When you speak; I listen.
A while back I wrote a post about my favorite gommage (exfoliating scrub) from Avène* whereupon you told me that you thought it contained non-biodegradable plastic micro beads.
Immediately I began my search and research for another gentle facial scrub. I started where I always start, with my great friend and pharmacist, Christine. After explaining the problem to her we set about exploring the shelves in her pharmacy. Ever so discreetly she directed me into her office and said: “This is what you do. . . combine argan oil with a spoonful of honey, some fine sugar and voilà, you have your gommage. That’s what I do and I guarantee your skin will be baby soft.”
She also said if I wanted a sweet smelling natural essence she would be happy to accommodate me. “Citron is nice,” she said.
Then, as I was manoeuvring out of my parking space she came running out of her pharmacy with another option. “I love this too,” she said, and thrust a tube of Gelée Exfoliante Douce from Nuxe through my window. (She gives me presents all-the-time. It’s amazing.)
|If a can be sensible and sensuous, this one is.|
Now, let me tell you about my latest wonderful beauty experience in a tube: First, this gentle exfoliating gel does what it’s supposed to do; it sloughs the face to a rosy glow. And, speaking of rosy, it is lightly scented with rose petals. The combination of its fragrance and the efficacy of the product make it infinitely more fun to use than an exfoliating gel that is sans odeur.
The highly effective yet gentle sloughing material is walnut shell powder. You can see it in the pale, pale pink gel. So, thanks to you I found a gommage that is biodegradable.
Like all such products, they should be used only once or twice a week. As my dermatologist always says, “It’s important to let the skin do its own repair work. Scrubbing it like a kitchen floor is counterproductive or worse.”
Another tip I learned from an aesthetician while doing interviews for my book: Always cleanse your face before exfoliating. “If you don’t do that,” she said, “it’s like taking a shower with your clothes on.” I didn’t know that. It does make sense though.
Because of the absolutely delicious natural fragrance of the rose petals, I sometimes open the tube and breath deeply. It’s remarkably soothing.
*A couple of days later, Christine and I went back to investigate the Avène I had been using for several years and discovered that the “beads” in the gel are made from the jojoba plant. Perhaps the formula was changed (?). For now though, I’m hooked on my rosy, rose infused Nuxe.
**Finally, please go here where you will be directed to all my wonderful friends and members of our international By Invitation Only group to read what everyone has to say on this month’s subject: Sharing. At the same time, forgive me for not participating today. I’ll be back on board and on message next month.