I still cringe when I think of my teenage self rubbing those scrubs all over my face.
Too often, they left my skin all red.
I thought it was a sign they worked. The glow would soon come, surely.
It didn’t. They weren’t working. They were irritating my skin. Ouch!
That’s the problem with physical exfoliants. Most of them have apricot kernels or other small, rough-edged particles that tear and damage the skin.
That’s why, when I got older and wiser, I switched to chemical exfoliants. Don’t let the word chemical fool you. These exfoliants are much gentler and work better, too.
But, there’s a part of me who’s never given up hope of finding a scrub that’s gentle enough to work without irritating skin.
That’s what Blissoma Glow Good Earth Exfoliant Powder promises. The formula is organic and full of natural ingredients with soothing properties. So, this should be IT, right?
Let’s put it to the test.
Blissoma Glow Good Earth Exfoliant Powder is just that, a powder. You’d better grab a teaspoon if you don’t want to spill half the jar’s contents when you apply it (or is that just me?).
Half a teaspoon will do the trick. Using too much isn’t a good thing. It’s not gonna exfoliate your skin better. It’s just gonna irritate it. Remember, ladies, when you deal with physical exfoliants, less is always more.
Place that 1/2 teaspoon of powder in the palm of your wet hand and mix it with your fave cleanser to create a paste. You can use it on its own, without adding it to your cleanser, if you prefer, too.
I don’t. This stuff doesn’t have much of a scent when dry. But, when wet, it doesn’t smell all that pleasant. That’s not really a bad thing. What you’re smelling is the natural aroma of its ingredients. Blissoma didn’t add any artificial fragrance. Good thing, since those can irritate sensitive skin.
If you want it to smell nice, simply mix it with your fave cleanser. Mine smells like citrus, so there, problem solved.
Once you’ve made the paste, simply massage it onto your face until it dries and then remove with warm water. Be gentle! Putting too much pressure on the skin will irritate it, no matter how delicate the scrub is.
But how delicate is this scrub anyway?
What I like about it is the base. It’s made with oat kernel powders and oats are one of the most soothing ingredients you’ll find lurking in your skincare products. So, we’re already off to a great start.
Then, there’s coconut water, which is very hydrating for the skin, and bentonite, a clay that can absorb excess oil and help keep the pores free from gunk so you won’t breakout anymore.
And the exfoliating ingredients? Mmmm, papain is an enzyme with exfoliating properties. But, it’s SO unstable. It goes bad quickly and there’s no way of knowing when it stops working.
Ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C, can also be considered an exfoliant. This antioxidant can brighten skin, boost collagen production, and reduce wrinkles and dark spots. But, I’m not sure how effective it is here.
Vitamin C, too, is very unstable. And mixing it with some water and applying it onto your skin isn’t the most effective way of delivering it into your skin. And that’s the other problem. To work its best, vitamin C has to go deep into the skin, not washed be off after 2 minutes.
Even so, Blissoma Good Earth Exfoliant Powder does exfoliate skin.
I think it’s more the friction of rubbing the powder against the skin than anything else that gets the job done.
I used the powder twice a week for a month and it left my skin smoother and brighter. It’s a lot gentler than most other scrubs I’ve tried but not so gentle as my beloved glycolic acid exfoliants, so I don’t think I’ll make the switch anytime soon.
But I know a lot of you love to use scrubs, so if you don’t mind a bit to DIY, I think you’ll enjoy this.
EDIT 20/11/2016: After sharing my concern about the exfoliating powers of enzymes, I received this reply from Blissoma:
For the active enzyme in solution, the loss in activity is about 1-2% per day, probably as a result of autolysis and/or oxidation. This is a relatively slow rate of degradation, and the enzyme is only hydrated upon use.
The powdered papain retains its activity until it contacts water which is right when the individual is going to use it. There is not even an opportunity for this product to degrade as it is sold powdered.
Yes, enzymes can degrade when hydrated, but they do not degrade when dry as they are not activated. Same with Vitamin C – it does not lose potency because it is not hydrated until the moment of use.
Yes, Vitamin C is unstable when hydrated and left to sit in a water-based solution over time, but when hydrated immediately before use it is still 100% potent then.
Papain has also been used as a permeation/absorption enhancer because of how it breaks down the skin’s cellular defences. This would allow the Vitamin C to better absorb as well. It’s a different chemical form of the papain but that version was only used because it was stable in solution for a longer period of time.
The Vitamin C is also used because it loosens the cellular “glue” holding skin cells together. The Vitamin C loosens them, the Papain digests them. We definitely advise use of this product in combination with longer acting Vitamin C products – it’s not meant to do the entire job by itself.
Price & Availability: $40.00 at Blissoma
Blissoma Good Earth Exfoliant Powder Ingredients: Avena Sativa (oat) Kernal powder*, Cocos nucifera endosperm (coconut water)*, Papain, Ascorbic Acid, Acacia Senegal* (Acacia Gum), Bentonite, Diatomaceous Earth, Oryza sativa* (brown rice), Panax ginseng extract, Coffea Arabica (green coffee) extract, Astragalus membranaceus*, Olea europaea* (olive leaf), Curcuma longa* (turmeric), Maltodextrin
*from Certified Organic Agriculture
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