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).