Always on the lookout for effective, organic products for my skin, I was excited to try the Dawn Lorraine Green Tea Nutrient Scrub ($44). I'm 66 with pretty normal skin, neither dry or oily and generally healthy. (Thanks to TIA, my skin looks better than it did 10 years ago.) Dawn Lorraine describes her line as "conscious skin care" with focus on the effects of their products on both our skin and the planet (ingredients produced with wind power, products in glass containers and shipped with re-purposed materials).
As soon as the scrub arrived, I washed my face and opened the jar. Very first impressions: clean, delicious, organic fragrance, like morning in an herb garden. It smells good enough to eat with hints of mint, lime and green tea, I'd love to take a bath in it. A rich, interesting-looking, luxurious-feeling goop, it went on evenly and I gently scrubbed my entire face, being careful not to fuss around my eyes. I decided to let it sit a minute while I did something else, and rinsed the excess off my hands. Oh my gosh, my hands felt like silk! Day one thoughts: So far, excellent. I think I'm really going to love this scrub.
The Green Tea Nutrient Scrub ingredients list is impressive, and — as the name suggests — packed full of nutrients. Also impressive is that they create their products in small batches with fresh and seasonal organic ingredients and essential oils.
The first ingredient is organic aloe vera, which alone contains several active components such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide and fatty acids. But that's just the beginning. There's also gotu kola, a powerful antioxidant known for its healing properties — increasing the blood supply to the skin, raising axioxidant levels. Higher antioxidant levels promote the production of fibroblasts, which in turn help in synthesizing collagen and diminishing imperfections and scars. Next is horsetail, which strengthens connective tissues and fades the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The scrub's namesake ingredient, green tea, is high in polyphenols, which have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. They've also added coffee extract , another natural anti-inflammatory. There are organic butters and essential oils from avocado, kukui nut, grapefruit, lime, and spearmint. The list goes on and on.
I've noticed improvement in my skin's tone, texture, and appearance. It looks younger, plumper, and feels very soft. I've used it two or three times a week for four weeks. Sometimes at night, and sometimes in the morning, I put it on and leave it on while I shower, rinsing just before I get out. My skin glows. Fine lines seem softer, pores smaller, and the overall tone of my skin looks healthy and nourished.
I give the antioxidant-infused Dawn Lorraine Green Tea Nutrient Scrub two thumbs up. It exceeded my expectations. A little goes a long way, so at this rate, the jar should last several more months, which makes it very affordable. I'm going to order the Dawn Lorraine Pomegranate Lift Crème next!