A good exfoliator is one of the most essential items I use in my beauty routine. Having acne most of my teenage and adult life, I was always trying and buying various products to try to make my skin better.
Now that my skin doesn’t suffer from acne any longer, I’m still always buying and trying new exfoliant products. Exfoliating and getting rid of dead skin something I like to do in order to keep my skin smooth, healthy-looking, and clear.
I’ve tried many exfoliating products in the past. Some were natural, some were harsh, some worked okay, some didn’t seem to do much at all.
A Controversial Exfoliant
One of the more recent exfoliators I last used was the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. The product uses walnuts for its “scrubs”, or walnut shell powder (as it states on their website). You can really feel the grit when you use it. Initially, I loved it and felt as though it was getting all the dead skin off my face. I thought it was a pretty good exfoliator at the time.
I read some reviews on the product. Some people say it causes micro cuts on your skin, while others claim it has happened to them. I was using it almost every day, and was really rather quite vigorous and rough with it on my skin.
While I’m unsure whether it is actually bad for the skin, the idea of the product causing micro cuts turned me off. I did continue to used it once a week, and made sure to be gentle with it, until I finished the product.
A More Gentle, Daily Scrub
One exfoliator I’ve repurchased several times is the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub.
What I love about the product is that it really is gentle-feeling. It contains soy extract, which helps with evening skin tone and reducing redness.
Is it a good exfoliator? I’m not too sure I see and feel a noticeable change before and after usage.
Although acne is no longer a problem I have to deal with, there is some very light redness on my cheeks. I have yet to use this product consistently enough to truly notice a difference, but I just love how gentle it is. I will usually use it a few times a week just for an extra “pick me up”.
Recently, however, I realized the product uses micro-beads. I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised, but it just never clicked. I will stop purchasing this product due to this reason only.
My Favorite Scrub of All Time
It’s a quick mask. You smear it on your face and leave it on for about seven minutes (although I have been known to leave it on for longer). It doesn’t harden or dry up like other masks would. After about seven minutes, use a little bit of warm water and gently massage your face, adding more warm water as needed.
As with any mask, I usually just use this product before I shower. My face always feels so smooth after!
Because it’s a seven minute mask, it’s perfect for those times where you don’t feel like putting on a mask for 20+ minutes. I’ve also been known to use it like a regular exfoliator without letting it sit. Suggested use it about two times a week or as needed.
My search for a good exfoliator has finally ended. Don’t get me wrong, I will still try other products that I may come across in the future, but Freeman’s Charcoal and Black Sugar Mask is an essential in my beauty routine.