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I try to look after my skin well and recently saw this product on special offer in Asda for £1.50, so I having used Olay products in the past I thought I would give it a go. The scrub comes in a 150ml tube that has a flip off lid that is easy to use in the shower or bath and it does not leak. The tube can is designed to stand upright and it is easy to dispense the scrub from the tube without using too much all the time.
The product is designed to gently scrub away skin impurities and leave you with refreshed, soft, smoother, clean skin that is well moisturised. To use the product all you have to do is use a small amount, about the size of a 10 pence piece, and apply it to damp skin, gently rub into your skin, avoiding the eye area and then rinse off and dry.
The product is white in colour and has tiny little pink micro beads in it that help to scrub off the dead layers of skin that can cause your skin to feel rough. It smells a little flowery and it is creamy in texture. You cannot really feel many of the microbeads.
I have sensitive skin and find that this product does not cause me any discomfort and that the gentleness of the scrub is quite good.
Overall I would say that this scrub has worked for me as the micro beads are very gentle and are not very harsh, I use it daily in the morning and I find that my skin stays soft and the overall look of my skin has improved since I first started using it about 3 weeks ago. The only downside I suppose would be for those who like a scrub to contain lots of bits, as this clearly does not and therefore I am giving the product 4 Dooyoo stars.
A cheaper option
When it comes to an exfoliator for my face, I like a good, rough scrub and my favourite is the St Ives exfoliating scrub which I always seem to have a tube of in my bathroom. But I recently ran out and popped out to stock up. The product always seems to be on special offer but on this occasion it wasn't and I resented paying full price when I can almost always get it cheaper! So I decided to do without for the time being .... but then as I was leaving Superdrug I spotted this facial scrub on special offer at only half price so decided to give this a go instead.
I knew this would never live up to the St Ives scrub that I like but I'm always happy to try new products - especially when they are at lovely low prices! At full price this sells in both Boots and Superdrug for £2.49, but is currently selling for just £1.24 in Superdrug.
The scrub promises to smooth away surface skin cells, impurities and make up and improve the skin's moisture. It comes in a 150ml tube and is for normal to dry skin, and is suitable for everyday use.
Where are the granules?
I decided to try this scrub out straight away. Inside, the product has a very creamy and rich texture and is pure white - I was a bit worried that I couldn't see any grains or granules and wondered how this was actually going to scrub my face at all! But I soon realised that the little rough bits in the scrub are white too, meaning they are invisible in the white cream.
Applying this to my face, this feels nice and pleasant - it is easy to smooth on and it does feel nice and creamy. You can also feel the little scrubby particles ... but only just!
As I suspected, this isn't really that rough a scrub - it is in fact very gentle and for me it is just not rough enough! However it is still pleasant to use and it washes away easily leaving skin feeling soft and smooth - although I did find that after drying my face it was crying out for moisturiser as it felt a little dry and tight.
In summary ...
Overall this is a perfectly pleasant product and I enjoy using it. However for me it isn't really a scrub - it is more of a face cleanser that happens to have a few little particles in it! But if you have sensitive or delicate skin, or just want something nice and gentle to use daily, then I would certainly recommend this - and I will happily finish off my tube. But next time it'll be back to the St Ives for me as that is my idea of a proper exfoliator!
I am a a huge fan of Olay products on the whole and whenever I get the opportunity to try something I need on offer from the range will snap it up with no hesitation at all.
I was out of face wash/scrub, a product that I do use every day and I stumbled across this in Asda at the time on offer at £1.50 a tube opposed to closer to three pounds so I decided to try it.
The face scrub comes in a blue, pink and white coloured tube that has a black flip top opening to the bottom of it concealing a small hole and on the front of it we are told that it is Olay 'Essentials' Smoothing Face Scrub, Normal/Dry then on the back of the tub other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingredients and the size is stated (this is 150ml in size and the only size I have seen this available to purchase in by the way), we are told that once we have started to use the product to use the contents up within 12 months of doing so and contact details for Procter & Gamble (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice quality and informative packaging this is and an easy to squeeze tube too.
The Face Scrub:
Well the face scrub is reasonably thick and not runny and is easily dispensed out of the tube and has a slightly fresh and clean smell to it really that isn't distinctive and barely there. It is white in colour and has a slight oily feel in use meaning you don't need very much at all and I found this to not foam up. It has lots of little and soft micro beads in it to buff off dead skin cells and the likes and although you can feel them in the scrub they really don't hurt or feel irritating or anything like that.
It washes off easily and doesn't leave the skin feeling tight which is something I appreciate. With a lot of face washes and scrubs I run for face wipe or some toner to rid the residue and/or tightness but this is perfectly fine and left no residue behind itself at all.
However I was expecting my skin to feel deep down clean and to a bit brighter even after a few uses but although I haven't had any skin aversion to this I can't say my skin feels better for using it even on a daily basis for the past month or so!
I find this to be one of the most disappointing products I have ever used from Olay to be honest. My complexion is clear but then it was before I started using this but my skin doesn't feel better than using a face wash for a quid or something and so I wouldn't be very happy to pay the full price of this one!
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For over 30 years I have followed a strict beauty regime where I will cleanse, tone and moisturise. As a consequence, I have spent a small fortune on different products and always welcome the challenge of trying out something new. I enjoy using facial scrubs on my T-zone skin, which is frequently dry on my cheeks and oily on my forehead and nose. My previous experiences with Olay products have always been extremely positive and whilst their Smoothing Face Scrub is marketed towards normal and dry skin I was intrigued to discover how it would work for me and this review discusses my experience.
We are provided with 150 ml of scrub, which is presented in a sturdy plastic tube that neatly sits on a flip top lid. I would point out that the hinged section of the lid is considerably robust and as a result, it did not break during my use of the product. The packaging is considerably appealing as well as being eye-catching and my first impressions were good. The pure white scrub was easily dispensed and offered a good consistency although I must admit that I was a little disappointed at the lack of aroma.
As directed, I gently massaged the cream onto my wet face and neck where I was able to witness the delicate exfoliating micro-beads, which were gentle on my skin. It was at this point that a faint scent appeared, but I cannot say it was favourable as it offered a slight clinical aroma. The scrub offered a fine creamy lather and whilst the beads were gentle, they were highly effective, as I was able to feel them working their magic. I was pleased to note that after the scrub was easily rinsed away with warm water, the surface of my skin was left feeling soft, smooth and thoroughly exfoliated.
I often find them some brands of scrubs can be a little harsh and as a result, cause irritation, such as redness, but the only minor issue I experienced was some slight tightness, which was soon remedied with an application of my favourite moisturiser. The regular use of exfoliating products is a necessity for me as if I omit using them for just a few days I am able to witness a slight rough texture to the surface of my skin, particularly on my chin and the sides of my nose. Thankfully, the rather off-putting clinical aroma vanished as soon as the remainder of the scrub lather disappeared down the plug hole.
A point I find very favourable with this product is that it is gentle enough to be used on a daily basis although I preferred to use on alternate days. Despite my skin being slightly oily on the T-zone and the scrub being intended for normal and dry skin, it was well suited to me and I continued to use the entire tube. As I was nearing the end of the tube, it was necessary to cut it in half to enable me to scrape the remaining contents that had gathered around the lower area, which subsequently provided me with a further six applications.
The scrub should be used within 12 months of opening with the tube being recyclable once empty. I can highly recommend Olay Essentials Smoothing Face Scrub and until 17 September 2012 you can purchase two tubes from Tesco for the price of one for £2.49.