Exfoliating! Some people love it other people hate it, and then there’s me an addict! I have been exfoliating since 6th grade ever since I came across the St Ives Apricot Scrub!
This scrub used to mean the world to me! I was probably too young for exfoliation but my mom bought this in 6th grade for herself and she never used it so I had to try it out. I feel like this St Ives Apricot Scrub is one of those too good to be true situations. I used to use this 4 times a week and it gives me super smooth skin and I would be super happy with it.
However, I started reading articles about how this scrub is harmful and it can cause microtears and premature aging and how the large particles of the scrub are bad for your skin. However, people are using it and it’s has an Allure Award. But something about all these articles did scare me a bit. Thinking about how none of these dermatologists recommend it and realizing how K-Beauty doesn’t really have exfoliation in their routines got me worried. The results of this St Ives Apricot Scrub are something we won’t know about until we’re at least 10 years down the road in life. And I don’t want to live in regret of using this scrub.
I got some good advice from Sam the owner and esthetician of Red Hot Beauty Lounge in Wisconsin. Sam told me about how she did extractions on a man that used apricot scrub and there was a piece stuck in his pore. This one story is what convinced me to really get off the apricot scrub. Sam told me she uses a physical exfoliant and a chemical exfoliant 3x a week.
Exfoliating is good for your skin. What exfoliating does for your skin is it gets rid of the dead skin cells. However, we need to be gentle and also make sure we’re not going overboard because excess exfoliation is bad for you.
I decided that I still wanted to use a physical exfoliant and I didn’t add a chemical exfoliant to my routine yet because I’m still not sure where to start for buying a chemical exfoliant. I know to avoid scrubs with large particles, and it seems like anything with microbeads and sugar seems to bad too. I decided to pick something from Sephora because I felt like a more expensive exfoliator would be better than a drugstore one. And I ended up picking the Fresh Umbrian Clay Exfoliant. This was the only exfoliator that seemed to be very unique and had small particles. You only need to use this twice a week and the fact that it used clay just made it seem safer.
If you want to make your own exfoliator at home I recommend using gram flour/besan flour. This exfoliator can be made with that flour mixed with some water and turmeric. This is a popular exfoliator in India which my grandma tells me to use. However, me being me I like my beauty products packaged!
Now I’m not an expert on exfoliators or skin but this is what I have explored and what I have come to a conclusion on. If you have anything you want to share about exfoliators and facial scrubs please let me know in the comments! The more we know the better!