Beauty Test Drive: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant

Two weeks ago, I came to the realization that you haven’t really felt pure luxury until you’ve hired someone to squeeze gunk from your pores. Forget hot stone massages, Egyptian cotton sheets, and private planes. A facial is the height of luxury, especially when you’re enjoying the treatment at a fraction of the normal price. I received a foot soak, back treatment, and a facial at the Aveda Institute in NYC. It was a truly calming, therapeutic, and refreshing experience that I advise you take advantage of if there’s an institute in your area. I felt I was in extremely capable hands even though my aesthetician was a student. She was so professional and thorough that I wanted to take her home with me to de-congest my pores on a regular basis. But that was impossible, so she sold me Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant, instead.This was one of the products she and her instructor decided was right for my oily skin because I’m prone to broken capillaries in the areas of my face that get really clogged, and this exfoliant isn’t harsh like most are. It contains lavender, chamomile, witch hazel, lemon balm, meadowsweet, and salicylic acid. Notice there are no skin-tugging walnut shells or micro-beads; instead, the Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant is a non-abrasive product that wipes away the dirt and oil. I’ve been using this product every other night since my facial and my skin is still smooth and clear. Plus, the broken capillaries along my nostrils have become less noticeable. Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant also works on normal and combination skin. [$19 for 5 fl oz, Aveda]