It’s no secret that I’ve dealt with my fair share of skin issues over the years… sensitivity, acne, dryness, redness… then just when I thought things were looking up… Boom- Wrinkles.  Awesome.

As a result of the aforementioned afflictions I’ve become a bit of a product junkie, and there are few things I love more than discovering an awesome new product and then sharing it with my mom and girlfriends.  So, that’s the idea behind today!  One of my biggest realizations in recent years, is that whatever skin issue you’re dealing with, it can probably be helped on some level by exfoliation.  Let’s be honest, those dead skin cells on your face aren’t doing anybody any good!  Here are my FAVORITE products to exfoliate with when cleansing my face… All 5 of these are seriously game changes!  In 5th place, meet the konjac sponge.  Let’s be honest, skincare is serious business in Asia!  Every year Americans fall in love with a new life changing beauty export that has been around for decades in Asia… enter the konjac sponge.  Get ready to hear all about this baby in the months to come, it’s arrived stateside and is not leaving anytime soon.  The konjac sponge is not going to resurface your face overnight, but its gentile nature makes it perfect for everyday use, and if your skin is prone to breakouts this is awesome because not only is it gentile, but it has antibacterial properties.  Exfoliating is key to clearing up skin, but obviously you don’t want to irritate the skin further… This will do just the trick!    Personally, I love using it to gently help remove makeup- It’s soft but efficient.

Ever since receiving a sample of this Vasanti face wash in a BirchBox last year I’ve used it as my cleanser almost exclusively.  It’s amazing!  I’ve never heard it mentioned anywhere else, and I don’t know anybody else who uses it, but I see major cult product potential!  Similar to the konjac sponge, it does a great job gently exfoliating.  It’s gentle enough for everyday use, and always leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean.  I love the consistency of it.  It’s rough enough to exfoliate, but has a fine, gentle texture at the same time.  Again, if you’re prone to breakouts or have very sensitive skin this does the trick with out perpetuating any problems.

3These Radical Exfoliating Pads are easy and effective!  They’re a little more pricey then the first two options, but at $95 for 100 pads I tell myself that these bad boys are well worth roughly a dollar a day.  You just wipe a pad over clean skin and forget about it.  I keep them in my nightstand.  In just a few days your skin will start feeling much fresher.  They continuously turn over your skin cells, and get rid of dead skin without drying up your precious skin or taking up any of your precious time.

Best. Masque. Ever.  The GlamGlow YouthMud Masque goes on wet, drys in 10 minutes, and gives you a nice tingling sensation.  I even love using my konjac sponge to remove it.  It’s not inexpensive, and the jar is on the small side, but if you use it sparingly I promise you’ll have many nights of masques ahead!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… if you’ve never used a Clarisonic Brush I’m jealous that you still have this life changing experience ahead of you!  It completely revives your skin, and as a result any other products you’re using begin to work better.  That expensive face cream you feel guilty about buying… if you’re not properly exfoliating, you’re not getting your money’s worth from it!  My experience has been that it doesn’t mater which version/model of the Clarisonic Brush you use, however, you do want to make sure it’s Clarisonic.  Everybody has a copycat brush, but the others I’ve tried don’t even come close to the results of the Clarisonic ones.  It.  Rocks.



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7 Responses to Don’t Hate- Exfoliate!

  1. Cara says:

    So, the pads. Apply to cleansed, dry skin and then apply any night cream you may want or would it be okay just to wash face, swipe and try passing out without any night cream?

    • thechicagolifeblog says:

      I either use night cream, or use one in the morning under my makeup. You’d be fine without a moisturizer, but better with one. ; )

  2. Phenom! :) The GlamGlow is one of the best masks on the market, although you’re right it is quite expensive. The Clarisonic is something I would sell if I had the room, but I have to say I don’t recommend it when suffering breakouts that are inflamed. It is fairly intense inside the skin and can aggravate certain kinds of acne problems. It is, however, *by far* the superior method of exfoliation for blackheads and non-inflammed congestion because of how the ultrasonic technology literally breaks up those impactions. When combined with once a week clay mask to absorb excess oil, for blackheads and what we call “closed comedones” (those colorless bumps where when you squeeze them squiggly stuff comes out) there is nothing better.

  3. Abrielle says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’m on the hunt for the Clarisonic now. :-)

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  5. Kate Oakley says:

    Don’t Hate..Exfoliate! Love that : ) I have to say you are missing one very amazing at-home beauty tool that blows the rest of these out of the water!! It is the Rodan + Fields Macro-Exfoliator. I am addicted to mine and it is basically like doing at-home micro derm once a week. Check it out!

  6. Savon says:

    Exfoliation is one of the best things to do to your skin. Just don’t overdo it! The skin should look healthy and glowing afterwards. Is it’s rather red and irritated, either the method or the frequency of exfoliation is wrong.

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