Save vs. Splurge: Exfoliating Creams
Find the right exfoliating cream, whether you splurge or are looking to save!
Matching your habits and hopes with the right exfoliating cream can affect the way a product works for you. Exfoliating creams help to slough away dead skin cells and bring brighter new cells to the skin surface. They are formulated to smooth and cleanse skin that has been roughed up by daily exposure to the elements and help remove makeup and dirt build-up that can clog pores and dull the complexion.
Many women who use Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Cream consider it the gold standard of exfoliating cream products because of the pharmaceutical-grade crystals that gently polish away dead skin cells and leave the face radiantly clean. These diamond-shaped crystals exfoliate very gently without scratching or irritating the sensitive facial skin, and seem to improve the skin's overall texture. This cream is formulated without sulfates, synthetic dyes, fragrances or petrochemicals. The aluminum oxide crystals polish and sweep away dead skin cells while the lactic acid gently dissolves them and softens the texture of the skin. This product contains jojoba, aloe vera and chamomile, and the blend of these botanicals soothes and refreshes. The cream has an excellent consistency that is neither too runny nor too stiff, so it's easy to use and a little goes a long way. The natural botanical fragrance is fresh and appealing, but not overpowering -- always an important consideration for a cream you'll be using on your face and around the nose.
Fragrance-free Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant has a non-abrasive formula that thoroughly removes dulling surface debris and impurities on the face, and improves the overall look and skin texture. The alpha hydroxy lactic acid and natural fruit enzymes help detach the dead skin cells -- which is the first and most important step in stimulating skin renewal. The dulling layers of old cells are removed and the new cells are noticeably brighter. This exfoliating cream is formulated to be non-drying, and the botanical extracts it contains -- lavender, aloe vera and coneflower -- help reduce any sensitivity and soothe the skin to combat dryness. Papain and bromelain enzymes help the product digest excess surface skin cells and speed the production of new ones. It is a "melt-away" product that can be applied evenly to the face, neck and decollete area and be left on for 10 minutes before removal with warm water. Recommended use is one to two times weekly.