’s sleep. I remembered that I needed to get up early and get my walk in first thing. I even checked the air quality stats and weather reports. Partly cloudy with rain later this afternoon.

Perfect. I double checked my sunscreen, put on my walking shoes and out the door I went.

The first half of my walk was fine. The clouds prevented the sun from a murderous attack but it was still warm enough that I had worked up quite the sweat. By the time I walked the length of the trail and was ready to turn around and come back, I was sweat coated and thinking longingly of the shower and fresh clothing. The sun may not have been as broiling behind the screen of clouds, but the humidity was high so the sweat was inevitable. It was like being in a sauna you couldn’t really escape.

But I finished half the walk and turned around in high spirits. A few steps into the return trip, the wind picked up and my spirits faltered. The wind kicked up and I could literally see great yellow clouds of pollen being blown out of the trees. Much of it fell on the pathway. It was very much like the trees decided to throw confetti on my one woman parade. Because of the sweat, it stuck. By the time I got home I looked like I was rolled in yellow dust. Seriously if you have ever added too much turmeric to flour when preparing a flour dredge for chicken, that is sort of what I looked like. Minus the flour.

I stripped in the laundry room and post shower I vacuumed the floor of the laundry room. So today became more about eliminating the pollen coat then about adding makeup. So I thought that in the wake of runny eyes and a beet red dripping nose, I would talk to you about the products I did use today.

First up, we have the Advil Sinus Congestion and Pain tablets. At the moment these are my go to sinus tabs. They knock out all of my symptoms without making me feel drowsy. It still makes me feel like there is a cheese cloth between me and the rest of the world, but it is just a slight mental haze that I can still work through.

The Soda Stream is there to rehydrate after sweating buckets and to wash out any pollen that I might have taken in. I can’t do anything about my nose and lungs, but it makes me feel good to wash my throat clear with carbonated bubbles.

For my hair, which locked in the pollen in every strand, I went with the Christope Robin Cleansing Purifying scalp scrub with Sea salt in place of my shampoo. The salt gets deep down through the hair and scrubs the scalp clean without being too harsh and the foam this product produces is thick and luxurious. I actually used the last of this scalp scrub in today’s shower. It is hands down one of my favorite scalp scrubs and today it was amazing. This jar is now empty but I will be reordering it probably later this afternoon. I usually pick it up on either the Skinstore site They have memorial day sales going on so this is one product I will be adding to my sales purchases.

Since I replaced my shampoo with scalp scrub, I went ahead and replaced my conditioner with the Kendra Platinum Intense fortifying hair masque. I’ve been using this a couple of times a week for the past week and this far it has been a really good hair mask. I don’t always like Kendra products, but this one is definitely a winner. It leaves my hair feeling soft and easy to manage. Of the Kendra products it is my favorite and the one I will reach for repeatedly. I think it is also currently on sale with Lovely Skin’s Memorial Day sales if you are looking to add a hair mask to your collection.

I also used my Honey Pot, because it is standard for my bathing and at this point i reach for it automatically in every shower. Ladies, if you haven’t tried this, you are missing out. It is a fantastic product to add you your line up. I picked it out just to try and see how it performed and have since repurchased this every time i get low on product. It is plant based feminine care and perfectly ph balanced to keep you fresh and clean. I can not recommend this highly enough for any woman. It is not about fixing a problem it is about self care. I am not an affiliate in any way, just a big fan.

While the packaging for the Daily Concerns Daily Body scrubber is in the above photo, I did take a picture of it before I took it to use in the shower. It has a nice sponge inside which hold a lot of the product so you can actually use less as the product comes out as you use it and the exterior is nicely exfoliating on the body. It isn’t that harsh an exfoliation, but you still might want to switch to a mesh body scrubber for your delicate bits. It may not be too harsh for the skin, but it is a bit too exfoliating for certain areas. This was my first use of it and I think I will get a lot of use out of it, it just won’t be replacing my regular mesh scrubbie.

And with this sort of exfoliating scrubber I really like to use a moisturizing body wash. Todays was the Olay Fresh Outlast Orchid and Black Currant Body Wash. Generally if I am not testing out a body wash, this is my standard. It provides a nice level of moisture which is always good for my skin, without becoming slimy as some moisturizing body washes can get. It was especially important to use a moisturizing body wash after the exfoliation of the body scrubber.

