Following my “Top Skincare Tips” post, I wanted to share with you my favorite scrubs. Exfoliation is one of my preferred skincare routine steps. I have tried and tested so many throughout the years from drugstore to high-end products, and fortunately some of them have made them to holy grail status! I will divide this post in two parts to make it easier for you to browse.
Here are the first ones in my list:
Peter Thomas Roth: Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
These exfoliating pads are simply awesome, without a doubt the easiest and most effective solution for women -like me- who not always have the extra time to take half and hour for a facial routine…or even if you do, you are just too tired to go for it. These will exfoliate your skin beautifully without any hassle. As detailed in Peter Thomas Roth’s website: “20% complex of alpha, beta, gamma exfoliators & amino acids, the building blocks of peptides. Exfoliates, resurfaces, clarifies and firms. Helps visibly minimise pores, fine lines and uneven skin tone with vitamins A, C, D, E & F, chamomile and green tea extracts. Fragrance-free, alcohol-free with soft pillow pads. For all skin types.”
After having cleansed your skin thoroughly, proceed to take one pad and apply it gently to your skin, neck, top of your hands leaving it on for up to 3 minutes, rinse with water and pad dry. You can use in the a.m. and/or p.m. I, personally, prefer to use it in the evening, following by a serum and cream.
I love how soft my skin feels after using this, and I do see the effects of a good exfoliation without having to use a physical scrub. I’m on my second pot of 60 pads, which retails at 36,70€ in Europe.
Kate Somerville Exfolikate
This one is sort of a hybrid: part physical, part chemical. The “physical” bit it’s a greenish paste that comes in the form of tiny beads, and then it contains fruit enzymes to lactic acid which adds to the chemical element. This one is pricey, but it’s a true gem worth every penny, will not be without it ever!
I apply it for 30 seconds in circular motion, not pressing too hard, and then leave it on for 3 to 4 minutes for the lactic acid to do its job. Be careful not to leave it on for too long if you have sensitive skin.
There are many mixed reviews about this one, some arguing that it’s too abrasive to the skin, but I am a converted since the first time I used it. It leaves my skin baby soft, it does get rid of little bumps, clearing my skin after a couple of uses, not to mention that it helps to even out the complexion.
Stay tuned for part II…What are your favorite scrubs/exfoliators?
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