“ Brand: Boots / Type: Facial Scrub / Product line: Boots Essentials „
I have used quite a few of the Boots cucumber products as they are fairly cheap and worth well. I love the smell of cucumber in beauty products, I think its such a fresh, lovely clean scent and a really nice on to apply to your face so that's why I thought I would try this face scrub. I use a few different scrubs and this one was really cheap, £1.50 for 50ml so in my opinion it was well worth a try.
The scrub comes in the familiar Boots cucumber packaging, quite a plain looking tube with a green flip cap at the end and simple wording on the front to tell you its the Boots cucumber scrub.
Boots say that this scrub is, "Enriched with soothing vitamins, a gentle scrub that works to revive and brighten skin by lightly polishing away dry patches and dead skin cells and it contains extract of cucumber to help gently soften and soothe."
The scrub has quite a creamy consistency to it so its fairly thick which I like. This enables me to squeeze a dollop out on my wet hands and then massage it into my face. You can see lots of little green coloured bits of scrub int he mixture and they seem to be quite numerous so you get a good about of friction in the cream. You can feel these working on your skin as you can feel the texture when you rub the cream across your face.
The scrub has that really nice cucumber smell which I love although once you have washed it off it doesn't really leave a smell on your face.
The scrub is easy to use. Like I say I apply it to my wet hands and I make sure my face is wet to so it lathers up well and then after I have smoothed it in circles around my face I just wash it off. The scrub works well, its quite gentle and not as harsh as some other scrubs I have tried and it does leave my skin feeling nice and clean and refreshed.
I've used better, albeit, more expensive scrubs but for the price I think its a good, competent scrub.
I do use a few items from the Boots essentials cucumber range occasionally, and I'm happy enough with most of the items that I've tried. One of the items in the range that doesn't really suit me though is the facial scrub.
Like most of the items in the essentials cucumber range the facial scrub is priced at just £1.50. It does just come in a very small tube though, just 50ml.
The scrub itself is a thick creamy consistency, it's minty green in colour, and it has very small grass green coloured scrubbing bits or exfoliating grains suspended within the cream. It smells exactly like the other products that I've tried in the cucumber range, I would say that it doesn't smell like cucumber as such, it's just got a very fresh and uplifting fragrance. The fragrance is quite subtle, it's not too overpowering, and only a hint of the fragrance lingers on my skin for a little while.
I don't tend to use an exfoliator that often, probably only once a week or once every 10 days, as I can find them to be a bit too harsh on my skin. And I have to say that after using the Boots essentials cucumber facial scrub that I found this one to be particularly harsh.
To use the face scrub I just squirt a small blob of the cream onto my wet fingertips, and then gently massage it over my face and neck. I then rinse it off with warm water, and then follow it up with my usual cleanser, serum, moisturiser, eye cream etc.
When I'm massaging this in it feels as though I need to apply more pressure to get the little exfoliating grains to work, it doesn't feel like they're actually 'scrubbing' my skin at all. Even if I do apply a little bit more pressure then it still doesn't feel like it's actually working. But honestly it is working, in fact it's actually scrubbing my skin so hard that it's actually stripping it and making it literally red raw and sore, and dry and taut and tight.
This leaves my skin literally red raw, so bright red in fact that a friend asked me if I'd been sunburned. My skin is left sore to the touch and really quite tender. It also drys my skin out terribly, my skin is left tight and taut, with large dry and flaky patches. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a face scrub supposed to get rid of dry and flaky patches not create them! I found that the redness took a good 24 hours to calm down, and that the dry and flaky patches took a good couple of days to disappear and that was with applying tonnes of my usual moisturiser a few times a day.
I know that this was only a cheap face scrub, but I was really surprised that it was so bad, considering that other items from the essentials cucumber range are actually really quite good.