Valmont Face Scrub
Exfoliation is important to me. I am flaky a lot of the time and my skin is prone to dullness. I think it's just a part of skin that is aging and doesn't regenerate at the same rate as when I was a wee girl. I incorporate acid based exfoliation, but I really love a gentle physical exfoliant. Of course, one can go cheap and use a gentle wash cloth, but my heart is now firmly set on the Valmont Face Scrub.
I don't know Valmont, a Swiss company, very well. I received some Valmont samples when I went to the Vicki Morav spa in New York when I purchased some Biologique Recherche. I don't recall having a particularly memorable experience, but when I was looking for a physical exfoliator, a Valmont one came up in the search.
Shall we talk scrubby things in skincare and over-zealous cleaning? Who amongst you have scraped your face off with an old-school apricot pit scrub à la St. Ives? When my skin was resilient and young, I used to think the best way to clean my dirty dirrrrty pores was to scrub the living day lights out of them. How about steaming the skin to open up the pores so you can extract the gunkies better? And incessant picking? Been there and done that! (Still doing the picking. :( )
I still love physical exfoliation, I've just learned over time to be gentle about it. I even really like little beads that help slough off loose skin flakes. Of course, we've learned as consumers how our product usage affects the environment in devastating ways. Alternatives exist to the plastic microbeads, like ground up azuki beans, cocoa beans or in the case of Valmont diatom skeletons. Diatoms are tiny micro organisms that live in waters and in the soil. Their skeletons are abundant in the earth and has many commercial uses (bug control in diatomaceous earth). Most importantly, they make my skin feel so nice. Also kind of icky and cool pondering millions of little skeletons scraping along my face. *Inner ghoul rejoices*
I like using this after a warm shower (after my skin had a chance to soften in the water). I apply a small dollop on wet skin and make little circular motions all over my face. The grit of the particles is very fine and gentle. I find using this loosens up flakes and gently dislodges sebaceous filaments. After rinsing away with water, my skin feels MOIST and SMOOVE. A freshly exfoliated skin is very receptive to other products that come along afterwards.
For extra oomph, when I can't help but want to do more and more to my skin (as is my tendency), I follow up with the Valmont Face scrub after I do a mask application and removal of a clay-based mask. It's great for when I feel my skin is feeling a bit clogged in general.
It's a mineral oil and petrolatum based product (and mostly water) with a heap of a water binding emulsifying agent. It's not meant to strip away oils but to gently hydrate, moisturize and of course exfoliate. There's some problematic ingredients in here (among them parabens, fragrance...) but for me, I'm pretty keen on this product.
Like any exfoliating skincare product, I can definitely overdo it. For the Valmont Face Scrub, I can use 2 to 3 times a week. Mentioned before, I have skin that is becoming drier and prone to dehydration and also sensitive from time to time. I also try to use soft pressure when massaging the product.
Are you familiar with Valmont? Other there other hero products in this line that you would recommend? I'm pleased as punch to have stumbled into the Face Scrub. Do you exfoliate regularly? Are you a chemical or physical exfoliating fiend?
I purchased this produced on Rescue Spa, but it is also available on Valmont's own website, Saks and Nordstrom. It is also available in various spas and boutiques.