When it comes to skin care my big motto is “moisturize moisturize moisturize”. But truth be told darlings, sometimes you need a little more than a great face cream, especially now that Jack Frost is nipping at our noses (and making them dry and scaly – yuck!). I tend to exfoliate during cold weather months twice a week, less in the warm weather months when there’s more moisture in the air giving me my ever-so-dewy skin.
When it comes to exfoliants, I’ve tried everything out there and I’ll tell you my all time top 2 –
1. Exfolikate by Kate Somerville is top-notch. After using it for a few weeks, I got all sorts of compliments on how smooth and even my skin looked (which is saying something – curse you adult-acne!) and it felt much better than it even looked. Plus, it’s got all sorts of good-for-you plant extracts and fruit enzymes and smells a little like Big Red chewing gum, which made me wanna eat it. But at $85 a pop, I kept that urge at bay.
2. Now if you don’t want to spend $85 on that little miracle, don’t worry. I have your solution (cue super hero music)! A little trick I learned at make-up school has gotten me through a few “rough” periods, pun completely intended. Every gal should have baking soda in her fridge, so take some of that, shake a bit out into your hand, add a few drops of water and mix into a paste. Voila! Instant-exfoliant! Baking soda is non-toxic and a natural anti-septic, so not only will it be sloughing away all the dead stuff, but it will be killing bacteria as well.
So there you have it beauties – but remember, don’t get too enthusiastic with the exfoliators. Twice a week and you should be good – anything more than that and you run the risk of over-drying and that completely defeats the purpose.