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January is skincare month

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To me, January is skincare month. One of the most important things you can do to take care of your skin is exfoliate. Not only is it healthier for your skin to remove dead skin cells, but exfoliation helps your skincare products work better by allowing them to get absorbed into the skin.

Just before the holidays, I received a new type of exfoliating puff from the brand, ViaBuff. I got a small Mini Buff for my face and a larger Body Exfoliator. There are specially designed to address different skin types and skin conditions.

Heres how ViaBuff describes them: The Viabuff Mini Buff Exfoliator and Body Exfoliator (are) non-sensitizing, non-irritating, cruelty-free, and dermatologist-tested. This product does not contain harsh abrasives.

The ViaBuff for face the Mini Buff is small, 3 in diameter, while the one for body is big, 5 in diameter. Each one is available in four different colors that signify the type of skin or skin condition it was designed for:

Level 1: Purple: Extra Gentle
Ideal for Oily Skin, Acne, Psoriasis

Level 2: Pink: Mild
Ideal for Normal Skin, Eczema

Level 3: Light Green: Moderate
Ideal for Dry Skin, Ingrown Hairs, Keratosis Pilaris, Waxing

Level 4: White: Clinical
Ideal for Very Dry Skin

Although my skin is very dry, I received purple, the extra gentle exfoliators designed for oily, acne, and for those with psoriasis.

What makes the ViaBuff exfoliators totally different from the inexpensive plastic poufs that have been around for years is that the ViaBuff exfoliators have soft spongey petals that are made with an open cell structure that fills with small amounts of water when wet so that your cleanser sits on top of the sponge rather than absorbing into it. As a result, you can use less cleanser every time you use it. When wet, ViaBuff becomes pillowy soft and increases in size, returning to its original size when air dried.

I like the purple, extra gentle Mini Buff for my face. In fact, I think its fine for my sensitive, very dry skin, although Im curious about the Level 4 Clinical Mini Buff for Very Dry Skin. The Level 1 Extra Gentle Mini Buff is very soft, and its so easy to use. I like sponges, and this really fits the bill.

I also like the Level 1 Extra Gentle Body Exfoliator that I use in the shower.  It too is exceptionally soft. But in this case, I would actually prefer a buff that was more exfoliating to help remove more of my dry skin. When I replace this, I believe I will try the Level 4.

The ViaBuff Body Exfoliator has a clear plastic loop that you can use to hang it in the shower when youre not using it and afterwards to air dry. I had a bit of a hard time finding the loop amidst the petals of the sponge itself, but Im glad I found it!