And of course post shower I vacuumed the floor of the laundry rom and porch where I entered the house, turned on the air purifier to high to clear out the remaining particles and then scrubbed off the yellow ring of pollen left in the bathtub after I washed it from my body. So needless to say, today did not go as planned. However I now have a very clean bathroom, and I am clean myself. In addition, may hair feels quite amazingly clean all the way down to the scalp. Even if it does mean hat I realized my hair color has faded and more grays are poking through than I realized.

That just means it is time to reach for the root touch up and to pick out another hair dye color to try. I rather like the darker color so I think I will be sticking in the darker range. I had fun with the reds, but I think the darker color might actually suit me better. Something to contemplate while I reach for the root touch up and get back to work. Settling back into my desk I notice the computer is now flashing a Pollen High notice at me in bright red. You know, just in case I missed it. Sigh. I hope your day runs a bit more smoothly than mine. Ah, the joys of spring.

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Using the ESPA Refining Skin Polish

I have a life long weakness for physical exfoliators. There is just something so refreshing and even exhilarating about their use. It is a moment where dead skin cells and any residue of any other product is buffed away from the skin and you are left with just clean fresh skin.

At least if you are using a good exfoliator.

while there are many exfoliators that say for daily use on them, I haven’t really found an independent exfoliator that I would consider using on a daily basis. The only one I can think of that i would use on a daily basis is the Olay exfoliating cleanser from their Regenerist line as the exfoliation is sprinkled lightly enough through the cleanser that daily use isn’t an issue. And while I highly recommend the Olay cleanser, this is not what we are hear to talk about.

the scrub, creamy with fine particles

We are here to discuss a separate exfoliating product. With these my personal use may vary, some I can use once a week, others once a month. It is very easy to over exfoliate your skin, so it is best to tread lightly. I also look for a product with fine particles. I find the finer particles much more gentle on my skin and whether it is true or not I like to think that the finer particles get into every little nook and cranny that some of the larger particle exfoliates miss.

So on to today’s trial. Recently I have been using the ESPA Refining Skin Polish. ESPA is one of those brands that I absolutely love, but for the most part I have tried their body and hair products. Their intensive Pink Hair and Scalp Mud mask is absolutely fantastic and I tend to get it for myself as one of my birthday spa treats. I am also a huge fan of their Ginger and Thyme shampoo and conditioner which comes in low waste pouches. (On my birthday I treat myself to an at home spa day with some of my favorite products, speak of as my birthday is in June I’ll need to get that order in soon.)

polish on

As I have had good luck with the non face products from ESPA I was very much looking forward to trying out this exfoliating facial polish. And it didn’t disappoint. According to the brand this exfoliator is…

A deeply cleansing, super-fine exfoliator that leaves skin feeling refined and smooth. Spherical Diatomaceous Earth exfoliates to help clear pores, lift impurities and balance uneven tone, while nourishing Rose Damascena and Shea Butter soften skin revealing a smooth and radiant complexion.

ESPA

I know some of you see the rose damascena in the description and immediately clenched up. Rose can be over used and there are some rose products that I just have to avoid because they are so rosy that I find them over powering. This exfoliator does have a rose scent, however it is very light and dissipates quickly. In addition, this is not a product you keep on for long periods of time. It is applied to damp skin, massaged in circles for a bit of exfoliation and then rinsed off. The scent goes down the drain with the product and doesn’t linger in the air at all.

skin post wash

The exfoliation particles are super fine. There were no harsh chunks. It applied easily and felt really good going onto the skin. I personally like to spread it out gently over the skin so I can make certain my entire face is covered. Then I massage a little in small circular motions all over the face before rinsing.

The only thing you have to watch out for with super fine particles is that it does take a bit of rinsing to wash all of the particles off. For me this was just a little extra splashing about and then I was done. I patted my skin dry and looked in the mirror to see the effects. To me my skin looked brighter and less dull, but then I always think that after a good exfoliation.

The part that did have me worried was the shea butter. While I love shea butter on my skin, sometimes when exfoliators use it, it can leave a bit of a residue on the skin. This didn’t. The shea butter absorbed instead of leaving a film on the skin and my skin felt both clean and moisturized. While I probably wouldn’t use this more than once every other week due to my skins needs, if you are in need of more exfoliation, I think you could easily roll this in a s a once a week product without over exfoliating. It exfoliates without drying or stripping the skin. After using, my skin felt fantastic and I am looking forward to using this exfoliator until the sample is completely empty. After that, I will definitely be repurchasing this ESPA Refining Skin Polish in a full size.



