Serious Softening: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask and Dermasuri


Today we are talking exfoliation (a topic I never tire of) with Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask and the Dermasuri Exfoliating Mitt. These are newer items in my stash and I have nothing but good things to say about them.

Let’s start with the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($55, 1 oz.). I know, I know. I am a little late to the Tata Harper party. I mean, you can get her stuff on Sephora now. She is positively mainstream. Better late than never! My introduction to this mask happened via a sample that I received with an order from Spirit Beauty Lounge. I tried it once and liked it so much that I knew I would soon break my rule about finishing products I have before I acquire new ones. There were two other masks in rotation, but this was too hard to resist. I tried, really. But then I cracked and ordered it. Then I tried not to open it. And failed. I have been using the mask once or twice a week for about three weeks and I just love it. Unlike other exfoliating masks, you can keep it on past the 20-30 minutes they recommend without burning, tingling, or redness. It very gently exfoliates and brightens. The texture is all wobbly, cooling, and gel-like. It tightens as it dries on your skin, but not in an uncomfortable way. It also has a light, pleasant scent. It is simply a treat to use. I like to use it at night and go heavy on moisturizer before bed. I wake up to brightened, soft, smooth skin that I can’t stop touching. It is pricey, yes, but if you want gentle and natural, it’s the way to go. It has a base of aloe and according to the TH site: pomegranate enzymes for deep cleansing and pore minimization; french pink clay to reduce the appearance of pores and help detoxify skin; and white willow to eliminate dead skin cells and promotes cellular renewal. Check out the full ingredients here.

Ok, so we’ve dealt with the face. Now on to the bod. This next item was an impulse purchase: the Dermasuri Exfoliating Mitt ($19.99). I read about it on in Charissa’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed. It’s a fabric mitt that you use once every two to three weeks. You soak yourself in the shower for about ten minutes without using soap or shampoo. Then you step away from the water to rub the mitt across your skin. And then…you begin to see the dead skin rolling up into balls like a sweater gets pills. You are simultaneously amazed and slightly grossed out. You will not believe how much dead skin comes off. I was surprised to see how much came off my arms and shoulders (and ahem decolletage) in comparison to my legs. I know what you are thinking: legs get some exfoliation during shaving, so of course less skin came off when using the mitt. But do I need to remind you that the working mother is hairy? This thing has me so smooth and soft that I am inspired to shave my legs more often. Like even before it gets really warm out. The other cool thing is that while the mitt is somewhat rough in texture and my scrubbing vigorous, my skin didn’t get pink or irritated. You rinse it really well and dry it for next time. Like the Tata Harper mask, you will be touching your baby-soft skin and feeling like you made an awesome purchase. Really the only downside is having to soak for ten minutes. It’s not a drought-friendly tool. Now if only I could commit to moisturizing my body like I do my face. Oh well. One day at a time, people.

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