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I have always had very flaky, dry sensitive skin. Up until recently I have found it almost impossible to find a product that could exfoliate leaving me with a lobster face which somehow seems to be shedding more skin than before I began to cleanse. Buf- Puf has changed my life (well maybe its not quite that good). If used correctly, both the singles (one use) and the normal larger pads (which you use more than once) can work really well even for those of use who end up looking like pickled beetroots at the mere sniff of a perfumed soap. From what I can tell they do seem to be made from something very similar to scouring pads, but the fibres are finer and less rough. They are pretty inexpensive, but as with most treatments for dry skin they are a little more expensive than a routine involving a bar of smart price soap and scraggy flannel. As dry skin and sensitivity often go hand in hand i6t is extremely helpful that Buf-Puf have both normal ranges and sensitive ranges. I find the best way to use them is to pour a little cleanser, such as clean and clear, onto the buff puff and then use it in small circular motions all over the face and neck. I then immediately add a good splash of moisturiser. This may not work for everyone, but then again everyone’s skin is different so experimentation is probably the best way to go until you find what’s best for you. As for me my skin has never been so smooth clean and free of flakes!!
3M, the makers of many things including, yup, PostIt Notes, have come up with this brilliant toiletry product. The Buf-Puf Singles come in a pack of 40. They are little orange sponges and have some exfoliant on them. You wet the sponge and squeeze it to get the lather, then cleanse your face and neck and rinse off. They are perfect to wash your face with in the morning as they clean thoroughly. (They'd also be perfectly suited to cleanse away make up too.) Buf-Pufs leave your skin very refreshed as they clean off excess oils and according to the pack "lift off dry dulling skin cells" ...eek! But don't worry, aswell as being hard working they are also gentle enough to use everyday (if you don't have any big skin problems) and non perfumed. I find them better to wash my face than soap as your skin stays far more softer. I find that they clean my skin so well, that it's overall condition has improved so I don't need to use one every morning. Buf-Pufs seem control excess oil as they cleanse deeply. At £2.99 per pack of 40 they are a bit expensive but well worth it!! I use the Normal to Dry skin variety but there are also Buf-Puf Singles for Normal to Oily skin. Although if you have very irritated skin or a sensitive mole on your skin, the pack recommends you don't use them *at all* so be careful, and don't use them with any other exfoliant. Otherwise, very very highly recommended as you will notice the difference!
I almost tried one of these once - and was horrified that anyone would manufacture something that would be so detrimental to the skin. I'm even more horrified years on that thy're still going, because that must mean that someone is buying them! These are plain nasty. Exfoliation, carried out at home, needs to be a very gentle process. facial skin is pretty delicate - even cheap tissues shouldn't be used because they can cause tiny tears in the dermis. That damage is cumulative over the years and can lead to uneven skin tone and texture from lots on tiny scars. This product is more harsh than some of the equipment used in a plastic surgeon's surgery for demabrasion. The difference being that the surgical implements are that much more precise. Ok, you're presumably not going to scrub enough to remove layers of skin. But why anyone would buy this is beyond me - heck a pan scourer would be just as good and a lot cheaper! There is absolutely no type of skin that this would be good for, in any circumstances that I can think of.
I have always had 'changeable' skin, especially on my face - sometimes oily, but in recent years, more likely to be dry and flaky. Although I've tried many different facial scrubs, I prefer to use Buf-Puf, as I find they work better than most facial scrubs. They are small (2 1/2") circular pads, made from a slightly abrasive material, ane are very easy to use. Just dip them in warm water, which softens them slightly, and allows the cleansers inside to be released. Then just gently rub your face/neck/wherever with the moistened Buf-Puf, and rinse again with clean water. I was wary the first time I tried them, because of the fact tat I have semsitive skin, but am now a convert. My skin is left looking healthy and feeling good as well. Recommended.
Buf-Puf are an unusual product aimed at exfoliating skin. Be very careful when using them because, if used too harshly, they can irritate and make skin extremely sore and tender. If used properly, the puff should be drenched in water, to reduce it's harshness. Never use the puff in it's dry state. Having bought a tube of these exfoliators, I wouldn't buy another one. A better method for facial exfoliating are creams which contain items such as ground apricot stones. One use for Buf-Pufs which is worth considering.. but not one which the manufacturer intended.. is for dry, hard skin areas such as knees, elbows and feet. Here, they are effective and are harsh enough without the "pain" of items such as pumice stones.
Hmm, maybe Buf-Puf(tm) is a little bit feminine hygene sounding for me, but I don't care, I think a number of women's toiletries are ace, ahem... Anyway, I personally like using Buf-Puf Singles because just like on the box, I do find that they 'thoroughly clean and refresh' my skin. I hardly use anything else to wash my face as I'm so addicted to these. Basically Buf-Puf singles (for Normal/Dry skin) are just a stack of forty thin square-doormat like sponges with pinky orange stuff that activates when water is applied on them, and you just have to vigorously rub your face to get rid of dry, dead skin cells and feed in some much need moisture. The pad is strong enough, but gentle enough to take all the bad stuff off your face; including make-up, dirt and excess oil. Oh, and need I say, that they're all single use sponges. After coming off soap as a kid to treat acne with Clearasil as a teen, I accidently found that Buf-Puf singles are exactly what my face needs, and they get it. If you've got dry, and easily irritated skin like me (you should see me after some shaves...red patches, ahoy!), then you'd be well advised to try this on personal recommendation, as it refreshes your skin and makes it look and feel good. An ace toiletry!