Review: Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste
Nothing beats the feeling of a good clean scrub and a refreshing splash of water to rinse off all the grime, dirt and makeup off my face.
This month, Aesop (a cult brand of plant-based skincare products from Melbourne, Australia) is running a Friction Makes Fabulous campaign. It is Aesop’s way of highlighting, what they feel is, a fundamental yet often overlooked skin care regime. Hell yeah! I second that.
Over the years, a lot of people have commented about my smooth and flawless complexion (despite signs of ageing freckles/pigmentation and sun spots). And quite frankly, the secret for me is regularly exfoliating and slapping on a good mask.
Did you know that from the age of 30, our skin’s natural 28-day turnover cycle slows? This is further accelerated when faced with stress, excessive sun exposure, bad diet and lack of proper skincare routines – all the factors of today’s urban living.
That is why Aesop is placing a keen focus on this essential step, by offering three of their best exfoliant products. This is the first of two reviews.
I choose to do this first because this exfoliant is easier and more convenient to use. It is meant for the time-strapped, no-nonsense individual. Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste is simply a squeeze, scrub and rinse product.
This cream-based exfoliant is made with Fine Quartz, sourced from natural river-beds, and Lactic Acid to give the skin a good polish lifting dirt and grime completely off the face. It is blended with hydrating and skin-softening essentials such as Rosemary Leaf, Chamomile and Lavender oils to impart a supple and glowing complexion.
This is my review.
Based on its name that ends with ‘paste‘, I was expecting a thickish, lumpy texture. This was not the case. Rather, the paste is more of a creamy texture that spreads out evenly. It gave my mildly sensitive/T-zone skin a really good gentle scrub.
The scrubby bits of fine Quartz particles were well-concentrated and evenly distributed. No sharp or scratchy pieces. After rinsing off, my skin feels extremely clean and soft – like a baby’s bottom.
In fact, a lot of reviewers have previously claimed this exfoliant is a must-have for getting rid of blackheads, milia seeds and dry skin patches.
It does seem to leave a slight protective layer of residue on the skin after rinse. I believe it has a lot to do with the essential oils because this exfoliant had a strong aromatic mix of botanicals. If you are sensitive to or have an issue with herbal aromas, I suggest to head down to any Aesop counter and sniff a sample before you decide to purchase.
The uniqueness about Aesop’s products is its simplicity by design. The face of every Aesop product is clearly marked with the name, key ingredients, product description and instructions for use.
With all that said, this exfoliant is not cheap but the aluminium tube packaging is great for squeezing every last bit out. You can systematically fold the tube from the end down towards the cap opening as you use it- like you would with toothpaste (at least I do). And you don’t need a lot per use. Squeeze enough for a S$0.20 size and it should do your entire face. One tube should last at least 3-4 months.
How often you exfoliant is up to you. Personally, I exfoliant everyday. If you do so, it is essential to find a mild and gentle exfoliator or else, you can actually damage your skin with over-scrubbing. Aesop recommends twice weekly, while most skincare therapist will say at least once a week.
If you are thinking of making a change and want to add regular exfoliation into your skincare regime, invest and get yourself a good and effective exfoliator like this one. One that not only gives you a good clean but also protects your skin.
Each 75ml tube retails at S$67. It is available at Aesop signature stores and counters, and online at www.aesop.com