10.25.2016
4
Smoothing Facial Scrub
5 fl. oz. for $4.89
Expert Rating
Community Rating (3)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:10.25.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Simple's original version of Smoothing Facial Scrub contained plastic microbeads as the scrub component. Those are fine for skin, but the previous version didn't rate highly with us because it also included potentially aggravating fragrant plant oils. The latest version eliminates those oils, but trades one problem for another, which is why it earns the same rating.

This scrub comes in a convenient plastic tube with a flip-top cap. It's now fragrance free (always good news for skin) and contains some skin-soothing and skin-replenishing ingredients.

The initial version's smooth beads provided gentle manual exfoliation, but this formula's exfoliation comes from rice powder. Although rice powder is a less abrasive alternative to salt or nut shells in scrubs, it can still feel harsh, as is the case with this retooled scrub. Even after rinsing, skin feels abraded; using this can result in micro-tears, which are not good for skin.

Despite an attractive price, it's a good idea to just skip this scrub, and choose one of the superior options on our list of Best Scrubs or Best Exfoliants instead.

Pros:
  • Fragrance free.
  • Contains some skin-soothing and skin-replenishing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Rice powder is abrasive enough to cause micro-tears in skin.
  • Skin feels aggravated after use.
Community Reviews
Claims
Our Smoothing Facial Scrub gently lifts dry, dead skin cells to help your skin look brighter and more even textured, plus it’s a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with added vitamins.
Ingredients
Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Hydrated Silica, Vegetable Oil, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium EDTA, BHT.
Brand Overview

Simple At-A-Glance

Launched in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the general philosophy of the Simple skincare brand is, well… simple, though not necessarily unique. Back the and presently, the brand’s claim to fame is that all its products are designed with sensitive skin in mind (as all skincare products should be), omitting fragrance and other ingredients that can potentially cause reactions.

For the most part, we’re happy to say Simple gets it right. A series of reformulations in 2015 resulted in a nearly across-the-board improvement in its products. Although they remain decidedly no-frills, they are indeed suitable for sensitive skin.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few missteps in the bunch (you can learn more about this in our individual reviews), but for the most part Simple is a good, reliable, inexpensive line, particularly for facial cleansers and makeup removers.

Note that if your sensitive skin is accompanied by redness, Simple simply doesn’t go far enough. Minimalist formulas are one thing if you’re operating on the principle that for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are better; however, to alleviate redness you need proven soothing ingredients present in concentrations that are highly likely to make a visible difference. That’s one area where Simple falters. Maybe the next revamp will correct this deficiency—what’s been done to date has us encouraged, but we wouldn’t go so far as to agree that the team behind Simple are “Sensitive Skin Experts” just yet!

For more information about Simple products, owned by Unilever, visit www.simpleskincare.com. Note that Simple does not provide a Customer Service phone number on their U.S. website.

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Simple At-A-Glance

Launched in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the general philosophy of the Simple skincare brand is, well… simple, though not necessarily unique. Back the and presently, the brand’s claim to fame is that all its products are designed with sensitive skin in mind (as all skincare products should be), omitting fragrance and other ingredients that can potentially cause reactions.

For the most part, we’re happy to say Simple gets it right. A series of reformulations in 2015 resulted in a nearly across-the-board improvement in its products. Although they remain decidedly no-frills, they are indeed suitable for sensitive skin.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few missteps in the bunch (you can learn more about this in our individual reviews), but for the most part Simple is a good, reliable, inexpensive line, particularly for facial cleansers and makeup removers.

Note that if your sensitive skin is accompanied by redness, Simple simply doesn’t go far enough. Minimalist formulas are one thing if you’re operating on the principle that for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are better; however, to alleviate redness you need proven soothing ingredients present in concentrations that are highly likely to make a visible difference. That’s one area where Simple falters. Maybe the next revamp will correct this deficiency—what’s been done to date has us encouraged, but we wouldn’t go so far as to agree that the team behind Simple are “Sensitive Skin Experts” just yet!

For more information about Simple products, owned by Unilever, visit www.simpleskincare.com. Note that Simple does not provide a Customer Service phone number on their U.S. website.