Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant

Gone are the days where the rough apricot scrubs were the only exfoliant available to us.  Sugar scrubs are something I’ve come to love for the winter as they hydrate… but today lets discuss the new Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant from Fresh.

These are the most miniscule (yet uber effective) granules I’ve felt in a face scrub yet, which to me means they are incredibly gentle… unlike that apricot nonsense.  My skin has yet to look inflamed after use, only “fresh.”

The clay components help to absorb oil and extract impurities, and the chamomile and lavender extracts sooth your skin so it doesn’t appear irritated.  I leave the shower feeling clean and super duper smooth.  I suggest using this scrub two to three times a week so as not to dry out your skin, and always follow with a moisturizer and SPF.

Umbrian Clay Mattifying Exfoliant

Umbrian Clay Mattifying Exfoliant

If you suffer from dry skin, I have a post coming soon for another scrub that is sugar based :).

Scrub-a-dub-dub with Apricots

Who doesn’t love the feeling of freshly sloughed skin?  The first time I ever used an exfoliating product on my face (probably around age 12) I was hooked.  You just feel so CLEAN and soft!

Recently I’ve been using Eathscience Apricot Gentle Face Scrub.  What makes this apricot scrub different from that of the heavily marketed one (ahhem it rhymes with Paint Chives) is that the bits of apricot are fine and round, therefore less abrasive to your face while still completing the job.  I feel strongly that exfoliating products should cleanse your skin of dull dead cells, not slice up your existing pores.

For those of you short on time, the product is also multitasking as there is a lovely non-drying cleanser built in too!  This would be a great product for guys to use as well because 1) it’s gentle enough to keep their skin baby soft before shaving and 2) it’s not greasy so they’ll never feel like they are using a “girly” product.

Earthscience has made this product Vegan, therefore it’s cruelty free!

I grabbed mine at Whole Foods for about $8, but you can also order it from drugstore.com.