Exfoliation. It sure does sound like a spell from Harry Potter, doesn't it? It might not be, but it is still pure magic for your skin. Mild and gentle exfoliation of the skin sloughs away dead, dry, and dull skin leaving smooth, refreshed skin behind. It'll keep your pores cleaner and you skin tone more even. Like I said, magical!
So, how does one exfoliate? Start with knowing your options. There's mechanical exfoliation that uses an abrasive tool (like a loofa or wash cloth) or substance (like a face scrub) and then there is chemical exfoliation that uses various acids known as AHA's, alpha hydroxy acids (such as glycolic and lactic acids) and BHA's, beta hydroxy acids (such as salicylic acid). I could go on and on for paragraphs on the way the various acids work and the differences between them, but that's a topic for another day.
Foaming Face Scrub
Hammer Soaps Foaming Face Scrub is gentle and effective mechanical exfoliation. By using Rosehip Seed powder and Bamboo Powder along with natural foaming cleansers, it provides just the right amount of scrubby goodness without being too harsh on the delicate skin of your face. The natural fragrance (from essential oils) is refreshing and minty, so it leaves your face feeling cool and clean. Also, everything is biodegradable and natural with no harmful microbeads! I do plan on having an acid based cleanser at some point, but it won't be ready at launch. I've found it to be a bit tricky to balance the effects of "gentle tingling so you know it working" with "OH SWEET CHRISTMAS MY FACE IS ON FIRE WASH IT OFF NOOOOOOW!!!"
You'll want to exfoliate every few days or so. I try for once every three days. It's just enough time for my skin to recover between scrubs. Anymore and I'd get all red and irritated. Depending on your own skin type and tolerance of this particular type of exfoliation, you might opt to do it once every 7 days or somewhere in between. When exfoliating with our Foaming Face Scrub, as with most Hammer Soaps' products, less is more. Don't over do it with the scrubbing either. Use gentle circular motions with minimal pressure. Let the scrub work for you. DO NOT rub vigorously or scour your face. Don't use it on already red or irritated skin (it's not great post sunburn), on active breakouts and broken skin, or with any other exfoliating products. It is also extra important to use a quality SPF on your freshly exfoliated skin.
Directions: Using your fingertips, gently apply with minimal pressure, product on to wet skin in a circular motion. Add additional water for increased foaming action. Avoid the eye and lip area. Rinse well and pat dry. Follow up with Hammer Soaps' Alcohol Free Hydrating Toner. For best results, use at least once a week.
Ingredients: Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Water, Glycerin (Vegetable), Green Tea Extract, Rosehip Seed Powder, Bamboo Powder, Cetyl Alcohol, Aspen Bark Extract, White Kaolin Clay, Stearyl Alcohol, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Lavender Flower Oil, Spearmint Leaf Oil, Yuzu Peel/Leaf Oil, Bergamot Mint Leaf Oil, Bee Balm Leaf Oil, Lime Peel Oil SD, Peppermint Leaf Oil, Kaffir Lime Leaf Oil, Silver Fir Needle Oil, Atlas Cedar Leaf Oil.
Julie Hammer is the owner of Hammer Soaps Bath & Body.