ByNieves Face Fix

Every skincare maven wants to know the same thing – what’s the safest way to exfoliate? Is it in the beads? Is it from the ingredients? Do I want it grainy or fine?

The one thing we can say with certainty is how regular exfoliation does improve skin’s radiance, help face oils penetrate better, and helps your sunscreens work better. Face Fix ($34) is a storied exfoliant; handmade in San Francisco by Nieves Rathbun, who herself is an interesting wanderlust and once traveled with pack donkeys.

I say storied because you can use the finely granular Face Fix in just about any which way you want. Want to amp up the intensity of your scruff? Add a few drops of water to activate the water soluble, finely milled powders like Chamomile Flower, Comfrey Root, Grapefruit Peel, Lavender Flower, Licorice Root, Neem Leaf, and Horsetail all of which are wholly organic and blended with a smattering of Jojoba Beads.

What’s interesting about this mix is that you can also add a few drops of your favourite face oil instead of water to get a smoother scrub as well. The very picture of using a scrub is left up to you to create with whatever grit your skin loves best. Nieves shares that one of her preferred additives is:
“Apple juice…it smells amazing and then you get all the extra benefits too. Some folks like yogurt and egg whites.”
So, off I went. I tried juicing the scrub with Apple since it brings natural doses of Vitamin A (which encourages cell turnover) and Vitamin C (which brightens). Apple juice has been also known to keep breakouts away, thanks to its powerful combo of acids that degrease skin without drying it out. It also contains Acetic acid, which acts as a mild astringent to keep pores clean and bacteria-free and Malic acid that is a natural alpha hydroxy.

A few squirts into the palm of my hand cradling the tender powder was all I needed to create a pasty, sweet smelling scrub. A few minutes of a deep scrub and after an easy, mess-free rinse, skin was smooth and primed for the caress of a face oil. Organic Orange Peel and Rose Petal powders are also added to lend a whispery floral scent to the exfoliant.

Half the joy with Face Fix is to think what other natural juices you could add to the powder. The half is actually using a scrub created to your skin's sensitivity level. With the glut of DIY exfoliating recipes on the web, I’d say this is quite possibly the most adorable one of them all.