Warning: Those who are allergic to Aspirin should NOT use this product.
The use of beta hydroxy acid can increase sun sensitivity by 50%. So use this product preferably at night and use a good full spectrum sunscreen during the day.
What it claims: This face and body scrub for all skin types takes away layers of dulling cells and blackheads uncovering clean pores and fresh glowing skin in just 10 minutes. The skin appears lighter, smoother and looks healthier. It also removes fine lines.
The ingredients are: Corn, Almond, Beta Hydroxy Acids, Citrus extracts, Trace elements of Zinc and Calcium, Pure essential oils of Tea Tree, Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender
Beta hydroxy acid, which is one of the main ingredients of this scrub, is just a fancy name for salicyclic acid – the key ingredient in Aspirin. The great thing about this acid is that it can go right into your blocked pores and exfoliate the dead cells which are built up there causing blackheads and acne. So this scrub is best used when you have blackheads or whiteheads that you want to get rid of. Used as a body scrub, it will help with ingrown hairs as well. Salicylic acid is said to encourage production of new skin cells. So, regular use of this scrub will probably give you anti aging and tan reduction benefits too.
I use this scrub once a week on my face and legs. It really helps in clearing up the face and helps majorly in reducing ingrown hair. I have combination dry skin and this works for me. I would recommend this for any skin type because salicylic acid apparently works best on oily skin. To those with acne and extra sensitive skin however, I’d say avoid using this because the rough, scrubby granules in it may pop zits or scratch delicate skin. In place of this, you could look for a salicylic acid gel or lotion for your exfoliation needs.
The recommended method of usage for this scrub is a little different from most other scrubs I’ve seen on the market. To get the most out of it you must leave it on your face for 10 – 15 minutes after application and then wash it off. I generally prefer scrubs with smoother, larger particles as I’m afraid of microscopic tears with small, rough granules like this one has. However, I don’t use this as a physical scrub but more as a chemical exfoliant and I don’t use this anywhere near the eye area as it feels too scrubby.
The scrub comes in a tube which I like for ease of use and hygiene. The lid is a flip top which I find a little difficult to open normally and quite impossible if you have wet hands.
I usually need to squeeze a couple of dabs out to cover all of my face and my neck. The scrub itself is a pale green colour that doesn’t show up on your skin and I never feel like I’ve put enough on until I slather it on quite lavishly.
On applying it, the first thing you notice is a cool, tingly sensation on your skin. This is quite a pleasant sensation rather like having menthol spritzed on your face. The next thing you will notice is the weird smell. It’s not exactly unpleasant but rather strong and herbal. It reminds me a bit of wintergreen oil. I feel this is a small price to put up with considering how effective this scrub is but if your nose is especially sensitive, you might not want to sit with this smell right under your nose for 10 – 15 minutes. Either way, it’s quite funny that a product that markets itself as using aromatherapy smells so weird. 🙂
Make sure the scrub doesn’t dry out on your skin when you have it on as this makes removal a little rougher on your skin. I try to wash it off when it still feels moist to the touch. To remove it, I gently use my fingertips to roll the granules into clumps and then dust the clumps off my skin. Massaging the scrub into your face (as the instructions for use on the package recommend) doesn’t improve the results in anyway. The blackheads are dissolved during the 10 minute wait and the dead skin has already been loosened from the surface of the skin by the salicylic acid. Massaging the granules into your facial skin at this point would be overkill and why take the risk of tearing your pores open anyway? When I use this for treating ingrown hair on areas such as my legs though, I like to briskly rub the scrub in with circular motions to loosen the hair from under the skin and bring it to the surface. I feel that the skin there is thicker than the facial skin and can handle some heavy duty scrubbing.
The final step is to rinse it off. The scrub gives a soapy, slippery feel to the skin while washing off and it leaves a slightly oily feel on the skin for a short while. My guess is that this may be caused by the aromatherapy oils in it. Since all the essential oils listed in the ingredients help cure blemishes and clarify the skin, this is a good thing even for those of us with oily skin. The essential oils are absorbed really quickly, so you don’t have to worry about lingering oiliness. As for its effectiveness, pores look smaller after using it for sure and blackheads are miraculously gone. Ingrown hairs have also drastically reduced. My skin looks brighter overall after using it and it leaves my skin well moisturized and soft to the touch. At a price of Rs.80, I’d say this scrub is well worth the money you spend. Would I buy it again? Definitely yes! This has become my go to product for emergency blackhead removal now.
- Does what it claims
- Effective and painless way of removing blackheads from the skin
- I love the tube packaging. I hate digging into tubs of product and getting it under my nails. Tubes are so efficient and hygienic <3 <3 <3
- Gives you a great big bang for your buck at Rs.80 for a 60 gm tube
- Disturbing smell
- Small, rough scrub granules have a greater chance of causing microscopic tears in the skin
- Essential to use good full spectrum sunscreen after using this scrub
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