Last week when I was getting my brows done, I asked Lisa to leave the tops of my brows alone (I have blond eyebrows, I can get away with this) because my forehead was freaking out. I don't usually have sensitive skin, but on this day, I did. She commented on how dry my forehead was and said I should exfoliate. When I told her I do, she gave me a look. Later when I mentioned that I use an apricot/walnut scrub, her reaction was, "That is THE WORST!"
She then explained that apricot and nut scrubs are actually bad for your skin, because the scrubby bits are too sharp and actually cut your skin. (And then Kolby linked to this article in Tuesday, December 6th's Hot Links, which confirmed what Lisa said, so there ya go.) Lisa then gave me a sample of Pevonia Botanica Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser to try.
In addition to the forehead freak out, the skin around my nose was also in rough shape because I was at the end of my second week of a cold, so the idea of something gentle had extra appeal.
Lisa said something else that got me to thinking about the need for a new exfoliating cleanser: she mentioned that women often like apricot scrubs because their faces feel dry after using them, so they assume it's done an excellent job of cleaning. Personally, I just figured my skin was dry because it's winter. In fact, I thought I was doing it a favor by not using something soap-based, and therefore drying.
I've been using the Pevonia Botanica Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser for a week now and I *really* like it. The base is nicely creamy, which is especially welcome on dry winter skin. The exfoliating beads are less rough than my old scrub (I think that they're jojoba), but still feel like they're doing the job. And the scent is really lovely, very subtly floral. I definitely notice when I get out of the shower that my face feels less dry, which is quite nice.
I checked out the product online, and it's right up my alley: the key ingredients are natural, they don't test on animals, and they use environment-friendly packaging.
Sadly, I won't be able to make Pevonia Botanica Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser my new facial scrub, because at $33.50 for five ounces, it's out of my price range. But for those of you who have a larger beauty budget, I highly recommend it. And a little goes a long way. This sample is only 0.17 ounces, and I probably still have half of the tube left.