After getting my teeth into chemical exfoliating face masks I decided to try a couple of other skincare products that I thought might do my face some good. I stumbled across the Biotherm Pure.Fect Skin range in Boots and I picked up two products from the range, one is the Micro Exfoliating Purifying Toner and the other is the Imperfection Targeting Solution. I used both of these products over July and August and after more than eight weeks of use I feel ready to tell you how I found them.
With Pixi Glow Tonic and Alpha H's Liquid Gold getting a lot of attention back when I bought these Biotherm products I was really excited to try out an exfoliating toner. In the past, I've always chosen very gentle toners because my skin has a tendency to be quite sensitive. However, I've found that although Biotherm's Pure.Fect Micro Exfoliating Purifying Toner is very effective I could just about get away with using it (although it did occasionally leave my cheeks, which are sensitive, a little rosier than I would have liked). What I found was that cutting out manual exfoliation from my routine did my skin a lot of good, and with the help of an exfoliating toner (which I use every evening) and a weekly exfoliating treatment (such as Elemental Herbology's Facial Glow Radiance Peel) my skin was left in really good condition. This exfoliating toner has helped keep my skin from looking dull and I do think that it has helped reduce the size of the larger pores on my nose. I don't think it is a miracle in a bottle but when incorporated into a skincare routine that you are otherwise happy with, I think it is a very effective addition.
The Biotherm Pure.Fect Targeted Solution is essentially a very similar product but it is a little stronger and is meant to be applied topically to blemishes. It definitely helped reduce the size of spots when I used it, especially under the skin lurkers. However, the job it was best at was dealing with dark marks that spots can leave once they're treated. The exfoliating power of it is quite intense (so it is definitely not suitable for sensitive skin) and I only used this on the oilier parts of my skin, which is where I tend to get spots anyway. Despite the fact that it does a very good job, the packaging really puts me off using it. The little tube is very small and handy for travelling with and is quite hygienic to use. However, the product itself is very liquid in consistency, it is a very liquid gel formula. When applying the product it is incredibly difficult to only get a small amount of product (which is all you tend to need) to come out of it's very fine nozzle, meaning that more often than not a lot of product goes to waste. Considering that this small tube cost me around £15 the amount of wastage really upset me and put me off using it unless I really needed to.
Overall, I think that the quality of both of these products is really good and on that basis I would definitely recommend them. However, the packaging of the Targeted Solution is ill thought out and I wouldn't personally repurchase it, despite liking the product. I am, however, entirely satisfied with the Micro Exfoliating Toner and would definitely use it again but I'd definitely advise a patch test before use if you have sensitive skin. You can find the Biotherm Pure.Fect range in Boots (there are a few other products in the range) and the Micro Exfoliating Toner is £15.50 as is the Targeted Imperfection Solution.
What do you use to exfoliate your skin? Do you use any chemical exfoliating products?