It’s fair to say that I’ve used lots of scrubs over the years that felt like dragging my face through gravel. I’ve also met lots of people who say that exfoliating does nothing but rip your skin to shreds and it shouldn’t be a regular part of your routine. Manual exfoliators are also often not good for the environment because they contain nasty microbeads, which fill up landfills and choke fish and suchlike.
However, my skin feels like it just needs a really good scrub every so often. I think for oilier skins, you can feel such a build-up that cleansing alone (even with a trusty flannel) doesn’t feel like it cuts it. Back in my teenage days I used to exfoliate every morning, which on reflection was probably a terrible idea. Nowadays, I probably do it as often as I change my knickers. So that’s twice a week. But this friends, is no ordinary scrub. It’s also a glyco-peel - so essentially an exfoliator with serious benefits.
It's glorious because it's both a chemical and manual exfoliant. It contains heaps of glycolic acid to dig deep down into your dirty cells, but it's also got some gritty bits (not the technical term) in the formula, which are apparently made up of quartz and gold dust. FANCY. So it gives your skin a satisfying surface slough, and a nourishing and renewing boost for the cells left underneath. It also stimulates collagen production, so leaves you looking plumped up and luscious. You pop it onto a clean dry face, but add drops of water as you massage it in, for 2 to 3 minutes.
And honestly, this is literally one of the three products I’ve ever tried in my life, where I was instantly like, ‘Woah, hey good looking.’ (The others were Vichy Dermablend. And a balaclava.) It buffs your skin like nothing else and I instantly look vastly more radiant and glorious. It does turn me redder than a strawberry, but so does a light breeze on a warm summer’s day, and it doesn’t take long to fade. If you have super sensitive skin though, tread with caution.
Now for the downsides - it does cost £45, which is hefty. But you don’t need much, it lasts months, and it’s cheaper than the work of a professional microdermabrasion artiste. The brand doesn’t seem to get huge amount of buzz, I'm not sure why but I'll definitely be investing in some of their other products in the future. You can pick up their stuff on their website, or at Harvey Nicks.
PS: Investing in environmentally sound beauty products is something I'm really keen to get to grips with this year. If anyone's interested in removing microbeads from their routine, check your ingredients lists for polyethylene and polypropylene - these are just types of plastic. OR there’s a really clever app where you can scan the barcode of your scrub to see if it contains them. It's not totally comprehensive, but it's a really helpful place to start.