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Unlike most exfoliants, YSL's Instant Pur Gommage isn't applied to a wet face and can therefore be quite difficult to get used to using. It comes in a very simple container, so it's not one to display on your bathroom shelf, and next to many products looks very 'unshowy'. However it does what it's supposed to do if you apply it right.
Gommage exfoliators are very popular in France but less common over here. They work by getting dead skin cells to adhere to a sticky face mask, which dissolves in water. As a result the stuff you're applying to your face feels very very sticky when you first squeeze it out onto your fingers. You need to then heat it up to get it to melt before applying it. As it cools down it becomes gummy once again, sticking to the loose skin cells and removing them.
When heated up it spreads a long way, so don't be too generous squeezing it out. I find the best way is to put about a centimetre wide blob onto your forefingers and rub it back and forth with your thumb rapidly, but another option would be to put a blob in one palm and rub it with your fingers until it softened and apply from there. Keep rubbing in small motions as you apply it to your skin to keep it fluid but don't worry about getting it in eyebrows and at the hairline as it washes out easily.
Because there are no particles in it there's no chance of over-working thinning skin, and applying it with light, quick motions means the skin in general isn't stretched either. If it starts to get sticky and set on you, however, don't try to keep spreading it as it will tug at your skin. Wash off your hands and start again with another blob for the remaining areas of your face.
It took me a long while to get used to the routine of using this form of skin remover, but now I'm hooked. The skin has a lovely smooth, polished feel afterwards, and one tube lasts for ages if you use it a couple of times a week, although it's gentle enough to use everyday if you desire.
I bought some Yves Saint Laurent products a while ago and I got this 'YSL Instant Pure Natural Action Exfoliator' for free. The tube I got was a 15ml sample size. It looks exactly like the larger tube, just in a smaller size.
The tube is a really simple design. It is made from quite rubbery, see through white plastic which is really easy to squeeze and makes it easy to get the liquid out. At the top of the tube it has 'INSTANT PUR' in black letters and then it has the name of the exfoliator in French, and then in English 'Natural Action Exfoliator Granule Free' and then at the bottom of the tube 'Yves Saint Laurent'
The tube has a white plastic screw top, which means that you get it all sticky when you try to close it after you have applied the exfoliator! Due to this fact, I do tend to prefer flip top lids.
This particular exfoliator is granule free. For me this kind of ruins the whole exfoliating experience! I like exfoliators to have the exfoliating grains in it as I really find that they clear away all the dead skin and smooths your skin. I didn't find that with this exfoliator.
The liquid itself is a cloudy yellow, iridescent colour. The liquid is quite thick and really gooey. Because it is quite gooey it is quite an effort to rub it in and is quite sticky.
The exfoliator doesn't really smell. If I had to describe the smell I think it smells slightly of Vaseline, but it is a very mild smell.
The directions of use are to apply to a dry face, I found that since you had to apply it to dry skin you have to use slightly more than usual. I usually wet my face before applying exfoliators and face washes as I find this helps with a smooth application.
The exfoliator was quite gentle on my skin and didn't irritate it at all, though I didn't find that this moisturised my skin and my skin was also quite dry after I had used this. I didn't find that it exfolitated my skin, and it didn't smooth it as other exfoliators I have used did.
The exfoliator has to be used within 15 months of it being opening, which is really good if you don't use it everyday and you should have no problem at all using it within this time.
The exfoliator is suitable for all skin types and it states on the tube 'even the most sensitive of skin', which is good!
I have looked for this in shops in town but I haven't found anywhere that actually stocks it! I could only find it online, so I guess it is quite hard to get a hold of. I found it on Strawberry.net at £22.50 for 75ml, which I think is really expensive for the size of it.
It was quite nice trying this, but I won't be rushing out to buy it. It just didn't produce the results that I wanted.
(Also on Ciao)