Dry, Sensitive, and Uneven Skin Rejoice; A Body Scrub for All

I’ve always had a body scrub or two hanging out in my shower, I’m a big fan of using them even before I run the water to really slough off the dryness giving my skin new life and a healthy glow. Here are a few exfoliants I’ve used that suit every skin’s needs.

For Red, Bumpy Skin:

Glytone’s Exfoliating Body Wash exfoliates without the harsh, scrubbing granules. Instead, they use a 8.8% glycolic acid wash that you work into skin with a shower pouf to exfoliate clogged pores. It’s ideal for getting rid of the bumpy chicken skin that lurks on the backs of arms as well as the dry patches over knees and elbows.

For Sensitive Skin:

To get skin sparkling clean and really soft, you don’t have to sandpaper the life out of it. Erno Laszlo’s Gentle Body Exfoliator uses tiny beads inside a rich, yummy smelling cleanser to gently remove dry skin without the irritation. You’ll love using it on your legs instead of shaving cream to get an ultra smooth shave.

For Dry Skin:

Noah’s Naturals new packaging is perfectly suited for its sweetly simple spin on nautral skincare. Their Moisturizing Body Scrub combines brown sugar with jojoba oil, vitamin e for a straight-forward sugar scrub that smells as great as it works.

At-Home Peels for Better Skin

I got a peel done once from a professional, it was $150 and didn’t do anything. Soon after that I began dabbling in the wonders of at-home DIY peels to slough off the top layer of skin when I’m starting to look dull and sluggish. What better time than fall to revive the skin that the sun damaged while you were basking in it all summer long. Here are a few peels I’ve tried that are sure to get your skin back to a brighter state.

I’m a huge fan of Glycolic acid, I’ve used it daily in various forms for years because of its ability to turnover skin without making you as sun-sensitive as its rivals. I love Glytone, they have a full collection of effective skin care for face and body that works like crazy to improve all sorts of skin problems while maintaining the skin’s ph so the irritation is minimal. You can use a thin layer of Mini Peel Gel up to a few times a week for 10 minutes to see brighter, clearer, tighter skin almost immediately without redness, irritation, or downtime. It’s a perfect compliment to your current regimen.

Your skin will look like it has just taken a deep breath of fresh air when you use The Oxygen Peel. Philosophy uses an oxygen foam to infuse the skin and give it an instant noticeable radiance. It’s the perfect treat pre-event or for when you haven’t been getting enough rest and your skin can tell the tale. 

Cane + Austin have simplified their line into two jars, one meant for skin with acne and the other for wrinkling and pigmentation issues. These glycolic-soaked Treatment Pads work as a daily retexturizer  to help peel back the layers of wrinkled, uneven skin to reveal a brighter look. It’s a gentle, daily way to ease into better skin over time.

You don’t have to completely desecrate your skin to get some positive changes, at-home peels like these are genus because you can get some great results while keeping your skin in tact.

Super Duper Skin Care

Skin care is getting more and more advanced, so there’s no excuse to not love the look of your skin. Check out my picks for some skin care that has been giving my skin the royal treatment.

The Super Duper Do-It-All Skin Reviving Serum

SkinMedica’s skin boosting serum is widely regarded as one of the best on the market for changing skin on a few fronts. TNS Essential Serum uses a powerful growth factor combined with peptides to get into the skin cells and repair them so when they make their way up to the surface, they create younger looking skin that’s less wrinkled and more radiant. 7 antioxidants are used to fight off environmental damage to protect the youthful, new skin it helps to create.

The At-Home Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (formerly MD Skincare) makes a bunch of stuff that I love, but recently I’m addicted to their Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel. For half the cost of a peel done by a pro, you’ll have a month’s worth of pads that will correct redness, calm acne, chase away fine lines, tighten large pores, and address dull skin. It didn’t leave my face flaky or red, it just started doing its thing right away to calm an annoying breakout and give my skin a totally rested and alert look.

The Smart Cleanser 

Who cares about a cleanser right? You rub it on then wash it all off, it doesn’t matter what’s in it as long as it’s getting skin clean. Not true with Erno Laszlo because they’re  taking cleansing a step further with their Firmarine, a Spirulina Maxima and Algae Extract rich cleansing bar that strengthens and firms the skin even after it’s washed away.

The Beautiful Moisturizer

I’ve been prepping my client’s skin with Intraceuticals Opulence Moisture Brightening Cream because it adds so much radiance to the skin, I’m cutting down the amount of foundation I use on them by half. I wore it today by combining it with a drop of liquid bronzer which made my skin practically glow. How many moisturizers can make your skin look that good instantly?

The Nourishing Eye Oil

Eye cream, yes, but eye oil? You bet. Before bed, I’ve been using an oil under a cream for added moisture before wearing a silk eye mask to keep it all in place. You don’t have to do the whole routine like I do, just get a moisturizing oil like Bioelements new All Things Pure Eye Oil. It absorbs easily into the skin and has an ingredient lineup that’s so pure you could eat it.

Facial Scrubs; Dense, Denser, and Densest

Whether you realize it or not, you choose a scrub based on its density, or how packed the formula is with the scrubbing particles. You either like the feeling of a lot of little scrubbers, or you don’t. If your skin is mature, thin, or sensitive, you probably like a lighter exfoliation but if you have dry, oily, or troubled skin, you’d want something dense with beads to really sweep away dead skin.

I’m surprised I have any skin left after trying out these scrubs, but at least I can tell you which ones are the densest right?

