Posted by Manuela on October 16, 2014
In case you haven’t heard, we have a brand new Organic Exfoliating Face Scrub! It's already made the rounds with the skinnyskinny organics staff and is quickly becoming a favorite. After being the featured product in our Brooklyn storefront, more and more people are getting the chance to try out this new addition, and they’re loving it!
Now we want the rest of the world to know about this innovation in gentle yet effective exfoliation. So whether you’ve been hesitating to click “add to cart”, want to know a little more, or this is your first time hearing about the face scrub, we’ve got you covered. We had our blogger, Manuela (that’s me) take the face scrub plunge—looking into ingredients, mixing it with different liquids, trying it as a mask, and everything in between.
Organic Camu Camu: Talk about Vitamin C! We all know the amazing benefits this vitamin can have on the skin, and this fruit is packed with 30 to 50 times as much as an orange. Also high in antioxidants, camu camu isn’t just fun to say, it can help reduce the appearance of dark spots including dreaded acne scars.
Organic Hibiscus: Yes, people really have called this flower “nature’s botox.” Take from that what you will, but for the purposes of this scrub, it’s extraordinarily high in natural alpha-hydroxy acids which help to encourage new healthy skin cell growth.
Organic Aloe: We all know the story on aloe, it’s amazing. But seriously, with over 200 active vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids, it’s no wonder this succulent is so common in moisturizing and anti-aging products. I personally think of aloe as being somewhat medicinal, which probably has something to do with the fact that I have a huge aloe plant in my kitchen that I use for everything from burns, to eczema, to relieving mosquito bites.
Organic Lavender: Another classic that helps to calm skin and minimize the appearance of redness and dryness.
Overview: There's ingredients for oily acne prone skin, for aging mature skin, and even to protect dry sensitive skin, that's impressive for just one scrub, but I have a feeling what will really make the difference for different skin types is what you mix it with...
So since this is a dry scrub you have to mix it with a liquid. Clara suggests using The Cleanser, water, or milk, so I tried those along with a few others.
The Cleanser: Probably one of the best options if you have dry or sensitive skin. If you’re just using the scrub to wash your face (and not as a mask), it won’t even take a full pump of The Cleanser. The effect is impressive, while you can still feel the scrubbing, it’s a soft scrubbing that for me was unlike any product I’ve used before. After rinsing my skin was left soft with no redness that I usually relate to exfoliating.
Milk: Wow! Ok this was a real revelation for me. Being lactose intolerant, I generally steer clear of dairy products, but after using it with the scrub I might have to keep a small carton around. I just used organic 2% milk, mixed it with the scrub and began. The lactic acid in the milk is a natural chemical exfoliant, and yet the coolness calms skin also. My skin was really glowing after rinsing.
Water: This one is quick and easy, but definitely creates a grittier scrub feeling on the skin. I would suggest this to people like me who have oily skin that can handle the slightly rougher texture. It still doesn’t scratch like other scrubs I’ve tried, but it isn’t quite as gentle as some of the other methods. This was the winning every-day combination for my skin type.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This one will really exfoliate and tone skin, but definitely isn’t for the more sensitive skinned. Even with oily skin, I wouldn’t do this mixture more than once a week. The smell is…well, exactly what you would expect. Once you get over that, the grittiness is similar to mixing with water. My skin felt a little over worked after this one, so maybe it was a failed experiment. I’d have to try it again to know for sure.
Coconut Oil: First make sure your coconut oil is liquefied, you can do that by throwing a small amount in the microwave for no more than 15 seconds, then let it cool a bit. The texture was interesting, somewhat similar to The Cleanser, but thicker. The result was well-moisturized skin, maybe a little too moisturized. For someone with oilier skin like me, this one would probably be best as a once a week treatment in the winter when skin starts to dry out.
The texture of this scrub is very fine. If you’re going to use it as a mask, make sure to use more product than you would just to wash your face since you want it to be a bit thicker. For the mask I just used water, but I’m sure milk would be amazing too.
It took a minute to figure out the proper consistency, and as you’ll see in the pictures I probably could have laid it on a little thicker. Regardless, I let it sit for 20 minutes and it was mostly hardened. As a rinsed, I rubbed in small circular motions. So I got the full benefit of a mask and a scrub.
I actually had a few blackheads going into it that disappeared. No really, like magic, they were gone. It really pulls everything out. I’m sure the effect would have been different had I mixed with something like milk, but this is a great every other week mask, or even spot treatment when I have a breakout.
As for the best liquid to mix with, I would say overall winner for any skin type would be milk. For dry and sensitive skin: The Cleanser. For oily skin: Water.
My only warning would be, be ready to make a little mess. I think it’s best suited for the shower, but since it’s such a fine texture you’re not going to be clogging any drains, so as long as you don’t mind rinsing out the sink after it’s no problem.
I had been using a clay/dirt based scrub that was extremely effective, except for when it totally dried out my skin. What I realized is that it was making tiny tears on the surface of my skin because of the coarseness. That’s not the case with this scrub, for me it’s gentle enough to use everyday, but still has helped greatly diminish breakouts and keep my skin soft and “plump”.
My favorite toner is Organic Rosemary and Helichrysum because it balances my skin and helps fight breakouts, the smell is a little apple cider vinegary, but you'll get over that once you realize how amazing it makes your skin look.
Let us know what you think about the new scrub! What are you mixing it with? How does it compare to other organic/natural scrubs you’ve tried?
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