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Rapid Transport Over 40 Mature Skin Gentle Exfoliator
Rating
4.5 fl. oz. for $26.50
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:08.24.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

Although this scrub is marketed to women over age 40, age isn't a skin type so forget about this marketing nonsense! Besides, nothing about this gritty scrub is suitable for women of any age, and for certain this is too abrasive for sensitive skin of any age. For additional details on plastic microbeads in cosmetics, see the More Info section below.

Your skin will be far happier and look a lot younger if you stop shopping for skin-care products based on your age. Skin type and skin concerns are far more important and not everyone over 40 has the same skin type or skin concerns!

As mentioned above, this scrub is gritty and that means the "gentle" name is misleading. It's similar to the "microdermabrasion-in-a-jar" scrubs that were popular a few years ago, but many lines discontinued them because they were so irritating and women ended up hating them.

If you are looking for manual exfoliation, a gentle washcloth used with a gentle water-soluble cleanser will work great for most all skin types. For optimal benefits achieved from exfoliating everyone's skin would do far better by using a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant instead, (both of these provide superior anti-aging benefits to a scrub).

The vitamin C, royal jelly, honey, and several other potentially enticing ingredients in here look good on the label, but their benefit (well, royal jelly has no proven benefits for skin) will be rinsed down the drain.

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.

Pros:

  • Like most scrubs, will make skin feel smoother.

Cons:

  • Expensive for what amounts to a basic scrub.
  • Abrasive texture doesn't mesh with the gentle claim.
  • Offers nothing special for skin over age 40 (age is not a skin type).
Claims

Aging, mature skin needs special, delicate care to remove surface debris and dead skin cells. This scrub is specially formulated to help give over 40 skin a more refined and polished appearance while diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Ingredients

Water, Alumina, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oxidized Polyethylene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Royal Jelly Powder, Ascorbic Acid, Honey, Pollen Extract, Propolis Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Panthenol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG-100 Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Stearamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol.

Brand Overview

Signature Club A At-a-Glance

Strengths: Several products contain proven anti-aging ingredients and are fragrance-free; reasonable prices; most of the capsules are worth a look; excellent blush and mascara.

Weaknesses: Many of the anti-aging claims are over-the-top, stretching the boundaries of what skin care can really do; jar packaging which doesn’t keep the good ingredients in the products stable; the Meltdown cleansers tend to be highly fragrant; products for various areas (face, eyes, neck, and chest) tend to have remarkably similar formulas; poor foundation formulations with limited shade ranges; poor concealer and eye pencil.

Signature Club A is a line of skin care and makeup sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The woman behind this brand, Adrien Arpel, has been involved in the world of cosmetics for over 40 years. Back in the 1970s she owned a namesake skin-care and makeup company sold in department stores.

Adrien Arpel sold her namesake line to a large corporation, but several years later, she had a falling-out with them. As a result of this falling out, she was prevented from attaching her name to another brand, so she began to market herself and her new products under the name "Adrienne." These products are now being sold under the brand Signature Club A.

As was true when Paula first reviewed Adrien Arpel's brand in the 1980s, there are more disappointments then strengths. This is not a line to turn to for anti-aging formulas despite the myriad options available, especially considering Signature Club A offers only one sunscreen. Dozens of anti-aging products and only one sunscreen should be illegal, but sadly it isn't, even though your skin will suffer as a result! Abundant research makes it incontrovertibly clear that you can't fight wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin without daily (and we do mean daily) use of a sunscreen designed for your skin type. And it should be loaded with antioxidants for even greater benefits.

Beyond skin care, the key to looking younger longer is to consider the corrective cosmetic procedures (Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments) you feel comfortable having done. Indeed, the combination of a brilliant skin-care routine with the right cosmetic procedures can make a strikingly positive difference.

Whether you're intrigued by Signature Club A's skin care or makeup, there are only a handful of products to consider. This line is known for its large makeup kits. Although these may seem like a great deal, they aren't because most contain so-so products that aren't nearly as good as what many brands at the drugstore offer. They definitely don't have anything over the e.l.f. brand, which costs far less. Note that Adrienne's on-air presentations often spotlight makeup kits. These may seem like a  great value, but they're not if the products are mediocre (most of them are) which means you'll be less likely to use them often, if at all.

Bottom line: You're not missing out on some anti-aging miracle or secret formula if you skip this line altogether. The curious should shop carefully, and follow our recommendations on what to avoid so you can be sure you're getting the best of what Signature Club A has to offer.

For more information about Signature Club A, call 1.800.284.3900 or visit www.hsn.com.

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