Sometimes I like to pretend that I have perfect skin. Sometimes I like to pretend I'm a princess or a unicorn or Batman as well. Sometimes you have to break from reality and go to your happy place. Whether that is in a posh room at Neiman Marcus being waited on hand and foot or some version of a "natural high" being outside with the wildlife and bugs and dirt and humidity...if you're into that sort of thing. We all have to face reality eventually and I have to realize that my skin is a crime scene and I'm too broke to even afford a mint from Neiman Marcus let alone a personal shopper and I really don't like going outside. Yes. Sometimes reality sucks.
But every once in a while you come across something that you could swear is from one of your daydreams, but it's actually real! No not a unicorn farting rainbows...those are NOT real...trust me. I'm talking about the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser.
The Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser is, According to the manufacturer, a 100% synthetic-free, alpha hydroxy cleanser that brightens & evens the tone of the skin, can help smooth fine lines, eliminates blemishes & impurities from your pores and jump start collagen production.
I found the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser to gently exfoliate my skin (with proper application) and help clear up some blemishes and hinder others from forming. I did not notice a decrease in fine lines, nor did I see any increased collagen production, but I wasn't observing those kind of changes in my skin.
How does it exfoliate? With natural sugar crystals and powdered rice. Sugar provides the natural and non synthetic alpha hydroxy acid that has been shown to smooth skin and exfoliate without harsh abrasives. However, while I'm not a scientist, I do not believe in the effectiveness of AHAs that are rinsed off of the skin. I think they need to be applied and kept on the skin to be truly effective. So how did my skin feel so soft an smooth after using the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser? The answer is sweet....literally.
Sugar granules. They don't melt as fast as one would think. The sugar, combined with the rice powder and a little water made the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser nice scrub for the face. Since I have very sensitive and delicate skin I chose to use less than a nickle sized dollop of the sugary, crumbly cleanser, mixed it with water, allowed it to get to a nice, foamy consistency. Then I GENTLY massaged it on my face and neck.
|Thanks to weheartthis blog for allowing me to borrow their picture of the actual scrub. I had used up my entire jar before I realized I never photographed it. Bad blogger! You should also check their review as they not only talk about the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, but they also review the Intensive Nourishing Cream as well. Just click on the image above or HERE to read the reviews.|
Then I waited.
I primarily used this cleanser in the shower 2X a week and while it was sitting on my face, in all of it's sugary and foamy glory, I washed my body and rinsed. Then I GENTLY massaged the cleanser into my face to provide a little manual exfoliation. Then I rinsed the cleanser off completely.
The result? Smooth skin! Smooth, non irritated skin. The next morning (because I shower at night) my skin always looked slightly rosy and glowy. But I will say that on nights that I used the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser I skipped any AHA treatments and used only a mild moisturizer. I babied my skin. Did that help? I'm not sure...but it certainly didn't hurt.
Will you have the same result? Maybe, maybe not. I have read multiple reviews on line and there were a fair number of people that said that the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser broke them out, made their skin look worse, and/or did nothing for them. I think the long list of essential oils in the product might have something to do with that. Some people's skin cannot tolerate certain essential oils. Some people may not have allowed the sugar to dissolve enough before scrubbing, some people may have scrubbed too hard, and some people just couldn't get the product to work for them through no fault of their own. That's OK. One product does not fit everyone. I think we all know that.
What I liked:
The texture before and after adding water
The scent of lemongrass and Lavender
The way my skin felt and looked after using it
What I didn't like:
The price. I found that $32 for a 4.0 fl oz jar is rather expensive. It did take me a while to reach the bottom of my jar, but the ingredients seem rather basic for such a high price.
The scent of Calendula
The packaging. I hate glass packaging for the bathroom and hate it even more for the shower, but I understand why certain products just can't be housed in plastic. At least the glass is recyclable.
Do you NEED this? Maybe? I am leaning toward YES only because I personally had a good experience with it. I love anything with a lemongrass scent for the shower, so there is that too. I also was VERY gentle with the "scrubbing" using this exfoliating cleanser. AND since a little goes a long way the price might be high, but I'm at the point in my life that if it works, I'm spending the money. Your results may vary. So YES. You NEED this!
The Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser can be purchased for $32.95 at skinstore.com and at sukiskincare.com
What say you? Is this something you might try?
sucrose (sugar), potassium cocoate (saponified coconut oil), oryza sativa (rice) powder, cymbopogon flexuosus (lemongrass) oil, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, squalane & chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower/leaf extract, citrus aurantifolia dulcis (orange) peel extract, ascophyllum nodosum (seaweed) extract, *aroma/fragrance, limonene, citra. This product is vegan.
Batman on a Robot Unicorn FTW!
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