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My Hunt for the Scrubbiest Face Scrub in All the Land

Many face scrubs claim to thoroughly exfoliate your skin. But once you pop open the container and squeeze some of the product into your palm, you discover that the density of scrubbing beads—the bead to cleanser ratio, if you will—is woefully low. Or—and this is my personal beauty quibble—the beads are made of a soluble substance like brown sugar. The problem with brown sugar is that it dissolves within seconds of contact with water, so your exfoliator loses its thrust almost as soon as you start using it. And as someone whose rate of cell turnover is painfully slow, I need my face scrub to stay gritty from start to finish. (If I sound like I’ve given face scrubs an inordinate amount of thought, that’s because I have!) Which is why I was so happy this month when I got to try WEI’s incomparable Pomegranate Buffing Beads, which some subscribers will be receiving in their November boxes.

WEI’s product gives me the best of both worlds: The dry beads are the essence of a great face scrub, but you mix them into your existing cleanser (think of it like adding a booster to a smoothie). Made from finely milled pomegranate peels, these elemental granules come loaded with naturally occurring antioxidants, not to mention antiseptic properties galore that help thoroughly de-clog pores.

But it’s their texture that I love the most. They’re tiny enough to avoid feeling like you’re rubbing gravel on your face—in fact, they’re gentle enough for my ultrasensitive skin. But they’re still gritty enough to create the friction you need to slough off dead skin cells. Just sprinkle a packetful of the scrubbing beads into a quarter-sized amount of cleanser and apply it to your face. It will feel like a delightful minimassage and leave you with smooth, clean skin that’s visibly brighter. Plus, I can switch up my daily cleanser to my heart’s content without ever having to worry about where I’ll get my next scrub fix. For as long as WEI keeps making these beads, I’ll never have to settle for a subpar scrub again.

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