Exfoliation Labels: not always explicit

So most of us know about exfoliation which is a more vigorous cleansing to not only remove whatever dirt and excess oil but also shed a few more skin cells and make skin feel and appear smoother. Some of us probably do not do this and some probably over do it for whatever reason. I would suggest that if you do, please be gentle. The effect can be pretty amazing but overdo it and the results can be unpleasant.

With facial exfoliators, it seems that the higher the price points, the more reluctant the brands use the term “exfoliate”. This can be observed in many chemical exfoliants. I’ve linked an example for each term and may one day review them here.

For the mechanical ones which range from gritty particles to smoother and gentle and almost non-existent particles, the terms Scrub, Exfoliator (or some similar variation), PolishBuffing and may be used in the description. In German, “Peeling” is often commonly used, so tada! one knows what it does.

Chemical exfoliants often include ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid and certain fruit enzymes. Incidentally, these exfoliating ingredients can also be found in masks and moisturisers (more often in night creams). Examples of terms used are peel, brightening (I find this rather annoying for some reason), renewal, rejuvenating, refining, resurfacing, refinish (peculiar this one), smoothing, (micro)dermabrasion and the list does go on.

So, check you are only using one of such and if you use a muslin cloth or face sponge regularly, you probably don’t even need such products. Thankfully, body exfoliants often have scrub included in the name so you can’t go wrong.

Happy Peelings!


Beauty Spring Cleaning

“Spring Cleaning” one’s beauty stash is perhaps not quite like cleaning out one’s wardrobe (or closet to some) or even spring cleaning in general.  However, it is important to rid items that have caused problems, do not work for you or that you simply don’t like any more.
A few tips to help spring clean the beauty stash include the following.

Remove products that have been opened for longer than the PAO label. 
Once opened, a product typically is good for use for about 3 to 24 months depending its period after opening (PAO) label. This label can be found on most products and its an open jar with the number of months the product should be used for. Anything past that should be thrown away.  It might not hurt to stick a small label with dates of when products are opened to help keep track.

Throw away/Donate/Give away items that do not work or you do not like.  
No matter how expensive, it is quite pointless to hoard something that perhaps break you out or simply you dislike.  It is likely that it would work for someone else and as long as the product is not past the PAO, it would be a lovely gesture to someone else.

Half Empty or Half full
Decide whether to keep, give out or thrown away products you have not used up and are perhaps neglected for whatever reason.

Clean and Rearrange
Dust and wipe your jars and containers and perhaps try a new arrangement of your products. You can also choose to decant your products into uniform containers.

Happy tidying!


Beauty Subscription Boxes

In the past year or two, we have seen a surge in the number of subscriptions for beauty samples. I have never been tempted to subscribe because I visit beauty counters and shops ever so often that I can view and test new products. In addition, I am more focused on skincare and will not pay for any makeup or nail products without testing and trying out first. Many are usually a mixed bag and I think  not.

I have read and watched complaints about the value of the samples in subscription packages and it seems that many simply want to get more than what is paid for.
Monthly subscription prices typically range from 10 to 15 -insert currency (typically EUR, USD or GBP) and may or may not include free shipping. For these prices, I would not be expecting full sized high end products and I would think that at some point, the companies may start to send cheaper and easily obtained items to cut costs.
There is also no way the companies will accurately know what one would like (despite the questionnaire which is usually included in the registration process). Selecting the products yourself also does not guarantee that you would love the samples received.

These subscriptions are a nice idea and would appeal to certain people but I would rather visit beauty counters, read blogs and reviews as well as request samples. This way, I will end up buying things I actually want.