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My skin has been plagued with breakouts from my early teens all the way to my early 20s. I finally graduated into the (relatively) clear skin world about a year ago, but I still have a nose full of blackheads. Having ditched my acne-preventing, skin-stripping, mass-produced exfoliator of choice (*ahem, Biore, ahem), I have been on the lookout for a new, more natural solution that’s gentle enough to use daily yet powerful enough to keep my skin in check. Enter the Suki Lemongrass + Natural Sugar Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($32.95 in the shop)… and I am in love!
My tiny little 1oz tester pot of this lemon zesty deliciousness has lasted me over a month and counting. It is of granular, scrub-like consistency. A pea-sized amount when mixed with water comes to life in your palms and foams up into a yummy citrus lather. Fabulous!
The scrubbing action comes from natural sugar, which dissolves beautifully and so avoids any kind of annoying grainy residue being left on the face after rinsing. It’s a powerful exfoliant that leaves the face feeling clean and soft, while avoiding that squeaky clean feeling you get when all the natural goodness has been drawn out of your pores by an overly powerful product.
In addition to natural sugar (a gentle alpha hydroxy acid) to exfoliate, key ingredients include rice flour (non-GMO rice) to stimulate and lemongrass (citric acid) to purify. Suki claims that this cleanser is suitable for all skin types except cystic acne and rosacea, and the product is 100% vegan.
As well as being economical, fruity and fun to use, after 30 days of use I’ve noticed that my skin feels smoother, looks brighter, and that my blocked pores have diminished! If I ever do get to the bottom of my never-ending jar, I’ll definitely be re-stocking it!
[Editor’s note: The Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser was a Five Best facial cleanser in 2009]
Ingredients: Organic non-GMO rice flour (oryza sativa), natural sugar (sucrose), organic saponified olive oil (potassium olivate), organic calendula (calendula officinalis), chamomile (anthemis nobilis), lavender (lavandula angustifolia), lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus), orange peel (citrus senensis) & seaweed (algae) extracts, aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil & limonene)