I'm not really a fan of gritty face scrubs because they always tend to be quite harsh and irritating on my skin. A couple of years ago I discovered chemical exfoliators, mainly glycolic acid products and these seem to work quite well for me. Without exfoliation my skin looks, dull, drab and generally a bit rubbish and I find AHAs really help me deal with the skin issues I have without damaging or tearing my skin like gritty washes do.
I was given a bottle of Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads as a Christmas gift last year. I'm a big fan of PTR products in general and have used and still continue to use several products from the line. The brand offers over a hundred different items that are suitable for pretty much all skin types and concerns and has won numerous awards for it's creations including two best of beauty awards from allure magazine for Botanical Buffing Beads.
Botanical Buffing Beads are described as a highly effective, gentle and non abrasive scrub that is suitable for all skin types. The ingredients contain Jojoba Spheres to exfoliate and unclog pores, Aloe Vera to hydrate and Jojoba Oil to breakdown sebum/oil. What you actually get for your money is a clear 250ml, flip top lid bottle of a bright blue liquid/gel with lots of visible grainy bits. The directions on the bottle suggest that you apply the product to fingertips, add water and gently apply to face, chest and body. The label also states that buffing beads are suitable for daily use but suggests using less frequently if you experience any irritation.
I started by using them everyday and quickly found that my skin started to dry out so now I tend to use them about once a week and very gently and with very little pressure when I do because of other skin care products I'm using at the moment. I have found the beads/bits to actually be quite gentle on my skin though. They are obviously grainy but are rounded, soft and not sharp in any way like other scrubs I have used in the past. The product has a fresh, clean scent that's not too overpowering or strong and disappears quickly after using. I find an amount about the size of a five pence piece is enough to do my face and neck and the flip top lid makes it easy to dispense just the right amount of product onto fingertips. When mixed with warm water the beads partially dissolve and soften which makes the whole scrubbing action a lot kinder on skin.
My skin has been better since I added the beads into my skincare routine. My face feels less congested and generally really clean after I use these. They have also helped to smooth the appearance of my skins texture and it feels lovely and soft after using and for this reason I have been tempted to use them more often which I know from experience is not a good idea. If you do have sensitive skin and you overdo it with these they do tend to dry out your face pretty quickly so I find it's best to leave them as a treat and maybe use them two or three times a week. Using them in this way also saves the product which at £22.00 is on the pricy side for a face wash. My boyfriend has also become a fan of these too, he also uses them a couple of times a week and has found them to be great when used before shaving.
Buffing beads are overall a nice product that do keep skin smooth without being over drying. It is definitely one of the best scrubbing/manual exfoliation products I have come across due the gentle beads and excellent product formula. As I said, they are on the expensive side but I've had my bottle since Christmas and I'm only just under half way through the bottle so cost per use is actually pretty good.
WATER (AQUA), ALPHA OLEFIN SULFONATE, HYDROGENATED JOJOBA OIL, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIPROPIONATE, CARBOMER, WHOLE LEAF ALOE VERA, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHYLPARABEN, POTASSIUM SORBATE, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE, ULTRAMARINE BLUE, BLUE #1