I have this thing about exfoliating.
I’m sort of obsessive about it. I just sort of love the idea that I am scrubbing away dead skin cells.
Yes, it is a personal problem, but it doesn’t hurt anybody, so I just roll with it. In fact, I cried when L’Occitane had the gall to discontinue my most favorite exfoliating soap EVER.
So when I saw this facial cleansing product from philosophy, I decided to give it a go. It said it was designed for daily use, so all the better in my mind. A thirty second mini peel sounded right up my alley.
There is no doubt that exfoliation occurs when using this product. Whatever they use as the exfoliating “beads” fall somewhere in between gentle and a teensy bit harsh. I suppose it depends on how much pressure you use.
One tip for those with contacts, I found out the hard way that rinsing properly is VERY important. Do not rinse off in a rush, else you will find yourself with little beads embedded temporarily in your eyeballs. Yes, it was as pleasant as it sounds.
As with any new product, and especially an exfoliating one, I expected some inital breakouts. Breakouts did indeed occur, but I thought they would be temporary and go away once my skin got acclimated.
Except, it never did.
I had annoying, icky breakouts for a month, my friends. I kept hoping it would get better, because other than that one side effect, I liked the product. It made my skin soft and smooth and reduced my pores nicely.
Then I stopped kidding myself that the breakouts would go away and resigned myself to the fact that my skin does not react well to this product.
But for those of you who love taking off that top layer of skin as much as I do, this product might be worth a try.