To get that glowing look, removing dead facial skin cells to reveal brighter, fresher skin is key. I have a couple of new natural based brand exfoliators, that help renew and refresh skin without being overly harsh, and not a plastic bead in sight!
Exfoliation is needed regularly, and although I am a fan of acids, sometimes a good blitz to remove dead skin cells is needed. As these are more physical types of exfoliators, if you have a sensitive skin/broken capillaries (like myself), just don’t overdo using. I find using just once a week, maybe twice if dry, (but not sensitive), is enough to refine the surface texture.
I always follow with a masque after using, in order to add moisture back to the skin. When dead skin cells are removed (however you exfoliate), products are more effective and economical on a fresh layer of skin. Both of these products have a creamy texture, and contain natural plant derived exfoliants to restore fresh glowing skin.
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner – £32 for 100ml
New additions have been added to Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics range recently, with cleansers (including sensitive), exfoliators and masques. This Skin Refiner is clay based yet creamy, containing Tourmaline, Sunflower, and extracts of Bamboo.
Cruelty free (PETA bunny), dermatologist-tested, non-acnegenic.
With Poria Cocos Sclerotium (mushroom), for its antioxidant and soothing properties, Bentonite and Kaolin clay for cleansing, plus the Bamboo stem powder to exfoliate.
To use – After cleansing, dampen face and neck, apply a 50p size amount and work gently over skin. Remove with a warm damp facecloth and if there are any particles left, simply brush off gently with a towel.
After using, I then use Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion and press into the skin, and apply a cream hydration masque for 10 minutes. After removing, I re-apply the hydrating lotion and a facial oil, then apply a moisturiser.
Ingredients : Water, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Powder, Calcium Carbonate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Potassium Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tourmaline, Bentonite, Sucrose, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract , Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cholesterol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-100 Stearate, Simethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Phytate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
I find this a lovely creamy texture, although I go extremely gently over my broken capillaries when using, and my skin is left smooth. I also find it brightening, which I am guessing is due to the ingredient of Tourmaline, popular in Korean skincare. I am also keen to try the Botanical Kinetics Liquid Exfoliant, as it would suit my capillaries and fragile skin. However, I use this gently and have had no reaction. If you are fine with a physical scrub, then you will love this new addition to the Aveda skincare range.
Available at Aveda UK
Living Nature Skin Revive Exfoliant – £28 for 75ml
This cleansing exfoliant from the natural, organic New Zealand brand, has a creamy texture, with Candelilla wax beads as the natural refining particles. This also contains Kumerahou, a native shrub with saponin compounds, which creates lather when wet and so acts as a natural cleansing agent.
This natural exfoliant is aimed at all skin types, but particularly oily and acneic, as it has an anti-microbial action. It is creamy, yet with a slightly tacky texture and has a fresh, herbal mint fragrance.
Ingredients : Water, Glycerin (vegetable glycerin)**, Cera alba (beeswax), Stearic acid, Stearyl stearate, Decyl glucoside, Sucrose cocoate, Xanthan gum, Cetyl palmitate, Sorbitan palmitate, Sorbitan olivate, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Glucose, Pomaderris Kumerahou flower/leaf extract, Parfum (fragrance)*, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Jojoba esters, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase. *From natural essential oils: Citronellol, Limonene **Certified organic
To use – Apply a 50p size to damp skin and gently massage in circular movements for a minute or two, although I use for 30 seconds on my delicate skin. Remove with a warm damp facecloth, and simply brush away any lingering particles gently with a towel. I apply a facial mist and masque, then after removing that, oil and moisturiser. Skin is left deep clean and super soft.
I went a little red in a couple of small areas after using this one, so I am guessing it was one of the ingredients, but noting major. I think for a more oily skin with breakout and acne issues, this might be worth a try for its deep cleansing and antimicrobial action.dry
Available at Naturisimo (and Botanical Brands when in stock).
Both creamy, with natural ingredients and no exfoliating beads to harm our seas, these work well to renew the surface layer of the skin. I find them fine on my sensitive skin when used gently, and my skin was left clear, soft and bright after using either product. I always apply a good mask to replenish the skin after using grainy exfoliants, providing skin with a good facial treatment. So, if you want that mechanical feel from your exfoliation, these from Aveda and Living Nature make good choices to help give skin that glow.
I know acids are hugely popular and many work well, but are you a fan of grainy exfoliants at times?
*pr sample and brand gift