Head to Toe: My Fave Exfoliators

Head to Toe: My Fave Exfoliators

How long is your daily body care routine? Does it change on the weekend when you (presumably) have more time? My body care routine is about 30 minutes on weekdays. On weekends? All bets are off. I get to luxuriate and it’s fantastic. Self-care is important and it can look like anything to anyone. For me, weekends are for the additional at-home spa moment. Whether it’s a calming shower or bath, followed by a rich moisturizer before I go back to bed, or it’s a DIY manicure and/or pedicure, it’s all important and it all feels absolutely wonderful. Whatever your energy level allows, do it.

One of my most loved things to do is to exfoliate head to toe while I’m in the shower, when I step out I feel like a new, pampered person. Keep reading for the products that I use, and love:

Face: 

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub, $3.99 for 1 Fl. Oz, Target 

This is one of my newest facial scrubs, I think I received the trial size (1 fl. oz) as part of a Target Beauty Box. No matter how it came to me, I’m just glad it did. This is a nice scrub for the face, but it requires a light hand, as it can be too abrasive if you scrub your face with too much pressure. Just a light, circling motion will do you just fine. And yes, your face instantly looks a little brighter after rinsing off.

Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion, $21-40, Origins 

Not one of my most beloved scrubs and I think it could be more gentle, especially since the word is included in its title and packaging, but it’s effective. This is your pick if you are more mindful of ingredients, environmental impact, and the like.

Derma-E Anti-Wrinke Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub, $13.99, Ulta  

I don’t use this scrub often, but I do like it when I use it and I have a feeling that with its specific targeting towards wrinkles, I’ll be using it more and more (hello, year 29). Give this a go, if you’re starting to see wrinkles in places on your face that you’re not okay with (for me, I’m okay with laugh lines, forehead wrinkles though? No, thanks)

Hands:

Just A Minute 60-Second Manicure Scrub, $12, Bath and Body Works 

This citrus fragranced, sugar scrub isn’t necessary, but it’s a nice treat to have around. Your hands take a beating daily from all of the touching, shaking, washing, typing, etc. Keep the skin on your hands looking young, and bright by using this about once a week, and following it with a rich, creamy lotion or oil.

Body:

Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish, $13.99, Target  

I had been hearing about this sugar exfoliator for months before I decided to finally give it a try. That was almost a year ago, and I have literally used every ounce of this gentle, moisturizing product since first trying it. It took a little getting used to, as my skin is typically dry and itchy and so I was unsure of how often I should use this, but once I got the hang of it and starting using it once weekly, my skin began to rebel less and become less dry and itchy, and it holds moisture much longer. If you have dry, sensitive, itchy or otherwise timid skin, sugar exfoliators are going to be your go-to, leave the salt scrubs alone. Your skin will thank you.  Also, I have to mention this scrub’s scent, which is the brand’s Original Pink fragrance and includes bergamot, mandarin, rose, peach, strawberry, jasmine, and a few other yummy notes. You’ll be hooked immediately.

Shea Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub, $7-$24.00, The Body Shop 

If you’re like me and sometimes want something more less fragrant (this smells faintly like the Shea nut it is derived from), and more down to earth, then this is the sugar scrub for you. Also, for the sensitive or irritate skin types, this scrub gets the job down with no fuss. It’s also moisturizing, although less than the Soap & Glory polish, so you’ll have to be ready to hop out of the shower, apply another moisturizer and lock it in before your skin has a chance to fully dry. If you’re looking for a way to try out sugar exfoliators, this is a good introduction as you can purchase a small size (1.7 fl.oz) for only $7. Can’t beat that!

Feet: 

Earth Therapeutics Refreshing Foot Scrub, $4.96, Walmart 

I use this in the shower, even though the directions explicitly tell you to use this on dry feet. The shower is easier for me. This is great for use in between professional pedicures to keep your feet from becoming too dry, cracked and crusty–not cute in warm weather, sandal season. This scrub is quick and easy. Note: if you use this on dry feet, as directed, then you may experience some tingling as it contains peppermint and tea tree oil. That’s normal, but of course, if you feel uncomfortable in any way, rinse your feet, and find something more soothing for your dogs.

Those are my exfoliator picks, I hope you enjoyed reading about them and that you’ll give one, two or a few, a chance. How often do you give your body a fresh skin start? Let me know by leaving a comment.

Talk soon, xo-Layla
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No More Scrubs: What You Need To Know About Microbeads

No More Scrubs: What You Need To Know About Microbeads

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I love exfoliating: just the idea of scrubbing and rinsing away old, dead skin to reveal newer, younger more glowing skin is my happy place. I know that scrubbing too hard is certainly bad for your skin (it creates lots of mini tears) but I never gave a second thought to those helpful little beads in many common exfoliating products on shelves everywhere.

Welp, leave it to CNN (and other news sources) to burst my very pink, rosy cloud of ignorance. On January 8, 2013 (I know, why is this JUST becoming a huge story??!!) CNN posted a story online about Unilever, the manufacturers of Dove, Vaseline, Pond’s and other popular personal care products announced that it’d be phasing out the use of microbeads as marine science researchers have found them to be harmful to environment (just think about and google what happens when your exfoliator rinses down the drain.)

Wait! Don’t panic: you can still exfoliate your way to glowing, healthy skin. Here are some alternatives–sans microbeads:

  • Origins Never A Dull Moment Face Polisher, $27, Origins locations and origins.com
  • Palmer’s Gentle Exfoliating Scrub, $9, Drugstores nationwide
  • Alba Natural AcneDote Face and Body Scrub, $7, Drugstores nationwide
  • Mario Badescu Almond and Honey Scrub, $15, Ulta and mariobadescu.com

Will you be switching out some products in your routine now? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Scrubbing!

xo, Layla

Product Review: Weleda Skin Food

Product Review: Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food
Weleda Skin Food

Wintertime is definitely getting the best of my skin. This has been the worst winter for my skin so far, and I feel for it. I mean seriously: I’ve been moisturizing double and triple time and there are still stubborn dry patches.

I’ve heard about Weleda’s Skin Food for a while, and I hear it’s a great favorite of none other than Julia Roberts, so while shopping at my local co-op I decided to just pick it up and give it a try. What the heck right? I picked up the smallest bottle my store had available: 1 fl. oz. and it retailed for about $11.99.

My first impression of this was entirely about its smell: it has a semi strong scent of herbs and hemp. If you’re used to slathering your moisturizer on, the smell may be a huge turn off as it gets stronger if you squeeze a lot of product out (duh, I know, but I felt I had to say it anyway)

Weleda says that Skin Food is “for dry and rough skin such as on hands, feet, and elbows.” This is a very thick moisturizer so I would stick to its intended use to a T, otherwise you’re almost guaranteeing your personal disappointment.

I especially use it on my elbows and it works wonders. It clears my dry patches right away and locks the moisture (via essential fatty acids and Vitamin E) in all day and night. I don’t have to reapply until my next shower, and even then it’s never as dry as it was before my first use.

Overall, I like this product. The only downside is the smell but I can get over it: it goes away pretty quickly.

I’d give this product a thumbs up.

If you’re experiencing really dry hands, feet and/or elbows: I would definitely give this a whirl.

xo, Layla