Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Scrub away the ugly!

I have about 2 months of back dated reviews to post. Eek. So let's start with a talk about scrubs.
Ever feel dull, flaky? Feel like you can't go bare faced because your skin looks muddy or uneven. Or put on that foundation to find that it doesn't quite blend well or looks cakey? Well you might be suffering from dead skin build up. Time to discover those youthful new layers of skin by scrubs.

Now scrubs aren't for everyone. If you have active acne, pustules, papules, open sores. Don't do it! lol. It can spread bacteria or cause more problems. If you have mature or sensitive skin, rosacea, broken capillaries etc, it can cause more irritation.

Otherwise Normal, Combination, and oily skin types can use it.

All about scrubs:
Scrubs are generally manual exfoliatents as opposed to the chemical ones such as AHA/BHA/PHA and enzymes. Which are generally referred to as peels. They can be gritty with just about anything added to them, ground oat/corn/almond meal, ground shells (super bad), polyurethane/jojoba micro beads, salt, sugar etc. Or they can be gommages I love these. When you first put them on they usually use enzymes to soften the skin, then when they try you just manually rub it off. Talk about double duty and they are usually quite gentle too.

Benefits:
Help clear out dead skin cells and black heads. Brighten complextion. Also help your skin care products penetrate better therefore equals less product waste and your products work better and faster. Affordable and fast!
My Reviews:

Facial Scrubs:
Fresh Sugar Face Polish
Pros:
1. Works. Your skin will feel like a baby's booty. I loooooove this product.
2. Stop action. Sugar dissolves with the essential oils so you don't over exfoliate.
3. Super moisturizing. Good for you essential oils.
4. Smells awesome!
Cons:
1. Price. 55$
One of my favs. Definately not for the ones with shallow pockets like me, but every now and then I splurge.

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate
Pros:
1. Works instantly. Whoa what smoothness lasts for hours.
2. Uses Salicylic acid topical and encapsulated. Will exfoliate and help with acne.
3. Instantly brightens.
4. Affordable and really works.
Cons:
1. Updated: after using for 4 days. I broke out. I got two huge zits on my cheeks. WAAAA. Must be all that dimethicone. It was finely milled so I was positive. Especially because of the way it really brightened and softened the skin. I don't think I'll recommend this for oily/combination skin. I trust this will work well for drier skin types.
2. Frequently sold out :(
My Fav hands down. So good, so affordable. I wonder how long before they discontinue or reformulate. Something so good can't last this long lol.

Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream
Pros:
1. Gentle. I always recommend this for sensitive skin types.
2. Paraben/Sulfate free.
3. Natural.
4. Price. Good price for the quality.
Cons
1. Smell. Not terrible but not my fav.
2. So so moisturizing.
One of my top recommendations for sensitive skin types. Works period.




Cosmedicine Medi-Morphosis Self Adjusting Exfoliator
Pros:
1. Stop action Crystals. Whoa never over exfoliate.
2. Anti bacterial. Organic sea salts helps exfoliate as well.
3. Size. For the price you get a heafty load. This thing will last for ever even when you use it the recommended twice weekly. Also comes in travel size.
Cons:
1. Witch Hazel. Can be drying, but good for acne.
Great for teens and men. Those who are prone to over doing it. lol works superbly.

Fresh AppleSeed Brightening Exfoliant
Pros:
1. Gentle even though it is really gritty with all those ground pomegranate seeds and bamboo.
2. Dual product. Also has citrus acids that act as AHA to further exfoliate.
3. Mulberry Root Extract. Further brightens skin
Cons:
1. Smell. Smells like dirt. lol oddly I like it but some might not.
2. Price. 60$ and it's not exactly large sized too
Cosmedicine Speedy Recovery Exfoliating Cleanser.
Pros:
1. Antibacterial. Tea tree oil among other ingredients to clean those pores.
2. Dual product. Uses urea as a chemical exfoliant for further exfoliating.
3. Hydrating. Without being oily.
Cons:
1.Abrasive. Oily/Resilient skin only!
Boscia Smoothing Facial Polish
Pros:
1. Natural. Uses Manann granules for a super gentle exfoliation. Paraben and Preservative free as well.
2.Can be used daily.
3. Willowherb. Antibacterial and anti-irritant.
Cons:
1. Very slow working.
One of my top recommendations for sensitive or delicate skin types. Great for preteens dabbling in skincare. I love Boscia. Very pocket friendly as well.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
Pros:
1. Retinyl Palmitate. Antiaging.
2. Moisturizing. Vit E, Aloe, Chamomile all soothe and moisturize.
3.Magnesium Dioxide Crystals to even tone.
Cons:
1. Abrasive so use lightly.
2. Price. 75$ Super pricy!
Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial
Pros:
1. Fast. It's a gommage so you leave it on the salicylic acid helps exfoliate and then you roll it off so you get double the exfoliating power.
Cons:
1. Harsh.
2. Not moisturizing.
Body Scrubs:
Fresh brown sugar body polish
Pros:
1. Moisturizing. Whoa don't need moisturizer for about two days. So silky smooth and radiant.
2. Smell. Bathroom smells good you smell good. It's a sweet citrus scent that's sure to please.
3. Natural. 7 good for you escential oils.
Cons:
1. Price. Eww 65$ WTF? This is the one of the most overpriced scrub yet.
2. Slippery. Feels like ice skating in your tub.
I heart this product badly. lol. It sends me into a sensual frenzy. Ok...that's enough drama. But seriously this is good.
Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
Pros:
1. Dual function. Great facial exfoliant. Even better for your body. You can use it everday on the body. Again silky smooth easy to use.
2. Won't make your tub a skating ring, hence easy to use.
3. Price so affordable comes in different sizes for your budget lol.
4. Unscented. Great!
Cons:
1. Mild. Which isn't a con in my book. You can use this day and night. So be patient until you see results
2. Not moisturizing.
My top recommendation for those who are afraid of the slippery tub and who don't like frill and smell. This works and is super easy to use. And the packaging is super sanitary too.

Clinique Turnaround Body Smoothing Cream
Pros:
1. Acutally brighten and smoothes those ugly elbows,knees and feet.
2. Moisturizing.
3. Saliclylic Acid. Used in two forms topical and encapsulated. Helps with chest and back acne.
Cons:
1. Really slow. Needs a few weeks before you see those results.
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Body
Pros:
1. Aluminum Oxide Crystals cheaper version of the famous in office microderms.
2. Lactic and Glycolic Acid. Help further exfoliation.
3. Green/White tea. Super antioxidants help with enviornmental assaults to further delay aging.
Cons:
1. Even with the affordable price poduct doesn't last too long.

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