Florence’s favourite: Facial Exfoliators

I am somewhat of a creature of habit when it comes to skin care. I love my Eve Lom cleanser, don’t vary my moisturiser or sunscreen choices much, and even have my favourites with haircare and cosmetics, but today I have a new ‘find’ to share with you all.

One thing I have always been a fan of is exfoliators. I love the feeling of smoothness you get after using them and the idea of sloughing away all those dead cells. Now that I use Eve Lom I actually don’t use exfoliators all that often as the muslin cloth exfoliates for me daily. However when I needed a boost I used to occasionally use Dermalogica’s daily microfoliant. I’ve had that for years though so when I spotted this No.7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator, I thought I would give it a go. Reporting to be so effective you should wear extra sunscreen, I was hoping for big things.

I prefer my exfoliators to feel like they are doing something and this one came out as a granulated paste, with an almost sand like texture when rubbed in. I was really pleased with the results too. Super smooth skin, as promised, and although I expect some level of tightness in the skin after exfoliating, it wasn’t overly uncomfortable.

I’m so happy with it, I binned the Dermalogica. My skin has cleared up massively in recent weeks, (more on that later,) so I was really keen to make the most of it. Add to that the fact that I’ve been thinking about stepping up my skin-care in view of my recent big-three-oh birthday and I think this product is worth a try if you want to do the same. At £11 I didn’t think it was too expensive either, just over a third of the price of the Demalogica.

Have you tried the No.7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion exfoliator? Or have you got a favourite you can recommend here?


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19 thoughts on “Florence’s favourite: Facial Exfoliators

  1. Indeed I have and I love it. I snaffled a sample of it from my mum years and years ago and have used it ever since. I’ve swayed a few times (Sanctuary glycolic peel thing and Dermalogica to name a few) but nothing ever comes close to the No7 one. Defo a bathroom cabinet staple for me! super cheap too, and there’s always those Boots £5 off vouchers knocking about – which makes it UBERcheap! 🙂

  2. Think I’ll definitely be giving this one a go, sounds great and I’d been thinking of looking into dermabrasion anyway.

    My favourite skin find recently is Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – I convinced the girl to give me a sample when I bought a new concealer recently and when it runs out (which it isn’t even close to yet) I’ll definitely be investing, it really seems to brighten and smooth.

    Rebecca, I need to know more about the skin clearing up story.

  3. I’m just coming to the bottom of my Dermalogica so this is really well timed. I use my Dermalogica every morning in the shower – can you use this one as often too?

    • Good point Jessie. It’s actually so strong they recommend you only use it twice a week, or weekly if you have sensitive skin. And you have to use a sunscreen after it to protect your newly exposed skin!!


      • Thanks Rebecca. The idea of super sloughed skin once a week does sound lovely. Maybe I’ll give it a bash and see if it means I have to exfoliate less in general. It would be nice to save the pennies/soend them on something else!
        The other product I saw and was interested in recently was the No 7 repair and protect serum for the younger age bracket. Maybe it was just some nifty marketing but it looked like they were tageting several different ‘anti aging’ brackets now. I wonder whether any one has any opinions on these…?


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  4. Great post Rebecca.

    I might have to give it a try next when my current exfoliator (Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Purifying Scrub) runs out!

  5. The No.7 gets my vote too, I’ve been using it for a while. I mix with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish to make it creamier and more cushioning – even less sensitivity/tightness afterwards, if any at all.

  6. Sounds like it does the job! Will definitely give it a go the next time there’s a No7 £5 off voucher doing the rounds. In fact, that would be a good subject for a future post – what are the recommended products for making use of the £5 off vouchers. I’d definitely recommend the No 7 nude lip pencil.

  7. I love exfoliators!! The feeling after cant be beaten, I exfoliate once a week as I use a muslin cloth to take wash my face but I have sworn by the (cheap and cheerful albeit) st Ives apricot scrub for years now!! Might get this as a post baby treat when the bugger makes an appearance…2 days late now, get out already!!

  8. I’ve previously used Origins microdermabrasion pads and I’d recommend those. You need to use them twice a week but they do make a difference. Like Rebecca though, I’ve found my GOLD standard skin care and now I’m never going back to faffing with 6 different pots when one will do.

    Having umm-ed and ahh-ed about Liz Earle and Eve Lom for freaking AGES I recently decided to buy a whoppingly massive cleanser (the 200ml…cheaper per ml) and I can’t explain how much better it is to Liz Earle. I know its expensive but I started to have regular facials (I’m not doing well about being the big three-urgh either) and so decided to treat myself using our cheap in house beauty lady. I tried a few facials with the various people and then thought that rather than spending £30 a month I should be investing in some damn good daily use skincare at home. I was a bit sceptical about Eve Lom because I thought the benefits would be from the cloth, which you can get for £11 with Liz Earle. However, my skin feels amazing – I can’t explain how squeaky clean it makes me feel without looking squeaky.

    For body, I’ve started using the Sanctury Hot Sugar treatment. Its lush. Am I the only one that finds body buffing a pain in the ARSE?

  9. I’ve been using the No 7 Men’s exfoliator scrub for the last few years, which is excellent so I’d be really interested to try this one. I discovered it by accident when I stole it fromt other half, but it might be nice to have a more feminine fragrance!

  10. I use the no.7 exfoliator too and the total renewal body scrub which i started using in the run up to my wedding a couple of years ago- i really noticed a difference using both-im very pale and didnt want a fake tan for my wedding but i’m sure using the scrub made my skin look extra smooth in the photos!

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