Tested on animals:Yes
Making skin look smooth, soft, and radiant is a great goal, but Bobbi Brown's Radiance Boost Superfine Walnut Grain & Orange Oil Exfoliating Mask isn't the best way to do that. We'll explain.…
Housed in an apothecary-style tube, this creamy mask/scrub hybrid functions primarily as a scrub because of the abrasive ingredients it contains, including alumina and walnut shell powder. You'll see the latter as black specks, whose rough edges can tear at skin if you're not exceedingly careful when massaging this over skin.
Emollient ingredients and wax help to buffer skin from this product's abrasive texture, while also working to leave skin feeling smooth and soft. Nice benefits, yes, but you can get the same benefits from lots of other products that are more gentle on skin; for example, AHA and BHA exfoliants can do wonders to boost skin's radiance and smooth its appearance.
Even if you prefer scrubs, the amount of orange oil, while lending a fresh citrus scent, poses a risk of irritation. The sneaky part? As we explain in the More Info section, you don't have to see or feel the irritation for it to be a problem, which may be a surprise to you!
Ultimately, although this creamy scrub/mask will deliver visible benefits, the manner in which it goes about doing this just isn't a great approach to skincare. For best results, see the links above for our top AHA and BHA exfoliant picks—and watch your skin change for the better!
- Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.
- Emollient ingredients help reduce the abrasiveness of the walnut shells.
- Large walnut granules have rough edges and can feel abrasive, potentially tearing into skin.
- Fragrant orange oil poses a risk of irritation.
- On the pricey side for what amounts to a creamy scrub.
Inclusion of Known Irritants: Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, including fragrant oils, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients. Fragrance free is the best way to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003)
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).