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Are Dead Skin Cells Dampening Your Glow?

I can honestly say that since I started using goPure, I’ve started to love my skin. Not “love” in the sense of “I love ice cream” or “I love sunsets.” I mean in the sense of valuing it. More than ever, I want to take care of it, but gently.  It’s a new experience for me, and I’m almost 58. Why did it take me so long?

You see, I had really, really bad skin as a teen. Cystic acne, lots of trips to the dermatologist, lots of failed products. Once the acne subsided (after finally using the “big guns” of Accutane), I was left with pockmarks and scars. My friends will say they don’t notice the scars, but well into adulthood I thought I had unacceptable skin.  

So the idea of “scrubbing my face” or “removing layers” always sounded good. But I thought what I needed was a major overhaul, the equivalent of sanding down an old board, a real power blast to my face. And when I saw that goPure had a product with the word “resurfacing” in the name, that fit my idea: my skin as an old piece of furniture that I needed to refinish by first blasting off the rough surface.

But that isn’t goPure’s complete product name. It’s called Microdermabrasion Resurfacing Exfoliator Cream. And when I opened my first delivery, I read that big long name on a small quiet jar with soft blue writing and a logo like a delicate flower. And inside, nothing felt less like rough sandpaper: my finger touched a cloud-soft cream that didn’t seem capable of scrubbing a butterfly wing, let alone my flawed skin.

Only when I began to circle it into my damp cheeks did I feel the texture: very, very fine, more like powder (in fact, one of its ingredients is bamboo stem powder—how cool is that?). It also has honey, lemon balm, aloe, chamomile and other gentle ingredients. This is obviously not a product meant to blast away bad skin. It’s meant to soothe, renew and restore.

The natural fruit enzymes like Lemon Balm coupled with Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid work on a deeper level shrinking the appearance of clogged pores while it performs its cleaning magic. 

It brings to mind an interesting skin fact: dermatologically speaking, we are “new” every month. Our skin’s outer layer (epidermis) regularly regenerates itself. And here’s the weird but telling part: the fine dust around the house and on the furniture? Apparently, part of that is our own dead skin cells. So I assume that means what we are exfoliating away is very, very fine stuff. Not big ol’ flecks scrubbed off until you are red and raw. No: the result of using goPure is a gentle, healthier appearance, even a kind of glow. Meanwhile Hyaluronic Acid in the formula ensures that my skin stays hydrated throughout the cleansing process.

So all those scrubs I used to try? With their chunks of nutshells or biggish crystals, coupled with my roughest washcloth and super hot water on my face? Not good.  goPure has it right. They don’t put jagged-edged “beads” in their product that would make micro-tears in my skin (which is getting more delicate every year). I’m not supposed to be punishing my skin, but polishing it:  the slow, careful kind of polishing you would give to a beloved treasure.

I would sure like to hear your exfoliating story. I hope it involves treasuring your skin. Leave comments, okay? And in the meantime, if you happen to know any teen girl who thinks her face isn’t good enough, give her a hug and let her know that she is inestimably valuable, just as she is, and one day soon it’s going to be alright.