“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Exfoliator / Subcategory: Face Scrub / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Exfoliates, Exfoliates / Product line: Superdrug Vitamin E „
I bought this product a few weeks ago as the usual exfoliating face scrub I usually buy from superdrug was out of stock so I though I would give this one ago.
The product comes in a 150ml pale peach/beige tube with a flat flip cap which is always good as it stands up so no squeezing the dregs out of the bottom. The scrub is for normal to dry skin so I was hoping it would leave my skin nourished and moisturised.
The scrub it's self is thick in texture like cream with apricot granules which look like grains of sand. The scent I couldn't distinguish, all i could say is it had a rich cream smell although my teenage son who uses this scrub to said he thinks it smells like Smarties. While using this Scrub I found that a little went a long way.
The directions recommend that you use this product once or twice a week apply to the whole body although I have used it on my face every day and it has been fine but I do make sure I don't rub too hard as the granules are quite big and can feel harsh on my skin if rubbed in to much.
I like to use Vitamin E products as it is claimed to be a antioxidant which can help to shield skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing.
After using this product I found my skin to be quite soft but not up to the standards of the other Superdrug scrub I usually use and it doesn't smell as good either but my teenage son is really please with the results he has seen after using it a few weeks his face is much clearer no where near spot free but is certainly much better which has given my son's confidence a boost, no bad as it is currently retailing at Superdrug at £2.99
This product is also BUAV approved and comes with a 100% happiness guarantee.
This review may also appear on Ciao
I recieved a tube of Superdrug's Vitamin E Facial Scrub for my birthday, in a hamper of vegetarian friendly toiletries put together by my friends. They chose it because it isn't tested on animals and it contains no animal derived ingredients. [Therefore it is also suitable for vegans.]
WHAT THE PRODUCT IS SAID TO DO
The scrub is recommended for mormal to dry skin. I have classic combination skin - quite an oily forehead and nose area as well as dry skin on my cheeks. Therefore, I often struggle to find products that suit all parts of my face. I want something that gives my skin a thorough clean but I also need something that doesn't make my dry cheeks feel like they have been sand-papered! I tend to find that products aimed at normal or normal to dry skin, such as this one, produce the all round best results for me.
The scrub is said to gently exfoliate, to reveal deeply cleansed, soft and radiant skin. The vitamin E, along with horse chestnut extract, is said to protect your skin against environmental damage. Partly this is because vitamin E is high in anti-oxidants. Oatmeal provides the exfoliating element.
The scrub comes in a 100ml squeezy tube, which is a fairly plain design but it suits what is supposed to be simple product made using partially naturally sourced ingredients. It doesn't look a premium product but the tube is user friendly. It is easy to squeeze out just the right amount to use in one session, and when the tube is nearing the end, you can snip the bottom off and use any leftover scrub that is lurking in the bottom. The screw-on cap is easy to open and keeps the product inside the tube where it should be.
The scrub has a thick texture which personally I prefer to the runnier types of product as they are less messy to use. You can see and feel the exfoliating grains in the hand. They look more granular than I expected oatmeal to be, but they don't feel too rough on the skin. It isn't an highly perfumed scrub, which may be a good or bad thing depending on whether you prefer to use scented products or not. I do not like highly scented toiletries myself, and so I am happy to use anything that doesn't actually smell awful. The Superdrug scrub certainly doesn't have an unpleasant scent but it is a slightly unusual one. It reminds me of a musty oat smell, with an undertone similar to lightly perfumed sun lotion.
APPLYING THE SCRUB
You use this scrub much as any other, by massaging it into damp cleansed skin. The packaging does not suggest how often it should be used, so I used it every few days. Experience has taught me that this is a frequency which gives the best results for my skin. I found it pleasant to use and not too abrasive on the skin. There are enough well distributed exfoliating grains to make me feel that my entire face is recieving a thorough cleanse and exfoliation. The thick texture means that a little goes a long way, and massaging it in doesn't take too much effort. The scent is a little more noticeable when you are using the product near your nose, as you would expect, but it is still on the mild side. I found that it was more time consuming to rinse off than other similar products that I have used, probably because it is thicker. When at first I thought I had rinsed my face sufficiently, I realised that my skin felt like it it had a soapy film over the surface. A second thorough rinse soon removes that though.
