I just returned from my nanotechnology facial at the Ritz Carlton Cancun, which included the creamy and rich June Jacobs Pore Refining Oatmeal Scrub ($44). Given all the flying I've done lately, it was time to give my skin a much needed boost from dehydration, and the spa was a well-appointed sanctuary I could not say no to.
I opted for the nanotechnology facial (a new concept using a machine called the Perfector), which uses probes to resonate with the body's cues, restoring cellular regeneration. It's great for dry skin, increases collagen, detoxifies, reduces pigmentation and more (the price is staggering, and sometimes I tend to reject the technological unfamiliar but I must admit, I was very curious). The brand used with the facial is the luxury-appointed June Jacobs. Before I hit the machine, I was prepared with a full facial, which included the June Jacobs Pore Refining Oatmeal Scrub.
June Jacobs Pore Refining Oatmeal Scrub was one of the highlights as it was non-abrasive and smelled quite pleasant, due to the wealth of botanicals and delicious extracts (like honey, carrot and chamomile). The combination of all the ingredients was a nice blend for both fragrance, detoxification, rehydrating and exfoliating. The texture was creamy and rich and the exfoliators were quite soft. I know the build-up of dead skin was going to be easily eliminated. It definitely left my skin nourished, and up until this point I had never heard of June Jacobs. A pleasant surprise!
Looking over the ingredients, it definitely—as a scrub—is one that I'll remember for its use of antioxidants and botanicals. I also love oatmeal on the face; it's anti-inflammatory, nourishing and leaves the skin silky smooth. My only concern is the fragrance in June Jacobs Pore Refining Oatmeal Scrub, thankfully at the bottom of the list. With incredible natural oils involved, it wasn't necessary to add fragrance for such a great product. The parabens also make me cringe.
However, there's enough great ingredients to keep it in rotation.
Ingredients from packaging:
Water (aqua), almond meal (prunus amygdalus dulcis), oat bran (avina sativa), glycerin, dimethicone copolyol, grape seeds (vitis vinifera), xanthan gum, honey extract, sesame (sesamum indicum) oil, carrot (daucus carota sativa) oil, chamomile (anthemis noblis) extract, geranium (geranium maculatum) oil, lactic avid, calendula officialis extract, chamomile (anthemis noblis) extract, daisy (bellis perennis) extract, rose (rosa centifolia) extract, violet (viola odorata) extract, witch hazel (mamamelis virginiana) extract, quince seed (pyrus cydonia) extract, wheat germ (triticum vulgare) extract, carrot (daucus carota sativa) extract, greapefuit seed (citrus grandis) extract, fragrance (parfum), propylene, glycol, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.