I'm really into my skincare at the moment and stick to a strict routine. I buy a lot of skincare, more than I need, but one thing I tend to forget about is exfoliating. I'm not overly keen on scrubs as I find them too harsh on the skin and can sometimes find it quite a sore experience. This product is perfect for me because it claims to remove dead skin without being abrasive.
Living Nature Vitalising Exfoliant £27.50 for 50ml*
If you are interested in guilt-free, friend to the planet beauty then this product is for you. The product is so pure and gentle that it has been listed on The Good Scrub Guide.
The Good Scrub Guide is a new initiative created by internationally-renown global biodiversity conservation organisation, Fauna & Flora International. It lists facial exfoliators that do not contain plastic microbeads, used by many cosmetics companies in personal care products, including exfoliators and scrubs. Being less than a millimetre in diameter, plastic microbeads are too small to filter out during waste water treatment processes and therefore wash straight into the marine environment. They add to the growing volume of non-biodegradable microplastic pollution in our lakes, seas and oceans, as well as cause blockages, malnutrition and even starvation for a range of marine fauna including filter feeders, fish and seabirds. Also, because microplastics absorb and concentrate toxic chemicals from seawater, there are real concerns that these toxins could be passed up the food chain, ultimately posing a health risk to humans.
So firstly the packaging. The product is housed in a simple, plain tube. I like the shape of the bottle, which is semi-circular meaning it sits flat on a surface. I also like that the product is dispensed through a very small hole, meaning you can control how much product you use.
Firstly I have to admit I am not keen on the scent of the product. I was expecting a honey scent but personally I think this smells like over-ripe bananas. Although slightly unpleasant, I didn't really notice the smell after the initial application and it wasn't off-putting at all.
I applied a thin layer of this to my face, avoiding eyes and lips, and left the product on my skin for 15-20 minutes. This doesn't set and become hard which is a good thing in my mind because I find that uncomfortable. It also wasn't overly sticky so I was able to move around the house and do a few things while I waited.
The back of the tube warns that you may feel a slight tingle as the fruit acids work to remove your dead and dry skin but I didn't find this this happened to me. After the time was up I rinsed my face with warm water.
I instantly noticed that my nose area was smoother and more even, which also helped when I applied makeup the next day. My skin didn't have the redness that it would have from traditional scrub but it was still smooth and even.
I have to say that this product is at the higher end of the budget but if you are concious of the environment, like a natural product and have a little more money to spend on luxurious skincare then this is for you. A little goes a long way and with only weekly use needed, this product would definitely last a decent amount of time.
Stockist Information: Living Nature’s certified natural Vitalising Exfoliant is available from a nationwide network of salons, pharmacies and health stores, by mail order and online. For further information, contact Botanical Brands Limited on 0845 2508455, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the company website www.livingnature.com