Nov 27, 2013

The importance of exfoliation

To keep my face free from impurities and make sure it looks fresh and smooth, I regularly use exfoliators not just on my body but also my face. The gentle exfoliating action renews the skin, preparing it for further treatments which are now heavier and oilier to keep it supple and plump during winter time. Here are three of my current exfoliators which I use in rotation.
Caudalie is a brand I feel a strong connection to in regards to their philosophy, even though I haven't used this particular product for that long yet. This Deep Cleansing Exfoliator is the "most thorough" of the bunch, meaning in my opinion it has the most noticeable peeling effect after only one use, providing a deep-down skin renewal and refined texture. Due to menthol being one of the ingredients this peeling has an ultra-fresh effect, while the grape pulp deeply moisturizes and soothes. Compared to Kiko's, this feels more like 'whipped cream’ in texture, with fresh and fruity notes of grapefruit and white peach for an uplifting and satisfying aroma.

The 3D lifting gommage was the first product I tried by the brand Kiko. This exfoliating renewing scrub is a purple cream with small but effective exfoliating granules. Compared to the one from Caudalie this has smaller granules and in my opinion it's gentle enough to use everyday. This is in fact something I picked up in an Into the Gloss interview: exfoliating everyday just might make the difference for you, too! One of our readers asked me after this post how I take care of my skin and I honestly think that exfoliating often has changed a lot for me: my pores are less clogged, people actually comment on that "glow" and I don't feel the need to cover my bare skin with heavy foundations. It's definitely an improvement for me.

The enzym peeling powder* by the natural cosmetics brand Kneipp is my most recent peeling, and compared to the other two it has an exfoliating effect without mechanical friction. I wet a little amount of the powder in my palm and apply it on my slightly moist face, massaging it with light circular movements. After a couple minutes it dries with a white finish and can be removed with lukewarm water after 5-10 minutes. The enzymes gently dissolve dead skin cells, leaving a silky soft feeling. As I know some people don't use peeling products with granules in them, arguing it leaves tiny scratches on the skin's surface, this enzym powder is a less harsh alternative and due to the ingredients (without preservatives such as parabens, without silicone and mineral oils etc.) safe to use even on sensitive skin.

Which are your top face scrubs at the moment? I'd love to receive some tips!

*This product was provided to me by the manufacturers or their PR company for consideration on Styleseeking Zurich.

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