This facial scrub contains ground bamboo stem as its abrasive agent, and while that does work to scrub skin, it can be too harsh and abrasive unless used very gently. Even if you can commit to using this scrub gently, however, it’s one we don’t recommend because it contains some problematic plant extracts as well as many citrus oils known to be irritating. The “citrus zest” may smell great, but fragrance isn’t skin care (and in this case it puts skin at extra risk of irritation, which is never the goal).
Rather than risk hurting your skin with a scrub like this, consider exfoliating with a soft washcloth and using a well-formulated AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid) exfoliant. All three will provide much better results for reducing signs of aging, breakouts, and discolorations. Choose an AHA exfoliant if you have normal to dry, sun-damaged skin and a BHA exfoliant if you have normal to oily skin prone to breakouts and blackheads. Both provide anti-aging benefits a scrub simply cannot match!
Anastasia Beverly Hills recommends this scrub for all skin types, but in truth it’s a bad choice for anyone’s skin, especially those with sensitive skin.
- Works to manually exfoliate skin so it feels smoother.
- Bamboo stem isn’t the gentlest abrasive ingredient to use.
- Contains fragrant citrus oils known to cause irritation.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Citrus Zest Facial Scrub gently buffs away dead skin cells while botanical extracts and essential oils nourish and moisturize. Features our Balkan Botanical® Infusion that soothes, softens and hydrates. Skin is left noticeably smoother and brighter. Ideal for all skin types.
Water, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Banksia Serrata Flower Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Mulberry) Seed Oil, Grevillea Speciosa Flower Extract, Anigozanthos Manglesii Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Salicylic Acid, Mannitol, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol Denat., Phytic Acid, Linalool, Limonene, Iron Oxides
The Anastasia Beverly Hills product line was developed by "definitive eyebrow expert" Anastasia Soare, a woman who owns a chic Beverly Hills salon. Her namesake product line is built around specialty brow products and shaping tools based on her criteria. Although she has expanded the line to include skin-care and other makeup items, the brow products remain the heart of the line; the skin care seems to be little more than an afterthought.
What sets the Anastasia line apart is the wide selection of brow-grooming products and their impressive shade range for natural-looking brows. Overall, the line is a mixture of both good and bad products, at a relatively high price point. We were expecting to find great brow pencils from a line devoted to perfecting the eyebrow, but Anastasia failed miserably with their extremely hard-textured Perfect Brow Pencil.
Their skin-care products also rank low in terms of efficacy and high in terms of misleading claims, and the mascara misses the mark completely. There are a few so-so makeup products you can ignore, and some of the brow kits have a frustrating mix of good products and awful products.
On the flip side, what's great about Anastasia Beverly Hills are their fabulous brow powders, good brushes, brow-taming products, and some helpful products such as Brow Fix, Brow Pen, and Tinted Brow Gel. They also have a beautiful Blush Quad and a couple of good highlighter pencils. Many of the products cater to those who are new to brow shaping (including a brow stencil set), and, depending on your local department store, you may even be able to schedule an appointment with an Anastasia brow specialist who can show you the way, following the namesake company founder's famous Golden Ratio. For more information about Anastasia Beverly Hills, call (800) 310-3773 or visit www.anastasia.net.