[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I’m just going to say it—I’m a bit of a clean freak.  I like things to literally be squeaky clean.  Spot on the table, let me soak it, scrub it and wipe it up and make it pretty.  If I can run my finger across the surface and make it squeak, even better.  So it’s no surprise that when cleaning my face I aim to achieve a similar level of ultra clean. Though to my dismay, “squeaky clean” may not be a realistic skin care goal for two reasons – 1. You’d have to use some pretty harsh chemicals to get a “squeak” and 2. If my skin actually did squeak after cleaning I don’t know if my ultimate skin care goal was reached or if I needed to go to the dermatologist STAT.

Thankfully, Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is the answer to my facial deep cleaning prayers (and OCD).  Suitable for normal/combination skin types, though my sensitive skin liked it just fine. This fine rice powder exfoliant transforms itself into a soothing foam that dissolves away the day’s impurities still lurking around.  After cleansing your face, you pour ½ a teaspoon of powder in already wet hands, add a smidge of water and watch the magic happen. The powder turns into a paste, then into a soft foam.  Using circular motions with your fingertips, scrub skin for 20 seconds and rinse to reveal noticeably softer, smoother skin.  My skin may not be squeaking afterwards, but if it could it would be singing Lionel Richie’s “Hello, is it me you’re looking for? I can see it in your eyes…”.  We’re talking stop-dead-in-your-tracks-smooth (think virgin skin), and a soothing, rejuvenated feel.  Made with antioxidants like papaya extract, soothing Japanese rice bran, collagen replenishing pearl protein and green leaf extracts, in addition to a cleaner, fresher face, signs of aging and breakouts are also addressed.

www.tatcha.com, $65

-by Becca Mendoza
Image source: Tatcha 

For suggestions of the best nontoxic beauty products for specific concerns (sensitivity/redness, acne, wrinkles, dullness & clogged pores, and hyperpigmentation), check out this piece with curated picks from Ayla Beauty.

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