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I had the good fortune to try out the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator for a few weeks and I am here to tell you all about it. Let's start by saying that I am a recent convert to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I adore the results I have seen and yes...It's better than my Clarisonic...is that even possible? Anyway I was excited to try out the Exfoliator because my skin is plagued with dead skin cell buildup...that is it was plagued with that until I started using the Cleanse & Polish system. Anyway. I am usually not a fan of Exfoliators because I believe that it's easy to apply too much pressure when scrubbing and by doing that it's easy to create microscopic tears in the skin, which would allow dirt and bacteria to get in and cause acne flare ups. That's just me. I know a lot of people that love to use these type of granular exfoliators so I'll try to be as objective as I can.
First off, the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator is creamy and comes in the same airless pump style as the cleanser. I like it because it deposits just the right amount for your entire face and neck. The product itself is very thick and creamy. It has a botanical scent, but I can't describe it...let's just say it's herbal. Anyway. The thick cream spreads easily over the T-zone of my face and I used the remainder to focus on my jaw line and neck. The white cream has these small Jojoba beads in it to help exfoliate the skin. I found that these were the toughest jojoba beads I have ever encountered. If you have tried other exfoliators that have jojoba beads as the exfoliator but found that they melted or broke down quickly with slight pressure, you will like this Gentle Face Exfoliator from Liz Earle because these beads aren't going to go anywhere. They stayed remarkably well intact throughout the entire process. One more thing about using beads in an exfoliator, it creates less of a chance to tear the skin because there are no jagged edges (like in seed powders).
OK. So I apply this exfoliator on my forehead, nose, chin and jaw line. That's where I get the most congestion on my face. I used very light pressure and massaged in the product in a circular motion. Then I rinsed it all off with warm water. I found that the Gentle Face Exfoliator was a little harder to rinse off than most cleansers and I had a very, very slight waxy reside let on my skin after rinsing. It wasn't any bother after I used my Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, but it was still something I noticed, none the less. After using the Gentle Face Exfoliator my skin felt super smooth. Like a baby's butt! I found that my makeup applied better after using this exfoliator and my skin texture was improved.
HOWEVER. I have sensitive skin and on the Liz Earle Website it says in big bold letters "Not Suitable For Sensitive Skin". Now my skin isn't as sensitive as most people with sensitive skin, but it still reacts by getting very red when I exfoliate or apply certain creams or masks. I did have 2 recent breakouts along the jaw line, but I can't say for certain it was caused by the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator, because I recently added some dairy back into my diet for a short time and dairy makes me break out, so it's not for certain what caused the recent blemishes.
So. Do You NEED this? I say YES if you want a nice effective exfoliator without a lot of nasty chemicals in it. It certainly did make my skin super duper smooth and while I may have experienced a few problems with the product itself, I think that's more because of my skin type (sensitive) rather than any fault of the product. the 2.3 fl oz pump retails for $24 on the Liz Earle website.