Look. Look at how pretty this is! Might as well sell my soul to all-natural, organic skincare brand Acure because their products speak to my deepest weakness – simple, bright packaging with clean lines. Swoon. I initially planned to review both the Cell Stimulating Facial Mask and the Brightening Facial Scrub in this post, but I got carried away and wrote a lot of words about just the scrub, so I’m going to talk just about that, and will review the Cell Stimulating Facial Mask soon.[/caption]
I’d been wanting the Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub for months after seeing it featured in Allure’s Best of 2015 list as the best facial scrub and finally, after being unable to find it stocked at Target ever for love or money, ordered it on Amazon. I trust Allure recommendations more than any other source in the world, simply because I’ve found so many of them to be so effective, and there’s a great blend of science and skincare knowledge in their recommendations, without an obsessive commitment to any one brand of skincare thought.
Quick note on my opinion regarding all-natural and/or all-organic products: I like some natural products because they have simple ingredients and are free of toxins and carcinogens that can sometimes – though not always – be found in mass-produced beauty. However, I also think that it’s silly to completely discount the possibility that over a hundred years of skincare research and technological advancements haven’t allowed humankind to create some formulations that deliver infinitely more benefits than anything found in nature, without harmful side effects. But on to the Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub review!
Description/Claims for Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub:
Organic sea kelp and lemon peel gently exfoliate your skin while French green clay removes impurities from your pores without taking your natural moisture with it. Organic chlorella growth factor and Argan stem cells work to stimulate new cell growth and repair. Madonna lily stem cells help brighten. It’s a deep cleansing, brightening experience.
I love love the packaging. It’s just the right size – 4 oz is just right to last for a couple months without sticking around in my cabinet forever. The clean, white-and-green palette reflects the brand’s (and product’s) all-natural, fresh nature, and the bright, almost watercolor-esque green is a delight to see on my shelf. Even better, it’s the rare facial scrub that’s hygienic – no need for a jar that lets in air and bacteria.
Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub Review
This mask was initially a little harsher than I expected – I’ve been using Olay Brightening Creme Cleanser as an exfoliant recently, and it has the tiniest beads ever. So it took me a flash of a moment to adapt back to the coarser beads of an exfoliating scrub (cream cleansers and facial scrubs are different forumulations, self, you know that), but once I did, I quickly fell in love with this. It comes out of the packaging as a bright green scrub that’s very reminiscent of the sea – it’s easy to see the kelp in this – and it smells like a WALK BY THE OCEAN. Not the slow golden warmth of a California beach, mind, but the rich, wild scent of a windswept coast. It’s liquidy enough to easily come out of the tube, and emulsifies immediately upon touching wet skin, which is amazing. I mentally dismissed immediately the claims of “chlorella growth factor” and “Argan stem cells”, since both growth factors and stem have almost zero research as yet backing up their efficacy. What I focused on, and I do love this mask for as far as real benefits, is the other ingredients: sea kelp, lemon peel, and green clay. The latter two have proven benefits for brightening and drawing out impurities, and the sea kelp is the extra, unusual ingredient that gives this mask its edge.
I rub it lightly all over my face, and then rinse, and my skin is noticeably brighter and clearer. My pores appear smaller, my skin is not irritated, and I find my skin quite receptive afterward to toners and moisturizers. It’s so incredibly hard to find a facial scrub that balances gentleness while being effective, but this is it. I’m not quite yet ready to declare this a Holy Grail – it stops just short of WOW – but it’s a wonderful product and I highly recommend it.
Skin Type Recommendations
I would recommend this for normal, dry, and oily skin types, but not for sensitive. Physical exfoliation is always challenging for sensitive complexions, and these beads aren’t tiny; my skin is mildly sensitive and this was almost too much for it. I would say this mask is absolutely ideal for normal skin types, while also very effective on dry and oily.
Where to buy: You can find this at Target or on Amazon for $11 (may be slightly more if you don’t have Prime).
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