March 28, 2016

The New Generation of Facial Exfoliators

     Back when I was in college, pretty much the only facial exfoliator/cleanser that was available (and that most college students could afford) was the St. Ives Apricot exfoliator/cleanser. I remember slathering that stuff over my face and thought "wow, it kind of hurts but it must be exfoliating my skin really well!" Embarrassingly, I'm glad I have since then long moved on from facial exfoliators that contain hard granules to facial exfoliators that use more gentle exfoliating ingredients derived from naturally occurring acids found in food. I've noticed that a lot of these more gentle exfoliators come from Asian beauty brands, and I promise you, once you try these facial exfoliators you'll never look back again!

Peeling gels were the first type of facial exfoliator that I tried from these new generations of facial exfoliators. It's basically a paste like cleanser where you rub over your face and you slowly start to see the cleanser form small balls. Supposedly these "balls" are your dead skin but I am a bit skeptical about that (read more in detail my review here). It's still a great improvement in my opinion from the facial exfoliators that use actual hard granules.

I love this stuff - at $65 it pained my wallet to purchase it at first, but it's well worth it. Out of all my facial exfoliators, the Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder is my favorite. It's gentle enough to use 3-4 times a week, nonstripping, easy to use, travel friendly, and it never stings my face. Read my full review here.

I recently reviewed this in full here. It's a really fun product, and probably the most interesting facial exfoliator out of the bunch because it "bubbles" and foams up. It transforms into three different textures, but it primarily exfoliates using salicylic acid.

This is the newest facial exfoliator to my skincare family, but it's rising fast to the top! First off, it smells delicious! It smells exactly like those Kasugai White Grape Gummy candies, but it essentially is grape scented. A full review to come next week of these, but basically it's a facial exfoliator pad where one side you scrub with, and the other you use to clean up or pick up what you just exfoliated.

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