12.18.2014
1
1692
Skin Refining Scrub, Normal to Combination Skin
Rating
2.5 fl. oz. for $5.99
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good scrub for its intended skin types. Polyethylene beads are the abrasive agent, and they’re buffered in a silky, lightweight gel that rinses easily and offers gentle cleansing with minimal fragrance. Well done, and the price isn't bad, either. For additional details on plastic microbeads in cosmetics, see the More Info section below.

More Info:

Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyurethane beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).

Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyurethane beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).

Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.

Claims

Exfoliates and refines.

Ingredients

Water, Nylon 11, Polyethylene, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Ultramarines

Brand Overview

Nivea At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly; good makeup removers; a gentle scrub; some worthwhile lip balms.

Weaknesses: Several boring formulas; no products to treat breakouts or lighten skin discolorations; problematic toners; disappointing self-tanners; the anti-cellulite products are a joke.

Nivea is a globally known brand owned by Beiersdorf, the same company behind department-store brand La Prairie and drugstore mainstay Eucerin. Among those three brands, Nivea's product selection is the weakest (which isn't saying much, because none of these lines have much of anything to offer skin). For Nivea, uninspired formulas abound, presenting limited options unless you have normal to dry skin, and even those have exceptionally inelegant formulas. The enduring popularity of this line has more to do with advertising and perhaps tradition (it has been around a long time) than with what any researcher would consider state-of-the-art.

In mid-2010 Nivea re-launched most of their Visage (facial care) products on the web site drugstore.com. These products present a few well formulated, inexpensive options that are worth your attention.For more information about Nivea, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.nivea.com.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

Member Comments
Summary of Member Comments
Results
Value
Recommend
WRITE A COMMENT
Sort by:
Page:
04.25.2015
PARABENS?

Dear Paula, shouldn't this be cautioned against? It contains methylparaben.

Results
Recommend
Value
Reviewed by
Anonymous
04.28.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Parabens are used as preservatives in products and most cosmetics contain such a miniscule amount of them that research has shown there is no significant health risk associated, so we do not take their inclusion or exclusion into account when reviewing a product.

—Admin
WRITE A COMMENT
Enter a title for your review
 
First Name, Last Initial
Optional
Email Address
 
How would you rate this product on the following:
Results
Value
Recommend
     
     
     
Review
500 characters left
 
SUBMIT
CANCEL

Terms of Use

585630-IIS2 v1.0.0.394 5/29/2015 9:49:26 AM