It’s Exfoliating time with Edible Beauty

For those of you who are subscribed to BoxyCharm, then you know that each month Boxycharm gives you points for reviewing the products in the boxes you receive. Each month I review the items, but often times when I go to their charm room there aren’t a lot of items I want to use my points to redeem. Recently I was in the charm room and I saw this Edible Beauty Desert Lime Flawless Micro Exfoliant face polish and I thought it looked like an interesting product to spend my points on. I believe it might have been an item in some of the base boxes for either November of December (not entirely certain about that as I don’t get the base box).

I love the internal seal

You know I love exfoliants and I am a big fan of lime scent. I don’t think people use it enough. And I had never even heard of Edible Beauty. Because I am spending a month with the Juice Beauty Bamboo Pore Clearing mask, I am bringing up a lot of buried clogged pores to the surface so it is also the perfect time to test out an exfoliator. The Juice Beauty mask may bring things up but another product is needed to clear what comes up away.

It turns out Edible Beauty is an Australian based skincare company focused on a holistic approach to skincare. When this is applied to the Desert Lime Flawless Mirco Exfoliant the site description becomes…

A gentle micro-exfoliant that uses natural rice grains to gently dislodge and dissolve dead skin cells and impurities to reveal a smooth and radiant complexion. Australian native Desert Lime deeply hydrates whilst radiance is further boosted by naturally-occurring AHAs found in Strawberry and Lime fruit extracts which work to visibly maximise skin hydration for a renewed complexion.  

This polish is enriched with a nourishing blend of oils including Camellia Seed Oil, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter which ensure skin is not stripped of its natural oil balance.  

Lime and Coconut scents complete the fresh and rejuvenating feeling when applying the polish.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetaryl Glucoside, Glycerin*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Saponaria Officinalis (Soap Wort) Leaf Extract*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Levulinate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Glauca (Desert Lime) Fruit Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Anisate, Acacia Victoriae (Wattleseed) Extract, Fragraria Ananassa (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Gingko Biloba (Gingko) Leaf Extract, Limonene^

Edible Beauty

I put the ingredients list up with the description, mostly because I wanted to talk about scent. It is an interesting one. The scent of this exfoliant has a top not of lime which you get right away. as you apply it though the blended scent of coconut and sunflower oils come to the fore front. They are not so nice and sort of block out the lime scent. It is clear there is still lime in it but after that initial lime blast, the sunflower and coconut oils scents take over. (not that is smells like coconut. Coconut oil has a bit of a different scent to it.

before water is added

I was very surprised to find that this jar was listed for $28 on the Edible Beauty sight as the package feels far more Luxe. It is a glass jar with a study plastic lid. It feels heavy and kind of expensive in the hand.

The exfoliant itself is thick and creamy, almost like a moisturizer that has exfoliation bits mixed into it. Given the oils, butters and wax in the ingredients list, it is easy to see why. The exfoliates are very fine in texture and when massaged into the skin they are very gentle. This is not an overly harsh exfoliator. The cream is thick enough that it can be put on the skin and then massaged in without worrying about the product dripping.

rinsed but still left with a layer of moisturization

The directions say to apply it to the face in small circular motions and then add the water to emulsify. The water naturally thins out the cream and makes it spread more easily. When rinsing off the cream I used water splashed in my face and my hands. The I toweled dry. I like this method when I first use an exfoliant because it lets me know what is left behind. The rice powder washed away fairly easily. I didn’t have to scrub to remove all of the exfoliate. It is a micro exfoliant so the particles are smaller and I think they were unable to resist being dragged down the drain when the cream itself was rinsed off.

I only pat my skin dry and then waited. Once my skin was dried down and no dampness from the rinse remained, I again looked at my skin. the exfoliation particles worked well, my skin is smooth. There is a just been moisturized feel to my skin as well. Given the rest of the ingredients I would have bean surprised it there hadn’t been. Typically I prefer when my exfoliators rinse of completely clean, then I go back in with a serum on the newly exfoliated skin and follow with my moisturizer of choice. While this didn’t leave a heavy layer of moisturization behind after it, it was still enough that I did not feel as though I should add to it and just went about the rest of my afternoon.

As something to follow a pore clearing mask, this is a great second step. Is it my favorite exfoliator? No. Had the scent of lime not faded so quickly and been replaced by the scent of the emulsified oils, perhaps it would have stirred something deeper in my heart. But alas the scent faded. More importantly, it didn’t rinse away as cleanly as I would have liked. However it was a great exfoliator, the moisturization layer it left behind is more of a preference than a deal breaker and it was all in all a nice product to use. I plan to continue using it until there is no more left in the jar and in the future I would consider repurchasing it. It may not be my personal favorite, but the Desert Lime Flawless Micro-exfoliant face polish is still a very good product with a good price point that I have no problems using. In addition, I would not mind trying out more products from the brand in the future.

