I’ve been using Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant for a few weeks now, and even on my dry skin it’s suitable to use every day. This exfoliant contains fruit enzymes from Papaya and Pineapple which lift away dead skin cells in a non-abrasive fashion. It works well, leaving the skin soft, and not stripped at all. However, it’s in the mixing of the product that I encountered a few difficulties; mixing the correct formula required a bit of trial and error.
The instructions on the bottle indicate that two ‘pours’ will put the right amount of the exfoliant in your hands, and from there that you are to make a paste with water. Firstly, no two ‘pours’ are ever the same with this dispenser, so you’ll have to work out how much powder your need relative to the area you wish to cover. Secondly, there is no way to make a paste with this formula. What you should aim to make is something runnier than a paste – like the consistency of milk – without making it too runny or else it’ll run down your arm when you try to apply it to your face. The first few times I tried to make it I added far too much water, then I didn’t add enough powder, then I didn’t make enough to cover my face. I’ve found that the best way to do it is to shake the powder into wet hands (use less water than you think you’ll need) and rub together. From your open hands, apply this straight onto the face, rubbing in circular motions. Once you’ve got the technique sorted, though, it’s quite a straightforward exercise.
The instructions indicate that you should massage the product for one minute, but I’ve never got past the 30 second mark without the product drying, so that’s how long I use it for. It doesn’t unclog pores and blackheads, but it does loosen the clogs very well making them easier to extract. It also keep blackheads at bay once you’ve removed them.
Having said all of this, the Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant works very well, and is fantastic for removing any dry patches of skin. I also like the gentleness of the formula.
Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant costs AUD $59.95 and is available from the Alpha H website.