Current loves – Powder cleansers, exfoliators and masks

There is a theme with a lot of the new additions to my routine recently, I am really enjoying powder cleansers, exfoliants and masks. Just like many of my favourite products these products have no water and therefore don’t require a conventional preservative and you add water only when you are going to use them meaning they keep fresher for longer.
Quite a few of these are also multi-purpose and easily customisable making them great value for money.

Mel Millis Phytonutri Qi Plankton skin remedy I reviewed the whole Mel Millis Phytonutri Qi range earlier on this week but I think this product deserves another mention because I adore it. It can be used as a cleanser which gently exfoliates and as a mask, the combination of lovely powdered ingredients brighten, smooth and draw out impurities as well as plumping the skin, if you are looking for a good all round product and if your budget will stretch I highly recommend this one from Mel Millis it feels truly luxe and works incredibly well.

De Mamiel Brightening cleanse and exfoliate After my rave review of the De Mamiel restorative cleansing balm (spoiler alert, best purchase of the year!) I was delighted to get the opportunity to try another product from the range. The Brightening cleanse and exfoliate makes a beautiful second cleanse and treatment to follow the cleansing balm, they work so well together that I would without a doubt recommend them both. The ingredients just like the cleansing balm are spectacular, there is Rhassoul and pink French clay with selection of exquisite powders such as Frankincense, rosehip, pearl powder and rose petal powder, De Mamiel is one of those ranges where the ingredients are so good I can’t help but want to try everything. The performance is also great, this is gentle but very effective on my sensitive skin perking up even the dullest of complexions in no time at all.

One Love organics Brand new day scrub and mask (From £9 for 15 grams trial size) Is a recent Content beauty purchase and one I have been loving, this is an extremely fine powder with a tropical scent, it foams slightly when you add water and makes a paste which exfoliates really thoroughly leaving the skin soft and smooth, you can also use it as a mask by mixing it with yoghurt or honey. I really like this product and I think the trial size is an affordable way to try it out.

Antonia Burrell Luminous light Polishing powder For me Antonia Burrell products have become synonymous with super effective and fast results and this exfoliator is no different, I use this once a week as part of my at home facial routine after cleansing and before using a mask. This polishing powder has a very gentle tea tree scent quite soothing, the ingredients list is great for congested skin. Zinc PCA, tea tree leaf powder and colloidal oatmeal, this is perfect for congested and problematic skins and has been really helping to fade any acne scarring I have left over as well as helping fade new marks quickly. I still use the Pure Therapy serum whenever I have a blemish and it works wonders to calm any redness down. You only need half of the teaspoon shown above at a time so this product is much better value than you initially think.

Skin and Tonic Gentle scrub (£18 for 100 grams) Skin and Tonic is a lovely British brand that has popped up recently and I have been testing a couple of their products including this gentle scrub with oatmeal, pink French clay, probiotic yoghurt powder and rosehip seeds. The best in terms of value out of all the products featured, Skin and Tonic only use a maximum of seven well chosen ingredients in each product. I love to use this as a soothing mask with a spoonful of yoghurt or honey, the gentle pink powder becomes a brighter pink/orange colour and prompted the comment from my husband “That makes you look like an oompa loompa, you should write that in your review”, the ability to laugh is without a doubt what keeps our marriage a happy one and that gave us both a good giggle. Oompa lumpa moment aside (you don’t stay that colour once the mask is washed off!), this mask is lovely and soothing and calming, the oats add a gentle but satisfying scrub action and the clay gentle draws out impurities.

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Ana Green

Written by Ana – A beauty industry professional who is passionate about product and helping people navigate the marketing hype in the beauty industry.