Skin Type: ALL
It would be great if all it took to eliminate blackheads was a scrub, but anyone who has used a scrub with that intention knows it simply doesn't happen. This scrub, which is okay, but quite standard, doesn't change history.
When you have blackheads and use a scrub, the very top portion of the blackhead (what you see at the opening of your pores) may be removed, but it's back again in no time. Think of mowing over a weed in your yard rather than pulling it out of the ground by the roots. The same concept applies to scrubs and blackheads: Scrubs simply cannot get to the root of the problem deep in the pore, so the blackhead is never eliminated and, depending on how abrasive the scrub is, may make matters worse.
What it takes to eliminate blackheads is a well-formulated, leave-on exfoliant that contains salicylic acid, also known as BHA. Although this scrub contains 2% salicylic acid, it's not in contact with skin long enough for it to work, and this scrub's pH is not within the range salicylic acid needs to exfoliate inside the pore lining. Only with the proper ingredient, the right pH, and time on the skin will blackheads go from a daily problem to a distant memory.
Scrubs have their place in terms of offering an extra measure of smoothness or a more thorough cleansing, but if blackheads are your concern, a BHA exfoliant is the way to go. See our list of Best BHA Exfoliants to find one that's right for you. Otherwise, if you simply want a scrub for extra cleansing, this inexpensive option is suitable for all skin types except sensitive, due to the small amount of fragrance it contains.
- Leaves skin feeling clean and smooth.
- Rinses easily.
- Contains rounded polyethylene beads for gentle exfoliation.
- Cannot eliminate blackheads.
- The salicylic acid it contains is not in contact with skin long enough and the formula's pH is not within the range it needs to exfoliate.
Gel exfoliator with micro beads deeply cleanses, tightens pores and smoothes skin.
Active Ingredients: 2% Salicylic Acid. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyethylene, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Glycerin, Charcoal Powder, Citric Acid, Iron Oxides, Polyglycerin-10, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Fragrance.
Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.
Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.
It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.
The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn't—did they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.
Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy face–rated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchase—but you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).
For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.