New rules for exfoliation

July 30, 2018


You more than likely already know that earlier this year the UK government introduced a ban on the use of plastic microbeads in the manufacture of some cosmetic products.

A full ban on the sale of products containing microbeads came into force this month.

Of course what the ban doesn’t do is stop anyone using any microbead products already purchased.  The only people that can enforce that ban is us, the end user.

It was my choice of course but I decided I would stop using them (as opposed to using them up).  I binned the contents and then recycled/binned the empty packaging.  My home is microbead free.

Summer skin

I don’t know about you but my skin has been playing up a bit recently during the rather lovely (and unusual for the UK) very hot weather.  I have been suffering from a lot of milia, blackheads and spots…

I mainly blame the heat and that I am seldom not wearing foundation.  However, I  also think I might need to change my SPF to an oil-free or mineral based one.

To combat my skin now I need to up my exfoliation game to deal with the problem, and that is where a decent exfoliator comes in to play.

Post microbead purge – time to go shopping ? for a new exfoliator, which led me to purchase Modern Friction by Origins.

Modern Friction (nature’s gentle dermabrasion)


Origins (part of Estee Lauder) have been around since the 1990s.  I remember when they first appeared and were a bit of a cult brand, now they are well established.

I purchased quite a small tube of Modern Friction (50ml) which cost me £11.75 from the Cosmetics Company Store at Bicester Shopping Village.

Amongst other things it contains rice starch, aloe and lemon oil.  It is highly fragranced (of lemons) which is a nice zingy smell.

Not for daily use, Origins recommend using a couple of times a week.  You can either apply the paste like substance direct to your skin and then massage, or apply it diluted with a little water.

I add water as I find the paste a little difficult to move.  Whichever way you do it you need to rinse it off with lots of water.

Not that you should use this around your eyes but be careful as I did get some in my eyes (during rinsing) and it really stung.

I have only just started to use this so haven’t seen any results yet.  I am hoping that adding this into my routine with some daily exfoliation (via a glycolic face wash.. to be reviewed later) the milia will start to shift… or I may have to go and have them extracted.


For more information on the ban on microbeads click HERE

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