I didn't think I would be picking up a facial scrub anytime soon, after some ropey encounters in the past (St Ives I'm looking at you). I know chemical exfoliants are having a thing at the moment, but sometimes I just want that extra polishing feeling in my skincare routine. So a trip to Boots later I picked up the the Purify & Refresh Facial Scrub from the Superfacialist range (currently only available in the UK). This range is developed by skincare and facialist expert Una Brennan and has products tailored for various skincare issues such as blemishes, dehydration and sun damage. To target my blemish prone combination skin I use the Tea Flower line, which is for deep cleansing the skin and keeping it balanced.
This facial scrub is a creamy thick formula with ultra fine micro beads, which you massage onto damp skin then rinse off. It contains skin clearing salicylic acid, grape seed oil to help retain moisture in the skin as well as cooling menthol. This combination of ingredients claims to keep skin clear, refresh and revitalise dull skin and has a gentle scent of ylang ylang essential oils.
I use this a few times a week and the smallest amount of product goes a long way. The consistency is not harsh or abrasive (such as the St Ives Apricot scrub) and not too messy or hard to massage into your skin (such at the Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish). As the beads are super fine it does take a really good rinse to remove all of the beads, but it's worth it as my complexion looks and feels refreshed. Even though I have combination skin, it can easily feel tight and dry if I use heavy products, but as it's SLS free it's not drying on my skin.
This facial scrub may not be for everyone but since introducing this into my skincare routine, I have noticed less uneven skin tone especially around my jawline and forehead. I do prefer using the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant but for an uplifting and refreshing scrub (the menthol is super cooling) this works really well and it's not too pricey.
What are your favourite facial exfoliators?
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