Ditch the tired winter-weary complexion, and start the new decade fresh-faced! My skin has been more sensitive of late due to my third trimester hormones, and random patches of flakey skin have flared up on my cheeks for no apparent reasons. While exfoliants are useful, I also need them to be gentle and respectful of the delicate condition of my skin. I generally prefer physical scrubs over chemical, simply because I never know if my skin will react to one chemical or another. And here are 4 physical facial scrubs that are currently in rotation!
The gentlest: Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash
The latest from the Fresh skincare peeps, the Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash smells as good as all its other siblings from the Fresh Sugar collection. Formulated with strawberry and black currant fruit extracts, this scrub is packed full of Vitamin C and antioxidants to brighten complexion and fight free radicals. A very fine blend of white sugar crystals provide the exfoliating action, but they dissolve very quickly upon contact with water, so the effect is so gentle you can’t easily overdo. In fact, Fresh says this is so gentle you can use it daily.
The cleansing action is balanced by grapeseed oil to keep skin feeling soft and hydrated. I found it lathered slightly under water, but not as much as typical cleansers, yet thoroughly satisfying to use on sleepy mornings. The physical exfoliants did not irritate my sensitive patches, and my skin feels comfortable and smoother after wash! I really enjoy using this, and highly recommend you to check it out!
The most luxurious: Chanel Sublimage Les Grains de Vanille
Chanel Sublimage is one of my favorite skincare lines, there isn’t a single product I have tried from the range that I didn’t enjoy [take a peep here]. Chanel recently revamped the entire Sublimage line, adding 4 new cleansing products, one of which is this Les Grains de Vanille. The black color comes from actual natural vanilla pod seeds that provide gentle exfoliating action. This is supplemented by slightly larger jojoba microbeads to help lift away stubborn impurities and dead cells. The gel-like scrub also contains the line’s signature Intense Vanilla Planifolia Water that has antioxidant and protective properties. Harunga extract has also been added to help skin detoxify.
For oily skin: Sabon Face Polisher
I love all things Sabon, they are great value (surprisingly affordable despite their luxurious packaging!) and generally a pleasure to use. Originating from Israel, everything is formulated with natural essential oils and smell amazing. This Mint Oil & Lemongrass Face Polisher contains crushed fruit seeds that feel much larger in size and not as perfectly rounded as the other 2 scrubs discussed above, and that is perhaps not my personal top preference for an exfoliator. The product itself has a bouncy mousse-like texture which is interesting, and the scent is pleasant and refreshing.
For combination skin: SUQQU Clay Purifying Scrub
This is perhaps the most technologically interesting scrub today. I was initially apprehensive because of the addition of clay to physical exfoliants sounded like it might potentially be overdoing things. However, I was surprised to find that this scrub is actually gentler than it appears. SUQQU has used Moroccan lava clay to absorb excess sebum and dirt from the skin. The scrub particles are made from a core of plant-based crystalline cellulose that though feels coarse initially, are actually somewhat bouncy and they break down into smaller particles when massaged. This allows the scrub to target both larger surface areas and tinier pores and crevices of the face. A blend of plant oils and hyaluronic acid leaves my skin a thin film of moisture after rinsing which makes it not at all harsh on sensitive skin!
Does any of the 4 featured today pique your interest? Do you scrub regularly? If so, what is your favourite form of facial scrub? Leave me a comment below – I really would like to know!
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.