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Five Best facial scrubs

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Dull Skin, Oily Skin
February 22, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 9 Comments
When putting together the Five Best cleansers post last week, I realized that there is an important sub-category of face washes that also exfoliate by scrubbing the skin with tiny beads or grains. However else you might like to exfoliate (a glycolic mask or a whisk of the Clarisonic brush or, strictly for body, Kim’s Korean cloths), there are some days when the perfect storm of oil, skin cell debris and grime call for a good going over with what is really a turbo-charged cleanser. So here are Five Best scrubs for face.

Nutra-Lift Grape Seed Foaming Face Polish ($22 for 4 oz. in the TIA shop) is a multitasker that can be used as a cleanser, mask or exfoliator. It relies on Muscadine Grape seeds and skin to fight radical damage with a potent dose of antioxidants – namely, resveratrol, quercetin phenols and flavonoids. There is also honey and a veritable meadow of botanical. The scrubbing is done by volcanic pumice and the skin tone also benefits from blueberry skins. Our reviewer, Katya, said that this face polish really helps shed dead cells without over drying the skin. Read her review in full.

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SenZen Slough It Off ($42 in the TIA shop). This is the product that got me hooked on the new SenZen brand and I actually bought myself a replacement jar. The pleasant, grainy texture of the Slough It Off Facial Scrub is provided by the ground seed of ivory palm and AHAs in the form of sugars give some additional exfoliation. Oils, including olive and babassu, and mango butter ensure that this scrub is also hydrating. In addition to antioxidant acai and guarana, there is wound-healing passion flower. An important – and unusual – ingredient that helps achieve cellular repairing is phytic acid.

KaplanMD Microfoliant ($55). This is not one of those namby-pamby, gentle scrubby things. The crushed date seeds and jojoba beads will give your skin a good polishing. I find that it is great for exfoliating aging skin on the chest, neck and even knees. But as you rub, you also put back some goodness with KaplanMD's signature botanicals: soy, grape and black cohosh. A little bit goes a long way.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($29.95). An old TIA favorite, we love this for its zingy wake-up the senses smell and gentle action. This is a sugar based scrub, so expect it to dissolve fairly quickly before behaving like a normal cleanser. A good pore closer and it has mostly organic ingredients.

Bryce Organics California Meyer Lemon Exfoliating Facial Polishing Scrub ($19). Like Suki this has been on our radar for a while now (thanks to Lisa) and it has a similar get up and go citrusy vibe. A good antidote to a gray morning. Guys are also promised a neater post-scrub shave. Sugar-based with antioxidant avocado as the carrier oil. There’s nothing nasty here, so you can even exfoliate your lips at the same time. See Lisa’s full review.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift

Deoinized water, infusion of organic honey, aloe vera, grapefruit seed extract, coltsfoot, birch sap, horsetail, nettle, red clover, sage, peppermint, orange, yarrow, rosemary, & anti-aging complex 14. cocamide betaine, volcanic pumice, pulverized muscadine grape seed, muscadine grape skin, blueberry skins, butyl glycol, vegetable glycerin, hec, ascorbly glucosamine ( Vitamin C), DMAE, hyaluronic acid, xanthum gum, natural mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), calcium panthothenate, colloidal sulphur, witch hazel, wheat germ extract, retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), niacinamide, thiamine hci, colloidal sulfur, colloidal minerals.

Ingredients in Slough It Off Facial Scrub:

Water, Phytelephas Aequatorialis (Ivory Palm) Seed Powder, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sucrose Cocate Glycerin, Propanediol, Coco Glucoside, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Presscake Powder, Paullinia Cupana (Guarana) Seed Powder, Passiflora Edulis, Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Allantoin, Phytic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, SENZEN Energized Liposomal Blend, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens, (Geranium)Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Clycol Disterate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)

Ingredients in KaplanMD

Water (aqua), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydrogenated Jojoba Beads, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyethylene, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Starch, Soy Isoflavones Aglycones, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Root Extract, Lecithin, Phospholipids, Maltodextrin, Polysorbate 80, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopherol, Bromelain, Papain, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed, Allantoin, Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, FD&C Blue No. 1/CI 42090, FD&C Green No. 3/CI 42053

Ingredients in Suki

Organic non-gmo rice flour (oryza sativa), natural sugar (sucrose), organic saponified olive oil (potassium olivate), organic calendula (calendula officinalis), chamomile (anthemis nobilis), lavender (lavandula angustifolia), lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus), orange peel (citrus senensis) & seaweed (algae) extracts, aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil)

Ingredients in Bryce

Organic premium cane sugar, organic virgin olive oil, organic apricot kernel oil, organic avocado carrier oil, organic California meyer lemon oil, and organic premium California meyer lemon extract.
  • March 19, 2012

    by Agelessjen

    Angela, I had the exact same thing happen with my Suki Exfoliating Foam Cleanser (scrub), & was using it a couple of times a week! I may be resorting to keeping a hammer & chisel on my bathroom counter, as I really do like the non cement version of the product.

  • March 17, 2012

    by Andrew Pal

    Yes !!! I also use Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser brand.It very help to my skin.For more information about Beauty Products Visit seekhair Website.

  • July 5, 2011

    by Jaye

    I use St Ives Apricot facial scrub. It works great, and it's cheap at about 5 bucks.

  • March 29, 2011

    by Linda Kearley

    My favorite by far and as a licensed aesthetician I have tried them all! No doubt about it Bryce Organic lemon facial scrub is the best!


  • February 23, 2011

    by Danika @ Your Organic Life

    Have you tried Miessence? It uses alluvial garnet in an aloe base and doesn't have any of the nasty chemicals that the 1st 3 of these have. The 4th one is the only one you listed here that's safe.

  • February 22, 2011

    by Junko

    Angela * Have not had that problem & I buy several at a time to squirrel away. Sounds like maybe it got too moist at some point and cemented together? Haven't a clue as to what you should do with it now...

    Marta * won't argue that point with you! Definitely is your site and you can put what-ever, where-ever! Just glad that Prep did make one of the Best 5 Categories!

  • February 22, 2011

    by Angela J

    Has anyone had the experience that their Suki scrub turned into a rock? I reached for it the other day after not having used it for a couple months and I couldn't even scrape it out of the jar (which had been well-sealed) - it really was hard as a rock. I don't want to add water to it as that would only contaminate it. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • February 22, 2011

    by marta

    Junko, I would agree, but I think that Prep falls into the mask category (these are all cleansers that scrub). Anyway, its my post and I'm sticking to my criteria however nebulous.

  • February 22, 2011

    by Junko

    I am still a Suki fan!! If Prep's not in this category Marta, where would you put it? If it belongs here then I think Nutri or Bryce should bow down for Prep!!

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