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Exfoliate For a Brighter Face

These are my two favorite exfoliator's as of now. I never really bothered with Exfoliator's before and was happy with the good old St Ives face scrub. But I have noticed a huge different in my skin texture and condition since when I have incorporated these products in my skin care regime.

First one up is the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator. Most brands overuse the word 'gentle' when describing their products but when people at Liz Earle use it, they make sure it is. Some of the main ingredients include Cocoa butter, Eucalyptus and Fine Jojoba beads.

This product is not harsh on the skin at all and is in fact very moisturizing. The consistency of it is super creamy with micro beads incorporated within. When you apply it to your skin, its more cream and less beads which I really like!

It is one of those products that you use twice a week theoretically but I use it every alternate day or whenever my skin feels dull. I can feel it working its magic and removing dead skin cells and impurities from the skin leaving me with soft brighter skin. Again this 70 ml bottle for £12.25 will last you ages. They even do smaller sizes for real cheap!

It also helps keep those occasional spots under control in my opinion. As this is kind on the skin and does not feel abrasive, I use this along with a facial sponge that you get easily in drugstores. This way I feel I have my little home-made microdermabrasion system once in a while :p

The second one is the Purity Facial Exfoliator and retails for £5.99 for 100ml. These are also available in Superdrug I believe and I would consider them to reach out to more people as they are so affordable and great value for money as compared to other drugstore brands.

Some of the main ingredients include Ground Coconut Shell, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Aloe Vera. This one is supposed to be moisturizing as well but I find this to give me a tighter feeling on my face after use but that is common with most of exfoliating products.

I tend to use this once a week as it is slightly more abrasive than the Liz Earle one but nonetheless it leaves me with a brighter looking and a clearer face, which is what we all want right?

So that is my take on both high end and low end exfoliating products. Both are good in their own ways and I use them religiously every other day. However this is what suits my combination-sensitive skin and it might not suit yours. Over exfoliation on sensitive skin may lead to thinning of the skin and dryness eventually.

Using these with a facial sponge did make a tremendous difference to my skin, so do check those out in your local drugstore people. It just feels so great after a short session of exfoliation and is undeniably a perk-me-up for me :)

http://www.purityorganicskincare.co.uk/ - Organic Skincare
http://uk.lizearle.com/ - Naturally Active Skincare
Resham said...

St Ives face scrubs are pretty abrasive...i liked the 7 day scrub cream frm Clinique and that micro dermabrasion cream one frm Origins..
I dunno if i cud get the ones you suggested in USA...I shud do a bit research...

Sheefa F said...

Liz Earle have a US website Resham and you should definitely give their products a go :)

Roshni said...

Stupid question.. But how do you use a sponge with the exfoliator? Thanks :) I have combination and sensitive skin too so this is really helpful xx

Sheefa F said...

aww thanks Roshas :) Once you apply the exfoliator on your face, buff it on your skin with a facial sponge for about 1 to 2 minutes in circular motions. This will make sure the exfoliator/cleanser will work effectively :)

missy_ellie_uk said...

I love the Liz Earle exfoliator, I had a sample of that with a set I got for Christmas, and even that tiny size lasted me for ages! This is one product I'll definitely be repurchasing. Thanks for the tup about using a facial sponge, I'll have to try that.

Ellie x

missy_ellie_uk said...

that should be *tip* about the facial sponge, oops!


I'm going to try them - have been searching soooo long for the right ones....

Karleigh said...

great post, i LOVE st ives but have been using my Lush dark angels alot lately the only thing that irks me is its quite messy =0/ and you have to scoop a bit out with your dry hands and put a bit onto the lid, then dampen your face and then take the lump off the lid because if you get water in the tub it can cause bacteria lol

long tings!


Cynthia Z said...

The Liz Earle one sounds nice. N I like the ingredients in the Purity one :)


Farah said...

Great post St Ives is always a fav do you guys get Queen Helene scrubs? they are amazing!

Jade said...

oooh i <3 liz earle... No7 is really good though and much cheaper :)!




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