- Skin Care
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Completely Buff: Make Your Own Facial Scrub
If you've been reading for a while, you might have noticed how infrequently I post about facial scrubs. And when I do post about them, I rarely like them. I think there are 3 I've reviewed positively on this site. In fact, in my anti-aging 101 series, when I reviewed what should be in everyone's skin care routine, when exfoliation was discussed I recommended just using a rough wash cloth rather than a scrub because there are so few worthwhile facial scrubs out there.
Why the facial scrub hate?
It isn't because I hate facial scrubs, it's actually because there are so few good products out there. A good facial scrub should have small, uniform and not sharp "grit" in it, and there should be enough of the grit that you can have a pretty even application. If these things are not true, your skin can be unevenly exfoliated, and even worse you can have all sorts of damage. I remember during my derm lectures in my second year of medical school, the lecturer actually pulled up an image of what the skin looks like after using the popular St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It was not a pretty picture, and the first thing I did when I got home that day was throw away my tube. (The issue is the Apricot grit. It is sharp and uneven and makes tears and cuts in the skin.)
Anyways, now you understand my hate of most facial scrubs. Which makes it more amazing that I have now found a 4th facial scrub that I love!!! Yes, I know, this is truly a monumental occasion.
Actually, this isn't a scrub. It's a create your own scrub. In that little bottle is the perfect facial scrub grit: ultra-fine aluminum oxide crystals. They are not sharp, they are evenly sized, and you combine them with your favorite facial cleanser to create your own scrub. Just dump a small amount into your hand (between a dime and nickel size depending on how much scrub you need), add cleanser to the right consistency and mix it up. The grit felt perfect in my scrub- it was definitely exfoliating me but did not feel harsh or too sharp on my skin.
I love being able to decide how much grit I want (for me that's a lot), and I also really love that I can use my own cleanser. This is great for those that might have reactions to different cleansers.