Archive for the ‘Exfoliant’ Category

Biotherm Rides Repair

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Over the past two weeks I have been using a new moisturizer, eye cream and exfoliant, and I am in LOVE. What am I using? Biotherm’s Ride Repair products.

I had run out of my usual face cream and thought I’d like to try something new. My skin had been looking so dull, and I was noticing that my fine lines were not looking so fine anymore…and I am only 36! I had also been having a terrible time with breakouts on my jawline. These products stated that they rejuvenate the skin and work on those perky wrinkles – I thought why not give them a go.

I honestly cannot believe that my skin is looking and feeling so much better, in such a short time. I guess the moisturizer I was using was not making my skin happy at all. My skin now is noticeably brighter and feels so soft. Even those nasty crinkles under my eyes are softening. No I cannot claim that they have gone, but softening is good to me.

Both the Rides Repair Yeux and Rides Repair Jour smooth into the skin almost immediately and do not leave a shiny film. They smell clean and fresh and not overly perfumed. The same can be said for the Instant Polisher. Also my skin is healing nicely where my blemishes are and I don’t seem to be breaking out as much.

The ingredients that really should be credited for their hard work are:

- Two forms of silicium – one that has an instant smoothing effect on wrinkles and is a mineral derived ingredient, and a fundamental element found in the earth’s crust.

- The other with its intense regenerating power is an essential component of the dermal matrix. These two complementary forms reveal outstanding anti-wrinkle power.

- and Thermal Plankton (PETP) that works to keep skin looking young.

Rides Repair Instant Polisher

Micro-particles gently exfoliate skin cells and refine texture and the bio-peel stimulates cellular renewal to smooth the skin.

Rides Repair Day
Contains a combination of pure silicium with dermobiotic tehnology to reduce wrinkles and smooth skin.

Rides Repair Eye
Formulated with hydroxyproline, an amino-acid and the two forms of silicium, assist in reducing crow’s feet and rejuvenating the delicate skin around the eye.

Here’s to looking younger!

Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

When it comes to our faces, we should never scrub, scrub, scrub – but gently exfoliate. Exfoliation keeps your skin looking clean, healthy, more uniform in tone and less likely to break out. It addresses dullness and lining by attacking the appearance of past sun damage and allows for more effective moisturisation, so skin looks and feels comfortable.

There are multiple exfoliants on the market. I took five that are available and tested them on my sensitive skin. Here is what I thought of each of them:

Brand: Clarins
Product: Gentle Exfoliating Refiner
Description: Rich textured cream with ultra- gentle, refining and exfoliating spherical polishing grains. Ideal to promote instant skin-refining results.
Price: $27.50 USD/$34.00 CAD
Where to buy: Sephora, The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, major department stores
Overall: Just a little amount of the cream will do your entire face – so the tube will last for quite a while. It definitely left my skin smoother, and more glowing.
Would I buy? Yes

Brand: Dermalogica
Product: Gentle Cream Exfoliant
Description: A gentle, non-abrasive exfoliation treatment to thoroughly remove dulling surface debris, dramatically improving skin texture. Alpha hydroxy Lactic Acid, beta hydroxy Salicylic Acid and natural fruit enzymes detach dead skin cells, helping to stimulate skin renewal. Conditioning botanical extracts and humectants soothe the skin and combat dryness. Fragrance free.
$33.50 USD/ $49.40 CAD
Where to buy:,, local spas
Overall: This is a very gentle exfoliant mask that really works wonders on my skin. I wash my face and smooth a good layer on and ten minutes later my skin is glowing, smooth and clogged pore free. I use this once a week. Downfall is that it is very pricey.
Would I buy?: Definitely. This is my favourite exfoliant.

Brand: Ice Elements
Product: 2 Minute Miracle Exfoliating Gel
Description: A non-granular exfoliating gel with soothing Aloe Vera, natural botanical extracts and Hyaluronic acid (humectant). Gently exfoliates dead skin cells, removing dulling debris and excess oils. Rich in natural moisture to nourish new skin leaving it refreshed and vibrant. Great for dry skin and enlarged pores.
Price: $24.95 USD
Where to buy: online at
Overall: The gel was very pink and looked different from any other exfoliant I have ever tried. It felt lovely on the skin and was very cooling. I found that it really did exfoliate very well but when the gel begins to dry and you gently rub to remove, the cast offs were very messy in my sink.
Would I buy? Maybe.

Brand: Juice Beauty
Product: Green Apple Peel – Full Strength
Description: A high-mineral, gentle AHA enzyme peel that delivers a spa quality treatment at home, thanks to the infusion of certified organic fruit juices and raw cane sugar. Blended with 12 percent “real fruit” alpha hydroxy acids and enriched with the antioxidant benefits of vitamins A, C, and E, this gentle treatment dramatically improves skin tone, texture, and color, as it smoothes fine lines and boosts healthy cell turnover.
Price: $39.00 USD/$44.00 CAD
Where to buy: Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs,
Overall: This product works really well and eats all the dead skin cells from your face. I like that it is organic and natural. It is very expensive which is the downside.
Would I buy? I would definitely buy this as part of the Juice Beauty skincare line.

Brand: Yonka
Product: Gommage 305
Description: This 4 in 1 product exfoliates, hydrates, tones and brightens, and works to eliminate flaws and dull, lifeless cells.
Where to buy:, Essential Day Spa, local spas
Price: $33.00 USD/ $45.50 CAD
Overall: It smooths onto the skin nicely and you just wait for a bit until it starts to slightly dry and then you gentle run it off. Once again I am not a fan of the peeling/rubbing scrub. I do not like the crumbs that fall into the sink and I am nervous of dragging my skin and potentially hurting delicate skin. My skin did however have a lovely glow and felt very smooth afterwards. Too perfumed for me personally.
Would I buy? Probably not

So do you agree or disagree with my findings? What is your favourite exfoliant – I’d love to hear about it.
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