Thursday, May 15, 2014

Introducing New Facial Cleansing...Powders???

We've all heard about dry shampoo: a dry powder that cleans hair without the use of water. But how does it work? Dry shampoo absorbs the oils for your scalp and hair, making it look and feel freshly washed without the need to shower. Sounds like a busy girl's go to hair product right? 

Well busy girl, time to meet your go to facial product: 

Facial Cleaning Powders

But what are facial cleansing powders? This new product offering works very similar to the way dry shampoo works; the main difference is that facial cleansing powders require a little bit of water. 

The product begins as baby-powder like consistency or chalky dusk and then transformed into a lightweight, slightly sudsy liquid cleanser when water is added. Not cool enough? Think of it as total Harry Potter magic: changing one thing to another. Hermione Granger would totally approve. :)

How to use: Wet face and hands. Shake a small amount of cleanser into hands and rub lightly to create a light, creamy lather. Gently massage directly over face in a light but circular motion. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. 

The great thing about this form is that after wetting, the product becomes a fine-grain cleanser that gently exfoliates the skin while cleansing it. This is great for every skin type and even better for those with sensitive or rosacea-prone skin. When people choose to use an exfoliant, they often opt for the harsher ingredients that irritate the skin. The fine-grains and the use of healthy ingredients such as pulverized minerals, botanical enzymes and plant-based exfoliators within facial cleansing powders provides the right amount of gentle exfoliation for daily use.

Here are some brands that have created their version of this new innovation:

Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder ($35): Amarte manufactured their dry powder version to include licorice extract and sulfur to create a balanced and radiant complexion. These two ingredients work as natural brighteners, evening out skin tone and reducing pigmentation. 

E.L.F. Mineral Face Cleanser ($8): While wallet friendly,  this product packs a punch with its abundant use of natural ingredients: aloe, green tee, jojoba avocado, and sweet almond extract. 

Diptyque Poudre Pureté Radiance Boosting Powder ($58): While pricey, this product is worth very penny. Diptyque's Radiance Boosting Powder boasts the use of white clay (purifying), rose petals, jasmine, and neroli flowers. A user of this product says that "The effect was immediate! My skin looked bright, plumped, elastic and clean. What I did after that was to wipe my face with a cotton pad with some more of the Infused Facial Water on… and nothing else. I went to bed and when got up my face was still bright, plumped, elastic and clean… No excess oils, no redness, and more important – no allergic reactions. After two days my skin was still feeling fresh and healthy."

Try it out and tell us what you think!

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