Happy Friday people! The Best of series continues today with, in my opinion THE MOST important part of your skincare routine. Exfoliating is the one thing that changes your skin texture, it minimises lines and wrinkles and generally makes your skin look and feel more youthful. This is one place that you should always spend some cash, I think if you get this right what comes after (serums, moisturisers etc.) become less important. So if you are having a broke month, and lets face it more and more of us have way less money to be spending on lotions and potions now, you should never buy cheap a exfoliator. Some cleansers have active ingredients that will lightly exfoliate your skin everyday but even so you will need to use a deeper exfoliator at least once a week.
First on my list is from Sisley. Buff and Wash Facial Gel is Sisley’s most popular cleansing product in Ireland. It is a unisex product which leaves your skin feeling fresh and awake in the morning. It contains natural plant extracts and essential oils, Verbena and Lavender, which gently cleanse your skin and also exfoliates dead skin cells. It has soy which has soothing properities and poppy which will soften your skin but also makes this cleanser and exfoliator extreamly gentle and can be used every day. The ultra-mild formula preserves the skin’s natural pH. There is also extract of lemon which will help make your skin more radiant. Use this product on both your face and neck to get the best results and make sure to use quick stroking movements with moist fingertips while you cleanse. Sisley is available in Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork and also in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum Town Centre.
Next on my list is another product from Alpha H, I know I am always talking about this brand but it really is incredible. Alpha-H Micro Cleanse Exfoliator is a gentle, multi-tasking exfoliator for normal, dry, oily and combination skin types. Again this is on sale on BeautyBay.comand you can now get two for the price of one, normally costs €29.10 and comes with free delivery. Micro Cleanse Exfoliator is renowned as a microdermabrasion treatment in a tube and is specially formulated with Macadamia Nut Oil and Cucumber Extract to moisturise and brighten the skin. It will not dry out or damage your skin. It contains Glycolic Acid my favourite skincare ingredient. It can also be used as a masque once in a while.
Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is one of those products that really works. It is the brands number one selling exfoliators worldwide. The reason that it works so well is that it is a gentle rice-based powder which activates upon contact with water. When activated it releases Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. This works pactulicularlly well for people with acne as Salicylic Acid is one of the best ingredients to help beat acne. It costs €51.20 and is available in beauty salons nationwide. I know that it seems a lot but one of these should last about 6-9 months. You should only use a tea spoon size amount each day. I know that a lot of us think that the more you use the better it will be, but in actuality this makes it more difficult for the products to work!