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Giving the Pore Tight Peeling Mousse from NeoGen a trial run

Have you ever had a product you picked up for the sheer novelty of it? That’s how I came to purchase the NeoGen Pore Tight Peeling Mousse. I’ve tried a couple of products from NeoGen before. A few I liked, a few I didn’t. I was actually looking up one of those products on the NeoGen Website when I came across this product.

According to the website…

Unique mousse-type peeling formula with alginic acid found in deep-sea marine botanicals such as red algae captures impurities, blackheads, makeup residue, and dead skin cells within the pores of the skin to cleanse and purify the skin. The further added ingredient from purple sea urchins deliver tightening benefits to sagging skin for an overall smoother and firmer-looking skin.

NeoGen

Now normally after I list the basic product description I leave the website and go off on my own to try the product. For this product I am also going to list the how to use section because it is a bit important.

How to Use:

1. On dry hands and face, pump an adequate amount of mousse in your hands to apply completely across your face.

2. Thoroughly rub the mousse gently across your face until it completely disappears.

3. Once it completely disappears, make sure to completely rinse it off with water.

* Shake well in an up and down motion before using.

* Make sure to use only on completely dry hands and face.

NeoGen

I would like to point out that there are no other instructions for use. Or if they are then they are printed very small on the bottle and written in Korean. What I find missing from this description is how many times this product ought to be used. Part of this product sounds like it ought to be used daily in place of a cleanser or to remove makeup. But it is a peeling product and I am hesitant to use it more than once a week.

To try out this product I tried it on bare skin and then once on top of makeup to see if it was like a makeup remover or cleanser. I will say it did remove the makeup and my skin felt clean after use, but I felt like it was a waste of the product. It could be used that way in a pinch, but it is better on a dry makeup free face. You actually see more skin care benefits that way. When you use the peel over makeup then it just peels the makeup off. With the bare skin, it works on the skin.

As for usage, I tried once a day for a week and while it didn’t harm my face, it was a diminishing returns kind of experiment. Each day seemed to have less of an effect. Perhaps it is because there simply were less accumulated dead skin cells for the peel to remove. For me the best use time line is a once a week type of use, as though it were an exfoliant, which it kind of is.

awkward if you just try to dab it on, go in boldly and it works better

What this product does more or less is it pulls the gunk out of your pores so that your pores look smaller. What I found it helpful in dealing with are the clogged pores just below the surface of the skin. The first application of this Pore Tight Peeling Mouse, helped take away a lot of the smaller bumps and reduce the larger ones so they were smaller. With continued once a week use, there were less bumps in general.

Then I started using a pore refining mask (Juice Beauty). This mask brought more clogged pores rising to the surface and then I used this mousse to help clear them away. It Is an effective combo. I have several other masks that also raise pores (the Herbal Dynamics Cacao and Chamomile Clearing Mask still reigning as my favorite). Any good clearing mask will draw clogged pores to the surface so they can be more effectively cleared away. This Pore Tight Mousse is one of those products that does a great job of clearing away what is brought to the surface.

after the foam disapears

I would use a clearing mask to bring everything up to the surface, say on a Friday night when you are staying home and planning to be home all weekend. And then Saturday night clear away what the Friday mask brought up. Or make it a Tuesday/Wednesday thing. It’s your call. Just give the clearing mask time to bring as much up s possible before employing the Mousse.

Now while I did pick this up because I do like peeling products, I mostly chose this because of the novelty of the foam. I’ve only seen peeling masks in liquid form. The bottle looks like hair mousse. It also dispenses like hair mousse. There is a light skincare kind of scent to it, but the scent fades quickly.

After the foam and before rinse

While I like the fact that once the foam fades away it is time to rinse off the product, applying the foam to the face can be a little awkward. The best course of action is to be bold. Tie your hair back from your face, dispense the product into your hand, divide it between your two hands and rub it straight onto your face, concentrating on the areas you need help with the most. Don’t be timid or you will start to dab the foam on to your face and it will be kind of a pain because parts of your face will look like they are ready to be rinsed while others still have foam on them.

Just commit and go in with gusto. It is well worth it as once you are done, there are fewer raised pores and the skin is smoother and clearer looking. While I don’t think daily use would hurt your skin, I found the best results with once a week use. I did purchase this product for the novelty but in reality it is one of the best peeling masks I’ve used in a while. I am glad I indulged my curiosity and I would certainly purchase this NeoGen Pore Tight Peeling Mousse again.