Tested on animals:Yes
Before we delve into this review, let's set one thing straight: The "Multiberry Yogurt" part of this exfoliant's name is dead on—it smells divinely berrylicous with a hint of yogurt yumminess, but that isn't good news for skin. As lovely as it may smell, the lingering amount of fragrance in this formula can potentially irritate skin, both on the surface where you can see it as well as below the surface where you can't (see More Info for the full scoop).
So, how does the rest of the formula pan out for skin? Not the best. While we appreciate the gentleness of the Konjac beads (made from mannan), they do a subpar job of exfoliating skin, and in the milky gel base they don't rinse off as easily as they should, leaving little remnants behind. Scrubs in general are inferior to well-formulated AHA (glycolic or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliants, which go beyond to address issues like sun damage, wrinkles, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.
Otherwise, true to its name, Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel does indeed contain yogurt (powder), although research is scant in showing it can do much of anything for skin when applied topically. The multitude of fruit extracts, including raspberry, blueberry, and cranberry, are a nice touch for their anti-irritant/antioxidant properties, but in a rinse-off formula like this, skin doesn't have much time to reap the benefits.
All things considered, this is an OK manual exfoliant for normal to dry skin, but there are certainly more effective ways to exfoliate, such as with a well-formulated AHA or BHA product for softer, smoother, more radiant skin.
- Non-abrasive exfoliating beads are gentle on skin.
- Doesn't exfoliate skin very well and is tricky to rinse off.
- The added fragrance can potentially irritate skin.
- Yogurt's alleged anti-inflammatory benefits don't amount to much, especially in a rinse-off product.
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 (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008; and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012; and Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).