Advantages gentle but effective, would suit daily use, very easy to rinse
Disadvantages can make it awkward to open body washes etc, texture doesn't encourage bubbles
I spend my life exfoliating - or at least, it sometimes feels that way. I’ve used salt scrubs, loofahs and cactus-fibre bristle brushes but for some reason up until last Christmas I’d never tried exfoliating gloves. I had seen them in Boots quite often (usually they’re hanging up by the body washes or the self tanning products) and at £2.50 they didn’t seem like a bad price - thanks to the VAT rise, they’re actually £2.66 now but the Boots website does state that you should get 8 Advantage card points too - but I like “scrubby” exfoliators and I didn’t really think these looked like they would have that effect.My particular gloves are a more-purple-than-blue shade of lilac - I believe “Santa” probably chose them because I’m well known for my love of all things lilac - but I’ve also seen these in lime green, white and sometimes a deep rose pink with gold bits in them and the ones on the Boots website are seaside blue so I suppose, if you were assembling a present for someone and theming it around a particular colour you might find a pair of these gloves that would match.
Although I haven’t tried to apply body scrub using these (largely because my current salt scrub is dense and solid and works better if applied directly with my hand rather than anything else) I think they’re probably better suited to being used with shower gel. They haven’t exactly got a woven texture but the material they’re made from reminds me of the silver scourers you can get for cleaning pans and other kitchen things, and they’re reasonably stretchy so they don’t feel as though they’re too tight for my hands when I put them on. (They did when I first bought them but I think a combination of use and being regularly submerged in water has made them easier to get on. My hands are relatively small so I’m not sure how easy anyone with bigger hands would manage with these - they might be a bit of a tight fit.) I would say, overall, that they have stretched just slightly but in fairness I’ve probably used them at least twice a week for anywhere up to five minutes at a time so they’re quite resilient - I don’t expect them to last forever but I wouldn’t be surprised if they last until at least this Christmas.The dry gloves feel just slightly scratchy but when wet they seem a little softer and I do think they make my skin feel cleansed when I use them - the material isn’t as coarse as a pan scourer (probably a good thing, otherwise my skin would be red raw) but it does make me feel like I’ve done something “extra” that I couldn’t do with a normal sponge. I haven’t found that these have scratched my skin at all, and in fact I think a large element of how exfoliating these are is down to how much pressure you apply with your hands and fingers when working the gloves across your skin. Most importantly, I think the gloves definitely have a gentle but effective exfoliating action. I don’t really have dry or flaky skin but using these does leave my skin feeling smoother and I think they are gentle enough to use before or after shaving (or using a body scrub) - I’m not sure how proactive they are at getting ingrowing hairs out but I don’t think they’re making mine any worse either.
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