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I am a scrub fan. Salt, sugar, oily, coarse, chemical, enzymatic, I like them all. My skin does well with a bit of exfoliation, so I give it what it wants. One form of exfoliation that was totally new to me is Le Edge. It's a really interesting way to exfoliate without extra product (kind of...) Interested in knowing more? Read on!
The Le Edge tool is fairly simple, as it consists of a plastic handle (with anti-slip grips) and a stainless steel blade. Hold on, yes, in theory it's a blade, but it's not sharp in any way. There is no way you could cut yourself with it. Continuing on... The idea is that you drag the blade over damp/wet skin and it works to gently exfoliate skin by removing dead skin cells, oil, dirt, product build up, etc. Neat right?
Le Edge is lightweight and fits really nicely in hand. The official instruction say to use the tool in the shower, but I found it was better used just after, when skin is still wet/damp. The tool can be used on the face and body, but I found my methods to differ for each areas.
For the face, I was able to just go. Holding the handle at a 45 degree angle, you simply drag it along the surface of your skin. You can almost immediately see a grey-ish gunk on the blade- aka the dead skin and what not you don't want. As the gunk collects, you simply wash it ay and continue on your merry way.
For the body, I found I didn't get any results on just bare skin. I had read a bunch of reviews prior to using this, so I knew that it was recommended to use oil on damp skin first. Bingo! When I added a bit of body oil to my skin I started to see the grey-ish gunk on the blade. Interestingly enough, the process of scraping the skin to exfoliate comes from the ancient Greeks and Romans who used sitrgils (an instrument with a curved blade) to scrape sweat and dirt from the skin and often did so as part of a hot oil bath ritual.
Results on the face and body are pretty incredible. While using Le Edge, it doesn't really feel like you're doing much, but afterwards skin is left feeling brand new- softer, smoother, and more radiant. Obviously, regular exfoliation is great for skin as it stimulates blood flow, allows products to absorb better, you know the deal, but it's also a great pre-faux tan tool.
Overall, I am pretty pleased with Le Edge. I love that you can control the level of exfoliation just by adding or decreasing pressure, and that most any skin type can use it. Plus, when you add oil to the mix you get exfoliation and hydration in one swift step. I tend to get ingrown hairs on my arms easily and patches of keratosis pilaris on the backs of my upper arms and am interested to see if regular use of Le Edge can help remedy the situation. Other Le Edge reviewers have said it does. Time will tell! What do you think? Would your or have you tried it?