Wednesday, July 2, 2008

give your face a long cool drink

We spend so much of the year waiting for summer, and when it finally arrives we're reminded of some of the factors we'd forgotten over the winter. It's hot, bright and sticky. So whether you're desperately fanning yourself in your non-air conditioned apartment, or just trying to cut back on your energy bill, here are a few products that will treat your skin to a refreshing vacation.

Clean & Clear Steam Soft In-Shower Facial: As the name implies, this scrub is meant to be used in a hot shower. I know that doesn't sound particularly refreshing, but trust me. This product invigorates summer skin. It's meant to be gently applied to skin (don't rub it in right away!) and left to sit for a minute, while the steam from your shower jump starts the exfoliation process. The Glycolic Acid and natural fruit acids get straight to work, and after the minute has passed, you're free to massage the product against your skin. Tiny granules make quick work of dead skin cells that the fruit acids left behind, leaving your face amazingly soft. Plus, the menthol-based scent is cool and refreshing, a great way to wake yourself up on a hot summer morning. I can't say enough about this product. It's truly the best drugstore scrub that I've ever used.

Boots No.7 Intensive Moisture Face Mask: This whipped confection comes in a convenient pump tube, a victory for any consumer on the hunt for sanitary packaging. The product itself bears a strong resemblance to pale pink Cool Whip, and easily glides onto your skin. Again, don't rub this product in. Apply it gently to your face, letting it sit on top of your skin. You don't need a lot, but I tend to go overboard due to my delight at resembling Mr. Bubbles. The mask itself is cooling and comfortable. It maintains its consistency throughout the duration of its time on your skin, so you don't need to worry about your face freezing up and having to insert Cheetos like Jennifer Garner in 13 Going On 30. The mask is moisturizing and soothing, leaving skin feeling cool and soft. It's easily wiped away with a damp washcloth, so in conjunction with the convenient dispenser, I consider this a no muss no fuss product.

Boots No.7 Pamper and Peel Radiance Mask: This gooey mask is applied out of a tub with a brush, so as long as you keep the applicator brush clean, it's relatively sanitary. It goes on clear with a faint purple cast, which reminds me of the jelly we always seem to use to incubate clones in the movies. This is a peel-off mask, so you don't want to apply it too thickly. Otherwise, it won't dry well enough for a satisfying peeling process (which, as any obsessive compulsive knows, is the best part of a peel-off mask). My skin definitely feels brighter and softer after using this mask, but it's not in the same category of miracle products as Clean & Clear Steam. However, it feels so great on my face that I find myself using it as much for the experience as the results.

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