Sunday, February 5, 2012

Skincare: My Top 3 Exfoliators

One of the most important skincare steps in my routine is exfoliation. It's so important to routinely exfoliate your skin in order to get rid of dead skin cells. Not only is it important to exfoliate, it's also important to have a few exfoliators on hand so that they remaine effective. Once you start using a product daily, your skin automatically begins to adapt to the product. In order to maintain the effectiveness of skincare products try to rotate between a few. That being said, I've compiled a list of my top three scrubs and exfoliators for you to try out!

1) St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub (Oil Free) $4.99 at Target
 In my opinion, St. Ives produces the best drugstore facial scrubs. I've always been a fan of the apricot scrubs from St. Ives for a good exfoliation but they've recently become a bit too abrasive for me. I still use the apricot scrubs but only about once every two weeks. For days when I want a more mild exfoliation, I'll use the green tea scrub. It's gentle and the exfoliating bits don't make my face feel as raw as the apricot scrubs too. A wonderful choice for someone with sensitive skin.

2) Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub
Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, $28.00 on Kiehl's

Kiehl's consistently releases superb skincare products and even though I've only recently discovered their Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, I've loved it so much that I feel like it's a product that's definitely recommendation worthy. It has a pleasant fruity smell and an added bonus that initially interested me in the product was the use of real pieces of pineapple and papaya in the scrub!

3) Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment

This is probably the most hyped about exfoliator that I've used and I can definitely see why. This is really the only scrub that leaves my skin feeling detoxified for a longer duration of time. I have absolutely horrid blackheads on my nose that just wonderfully compliment the enormous pores that can be seen from outer space. I use a lot of scrubs and exfoliators to get rid of those blackheads but most of them only temporarily clear up my nose for a few hours. ExfoliKate has more prolonged results and I can feel an improved texture of my nose after using this. I have pretty sensitive skin and the first time I tried ExfoliKate I used the original formulation rather than the gentle one meant for sensitive skin. I immediately felt a burning sensation on my face and truthfully it was quite painful. I saw results but I didn't know if I was willing bare with that burning feeling again. I was overjoyed when I found out that Kate Somerville makes a version for senstive skin. A skincare must-have!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate (Gentle), $65 from Sephora
People are always trying to find ways to achieve flawless and smooth skin. One of the key tips to flawless skin is regular exfoliation. It gets rid of dead skin cells that easily build up and reveals the smooth skin underneath. Let me know how these work out for you and if you have any suggestions!

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