Get a proper ex­fo­li­at­ing mitt

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY WITH HARRIET PUDNEY -

Af­ter the best part of a year, I’m leav­ing Dubai – by the time this is printed I’ll have moved out of my apart­ment. As dead­lines tend to, my move-out date is bear­ing down on me, and ev­ery time I look around my room I see some­thing I can throw out.

Some of it’s easy (that scented can­dle dle kind of smells like pub­lic toilet hand soap) and nd some is harder (books re­ally are too heavy), but a lot of the time, I’m fo­cused on my dress­ing ta­ble and bath­room cab­i­net.

My usual joy in fin­ish­ing beauty prod­ucts has tre­bled. It’s not just sat­is­fy­ing any more. Now each empty y hair treat­ment or tube of con­cealer is s one less thing to pack.

One thing that will ab­so­lutely be com­ing with me is the ex­fo­li­at­ing kessa glove I picked up af­ter a ham­mam here. Be­ing in the Mid­dle East, this tra­di­tional Moroc­can treat­ment is pretty stan­dard in Dubai, and I have to say, it’s in­cred­i­ble.

It’s a con­fronting experience. You’re scrubbed re­peat­edly from top to toe in a steamy and not su­per­pri­vate room, and ev­ery now and then your ther­a­pist will show you how much skin she’s peel­ing off you. I wouldn’t say it’s for ev­ery­one.

I feel con­fi­dent con­fid rec­om­mend­ing kessa gloves, though. Mine Mi now lives in my shower and I use it a cou­ple of times a week with what­ever body wash I’m work­ing on.

My skin has never felt softer, and in a desert cli­mate, that’s an achieve­ment. They’d T be sim­i­larly use­ful on dry, hid­den winter wi limbs, too, and they can help with in­grown ing hairs.

The Th best part? They’re ex­tremely af­ford­able. Auck­land-based Moroc­can Cuisine sells the real deal for $10, or you can pick up a Riffi Body Mitt for $20. The clas­sic Bondi Sands op­tion is $18.

To go along with my hopes and prayers.

I’ve got sev­eral long flights in my im­me­di­ate fu­ture, and that means I’m al­most guar­an­teed to break out. In hopes of chang­ing the habit of a life­time, time, I’m I m stock­ing up on Dr Jart+ Mask Mi­cro Jet Clear­ing So­lu­tion sheet masks ($9). Hy­drat­ing and anti-acne, they’re every­thing I need. If Korean skin­care can’t save me, what can?

If your stan­dard ex­fo­li­at­ing gloves some­one gave you for Christ­mas three years ago aren’t cut­ting it, grab one of th­ese. You won’t re­gret it.

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