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Beauty Products under Oath: Exfoliators for The Face

August 4, 2009


I swear by exfoliating treatments.

Exfoliate is just a fancy word for removing dead skin cells. It is highly recommended by skin care experts and I personally believe it is a MUST for all skin types except maybe extremely sensitive skin (see end note).

I found that trying to exfoliate my face physically with a washcloth or scrubs were too harsh and not effective. I discovered exfoliating treatments will do the work for me. These work beyond basic cleansers or scrubs as they have special ingredients that remove the old layer of skin on a micro level. Apply it, leave it on, and rinse. Voila! you now have a fresh canvas.

Since I have incorporated them into my skin care regimen, I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin’s clarity and texture.

My favorite is Kate Somerville ‘ExfoliKate’ Intensive Exfoliating Treatment $85 and is available at Nordstrom. Due to their great customer service and return policy, if it doesn’t work for your face, you can return it easily. It’s also available in a Gentle $65 formula as well.

Here are some less expensive alternatives that I’ve used and recommend:

Arbonne Intelligence Exfoliating Masque with Thermal Fusion $32

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel $45

Also available for Sensitive Skin $39

I urge you to try it and would love to hear your testimony on how it helped improve your skin!

Note: To clarify, I am referring to true sensitive skin as diagnosed from a medical perspective. This skin type is susceptible to adverse reactions like a rash to most products that you and I use on a daily basis. Marketers have overly used the term “sensitive” to refer to skin that falls under the “normal” category but has occasional issues with sensitivity most likely due to environmental factors or overuse of products, or skin that responds better to more gentle products.


Daily GlamOh: Engagement Party Guest

August 3, 2009

Beauty for the Everyday Gal: Faye

Faye, a nurse and model, was attending her cousin’s engagement party at a lounge in Pasadena, CA. She usually does her night makeup in dark, charcoal colors so I did smokey eyes in gray and navy blue with an understated nude lip.

She has oily skin (though you can’t tell here because her face looks flawless), but it was dry on the surface. I suggested Korres Yogurt Cream for oily, dehydrated skin as her moisturizer (

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