15 September 2014

My Exfoliation Story Part One

Physical Exfoliation
Exfoliation these days is a lot different to how it used to be, well, it is as far as I'm concerned. Upon reflection my skincare habits have changed drastically ever since I started running this blog where of course I have learnt a few do's and don'ts along with a few tips on the way.

Whilst physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation are quite topical at the moment I have therefore decided to split this post into two as I do use both methods each week within my skincare routine. There are as you will find some products that I prefer over others whereby it's worth remembering that what may work for me may not necessarily work for you and visa verca.

Physical exfoliation was for me all I was aware of when it came down to buffing those dead skin cells away each week. Those rather gritty products may have felt as though they were working a treat at the time and yet it is only now that I have become more aware as to how harsh they really can be on our skin. 

One of the products that immediately jumped to my mind when I thought about physical exfoliation was the St Ives Apricot Scrub which I purchased over a year ago. This was a product that I had read a lot about before I tried it therefore I had purchased it with high hopes. Upon using this scrub however I immediately felt the rather large and almost sharp shell pieces which at the time made me think I was giving my skin a really good clean when in fact I was just using a product that was far too harsh for my delicate skin. I remember using this and afterwards seeing a bright red face in the mirror, needless to say I have only used this twice in my life whereby I'm sorry to say I won't be using it again. In truth I had kept this under the bathroom cupboard for some of my family members to try yet it has only been by reading more information on exfoliation in particular that I have decided to get rid of this completely.

A much more gentle option comes in the form of the Good Things Deep Clean Blackhead Exfoliator which for me used to provide me with a light exfoliation without being harsh on my skin. There isn't a huge amount I can say about this product in particular as I think it's a nice affordable option to include within your skincare routine once a week or so. I have found myself moving onto other things since trying out Good Things briefly in the past however I do remember really enjoying their creamy cleanser which I do believe was aimed at younger skin than my own at the time although it did the job well.

Moving on to my favourite of the three I have featured is the REN Rosa Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser* which to this day remains my first choice when it comes to physical exfoliation. As the name would suggest this is a gentle cleanser with a really fresh minty scent to it (thumbs up) which for me makes it an extremely pleasant product to use once or twice a week. Out of the three this one has received a dedicated review to it in the past whereby you can read that here if you desire. 

For me I have realised that exfoliation doesn't have to be so harsh on your skin as for some reason when I was younger I was under the mind-set that the rougher the product was the better the results would be. All you're aiming to do is to carefully remove that dead layer of skin cells; you don't need to go at your face with a cheese grater. 



  1. Great post, ahh the St Ives scrub fond memories I remember it was one of the first manual exfoliaters I purchased it left my face so stripped and sore yet I continued to use it. I feel like manual exfoliaters have lost their following I like to use one every once in awhile though to brighten up my skin, the Ren one sounds so good might have to look into that one. I recently tried the Pai scrub that's also really gentle but effective :) xx


  2. I love the sound of the REN exfoliator! I knowww harsh exfoliators are bad for my skin but gentler ones always leave me feeling slightly disappointed - like, my skin hasn't be scrubbed raw, how can this have worked!? (I no longer scrub my skin raw but kind of strangely still miss the sensation...). Great post, anyway, Amy, I look forward to part two :)

    Jess xo

  3. danniella josephine15 September 2014 at 21:39

    Great post! I used to love St Ives when I was younger - my boyfriend at the time used to swear by it and he was beautiful haha! Atm I've been using a basic flannel and a Magnitone Lucid to exfoliate as it's a lot more gentle than itty bitty scrubs.

    Danniella x

  4. My skin is rarely irritated, so the St Ives scrubs work for me like nothing else. If you don't have sensitive skin they are insanely good and so, so thorough.


  5. I use both manual and chemical exfoliators - exfoliating is so important! The St Ives scrub sounds way too harsh - I hate the sound of sharp pieces! The REN one sounds so lovely, I really want to give some of their stuff a go!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  6. Great post!

    I do love the Ren one as well, only I do not like scrubs in my routine as an exfoliator. I like to use them once every few weeks or so, as I tend to alternate between a scrub and a mask once a week. Especially when you have a sensitive skin like me & you have some visible exfoliation problems, I would go for an even more gentle exfoliator (read: no scrub particles) such as the Kiehl's overnight exfoliator. That one I really love! Another one I am trying out is the Environ AVST Hydrating Exfoliant Mask & surely you know about the Biotherm purefect skin mask (I still need to try that one out though)?! Only wanted to suggest to look out for some no-scrub exfoliators, as I prefer those! Do you already use any of those or do you stick with scrubs? :)


  7. Thank you so much for this comment. I like to use a physical scrub once a week although I don't always stick to that. Generally speaking I do now favour chemical exfoliation over physical which you will see in part 2 of this. Thank you so much for these recommendations, I'm now extremely keen to look into the Kiehl's Overnight Exfoliator :) x

  8. I really like the St Ives scrub. It's one of the few products that actually works on my skin. I'd love to try the Ren Cleanser, it's been on my wishlist for a while now.


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  10. I was so shocked at how red my skin was when I first used it, it really put me off. I know some people like it however it really wasn't for me sadly. You know I have never tried Pai before, I do keep looking at their products at the moment xx

  11. It's really nice Jess, it's not harsh at all yet still gives your skin that manual clean that I do find myself craving each week. I do know what you mean regarding not feeling as though it's not properly scrubbed if that makes sense. I hope you like part 2 :) xx

  12. This made me laugh, thank you! Oh yes I have seen some of those cropping up on blogs recently, I'm quite curious to see how good they are :) xx

  13. My skin was left so red afterwards, it didn't hurt mind it was just like a tomato haha! I'm so glad it worked well for you :) xx

  14. The little grains in the REN one break down which is nice, I do find it really gentle. I will look up the Bioderma one thank you, I keep meaning to look into that brand more as I have only tried their micellar water so far. Glad you enjoyed the post :) xx

  15. I'm the same I now use both. The St Ives one was sadly way too harsh for me although I'm aware that there are a lot of people who like it so it's all about what works for your personal skin type. REN is such a great brand overall xx

  16. Huge fan of REN here, I'm really keen to pick up their new flash rinse although I really shouldn't be adding any more skincare to my already overwhelming box of skincare xx

  17. Thank you very much Alexandra, I'll be sure to check yours out soon :) xx


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