Product Type: Cyclax body care
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I've turned into a right scrubber lately..
Cyclax Apricot Facial Scrub
Member Name: supersonic75
Cyclax Apricot Facial Scrub
Advantages: Leaves skin soft, cheap to buy
Disadvantages: Takes a long time to work once applied
*~*Introduction and reason for purchase*~*
Now I'm in my (*cough*) late thirties I'm really trying my hardest to stick to a beauty routine as far as my skin is concerned, and am trying to impose a pamper session aiming for at least once a week or when time allows, which includes using a face mask and regular exfoliation rather than the quick wash and slap of moisturiser I seem to have become accustomed to lately.
Being a busy mum of two doesn't give me much time for beauty treats, but I'm trying to stick to a simple routine and have found that by using a gentle exfoliant on my face and neck in the past this has been successful for keeping dry skin at bay and leaving it soft. As I've gotten out of the habit of using a facial scrub I found that the only thing I had in my ridiculously large stock of toiletries were scrubs aimed at just the body and which were far too harsh for the delicate facial area so I made a mental note to purchase some more on my next trip to Superdrug.
Having been to Superdrug for something unrelated and completely forgotten to look at face scrubs, I spotted a tub of 'Cyclax Apricot Face Scrub' on a more recent visit to Poundstretcher and vaguely remembered using this when I lived at home as my mum used to buy it so I decided to purchase a tub myself.
I've been using this product now for around 4 weeks so my review will now discuss my usage of the product..
*~*What is it?*~*
Apricot Facial Scrub is "..an invigorating, exfoliating scrub with extracts of apricot for use 1 to 2 times a week.."
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
I purchased this facial scrub for the princely sum of just £1, which for a 300ml tub I deemed to be quite a bargain. I've used this previously in the past, several years ago now though when I lived at home, though as it's been such a long time since I've had any experience with this product I couldn't remember exactly how it left my skin feeling but felt for the low price it was worth trying.
Cyclax apricot face scrub can be bought from most places that sell beauty items as can their other range of products which include body lotions and hand care products and all the ones I've seen have cost around the same RRP mark up of just £1 though Cyclax have a huge range of products according to their official website but I can't comment on their other items as I've not had the experience of using anything other than this scrub.
The scrub is presented in a cylinder shaped tub which is quite squat in design. The tub is made from a sturdy yet squeezable plastic which is transparent so the product can be clearly viewed. I do like this aspect as it makes it easier to determine how much of the product remains without having to resort to guessing games. The tub is pleasantly decorated around it's circumference with images of apricots and with the logo in a black and green lettering, finished off nicely with a bright orange coloured screw top lid.
All in all this product looks far more premium than it's £1 price tag, but is the product itself as good as it's outwardly appearance?
*~*My experience of using this face scrub*~*
I have strange skin really, sometimes it's dry, sometimes combination other times it's sensitive then for months on end it can be 'normal' where I can use any product with no adverse effects. Because I'm always a bit wary I tend to opt for products suitable for sensitive skin to be on the safe side, though having scoured the blurb on the back of the tub there was no mention for what skin type this would be most suitable for unfortunately so I just hoped it wouldn't cause any irritations.
On removing the screw top lid there is a white plastic covering over the scrub which has a small overhanging lip making it easy to grasp to remove. Once removed the scrub is clear to see and has an oat/ beige hue to it interspersed with a considerable amount of dark coloured grains, presumably which are the apricot kernels.
The scrub emits a very pleasant aroma of both an apricot scent as well as a an 'oaty' fragrance to match it's colouring whilst it has a real wholesome fragrance, and on appearances alone I was very impressed.
We are informed by the directions to apply a little amount of this after lathering between the fingertips with warm water, applying to the face (avoiding the eye area) then gently massaging in before rinsing. Having adhered to the directions what did I think?
I found that by scooping a blob around the size of a 20p coin seemed enough to suffice for my needs, and after trial and error of using this a few times found that by wetting my face beforehand then applying seemed to give much better results and was far less messy.
The scrub has a smooth creamy texture and though looks much thicker whilst still encased in it's packaging it's actually far thinner in consistency once scooped up ready to apply. Once added to damp skin the scrub actually lathers up impressively transforming into quite a creamy and smooth consistency and though there's an abundance of apricot kernels mixed into the product the scrub is strangely more soap like and smooth, at first anyway.
After a few moments of massaging the product carefully on to both my face and neck I noticed that the small kernels started to appear, and created a gentle exfoliating feel against my skin.
I found that after a good few minutes of gentle massaging my skin was feeling smoother already, and the scrub was quite easy to wash away though on more than one occasion of using this there has been the odd stray 'stone' that has worked it's way into my eyes which isn't the most pleasant of things but not the end of the world as a splash of cold water has ridded them immediately, but I can't say I've ever experienced this with other face scrubs so whether it's down to it's runnier consistency I don't know.
My face and neck has felt quite soft after each use of this and for £1 I've been quite impressed but it seems to take a long time of massaging the scrub into my skin before I notice any results. The kernels used look quite large but don't seem to be 'rough' enough I don't think, but having said that I remember using a 'gentle' face scrub by Avon a few years ago that left my face feeling like I'd used sand paper so really I can't knock this as it does the job it just takes a bit more effort and time.
My skin has suffered no adverse reactions nor has felt sore or irritated in anyway after using this so I'm really glad I picked this up when I spotted it. It's not the most fantastic facial scrub in the world but nor is it the worst and for £1 for 300ml there's no room for complaints really as you get what you pay for, which in this case is quite a bargain.
Because I only need such a small amount of this I can see one tub lasting a substantial amount of time as I've used it approximately 7 times now in the past few weeks and the tub still looks full to the brim. The product does work, is cheap (and cheerful), economical as such a small amount is needed per application, smells lovely but most importantly leaves my face and neck feeling soft with a nice healthy glow.
4/5 from me, it's not the best product in the world but it's well above mediocre.
Summary: A bargain product