As Shen’s resident makeup artist, Jill Freeman knows that come springtime, it’s important to slough it all off: “Your best makeup is your skin care,” she explains. “Exfoliating creates a smooth surface that is prime for makeup application. Here, her favorites from the Shen lineup:
"I love the Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask. It’s so lightweight it’s almost a liquid, and so gentle it can be used even under the eyes. It contains Volcanic Ash and is great for tightening and brightening as well as healing breakouts. As a mask, wear it for as little as 20 minutes or as long as overnight – which I have done quite a few times."
"I’m insane about Su-man Exfoliating Facial Polish, which is filled with espresso grains and is so great to use first thing in the morning because the scent is wonderful and it really wakes you up. The grains are gentle and can be used by really sensitive types, plus it has a rosehip base so, skin is baby soft afterward."
"Bogavia’s Sugar Scrub is completely organic body scrub with Vanilla, Chamomile, Tangerine, Coconut oil, and as you might have guessed, Sugar, which is a truly excellent all natural exfoliator. This is a staple in my shower. Yum."
"Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish also uses sugar granules that disintegrate, making this a really gentle scrub. Olive and Almond Extracts hydrate, and Caffeine energizes. But the best thing by far is the Rose Oil, which gives such a luxe scent that I don’t have to use perfume."
"I use theFarmer’s Welsh Lavender Scrub a lot on my hands, because by the end of winter they are a rough, dry mess. This one is super satisfying to use and contains peppermint and rosemary notes and lavender oil grown on the brand’s private grove, which is charming. Also great for getting your feet ready for spring sandals!"
"Aurelia Refine and Polish Miracle Balm is great because really it's a cleanser AND an exfoliator. The smell is totally invigorating and its a one stop product so I usually grab it and take it in the shower ."
"When I heard that Goldenfaden MD Doctor's Scrub was Gwyneth Paltrow's fave I was intrigued, her glow speaks for itself! I was blown away but the intensity of this face scrub (in a good way) - the results were immediate. New to the Shen shelves, this product will get the dry Winter grit OFF! The texture is totally unique and all the Shen beauties are obsessed!"