As you guys may already know, I have delicate skin, which reacts negatively to several ingredients. This usually means that I stay away from physical exfoliants (anything with scrubbing particles). However, a few months ago I decided to give the De Mamiel Brightening Cleanse & Exfoliate a try and it turned out to be not only a product that I enjoy for occasional exfoliation, but also great as a mask, and my latest and happiest discovery–as the perfect face sunscreen remover.
The Brightening Cleanse and Exfoliate is a clay-based powder that contains several skin-repairing and rejuvenating ingredients. A few key ingredients in the product are:
Vitamin C Powder – a well known, well-researched anti-aging ingredient that helps to repair and protect the skin¹;
Ginseng – excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants applied topically offer some photo-protection (protect against photo-aging) and help with repairing photo damage².
Green Tea powder – another well researched ingredient that has rejuvenating properties due to the EGCG compound. According to a 2003 study³, it has potential benefits for skin conditions as diverse as aphthous ulcers, psoriasis, rosascea, wrinkles, and wounds;
Rhassoul Clay and French Pink clay – which are among the most gentle clay powders. They help to purify the skin by absorbing excess oil from the skin and removing superficial impurities.
This is the full list of ingredients:
Moroccan rhassoul clay, Montmorillonite clay, French Pink clay, Colloidal oat powder*, Sodium bicarbonate, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) powder, Pearl powder, Red jasper gem powder, Raw cacao powder*, Alaea Hawaiian sea salt, Buttermilk powder, Honey powder, Cucumis sativa (cucumber) powder, Santalum album (sandalwood mysore) powder, Aloe barbadensis (aloe) powder*, Camellia sinensis (green tea) powder, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) powder Chrysantheum indicium (chrysanththeum) powder, Rosa damasena (rose) petal powder*, Boswellia carteri (frankincense) powder, Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) powder, Cedrus deodara (himalayan cedarwood) powder, Panax ginseng (ginseng), Althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root powder*, Rose rubiginosa (rosehips) powder, Vanilla planifolia bean*. *Organic
As for the uses I have mentioned above, I like to use this powder as an exfoliator, mask, and deep cleanser to remove face sunscreen. Being in a powder form, this product has to be activated with a liquid like water, flower water or a toner. Once in contact with a liquid the consistency changes into a paste and the ingredients activate.
As an exfoliator: I like to mix it with a cleanser – and I am currently using the YULI Halcyon Cleanser. By mixing it with a cleanser (whether it is a gel, cream, or balm), the exfoliating action does not get too abrasive. I have also tried to mix it with water or with a toner, and while it is still gentle enough for me to massage it into my skin (not rub, just gentle massage it) I do prefer to mix it with cleanser. A few times I also mixed it with a tiny amount of the de Mamiel Cleansing Balm, and it was a delightful pampering treat. Not one I would commit to daily, because I like to keep my skin care routine quicker, but a lovely weekly treatment.
As a mask: I simply mix one tablespoon of this powder with a few drops of water or with a facial mist and I apply it all over my face (except the eye area). I let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it off. This is not the type of facial exfoliant that you should rush to rinse off, because it has so many good ingredients that are worth keeping on the skin for a little while.
As a sunscreen remover: Lastly, my new favorite way to use this powder is to cleanse my skin from sunscreen products. I have been testing out quite a few mineral sunscreens, and some of them leave a bit of a residue on the skin that will not come off completely with a cleanser. A pinch of this powder mixed with a cleanser ensures that all that extra zinc/titanium dioxide comes off. This is very important to me, as sunscreen products tend to break me out if I don’t remove them properly.
Cherry on the pie, this cleanser has the most beautiful earthy, sweet, and floral scent. It’s not overpowering, but distinctive and beautiful (I would totally wear it as a perfume). That makes it not only a great skincare product but also a special treat for a little pampering.
Though I would typically avoid a physical exfoliant and discourage anyone from using one in light of potential irritation, this de Mamiel product is the only one I have used with no issues and would recommend to others. Again this is if your skin is not highly sensitive, and if you need a product that serves the purposes I listed (mainly as a mask or to remove stubborn sunscreen product). The ingredients are not irritating, so as long as you do not “scrub” your face with it, and keep the massage gentle. You should only experience brighter skin and not irritation. I consider myself an excellent candidate to test out how irritating a skincare product can be because my skin reacts easily. Please don’t try it on inflamed blemishes or broken skin (ouch!).
I bought a second bottle of this product and I would like to gift one of you. All you have to do in order to participate to the giveaway is following the rules below:
The giveaway is open internationally and will end on May 18th at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.