Hands up, who’s been suffering from really dry skin this January? If the dark days and freezing temperatures weren’t bad enough, this miserable month comes with its own share of skin problems too. I’ve been tackling my flaky bits with some really great exfoliating products, on both my face and body, so I thought I’d give a rundown of my favourites. Here goes…
Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher, £65
Rating: 5 out of 5 (Expensive but worth it if you’re super sensitive)
I have become slightly addicted to Trinny Woodall’s energetic Instagram posts, and I first heard about this product through one of her reviews. My face can be a little sensitive, especially when it comes to exfoliation, but Omorovicza’s Refining Facial Polisher is gentle enough to use every day, while making my skin feel really buffed and smooth. Why is so good? Like all Omoroviczca products, it’s big on active ingredients and this formula uses marine micro-algae to refine skin texture, brighten skin tone and remove all of those pesky dead skin cells. It’s become a new everyday favourite and I will definitely be purchasing again.
Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant, £34.50
Rating: 2/5 (Too harsh to use on sensitive skin every day)
Aussie beauty brand Alpha-H is revered for its active skincare that delivers big on results, so I was really excited to try the Gentle Daily Exfoliant. It comes in powder form and you can either mix it with another cleanser, or use alone – you add more or less water depending on how much exfoliation you want – and it claims to exfoliate with zero abrasion, effortlessly removing dead skin cells, cleaning congested pores and reducing inflammation. The first few times I used it, my skin went really sore and sensitive, so I switched from using it every day to twice a week which seems to have sorted things out. I’m not sure if I’d buy it again though as I didn’t get the same feeling of softness as I did with Omorovicza’s Refining Facial Polisher.
Vichy Idéalia Peeling, £30
Rating: 5/ 5 (Best for longer-term results)
If you ever saw that episode of Sex and The City where Samantha’s face is left red raw from a facial peel, you may have been put off ever having one yourself. Thankfully things have come a long way since then, and beauty brands have been working hard to find new formulas that don’t overly irritate the skin. French skincare brand Vichy has just set the bar pretty high with Idéalia Peeling: a daily overnight liquid peel that’s suitable for sensitive skin (similar to the very popular Pixi Woo Tonic). It’s packed full of active ingredients such as blueberry polyphenols (an antioxidant) that combats oxidative stress, as well kombucha tea extract that restores skin quality, and exfoliating glycolic acid (the ingredient responsible for removing dead skin cells and making the skin look brighter). I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now before applying moisturiser before bed, and my skin has felt very calm and dewy come the morning. Plus, there hasn’t been any sign of irritation which is always a win for me. Try this if you want to achieve a glow- and really, who doesn’t?
Bodyshop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator, £11
Rating: 3/ 5 (Perfect if you like a squeaky clean face)
I love the Bodyshop and its ethos, but sometimes it slips off my radar and I forget how lovely its range of products are. But, I was reminded of its greatness at Christmas when I popped in on a whim. The Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator was one of the goodies I ended up coming home with, and I immediately fell in love with its fresh fragrance and rich, granular texture that feels really lovely on the skin. Its mineral rich seaweed formula is sourced from the Roaring Water Bay in Ireland and Jojoba beads and olive stones provide its invigorating exfoliation. If you like a squeaky clean face and that instant feeling of smoothness that you get from physical exfoliation, then this is for you. I use this once a week, as more than that would be a bit too irritating on my skin.