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Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Best Exfoliators Ever

Here's my list of the best exfoliators ever, so far! Feel free to weigh in on your favorites. This list is actually comprised of three separate lists:
1) The Beauty Insider's Picks: My own personal list of the best products in that category, in no particular order
2) The Popular Vote: The results of a poll I did of over 1000 beauty-savvy consumers, in order of popularity
3) What the Pros Chose: These are the top picks of the beauty experts who appear in my book, also known as The Beauty Bunch. (You can learn more about this genius team of experts by clicking on the About the Book tab, and then clicking on "Who are the Beauty Insiders?").

The Beauty Insider’s Picks
1. ProActiv Renewing Cleanser: On my skin, this works better as a twice-weekly scrub than a daily cleanser. It’s gentle yet effective—and really helps combat acne. $39.95 (as part of three-step acne treatment system)
2. Skin Spa Cornmeal, Pineapple Scrub: This all-natural scrub is sticky sweet and almost edible. Gentle yet very effective, it can be used as a quick scrub or left on longer as a mask. $23
3. Aloette Restorative Enzyme Peel: I love enzyme peels. They make a very gentle yet satisfying exfoliant when your skin is acting super-sensitive, since they contain no granules. Enzymes dissolve dead skin, which is then swept away by your fingertips, leaving a fresh, clarified face behind. $39.95
4. Zia Fresh Papaya Enzyme Mask: Green papaya gently gobbles up dead skin cells and clears pores, while honey and antioxidants soothe and moisturize. $22.95
5. Laboratoire Remede Sweep: Round, white grains whisk away impurities, leaving skin texture refined and even. $44
6. Fresh Sugar Face Polish Nourishing Mask with Strawberries: This product is so yummy and so decadent—it’s like dessert for your skin. Pure brown sugar and wild strawberries unite to deep cleanse and bring out skin’s natural glow. $18
7. Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads: Gentle jojoba beads exfoliate dead skin cells and declog pores, leaving skin clear and refreshed. $35
8. Benefit “Honey… Snap Out of It” Scrub: Honey has hydrating and antibacterial properties, making it a boost to this rich, almond-paste scrub that cleans, exfoliates, and moisturizes. $23
9. Le Mirador Skincare Exfoliating Melting Scrub: This innovative formula starts as a standard scrub then dissolves into a foaming face wash. The results are smooth, silky, radiant skin. $22
10. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant: This highly-regarded formula features a rice-based, water-activated enzyme powder that smoothes and polishes the skin’s surface. Papain and salicylic acid provide further exfoliation, while the company’s Skin Brightening Complex alleviates uneven skin tones. $45

The Popular Vote
Note: Aspirin, used as a mask, and baking soda, as a scrub, were also popular picks.
1. St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub, $4.50
2. Origins Never a Dull Moment, $23.50
3. Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream, $16.50
4. Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, $7 (approx.)
5. Origins Swept Away, $17.50
6. Laboratoire Remede Sweep, $44
7. Sage Corrective Grains, $17.50
8. Benefit “Honey… Snap Out of It” Scrub, $23
9. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $45
10. LUSH Angels on Bare Skin, $8.15

What the Pros Chose
Baking soda, $.79 (approx.): Hara Glick
Sugar, $1.79 (approx.), combined with The Vital Image Face and Body Wash, $12: Linda Deslauriers
June Jacobs Mandarin Polishing Beads, $32: June Jacobs
Skingenious Pumpkin-A-Peel, $39: Shan Albert
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant, $17: Shauna Raisch
Enessa Bio-Exfoliant, $28.50: Michelle Ornstein
Boscia Smoothing Facial Polish, $22: Meredith Green
Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads, $35: Peter Thomas Roth
Sonya Dakar Triple Action Organic Scrub, $45: Gabrielle Ophals and Danielle Browning, who loves it because “it’s a physical and chemical exfoliant in one!”
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion in a Jar, $75: Wende Zomnir
Janet Sartin Papaya Enzyme Scrub, $32.50: Julie Hewett
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $45: Vanessa Talabac

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