Favorites: Scrubs and Exfoliators

Dear Friends & Followers,

There is nothing better than a good scrub to make you feel like a brand new person.  If you are exposed to the subway in New York city or in any other city in the world, or have to navigate the traffic in the summer heat, you know how I feel.  When I go home I feel like I deserve a treat and my skin does too! And there is nothing better than a good scrub to make my pores happy.  But finding the perfect scrub is no easy feat so I decided to put together a list of the ones I know and love hoping it will be helpful and allow you to make the perfect choice for your skin.

First a little explanation.  There are 3 types of exfoliators and scrubs: the mechanical scrubs (particles suspended in a creamy vehicle) the chemical exfoliants (serums that remove the outer layer of dead skin without mechanical actions) and the in-between (creamy scrubs with particles and serums that smooth and buff the skin with minor scrubbing).  This article focusses on mechanical scrubs and in between as I believe the chemical peels should be left to the capable hands of a dermatologist.








1. Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub is a great polisher for all skin types.  It smells great and has medium granules to unclog your pores with mechanical power and fruit enzymes to remove dead skin cells with a mild chemical exfoliation.

2. Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Microderm is great for sensitive skin as the exfoliating particles are very thin.  This mechanical exfoliator is a great choice if you want to exfoliate every other day as it will not cause redness or irritation and it does not contain chemicals that can cause or accentuate redness.

3.  Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate is one of my favorite products because it contains exfoliating particles but also salicylic acid for pimple comtrol and aloe to prevent redness. There are other versions of this product for sensitive skin and for serious acne that are equally powerful and smell great too.

4.  Kielhs’ Epidermal Retexturizing Microdermabrasion is a great mechanical exfoliator that works wonders if used 2/3 times a week.  For very sensitive skins there is also a recovery skin salve that can be applied afterwards but I find that not to be necessary as my skin can endure a lot of scrubbing.

5. or… Serena’s Recipe: 1tsp of coconut oil, 1tsp for granulated sugar, 1 drop of tea tree oil, 1 drop of peppermint oil. Combine all the ingredients to form a paste, just before applying. Scrub your face to your heart’s content. Avoid contact with the eye area. Rinse with warm water and apply sunscreen before going out!