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Screen shot 2014-12-04 at 3.06.04 PMWith the winter chill settling in, we could all use a little help to renew our skin’s appearance. Exfoliating the skin on a regular basis is important because sloughing dead skin cells reveals a brighter, more even complexion. Exfoliated skin is clearer, less likely to breakout, and youthful-looking as lines and wrinkles are minimized during the process. Without exfoliation, skin can look dull and flaky.

Knowing when to exfoliate and how is dependent on skin type and preference. Earth Science Naturals offers four exfoliating options and are appropriate for varying skin types.

ES Apricot Gentle Facial ScrubFan-favorite, Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub, is a good option for sensitive, normal or normal/dry skin. Say “no thanks” to those pesky plastic beads that you’ll find in other traditional facial scrubs – our cream-based exfoliating cleanser contains only natural walnut shell granules. The natural granules remove dead surface cells and are safe to rinse down the drain. As with any bead-containing scrub, it’s imperative to gently work over the face, and to not apply excess pressure or press down on the skin. This product functions as a cleanser. Its creamy base will foam up and lather. Once rinsed, skin will be smooth, fresh and clean.

ES Gentle Skin Peel_PapayaGlycolicUnique Papaya Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel, for those with blemishes, lines or wrinkles. More like an exfoliating, purifying facial than a peel, this mud-like mask will dry taut after about 10 minutes and rinse off with water. It contains sweet almond meal and bentonite clay to help regulate oiliness and prevent breakouts. Wrinkle-reducing benefits are a result of papaya extract, glycolic and lactic acids. Use twice a week after cleansing and before toning and moisturizing. See noticeably smoother and more even-toned results after the first use. Gentle Skin Peel will help keep skin clear and youthful-looking.

05496001858Need some heavy-duty wrinkle control? A/B Hydroxy Acid Night Rejuvenator will do the trick. Whether skin is naturally dry or prematurely aging, this lightweight lotion can be applied a few times a week in the evening for deep exfoliation. Glycolic and lactic acids along with hyaluronic acid and plant oils deliver noticeable exfoliation with the hydration to stay soft and supple-looking. Additionally, a low level of salicylic acid to assist with keeping breakouts at bay. Can be used alone or underneath another moisturizer. Regular use will minimize lines, wrinkles and dryness and help slow-down future signs of aging.

webES FA Purfecting LotionLastly, our newest exfoliant, Fruit Actives Perfecting Lotion offers an exciting patented blend of fruit extracts that naturally produce glycolic, lactic and malic acids. This innovative formula has a very lightweight pleasing texture, excellent to use as a treatment moisturizer for normal and normal/oily skin in the evening. It can be applied underneath a heavier moisturizer for drier skin types as well. It is gentler than similar products, and is also a great idea for those concerned with preventative aging. Use Fruit Actives Perfecting Lotion a few evenings a week to keep wrinkles and dullness at bay.

Try exfoliating. Your skin will thank you for it, and you’ll look radiant.

Papaya Hand SideI’ve got to be honest – I’m pretty lucky as far as my skin is concerned.

I break out here and there, but it’s usually just a single bump that’s easy to get rid of.  Since entering my 30s, I have noticed a few more lines around the eyes and forehead but they’re pretty faint so I’m probably the only one who even knows that they’re there.  I don’t have any major skin sensitivities and I don’t even have to deal with that much shine throughout the day.

Not much to complain about.

But with all that said, there’s nothing really special about my skin either.  I don’t have that healthy glow that gets compliments from friends and strangers. I don’t have that even tone that allows me the choice of going without makeup.  And I don’t have that smooth, even texture that makes foundation and concealer go on like a dream.

I just don’t have “wow” skin.

Well, strike that.

I *didn’t* have that kind of skin until the Earth Sciences Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel entered my life.

Now, I’ve tried at-home peels before.  They were usually two-step products that had me rubbing a scrub-like product all over my face and topping it with a gel that often produced a slight burning or vaguely uncomfortable tingling sensation.  These peels might have produced good results, but I could never use them regularly enough to see – if I applied them more than once a week, I’d wind up with dry, red skin that was tough to hide even under makeup.

The Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel is nothing like that.

It contains plenty of ingredients to help exfoliate the skin, but it’s an herbal formula that’s nice and gentle.  The peel’s papaya fruit extract contains the enzyme papain to help break down proteins in the skin that hold dead, dull cells on its surface, and the apricot kernel oil provides plenty of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which helps maintain the skin’s moisture balance while firming and toning at the same time. The peel also contains glycolic and lactic acids, two alpha hydroxy acids that also help loosen dead skin cells to effectively exfoliate the skin.

That certainly sounds like a powerhouse line-up of ingredients, doesn’t it?

The Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel is also more convenient than other peel products. It’s a one-step treatment so it’s quick and easy to use.  All you do is apply a thin layer to your face and allow it to dry completely. Usually, I let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes while I catch up on my DVR viewing or paint my nails.  Then wet your face with warm water and use a damp washcloth to remove the peel.

Now, there may be some confusion since the Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel  can seem more like a mask than a peel. But don’t get caught up in the terms — a peel doesn’t have to make your skin blister and literally peel to be effective.  Its job is to remove the outer layer of dead skin to reveal a fresh, smooth, glowing complexion below.

With all of the Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel’s ingredients, it definitely delivers those results. And because it’s so gentle, I can actually use it up to twice a week to really get the results that I want.

If I can’t convince you of the fabulousness of this product, maybe my mother can.

As much as I love my mom, she’s not exactly the most observant woman on the planet.  The morning after I’d used the peel for the third time, I had to stop by her house to pick up some mail.  I’d thought that my skin looked brighter and smoother in the mirror but I knew that I’d been using a new product and was hoping for results so I didn’t exactly trust my own eyes.

As soon as Mom saw me (without a single drop of foundation, concealer or powder on my face, mind you), she said, “Wow, your skin looks amazing.  What are you doing?”