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?


Get your glow on: Part 1 [Skincare]

A little while back, Gemma asked me if I had any tips for getting her skin glowing for spring and it reminded me that whilst we’re thinking about spring cleaning our homes and gardens, our skin usually needs some TLC too. Whether you need to increase moisture after the harsh winter weather, or have problem skin that needs a kick up the backside before you look radiant in the new longer daylight, I thought I’d share my favourite skin brighteners.

Obviously, (given my background) I don’t believe in quick fixes or that a pot of cream or a face mask is going to light your skin up from within and completely solve a problem, but these are the items I turn to when my skin is in crisis and I’d love to hear yours…

Chanel Precision Hydramax Active Moisture Mask.
In the past, despite skin that is prone to breakouts, I’ve always been told that my skin is of the dry type so I bought this after seeing it recommended in a magazine. Now I use Eve Lom, I don’t need it as much but when my skin is a bit lack-lustre, or overly dry, I slather it on and it does make an instant difference to the level of hydration. You can rinse it off, (although I’d always recommend avoid water when trying to hydrate your skin as it’s a drying agent after all,) or wipe it, or leave it on over night when you’re really desperate and just massage it in.

Eve Lom Rescue Mask.
Unquestionably my favourite and the only mask I have ever used that makes a difference to a breakout. If my skin is playing up and I have an event looming I plaster this on and let it dry then rub it off and finally wipe the remains away. It has a medicinal smell with skin clearing herbs and calming ingredients and I find that 24-48 hours later my skin that was previously on a roll with breakout after breakout is mysteriously calm. This mask beats the fight out of it and I love it.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.
First off, I really don’t rate the Dermalogica range. I know many of you will disagree but it just doesn’t suit my skin and I find it overly stripping and drying. That said, this exfoliator is great. It really smooths and brightens my skin and I use it once or twice a week in the shower as a little boost.

Origins Modern Friction.
Another exfoliator that I really rate is this thick gritty paste from Origins. Massaged into dry skin and then removed with a wet cloth it really does the job of refreshing the skin and brightening it up. I know my sister is a fan and if you’re ok with wash off cleansers then this is a great choice. It also comes in a body version.

So, those are my favourite pick-me-ups, perfect for revealing spring fresh skin. They won’t change your life (perhaps with the exception of the Eve Lom rescue mask!) but they might help you choose your next skin care treat. Next week I’m going to share my favourite make-up picks to give the illusion of instant radiance and healthy looking clear skin.

If you’ve used any of the items I’m recommending then please let me know, or if you have a product to share that gives skin a boost at this lack-lustre time of year.

Lots of Glowing Love,

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