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I’ve read grainy exfoliators can tear my skin. Is this true?
Natural exfoliator ingredients such as ground nutshells, fruit pits or seeds can be uneven and they have the potential to be sharp or unrefined, which can irritate skin. If you’re concerned about this happening to your skin and chemical exfoliators aren’t your cup of tea, please direct your attention to Diptyque Radiance Boosting Powder ($62, at Holt Renfrew). A sponge sphere accompanies the bottle and I promise, it has purpose! Pour a half-teaspoon of powder (consisting of powdered rose, neroli and jasmine, as well as purifying white clay) into your moistened palms, add a bit of water to the sponge and start rolling the sponge around in your palm, working the powder into a lather. Apply this foamy mix to clean, damp skin in circular motions to gently exfoliate. And I do mean gentle—these are micro fine particles that create a subtle grit when foamed up. Skin is left with a radiant matte finish after being scrubbed, but it’s not stripped or damaged in any way. Read more »