We thought it would never come, but the warmer weather is finally here. This means more exposed skin and the need for some serious exfoliation and self tanning. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Exfoliation is key in achieving an even, streak-free tan, so today I am sharing the best exfoliators for face & body. You can then read all about my favorite self tanners and the best way to apply them here. Get glowing, kids!
I am not a huge fan of manual exfoliation on the face, (ie. grainy scrubs), as they can do some serious damage to the skin ( I made this quite clear on my Instagram, in a rather funny way, and it sparked quite the discussion) and much prefer chemical exfoliation and peels, but there are just a couple of manual exfoliants I love and recommend.
One Love Organics Cleansing Sponge// I talk about these little sponges a lot. They come in different colors for different skin types. I use the pink one, which is perfect for sensitive skin, mature, dry skin and rosacea. It detoxifies pores by gently washing away dirt and makeup. you can use your favorite cleanser with it and they are just so darn cute, aren’t they?!
Pixi Glow Tonic// This product has reached cult status and for good reason. Glycolic acid gently exfoliates skin to reveal healthy, glowing skin underneath, while ginseng improves circulation to keep your skin looking great. Aloe vera soothes skin as you tone, preventing irritation that can come from exfoliating. This cruelty-free skin tonic is great for all skin types, and is paraben-free so you can feel good about what you’re using. It is great for sensitive skin like mine.
Dermalogica Micro Exfoliant// This is one of the only manual exfoliants I recommend and use. It is a unique, rice-based enzyme powder that you mix with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to smooth the skin and accelerate cell renewal. It helps to balance uneven skin pigmentation and also contains oatmeal to calm inflammation, leaving my skin fresh and clean without irritation. One bottle lasts forever.
Biologique Recherche P50// I saved the best for last. This stuff is my unicorn product and has literally changed my skin. I read about it in a professional makeup thread recently and could’t wait to try it. THANK GOODNESS I did. My skin hasn’t looked this good in years. There are different versions and it can get a bit confusing, so I urge you to do your research here and here. It is expensive, hard to find and it stinks horribly, but let me tell you, it is all worth it. Initially, I thought it wasn’t for me, but they do make a sensitive skin version and it is a miracle worker. It has helped re-balance my skin and made it look young, fresh and dewy again. The first time I used it, my skin got bright red and I thought I had made a horrible mistake, but it calmed down quickly and Icouldn’t believe the difference the next day. I use it twice a day and instead of putting it on a cotton pad, I just take a few drops on my bare hands and apply it to my face like an essence. It saves product and money this way. It is like liquid gold. Send me a message is you have any questions.
DOVE EXFOLIATING BODY WASH// A new product to the Dove lineup, and I think it is pretty great. It smells like vacation and does a great job of sloughing off dead skin, leaving you super smooth and ready for self tanner. It is also easy on the wallet at around $6.00 a pop.
DRY BRUSHING// This technique not only exfoliates dead skin cells, it helps improve circulation, drain lymphnodes and can improve the appearance of cellulite. ( I am in!!!!) To do it yourself, start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upwards, or work in a circular motion. For the stomach, work in a counterclockwise pattern. Be gentle, you don’t want to scratch the skin. It is best done in the am, as it can have an energizing effect. I like this brush, because it has a detachable handle, but I can also use it on my back and it helps me apply self tanner as well. (Read more about that here.)
SEXAPEEL// Another product you probably have never heard of, but should. It is gently enough to be used on the face and body and is amazing at taking off all of the dead skin. It literally happens right before your eyes. You spray it on, let it sit for a minute and then use your hands to rub dead skin off in circular motions. You can literally see the dead skin ball off. Gross, but satisfying. I have heard amazing things about her water balm as well. I will be trying that next.
Origins Ginger Scrub// This stuff smells so GOOD! It contains sugar, which is a bit gentler and less drying than salt, and turns into a creamy lather that nourishes and hydrates skin, leaving it so soft and smelling good enough to eat. It has been a favorite for ions.
Josie Maran Argan Sugar Scrub// Free from Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates, this product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without gluten, GMO, synthetic fragrance, and formaldehyde. It is a very clean product and also contains a combination of coconut and argan oil, as well as shea butter, leaving the skin so soft and literally glowing. I also love the packaging – it is so luxurious and pampering. Just like a spa day at home.
These are the lates and greatest exfoliators I love. Did I miss any? Please share your favorites. I would love to know.
Stay glowing, friends.
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