There are two ways that I exfoliate: manual and chemical. Most people are more familiar with the first option, using a face scrub containing beads or grains that remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. I like this method because you can do it in the bath after you've cleansed and it takes seconds. I prefer finer grains in abundant quantity that feel like they're doing the job, but this can also be a little harsh for sensitive skin if you do it every day.
Some products I enjoy using are the Boots Skin Clear Daily Face Scrub; the StriVectin Instant Retexturizing Scrub; and most recently, the Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash.
|Super Facialist by Una Brennan scrub and Skin Clear scrub from Boots; StriVectin scrub available from Salonskincare.co.uk|
I have re-purchased the Boots scrub about three times now as it keeps my skin clear and does not irritate it. The StriVectin scrub I received as a sample. It is a little pricey, so I'm not sure if I'd spend over £20 on the full size, but it does do a good job and is said to have anti-aging benefits. Finally, the Una Brennan scrub is my latest buy. I've only used it once (last night), and I have to say it seems to be a winner. I woke up this morning and, rather than seeing my usual haggard morning-face, my skin looked really clear and bright. Vitamin C is meant to be fantastic for fading discolouration, so I think we will get on!
Chemical exfoliants sound a little hazardous, but they are amazing for the skin, providing you pick the correct type for your needs, and wear a high SPF in the daytime. I use Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Moisturizer SPF50, or Paula's Choice SPF30.
At least once a week I try to have a good old, full body scrub! Two products that I love are The Body Shop's Body Scrub-Gelee's (I have a limited edition blueberry scent, which is heaven on earth!); and Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush Scrub, which smells of sweet lime and is so invigorating and delicious. Of course, a cheaper option is using a body sponge and some shower gel. I do own one, but I can't resist using the two products I just mentioned as they make you feel like you have a fancy, new polished body!
This is the area where I could do with some suggestions (if anyone has any!). I wear heels nearly every day, therefore my tootsies are not as soft and supple as I wish they were. I won't go into the gory details, but they aren't pretty. Currently, I'm battling them with Avon's All-in-One pedicure, which is a cream exfoliator, and a pumice stone. I try to regularly work on the rough skin and have tried electronic exfoliating gadgets to no avail over the last few years. So far my current combo are keeping my soles in as good as condition as they can be without getting them professionally looked at!
So, what are your exfoliating habits?