Exfoliating mitt scrubs off dead skin in seconds

  • Dead skin exfoliating mitts are popular in cultures all over the world.
  • Insider producer Celia Skvaril tested one out and see if she sees a difference in her dead skin.
  • She spoke to Michelle Wong who is a chemistry and beauty expert about the mitts and if it worked.

Following is transcript of the video.

Celia: Today, I am trying the Bâíden exfoliator glove. It claims to remove all of the dead skin from your face and body. Exfoliator mitts like this one are commonly used in cultures all over the world, so the product isn't anything new, but I've never tried one myself. When I was on Accutane, I got eczema for the first time, and I had a lot of dry, itchy patches of skin all over my body. After being off of it now for about a month, a lot of those have gone away, but I definitely still have a lot of dry skin. Before you begin, you're supposed to soak in a hot bath or tub for 10 to 15 minutes. So that's why we're here. And we're going to do that now, fully clothed. I just finished my soak, and your body's supposed to be damp when you use the mitt, so that's why I am still sitting in the tub.

A little scared about the gentleness of this on your face, but says it's OK. A little scratchy. Oh, wait, I was supposed to put this in, soak this in warm water and wring it out. It's working. Whoa.

Cameraperson: Oh, am I too close?

Celia: No. June, get out of here! No! I am pretty red, but I just feel like I'm rubbing my skin, so I'm not sure that I wouldn't get red. I'm definitely dropping skin. Cameraperson: Yeah, you are. Look at our tub. Celia: I am going to rinse this off and see how smooth I feel. My legs feel so smooth. I actually think this might be the best exfoliator I've used. I'm going to speak to Michelle Wong, who has a chemistry doctorate and is an educator in science and beauty, about her thoughts on exfoliator mitts and if this worked.


Michelle Wong: I did immediately order three, so, [laughs] after reading about it, but, yeah, I'm very excited about feeling all smooth. Sometimes the dead skin on the surface of your skin doesn't come off as easily as it should. So this process is called desquamation, and it can be affected by lots of things, like your age, the climate, even how well moisturized you are. The glove can work sort of like fine-grit sandpaper. It mechanically buffs off the surface of your skin using friction. The glove is relatively soft compared to a lot of other things you could be rubbing on your skin, but at the same time, I think it can be very tempting to go too hard. So if you press very gently, then I think it can be OK for more sensitive areas like your face. I don't think you can really see a big difference with the microscope. And I think with this sort of thing, sometimes it can be difficult to see, because the amount of skin that's removed is not massive, given the large surface area you're doing this over. Even though you can't really see it, you definitely did see skin coming off, so it's definitely working in terms of exfoliating the skin. I think we can see that when there is dry, flaky bits on your skin, it seems to have disappeared. So that would be the glove buffing off that dead skin. This product seems to be making a lot of pretty impressive claims. I think some of them are true, but most of them are a bit overhyped.

Celia: I need help.