Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Product Review; "Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub"

Alba Botanica should definitely find a new word to describe this brilliant cleanser besides "scrub". The Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub has almost no granules that draw comparison to any other exfoliators. And it certainly doesn't feel like "scrubbing".

In general, exfoliating lotions have small beads of silicone, sand, sugar, or other moderate abrazives to remove dead skin cells and reveal clean newly rejuvenated skin. This process also induces circulation but can do more damage than you'd like if frequented too often.

Using mostly certified organic and botanical ingredients like awapuhi, papaya extract and bromelain, this watery lotion uses the inherent enzymes to breaks up the integrity of dead skin cells and, using fingers, softly buffs them away without scraping the underlying healthy layers. Though the ingredients are regarding as mild irritants, use of this product is recommended up to 4 times a week, twice the amount of traditional exfoliants.

Since it also contains aloe vera and jojoba esthers, it's slightly moisturizing and is great for acne prone skin to unclog pores. It's also ideal for gentlemen who shave on a regular basis. By sloughing off dead cells but keeping new ones hydrated, razors will glide over bumps and fewer nics are likely to appear.

Simply use warm water applied to the face, then a small amount of lotion rubbed over cheeks, chin and forehead in a soft circular motion, then rinse. The first time I used it, I didn't realize it had even worked until I saw my complexion when I got out of the shower. Bright and clean skin and, over time, fewer blemishes and certainly no shaving nics. I didn't know you could get that kind of result without scrubbing.

Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub; $12.95

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