Exfoliating is one of my very favorite things to do in this world. Right behind buying makeup that is. *Wink* I truly believe that exfoliating is one of the best defenses (along with living the vampire life) in the anti-aging battle. Why pay big bucks for all these fancy serums and creams if they won’t even penetrate deeply into your skin? Exactly. Exfoliation is key.
Now, I’m pretty particular about my skin care (err…everything) so here are some of the exfoliators in my arsenal:
Left to Right Swatches: Laura Mercier, Proactiv, Exuviance, veins (#palegirlrpobs)
When my acne started really flaring up years ago (thanks birth control – that’s the opposite effect I was hoping for), I went back to using my beloved teen acne savior Proactiv. They changed their formulas of yesteryear to a new and improved, hard-core exfoliator as the new first step. This bad boy can really slough off some dead skin with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and some solid beads/grit to the formula. The product description says it works using “gentle exfoliating beads” which I’m not sure I would classify as gentle but it’s not rough either. Maybe a light but vigorous cleanser is the best description?
Lately the Proactiv system hasn’t worked as well in clearing my acne, but I would still recommend it! Do beware the bleaching effect it can have on your sheets and towels. I’m a shower-at-night and sleep-face-down (the wrinkles, I know) kinda gal so my sheets and towels are now…multi-colored.
The Proactiv 3-step system can be ordered online (or in those mall kiosks!) starting at $20 for a 30-day supply or $80 for a 90 day supply as pictured above.
I think Face Polish is a perfect name for this product. I became hooked to these teeny tiny (yet super effective) exfoliating beads after using a generous sample tube (from one of my many shameful Sephora orders no doubt). I usually throw away foil packet samples…actually all samples…but for some reason this tube sucked me in. So well, in fact, that I splurged and bought myself a tube for Christmas. Merry Christmas to meeee.
I adore this sandy/gritty textured exfoliator. The best part – the smell! I’m extremely sensitive to smell and prefer all body products to have no scent at all but Laura is the exception to the rule. I can’t quite nail down the scent but it seems like a mixture of apricot, papaya, the purple/grape scented Crayola marker and magic. I don’t think this is especially effective on acne (which isn’t really the purpose) but it is certainly good at removing dead skin cells.
The Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish can be purchased online (when in stock!) or any department store with a LM counter for $32.
I’ve seen Exuviance on the fancy skin care aisles of Ulta but never picked anything up from the line because #gradschoolproblems #helpmeI’mpoor. But when Brand Backer had this beauty up for grabs, I jumped at the chance. Especially after I went on a Paula’s Choice/Beautypedia kick and read all about the products and effectiveness of every line of skin care/makeup that I use or am interested in trying. (Be warned, not for the faint of heart. Click expecting that you will not be happy with some of your favorite brands.)
But, I was particularly happy with Exuviance’s reviews and learning that exfoliating was this brand’s strength. The product name “Triple Microdermabrasion” sounds a bit scary and intense, but I find the exact opposite to be true. Because this product not only uses a manual exfoliator (the beads, or in this case, the crystals) but also solicits the help of 10% Glycolic Acid, I find it to be gentler than both aforementioned exfoliators. In fact, the dermatologists who created this line were the first to discover the anti-aging benefits to Glycolic Acid. (They even patented that shiz.) Impressive.
Similar to the LM Face Polish, I’m not sure that this product aides my acne prone skin (or is even supposed to), but it certainly exfoliates it well. If you couldn’t tell by the picture, the LM and Exuviance products also look and smell extremely similar. Sisters, not twins? I would say Exuviance is even sweeter than LM and it smells so delicious that I WANT TO EAT IT. But I won’t because I
‘m an adult certainly don’t want to waste good product.
I realize there are no drugstore options in this list. If y’all have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you should realize that I truly believe that you get what you pay for. That’s not to say that the drugstore isn’t a wonderful, magical place with some fantastic options, I just tend to shop elsewhere. If a $5 exfoliator had the amazing acids and ingredients of the above products, I would give it a go. I just haven’t found that to be true. Mostly I hear horror stories about a certain apricot scrub that has egg shells in it (sometimes) damaging people’s skin beyond repair. Nooooo thanks. But if you do have any drugstore suggestions, I’m all ears.
Also, I’m noticing that I always do reviews/recommendations in groups? For instance, I’ve done concealers or blush (and now exfoliators) and never do individual reviews (except for nail polish). Would that be something you’re interested in? I’m game if you are. 🙂 Just let me know…
What’s your favorite facial (or body) exfoliator? Have you tried any of the above? And how often do you exfoliate? Let me know in the comments below!
*Exuviance sample was provided by BrandBacker for consideration. This post is #NotSponsored I’m #JustAFan and 100% honest as usual. None of the links provided are affiliate links; I merely add them for your convenience. For more on my disclosure policy, read here.