I’m back with another Best of 2012 post (there are only 2 left!) and today’s post focuses on my 2 favorite facial exfoliators – one is more on the natural side than the other – both are VERY effective at exfoliating the skin so I hope this helps those of you looking for a nice facial exfoliant!
The first one may not be a surprise to most of you as I have raved and raved about Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold for awhile now and it is absolutely worth the hype! When you use this one properly, it really does reveal brighter, clearer, more beautiful skin over time. It’s unique in the way that you use it because it comes out like a watery toner consistency which you apply with a cotton pad after you’ve cleansed your skin. Then, you don’t apply anything else – just this – and leave it on overnight. So, no lotion or serum or anything except some eye cream, if you like, and the next day, your skin will look much improved! I was so excited the first time I used it because I didn’t know if I’d see the results so quickly or not and was scared of being disappointed, but it definitely didn’t let me down! I even think this has helped diminish some minor acne scars I have on my cheeks as well. The only hitch with this product is I recommend that it be used after you’ve really deeply cleansed your skin (or double cleansed) so that it can really penetrate deeply. If not, I notice that on nights when I’ve used it and been lazy with my cleansing, I can see it doesn’t make as much of a difference to my skin as it would if I cleansed properly so that’s important and secondly, this is NOT for sensitive skin types. I can be sensitive at times and I don’t use this when I am. If you react easily with products, I don’t recommend this one. For exfoliation on sensitive skin, I recommend using a muslin cloth with a nourishing cleanser like the Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser or Suti’s CLEANSE Organic Balm which will calm the skin while cleansing and exfoliating mildly.
You can see my original review post for the Liquid Gold by Alpha-H – here.
My second favorite facial exfoliant is the Papaya and Willow Bark Smoothing Enzyme Exfoliator by Claribel Skincare. This one is a much more natural choice in terms of exfoliators as it utilizes willow bark (natural form of salicylic acid) and papaya enzymes to slough off dead skin cells. This is very similar in consistency to the Liquid Gold, but it smells a lot better (LG smells like nothing while this is a bit fruity smelling!) and is only meant to be left on for around 5-15 minutes before rinsing it off. You definitely feel the tingle with this one, though not as intensely as you might with the Liquid Gold, but it works really well nonetheless and does so very naturally. I love how minimal the ingredient list is as well - Aloe Vera, Papaya Enzyme (Lactobacillus/Papaya Fruit Ferment Extract), and Willow Bark Extract and that’s it. Also, this one is much more affordable than the Alpha-H and has much the same function.
You can check out my original post on the Papaya and Willow Bark Smoothing Enzyme Exfoliator - here.
What are your favorite products for facial exfoliation for 2012?
Let Me know in the Comments!