Do you know how much dead skin cells we shed on a daily basis? Exfoliation is important to keep our skin looking fresh and luminous. There are plenty of exfoliators around, from physical (common example: facial scrubs) to chemical (liquid you put on cotton pad and smooth over your face) and I was using Clarisonic Plus until I decided to change it up a bit.
Chemical exfoliators are quite common in Japanese skincare, and I’ve only tried Kanebo Impress. It was quite pricey and I didn’t see much result compared to my Clarisonic. I decided to give Dior a try because my skin seems to like Dior products. Dior Wipe Off Gel is from the Diorsnow range and it is a chemical exfoliator. I use this on a clean face, before toner. All I have to do is to squeeze 2-3 pumps onto a facial cotton pad and gently massage my face in circular motion (avoiding the eyes). I also bring it over my neck so I can get rid of some dullness there too. I then follow with the Diorsnow White Reveal Moisturizing Lotion, wiping my face outwards from the centre of my face.
This is my second bottle of Moisturizing Lotion which acts as a toner and I find that my skin is clearer with the use of this. I was using my Hada Labo SHA the past 2 months or so and it was OK until recently there were tiny bumps on my skin. I stopped that completely and stuck with Dior, and my skin is clear now.
I wear foundation nearly every day, so I always double cleanse. With this Wipe Off Gel, I could be sure there is no residue left from cleansing. This extra step preps the skin for better absorption of products to follow. The Dior consultant told me that for normal to combination skin (like mine), I could use this daily. I used this daily for the first 2 weeks until I felt my skin becoming a little taut, signs of dryness. So I eased off to 2-3 times a week and my skin is doing well. I notice my skin tone is more even and there is less dullness around my T-zone.
There is no particular scent to this product but I might be immune to the Dior scent already 😉 This Wipe Off Gel dries pretty quickly due to the alcohol content and if you have sensitive skin, you might want to be more careful. As you can see in the ingredients list below, alcohol content is high. My skin does not break out from regular use of this chemical exfoliator and as long as I don’t go crazy using it daily, my skin is good.
Dior Wipe Off Gel retails for RM155 and the Moisturizing Lotion costs RM170. I don’t know if I will repurchase the Wipe Off Gel because I could just stick to my Clarisonic, which gives similar results. However, I might go for a third bottle of the Moisturizing Lotion. I find it helps keep my skin clear which is important for me.
Do you exfoliate your skin? What do you use? Do you prefer the traditional beads or tools like Clarisonic or chemical exfoliators?