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The ViaBuff: A Skincare Exfoliation Product Made with Polyurethane Foam

ViaBuff Skin Physical Exfoliator
Exfoliation isn't a short term fad--it's crucial to maintain healthy looking skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and debris that lurks on the outer layers of skin, and which can potentially clogged pores if left alone. Even better, exfoliation encourages cell renewal and healthy growth so that your beautiful and glowing skin can continue to shine. Exfoliating properly can be a precarious endeavor – scrubbing just a little bit too vigorously or using a strong exfoliating cream can further dehydrate the skin and cause outbreaks of inflammation. but foregoing exfoliation can leave the skin dried out and congested with dead skin cells and bacteria. That's why using a puff custom designed for the skin, like the ViaBuff, is so important. Most people with normal skin types should exfoliate once to twice a week. Those with oily skin may need to do so three or more times a week, whereas those with eczema or other serious dry skin conditions should consider exfoliating only once only per week. For more information, check out the ViaBuff posts about exfoliating dry skin and exfoliating oily skin.


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People who are looking to exfoliate their skin are bombarded with an endless variety of exfoliating tools – dry brushes, loofahs, mesh puffs, nylon puffs, exfoliating creams – the list can go on and on. Exfoliators like loofahs and nylon puffs harbor exceptionally high amounts of bacteria. Dry brushing and some exfoliating creams can create small tears in the skin. That’s why Merryweather Foam worked with the ViaBuff design team to help create a custom series of ViaBuff Exfoliating Puffs. These puffs not only last 30% longer than most other exfoliating tools, but also to protect against bacteria colonization. Our customer service team at Merryweather worked intensely to source the right foam that would be ideal for the Viabuff skincare exfoliation products. "We settled on an open cell polyurethane foam because it's known for its durability and ability to customize its properties," describes Ryan McCune, Vice President of Customer Service. "We started by sampling different types and colors of the urethane foams to the ViaBuff design team to gather feedback from customer trials. We don't want to be known as just a foam fabricator. Instead, we want to be known as a team of experts that learn the needs of our customers and help find the best solution for their application," says McCune. Ultimately, the ViaBuff team decided on four different exfoliation intensities and colors of open cell polyurethane foam.

 

The ViaBuff is the first to offer a thorough yet gentle exfoliation, and custom designations for different skin types and concerns, as outlined below.

 B2ap3 Thumbnail ViaBuff Exfoliation Types

* Level 1 - (Purple) is great for those oily skin, acne-prone skin or sensitive skin;
* Level 2 - (Green) for normal to eczematous skin types;
* Level 3 - (Pink) for ingrown hairs, freshly waxed skin and keratosis pilaris;
* Level 4 - (White)forexceptionally dry skin.

 

ViaBuff Puffs also are available for those with combination skin, such combining Level 2 and 3, 3 and 4, and 1 and 4, etc. ViaBuff handles are also sold so that those with mobility issues or have trouble exfoliating hard-to-reach places can have an easy exfoliating experience.

 

Why Exfoliating Puffs?
"We chose to make an exfoliating puffs as opposed to exfoliating mitts and pumices because these puffs provide a stronger soap lather and are more durable for all-over body use. In 2014, we launched the product so that people with varied skin concerns and types could finally have an exceptional total body exfoliating experience," says ViaBuff Representative, Jim Inama. Made from an open-cell polyurethane foam, the ViaBuff puffs were formulated specifically promote speedy air-drying, which in turn reduce the likelihood of bacterial growth on the puffs. With over 1,200sq/in of usable surface area, ViaBuff Exfoliating Puffs offer a more efficient exfoliating experience than most store-bought puffs and loofahs. ViaBuff Puffs’ cell structure enables them to absorb a small amount of water so that more exfoliating product stays on the surface of the puff, thus ensuring a more thorough and deeply-penetrating exfoliation.

 

Where Can I Purchase ViaBuff Products?
ViaBuff products can be purchased at ViaBuff.com and Amazon. If you are interested in selling ViaBuff products or would like more information, feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their customer support page.
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