Is the Illume silk exfoliating glove worth the faff?

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Whether you use fake tan, have keratosis pilaris and ingrown hairs, or just want softer skin, you should be regularly exfoliating your body.

But, with news about microbead pollution and a desire to be kinder to our environment you may not want to try a scrub.

Exfoliating gloves or tools are a more environmentally-friendly way to slough off those flakes, but apparently not all are quite equal.

I’ve reviewed a trending exfoliating glove before, and absolutely loved it.

However, that was made of plastic, which can be harsh on the skin if overused – and sadly goes to landfill when you’re done.

Today I’m trying out a new trend; silk exfoliating gloves.

What is the Illume exfoliating glove?

This glove, made by No1 Illume is made ‘using 100% intricately woven silk viscose.’

The idea is that the silk will exfoliate naturally and gently without scratching, inspired by those used in Turkish baths.

I was sent this to review, but if you’re purchasing it would cost you £15.99, which I’ve taken into account for the review.

On first glance it does seem like a lot given you can probably get a scrub glove at a pound shop. But the proof is in the pudding.

Faff involved

The directions advise to use the glove without soap or shower gel. You soak in the bath for about 10 to 15 minutes, before putting the peach-coloured glove on and going to town.

It doesn’t feel like silk as you know it, having a matte finish rather than a satin sheen.

The Illume is a whole lot less messy than covering yourself in coffee grounds or a sugar scrub, so that’s a plus right off the bat.

Instead of putting this in the washing machine, you just clean in hot water and hang up for use next time.

The results

Normally I’d show you a before and after picture here, but they haven’t invented a camera that will show you how soft my skin is, so please try and imagine it.

I used the glove as directed, and actually saw dead skin coming off onto it, which was gross but satisfying.

Afterwards, I used some fake tan (this one, if you’re wondering) and it went on so smoothly. Dare I say, I was glowing.

Do you ever find that, when using a standard body scrub, you need a couple of goes to really get off any flakes or ingrown hairs? That doesn’t happen with this Illume glove.

I think it’s because the silk is gentle and adheres to your body shape, so it takes off even the most tiny pieces of dead skin.

Is it worth the faff?

Yes. At £16 I was sceptical that it would be any different to a standard loofah, but it really is.

It saves you using plastics and buying huge tubs of product, and is easy to use and clean.

Plus, you really will notice the difference in how soft your skin is. Mine is brighter and smoother, and I’d buy this again.

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