Saturday, 4 August 2012


Exfoliation is a really key part of my routine. Its a simple, but important process to remove dead skin cells and unblock pores, which leaves my skin feeling and looking brighter and healthier.
My skin tends to be on the oily side & prone to the occasional spot, but can also be sensitive, so it's important to me that I don't use products that can cause any flare ups or cause any redness or sensitivity. 
I use this form of manual exfoliation between 2 & 3 times each week & have 2 products that I always rely on.
Both go onto clean dry skin avoiding the eye and lip area.

Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage

There are no particles in this product, it goes on completely smooth. It's a gel like product that is slightly pearlescent and is suitable for all skin types (including sensitive).
Due to the gel consistency, I did expect this to be sticky, but it isn't at all. It has a lovely scent, slightly citrus but more orangey like than lemon or lime.
Once applied you can either massage in, or just leave for a couple of minutes. Once you notice the texture change to liquid its time to remove. I generally either rinse off in the shower or use a muslin with plenty of water. My skin is left plump, smooth, hydrated and energised.
I do find that my skin has a slight residue after using, but this is easily rectified with a toner.
This is great if you like a morning exfoliater, or if you need a pick me up before a special occasion.
Gatineau products are quite pricey but you can get some great deals via QVC.

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed - Deep Pore Detox

This product is a creamy based grainy exfoliater which I tend to use in the evening.
The first thing that struck me is the scent (it's gotta smell good for me to want to use it). The fact that is smells menthol-esque assures me that it's doing my skin the world of good :))
This is a self heating product which sounds worse than it is - the heat lasts for a few seconds but isn't unpleasant, its more of a warming sensation.
The grains are tiny blue pods so don't be alarmed if the product applies with a slightly blue shade.
There are a couple of ways of using this, you can massage on and rinse off, or once massaged, you can leave on the skin for a more deep cleansing mask, rinsing off after 5 minutes. Whichever way you use it, the product should be applied with wet hands.
Again, you can either rinse off in the shower or sponge off - a cute pink facial sponge is included with the product.
My skin feels so fresh and clean after using this, and any lumps or bumps under my skin simply disappear.
I usually follow this with a specific mask before moisturising.
My make up goes on a lot smoother the following day and the open pores that I have do appear to be visibly smaller.

Love both products and would never want to be without.

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