I'm sure you understand now when I say I exfoliate daily. And my product of choice...
St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Blemish Control. It costs $4-5 dollars at any grocery store, drug store, Target, Walmart, etc. I love that it is so easy to find, and I love that it is so cheap. Although it kills me to pay $5 sometimes because I remember when it was $2 or under. Yes, I have been using it since 1988. For those of you with quick math skills like mine, that's 20 years! You used to be able to purchase it in the big tub, which while economical, made a bigger mess since you have to unscrew the lib and scoop it out with your fingers.
I use this EVERY day in the shower. Well, okay, every day that I take a shower. I am a mom to small children. Don't tell me you managed a 20 minute shower everyday when you had a newborn. Apricot Scrub goes with me when I travel and if I somehow forget it, I buy some wherever I am - another reason I'm glad it's widely available. On the rare times I get rushed or interrupted in the shower and forget to scrub, I can tell immediately and my face feels tight, stiff, and kind of heavy. I like the Blemish Control version of Apricot scrub that was introduced a few years ago. I have perpetually breaking-out skin and love that my favorite scrub helps to control it. Although I must admit that since I first got pregnant, three kids ago, my skin has shaped up a lot. It's like using my procreative powers made my skin sit up and say, "Oh, she's a grown-up now. Guess it's time to get over the whole teenage angst thing."
Some day I will splurge for microdermabrasion at a professional place. Until then it's great that there are so many new "microdermabrasion" products. I tried L'oreal's version a couple years ago and liked it quite well. The scrub was great and I really enjoyed the accompanying post-treatment sunscreen moisturizer. Unfortunately the scrub was gone in a month and I used that moisturizer for the next six. Why can't you buy them separately? And the kit cost $25, which is more than this Beauty on a Budget gal can afford every month. So when my beloved St. Ives came out with their Elements collection, including Microderm Abrasion, I was excited to try it.
I bought it at my local grocery store, with a $2 off coupon. And I am sad to report I Do Not Like It! I want to, but I just don't. The grit in here is way too fine for my skin and I end up scrubbing so hard my fingers are sore from trying to push harder on my face. Now don't forget my first disclaimer about my leathery skin. For those of you with sensitive skin, the Elements Microderm Abrasion is probably perfect. For under $10 you should definitely try it. And I did find that when I used Microderm Abrasion AFTER my apricot scrub, the results were great! It's like sanding wood - start with the heavy duty sand paper and move to the fine grit stuff.
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