With winter approaching, you may find that your skin is increasingly dry and irritable due to cold temperatures outside and warm air from central heating inside. The solution to brighter and glowing skin may come from one simple skincare step: exfoliation. Exfoliating is an essential, yet often overlooked part of our skincare regime and is as important as cleansing and moisturising. It sloughs off dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, boosts radiance and improves cell turnover. Other major perks? Acne prevention, smaller pores and wrinkle reduction. Wendy Stirling, founder of Botanicals Natural Organic Skincare, is a great advocate of a ‘gently does it’ approach to exfoliation and has offered her top tips for gentle exfoliation:
Top Tips for Gentle, Safe Exfoliation
It can be overwhelming and time-consuming to browse through the endless numbers of exfoliation products out there to find the best ones, so we’ve rounded up 5 of the best face exfoliators that will result in radiant and healthy skin!
Botanicals Nourish Face Polish with Rose & Camellia £25
The Nourish Face Polish is a gentle exfoliating cleanser with crushed rosehip kernel that brightens mature and dehydrated skin and restores moisture balance. For sensitive and unbalanced skin, try the Gentle Face Polish with organic oatmeal and crushed rosehip kernel. These products are concentrated which make them great value for money as a little goes a long way!
John Masters Organics– Jojoba & Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser £26
This ultra mild exfoliating cleanser contains Jojoba beads which gently exfoliate without scratching and stimulate micro-circulation and lymphatic drainage. Ginseng helps improve circulation, which can reduce fine lines and make the skin firmer. Herbal extracts, plant and essential oils like wheat germ oil, ylang ylang, bearberry and radish root are combined to reoxygenate and nourish the skin.
Neil’s Yard Remedies – Honey & Orange Facial Scrub £18
With skin-conditioning honey, precious natural neroli oil distilled from the blossom of the bitter orange tree, and smoothing organic rice powder, the best-selling Honey & Orange Facial scrub removes everyday impurities and leaves your skin soft and smooth. Perfect for all skin types.
Madara – Exfoliating Scrub Oil to Milk £24
Forget harsh scrubs – this luxurious and rich oil-based exfoliating formula smoothly transforms into a delicate milk to gently cleanse, soften and renew the skin without stripping natural moisture. Apricot and oat oil molecules bind the dirt and impurities, while natural and gentle wax microbeads help to relieve clogged pores, buff-off dead cells and polish the skin.
This is a luxurious exfoliating treatment ideal for sensitive and problematic skin.Enriched with Exotic Oils and high concentrations of Omega 3 & 6, this innovative exfoliator uses ultra-gentle Jojoba Seeds and a Micro-Sphere exfoliation system to gently roll over the skin to lift away dead skin cells, de-flake and polish the complexion without damaging skin cells and locking in moisture. Vitamins A, D & E work to instantly hydrate and soften your bright, new complexion.
Written by Sonam Nundoochan and Edited by Alison Jane Reid