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 :).

Blemish Fighters

I made some changes in my personal life earlier this year, and these changes have in turn changed my skin. I.e. I am getting ugly pimples on my face during that time of the month. Boo! So here is my list of Blemish Fighters that have helped get my skin back in check:

  • Cleanser with Salicylic Acid like these Yes To Tomatoes Facial Towelettes – I love using these right before I head to the gym… and after. Salicylic helps gently kill bacteria to fight and prevent those pesky spots. Also try this Clarifying Facial Wash from Earth Science Naturals.
  • Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask is a wonderful spot treatment; after washing your face leave it on your blemish for 15-20 minutes and then wash off. It’s also great for keeping pores clean around your nose.
  • Good ol Tea Tree Oil. I was so impressed at how fast this solution dried out a large pimple- gone in a day. I’m going to keep a bottle of this in my medicine cabinet ALL OF THE TIME. Here are a few more uses for tea tree oil– talk about multi-tasker! I suggest dabbing one drop on the pimple and watch it disappear.
blemish fighters

blemish fighters

Please let me know if you have other successful tips and products to try!