The scrub left me feeling really fresh faced and clean but I wouldn't say my skin was looking especially radiant. It definitely felt lovely and soft to the touch, and this effect lasts several days. Crucially though, it had no effect on my blackhead prone areas. Although the scrub doesn't specifically mention that it deals with these, it does say it offers deep cleansing which led me to hope that I would have some effect on my pores. I was pleased that it did not dehydrate my dry prone areas, which felt just as soft as the other parts of my face. This makes me feel that it would indeed be likely to suit all over dry skin, as well as "normal" complexions. I didn't suffer any redness or irritation whilst using this product but I do not have sensitive skin so I can't judge how suitable this would be if you do.
As for the anti-oxidant and protection against enviromental damage claims, I think as this damage is largely invisible while it is happening, it is hard for me to judge how effective the scrub is in this regard. I am outside in most weathers, and try and take care of my skin by moisturising and using sun protection. I did not feel the need to do this any less while using this scrub!
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I was happy to use up the tube but I wouldn't buy another one because it wasn't effective enough on my problem areas. I would recommend it to someone looking for a cheap scrub to make the skin soft and clean but not to someone who really needed to deal with blackheads or who was in need of deep cleansing, despite what it says on the tube. If it suits your skin type, it is good value because I found that a little goes a long way and it costs just £2.99. In conlusion it is an O.K scrub that is pleasant to use, but it doesn't deliver the results that I am looking for. I have used other products that do deliver instant radiance, such as the St Ives Apricot scrub, so I feel that my money would be better spent elsewhere.
[This review is adapted from one I wrote on Ciao.]
Having read a lot of high praise for Superdrug's Vitamin E range, I was quick to snap up a few goodies when I saw them on 3 for 2 sale, including this scrub for £2.99. I'd been trying to find a good exfoliating product as part of my cleansing regime, but a lot of the scrubs I'd tried were a bit too fine for my liking. Seeing oatmeal in the ingredients, I hoped this one would be more substantially scrubby.
PACKAGING: Though the Vitamin E products don't look like much from a distance, they're surprisingly smart up close. The scrub comes in a 100ml opaque tube with a sturdy flip cap, and the plastic has a nice textured finish that doesn't feel cheap. The description promises a gentle but effective scrub that also protects skin from environmental damage and premature ageing. There's a load of vitamins, too - A, B, F, H, and of course E - and horse chestnut extracts in aid of dry skin. The product's also suitable for vegetarians and vegans, cruelty-free with BUAV's stamp of approval - something I always admire Superdrug for.
APPLICATION: The scrub is meant to be applied after your normal cleansing regime, while your face is still wet. Use gentle circular motions to get the scrubbing action going, and follow up with a thorough rinse off. I really enjoy the exfoliating sensation of the chunky, uneven granules. The scrub is creamy in colour, quite thin apart from the oatmeal, with a faint smell that's a bit "generic lotion" but by no means unpleasant. The cereal texture might be too rough for some tastes, but I like the more unrefined feel compared to scrubs that seem more like medicated grit. Only a small amount of scrub is needed, with a little blob being enough to cover my whole face.
QUALITY: I wish there were more products for normal-oily skin in the Vitamin E range, since this is technically intended for normal-dry. I just really wanted a nice facial scrub! I try not to use it too frequently, since it leaves my face feeling a bit buttery immediately after use, but once my skin's fully dry it feels pleasantly nourished rather than greasy. Using the scrub once or twice a week has no adverse effects on my skin, making it softer, smoother and brighter, so it seems to deliver the "soft and radiant skin" promised on the back. It's a good exfoliator with effective moisturising qualities that are very welcome in this dodgy weather. I don't think it's as deep-cleaning as suggested in the blurb, but it definitely works as more superficial scrub to remove dead skin.
Overall, this is a good healthy scrub that I'm very pleased with, and I can't wait to try more of the range. If you fancy a facial scrub that feels both effective and pleasantly natural, I don't think you can go too far wrong with this. If Superdrug broadened the Vitamin E range to include more skin types, I'd be happy, but I like this well enough as it is.