For the past 6 months, my skin has been in better condition than I can remember – which I attribute to really being careful with each and every product I use, reading ingredients, steering clear of fragrance, and opting for gentle products that don’t cause irritation and possible inflammation. One way I’ve helped my skin in particular is completely swearing off manual exfoliators – for people with eczema, roughing up the skin doesn’t do us any favors.
However. Dude, you KNOW how sweet it is when you scrub your skin and how soft and smooth and lovely it feels afterward? Yea, I MAJORLY missed that. So I’m cheating a little bit – and thankfully my skin’s not paying the price!
Marcelle’s Hydra-C Radiance Facial Exfoliating Gel (100mL) is purported to gently eliminate impurities and dead surface skin, and is hypoallergenic, perfume free, and paraben free. When I saw it on sale at Lawtons about a month ago, I was far too tempted, and picked it up to spoil myself with every now and then.
The exfoliating properties of this gel are very gentle – used on damp skin, the scrub feels more like a slightly granular cleanser than much else; on dry skin (which is how I use it), it refines the skin along with giving it a clean, refreshing feeling. Though it claims to unclog pores, improve skin texture, and bring back freshness and radiance to the skin tone (through the inclusion of Vitamin C + E), the effects are really quite subtle. While my skin feels smoother and fresher after use, the exfoliation aspect is secondary. However, it’s just enough that my I get my ‘fix’ without the resulting irritation, and that’s perfectly alright with me!
Marcelle is a Canadian brand carried at drugstores around the country. For sensitive skin, the brand carries quite a few products that are well-suited and a reasonable price – I’ve used several different products from the line and have never had an issue.
Do you use manual scrubs? Which one? Have you tried Marcelle products before?