I love a good face scrub! After years and years of suffering with horrible acne and now the aftermath of spot-prone skin and scars, I am very self conscious of my skin and invest a lot of time, energy and money into it. I had been using Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub but sadly it ran out last month and I had to get a new exfoliator, but was struggling to fork out Dermalogica prices before Christmas.
After hearing about plastic beads in many exfoliators causing issues to our environment, I have been keen to find ones which are degradable and do not contain plastic exfoliants. The Dermalogica ticked this box because it used rice, but in Boots it proved harder to spot the goodies from the baddies. However I came across this exfoliator/microdermabrasion polish by Botanics.
This is the Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish and it costs £7.99. The main exfoliator in this is pumice (as in from a volcano and used on your feet) which is a natural substance, and it does not contain parabens which is good news for those of us with sensitive skin. It has a lovely fresh smell, but isn't overly perfumed. It comes in a large container for your money and you only need around a large pea size to cover your whole face.
The exfoliator texture is very fine and very gritty. In reading other's reviews when I was planning this post, I read a lot of reviews which were very positive and equally some which were very negative about how coarse this exfoliator is. I am on the very positive side, and I think with caution, this can be used as an excellent, almost industrial strength exfoliator. It definitely has some scrubbing power which is good for those of us who suffer from blackheads and scarring, and leaves your face feeling very tingly. I'd definitely recommend this as a weekend or evening scrub, because if you have sensitive skin you can be left a little flushed for half an hour.
From a month of using it once a week, I can certainly say the number of blackheads on my face have dramatically reduced, particularly around my chin and nose area. I also feel my skin is a lot smoother and foundation applies really easily after application, particularly if you smother on a really thick moisturiser after using the exfoliator (I've heard exfoliation helps skin "slurp" up more moisturiser, sorry Caroline Hirons if this is pseudo-science). I don't think it will ever sandblast away the deep scars from my late teens but it certainly has helped the fresh red marks from recent spots disappear more quickly. Overall I am super impressed and would recommend this to everyone who would listen to me.