L’Oreal Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub

Density Score: 2 out of 5

I hate gimmicky stuff, so I was fully expecting not to like the little scrubber thing that rests in the open cavity of the bottle for L’Oreal’s 360 Scrub. It’s job is to give a little extra exfoliation beyond the light smattering of beads in the cleanser. It’s a formula that’s great for all skin types because the scrubbing beads aren’t very dense so there’s more cleanser in there to cushion the exfoliation.

If you’re feeling like you need a little more oomph, pop out the scrubber and let the little rubber-tipped points massage your face. It isn’t harsh at all, it’s actually super relaxing and leaves skin so soft.

Mmmm doughnuts…
Not a ton of beads, but the little scrubber kicks it into high gear.

Naturopathica Oat Facial Polish

Density Score: 3 out of 5

The Oat Facial Polish from Naturopathica uses jojoba beads encased in Apricot Kernel oil and Oat Beta Glucan to polish and hydrate. It’s a best seller for the line because of its ability to soothe the skin while exfoliating, a difficult thing to pull off. You’ll be able to feel the fine beads buff the skin in a ratio of about 50/50 beads to creamy skin nourishers. It’s not overly scratchy but it certainly gets the job done.

SkinMedica Skin Polisher

Density Score: 4 out of 5

SkinMedica is a professional line, so when they create a  Skin Polisher it’s one that really polishes. It has a unique feel for a scrub because it completely coats your face in tiny jojoba beads but it doesn’t feel the least bit abrasive. I loved how completely soft my skin felt after I used it which helped my makeup to smooth right on.

Tiny little beads

DERMAdoctor Physical Chemistry

Density Score: 5 out of 5

It’s not just buffing, it’s renewing your skin. DERMAdoctor’s Physical Chemistry is the densest scrub of the bunch with a thick consistency and tons of polymer beads to remove your skin’s top layer of dead cells. You’ll feel a little somethin’ extra going on because of their Multiacid Resurfacing Complex – a cocktail of Glycolic, Lactic, Azelaic and Beta Hydroxy Acids to combat an uneven skin tone and fine lines.

Ooh thick

It stayed this way until I used it again

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There’s A Serum For That…

Between cleansing and moisturizing lies an opportunity to make big changes to your skin by using a serum. Since the nature of a moisturizer is to be heavy and thick so it can soften the skin’s surface, its ingredients struggle to make their way down into the skin where they can make changes. A serum however, is a liquid with potent ingredients that can improve the skin since its light weight allows for better penetration therefore creating more change in the skin’s chemistry.

Think about serums like those commercials for IPhones, where they declare ‘there’s an app for that’ because no matter what your skin’s needs, there’s a serum for that. Here are a few hardworking serums that treat various skin concerns.

For Dry Skin

SkinMedica’s Hydrating Complex serum boosts your skin’s ability to hydrate itself by giving it a surge of weightless moisture using hyaluronic acid that dissolves almost immediately. Use it daily or just when your skin is feeling extra thirsty and lifeless.

For Red, Irritated Skin

Covering up skin that’s red and irritated is hard to achieve. You could pile a yellow-based foundation on to try and neutralize the red, or you could use PCA Skin’s Anti-Redness Serum to visibly reduce redness caused by sun exposure, rosacea, or inflamed skin. It visibly brings down redness in weeks so your skin looks calm and healthy.

For Aging Concerns

Stem cell repair and protection from future damage is what ExCELLent Future Deep Repairing Serum from Lumene is all about. It targets the very cause of wrinkles and aging skin by making sure the skin’s most important cells are in their very best condition.

To Maintain Your Skin’s Current State

Advanced Night Repair has been a best-selling star in the Lauder line for years. It’s one of the very first antioxidants on the market and its customers are loyal. Not only does it zap environmental pollutants on contact before they can do damage on the skin, it also repairs any past damage and creates an environment on the skin that’s free of inflammation so that your skin today will look just as good years from now.

Whether you’re trying to make changes to your skin, or just maintain what you have now, there’s a serum out there that’s perfect for you.

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Obagi Condition & Enhance System

You’ve spent the money to get your skin looking great, now you need to maintain it. Obagi has a collection that will keep discoloration, fine lines, redness and future damage away. Their complete Condition & Enhance System contains 6 products that are clinically designed to improve the effectiveness of IPL, chemical peels, and other facial treatments to give you a better result.

If you’ve not tried Obagi (or come across it anywhere) it’s probably because it’s a line sold by doctors and plastic surgeon due to its extreme effectiveness and active ingredients, you need a doctor to pair you up with the products that will benefit you most.

Condition & Enhance  offers effectiveness that’s essentially guaranteed for issues like hyperpigmentation and acne scaring because Clear and Blender each contain 4% hydroquinone, a proven skin lightener that’s been a doctor’s skin bleaching go-to for years.  Your fine lines, redness, and overall texture will be addressed with Exfoderm Forte which combines 6% glycolic acid with 4% lactic acid to soften the skin allowing the treatment to work better, and the cells to turn over so newer, brighter skin will surface.

When you’re changing your skin and bringing new skin forward, it’s important to use SPF every single day. Their Healthy Skin Protection moisturizer that’s included offers a broad spectrum protection (UVA/UVB) with a physical block (zinc) and a chemical one for maximum protection on your delicate skin.

It’s an advanced line for real skin concerns. Click HERE to find a medical professional in your area who can offer direction on which system might be best for you.

Obagi Condition & Enhance System

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