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Clear Skin Oil Balancing Facial Scrub
Rating
2.5 fl. oz. for $6.40
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Scrubs
Last Updated:10.16.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Regrettably, this standard scrub cannot reduce blackheads and breakouts as claimed. Neither skin problem can be scrubbed away, and scrubbing active acne breakouts tends to cause irritation that worsens redness and delays healing. We wish balancing and obtaining clear skin was a "simple" as using a scrub like this, but that's not the case.

There's reason to consider this scrub if you have normal to dry skin, but the inclusion of lavender oil makes it a no-go for sensitive skin. In fact, despite its calming aroma, lavender isn't the best ingredient for anyone's skin (what pleases your nose isn't necessarily going to make your skin happy. too). Still, the amount here is low and this is a rinse-off product so the lavender is less of a concern.

This scrub's abrasive ingredients include rice powder and rounded polyethylene beads, so it's fairly gentle. The scrub particles are buffered by emollient ingredients, which is why this isn't ideal for oily or combination skin. It's an OK option for times when you need extra cleansing or polishing, but if blackheads and breakouts are your concern, a BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant is light years ahead for results!

Pros:
  • Scrub particles are buffered by emollient ingredients.
  • Leaves skin feeling clean, smooth, and soft.
Cons:
  • Fragrant lavender oil poses a risk of irritation.
  • Cannot reduce blackheads and blemishes as claimed.
Claims

Our Clear Skin Oil Balancing Facial Scrub contains the perfect blend of ingredients to help exfoliate your skin removing dead skin cells, dirt and impurities. Clinically proven to reduce blackheads and blemishes in just 7 days. Perfect for even sensitive skin.

Ingredients

Aqua, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Oryza Sativa Germ Powder, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Zinc PCA, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Methylparaben, Benzophenone-4, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Benzoate, Anthemis Nobilis Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Sorbic Acid.

Brand Overview

Simple At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; Simple provides complete product ingredient lists on its Web site; good makeup removers; a few cleansers for sensitive skin; all of the sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection.

Weaknesses: Poor selection of products for oily, acne-prone skin; no options for those with discolorations; several products that claim to be great for sensitive skin but contain ingredients that will make sensitive skin worse; mostly unexciting, dated moisturizers, especially those in the Regeneration or Repair lines.

Simple is a United Kingdom–based skin-care line whose self-described claim to fame is that they're the "pre-eminent brand of skincare and toiletries products developed especially for sensitive skin." They also claim to be the United Kingdom's No. 1 skin care-brand, as measured by units sold, and given the line's wide distribution and low price point, the sales figures are probably accurate. But, although their sales claim may be accurate, Simple's claims about their products being good for sensitive skin are spurious at best because too many of the ingredients are completely inappropriate for sensitive skin.

Simple skin care states the following: “Our philosophy is: Simple says - never use perfumes, dyes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. Simple says - settle for only the purest possible ingredients.  Simple says - trust the natural goodness in all of our products especially for sensitive skin.” Although that's a good philosophy, most Simple products don’t live up to their lofty goals. There are fragrant ingredients in many of their products, they use potentially irritating preservatives in some of their products, their sun protection products use synthetic sunscreen ingredients which aren’t the best for sensitive skin, and many of their ingredients are not natural (we know their claim of natural goodness doesn’t say outright that they only use natural ingredients but many consumers will think that’s what's being implied)

Unfortunately, there are no standards in Europe or anywhere else that regulate which cosmetic products can be deemed suitable for sensitive skin and which cannot. Therefore, any company can make that claim for its products, regardless of what the products contain. It's not all bad news though, as several of Simple's products are fragrance-free, which is a key starting point for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

As mentioned above, the price point for Simple is low; in fact, it is one of the least expensive cosmetic brands you’ll find in the United Kingdom (and a small assortment of their products are sold in the U.S., too). We are all for consumers getting more for their money, but in most cases with Simple you're being shortchanged, and that’s not the way to save money. Most of their products are either very basic or the frills and good ingredients are but a dusting in an otherwise ordinary formula. There are few outstanding products in this line, which is similar throughout the industry.

The anti-aging products are a great example of Simple's combination of low prices and lofty claims, with nary an ingredient on the list capable of delivering any benefit over and above a Band-Aid®. Even the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and anti-aging products won't bring about a significant reduction in wrinkles or other signs of aging, but using well-formulated products (and they don't have to be expensive) helps a great deal. Overall the folks behind Simple took their name too literally.

For more information about Simple, call 0121-712-6523 or visit www.simple.co.uk.

Note: All prices are given in United States currency.

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