Reddish-brown legumes that’s rich with potassium and fiber, Adzuki beans help improve digestion and circulation, clarify the skin and organs as well as lower the levels of bad cholesterol. Finely milled into a soft powder, it makes a gentle exfoliator without scraping the surface of the skin.
BOBBI BROWN Buffing Grains for Face
A pure powder exfoliator that can be incorporated into your cleansers, or gel and clay-based masks. First things first, transfer half a teaspoon’s worth onto a bowl – you do not want moisture to seep into your stash risking contamination. Opt for a creamy face wash – I use Dr. Ci:Labo Super Washing Foam EX and NEUTROGENA Deep Clea Foaming Cleanser.
Stir up a luxurious foam and pour in the product onto your palm, then rub both palms to soften up the buffing grains before massaging into your skin. Do not add anymore water at this point. The grains soften up and feel less coarse upon contact with moisture. My skin felt soft not just from the thorough cleansing, but also smooth from the exfoliation. It encourages cell turnover and is fragrance-free, and recommended for use 2-3 times a week. At US$42 (God knows how much it retails at local counters), a splurge is warranted for the fact that you get to control the amount of grains for each usage.
LUSH Mask of Magnaminty
The handmade cosmetics company claims that Ground Adzuki beans are used to absorb dirt and excess oil, but I could only find no supporting claim on the Internet. However this face mask does contain China clay and Bentonite gel that deep-cleanse pores, and tighten the skin. Adzuki beans and Primrose seeds are left with the polishing chore.
Nowadays I use it on makeup days for thorough cleansing, as well as spot treating. I’ve also reduced leaving it on as a facial mask from 15mins to a quick 5, reason being that the product can be a tad drying on my skin. Thus I suggest damping the skin before gently scrubbing your face. The granules felt mild on the skin, but in the long run, I’d rather use the product to absorb excess sebum than for its exfoliating properties. I will not be re-purchasing this, and will bank on the Buffing grains instead.
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