When it comes to exfoliation, I much prefer the chemical variety. Chemical exfoliants tend to be gentler, with no scratchy particles to possibly break or damage skin. But that’s not to say that I always use them. There are some fantastic facial scrubs that do a great job of removing dead skin without damaging what’s underneath.
I’ve mentioned before that Olay’s European marketing annoys me, and they’ve once again managed by ceasing to offer their brilliant Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel System to their customers in the UK. For improving skin tone and brightening skin, I’ve found nothing better. It’s quick to use and gives instant results. Do take care with sensitive skin, though. It isn’t particularly scratchy, but the activator step is very active.
For a gentler experience, Oskia’s Micro Exfoliating Balm is a nourishing facial scrub with tiny, smooth silica particles that will not aggravate skin. Instead, it leaves skin silky, bouncy and glowing.
If you prefer a cleaner-mask combo, try Aurelia’s Refine & Polish Miracle Balm. By applying this thick, rich balm into the skin and then waiting five minutes, you’ll allow the fruit acids to get to work breaking down dead skin cells. With the addition of a little warm water, the balm becomes less viscous and can be massaged into the skin and then rinsed to reveal plump, fresh skin.