My skin has recently become an odd combination of dry and greasy, due in part I think to a change in medication. As a result, I decided to change the products I was using and see if that would make any difference, and picked up this Tesco Cucumber Facial Scrub for £1.50 for 15Oml. I hoped that the exfoliating element would remove dry,dead skin and revive the rest of my skin, which was looking a little tired.
This scrub is contained in a tube with a flip top lid. It squeezes out easily, and although quite thick in texture is also easy to spread over the face. Clear, with a light cucumber scent,it contains fine exfoliating grains which can't really be seen too well in the scrub itself, but can be felt when lathering onto the skin. Being a facial exfoliater the grains are incredibly fine, but it is still recommended that you keep this scrub well away from the eyes to avoid any of the grains getting in and causing irritation.
Applied to wet skin, I massaged this in well. The gel element was quite cooling on the skin, and the grains were not irritating when lathered in. It took a fair few rinses to get rid of the exfoliating grains entirely, and I didn't notice any immediate difference.
However, I persisted with using this every other day for two weeks (alternating with the Tesco Cucumber Face Wash) and did notice a reduction in the greasiness of my skin - it was less shiny and greasy. I don't however think it did very much for my dryer areas though - they still looked and felt the same as they had before. I don't feel it removed dead skin sells, and my skin still looked quite dull.
Overall, I think this works well as a facial wash, but the exfoliating element was a bit of a let down, and I see no reason to purchase this as opposed to the regular cucumber face wash. Therefore, I can only award two stars, as it didn't live up to my expectations.
~TESCO CUCUMBER FACIAL SCRUB~
~Why I bought this facial scrub~
I use face cleaning products regularly and I always prefer to use products with main ingredients I trust. I particularly like face products with cucumber for their healthy related benefits. I have used various face products with cucumber but of late the general affordable ones have been a bit hard to come by and when they reappeared on the shop shelves, they were a bit more expensive than before. I noticed a new range of cucumber face products in Tesco and I have been buying theses for a while now. The Tesco Cucumber Facial Scrub is one of the products in this range. Generally just the idea of scrubbing my face makes me uncomfortable but I do appreciate that once in a while I need to do it as it is good for my skin.
This review is for one of the products: Tesco Exfoliating Face Scrub (with Cucumber Extract & Vitamin E)
~Availability and Price~
The cream is manufactured in the UK for Tesco stores Ltd. It is just one of the cucumber based face products they manufacture. Being a Tesco product, it is mainly available in Tesco stores including the Tesco online stores.
In the UK, the cream is available in 150 ml tubes for just £1.39. You can get it on offer, any 3 for 2 cheapest product free (until Monday 14th October 2013)
~ Packaging and Visibility~
The cream now comes in a tube with slightly different pictorial design. The tube in a simple white squeezable plastic tube with a white standard flip up lid. The tube is also made of good quality plastic which does not crack easily. The cream is located with other face creams and cleansing products, you can't miss the white bottle with a green sketching of cucumber slices and the word "EXFOLIATING" clearly visible in block print on the front side of the tube..
Environment wise, there is no extra packaging with this cream, so what you see is what you get.
~Composition and Application~
The cream is especially formulated to scrub and exfoliate the skin. The cream is translucent and has a non runny balanced texture. The cream contains white granules designed to help exfoliate the skin so basically it does not have a smooth consistence like many creams. The main ingredients include cucumber fruit extract (Cucumis sativus) and vitamin E in addition to the other additives and chemicals. The ingredients in the cream seem well balanced.
It is meant to be applied by gently rubbing onto the skin. I tend to do a small portion at a time in a circular motion so allowing the scrubbing process to occur gently without forcefully rubbing it on the skin. The cream does not come with an applicator so you have to use either your fingers or a flannel to scrub your face AND most important, rinse off thoroughly with comfortably warm water, preferably with your eyes closed.
Be careful too much pressure might cause bruising and ouch! believe me this can be painful. Just remember that Rome was not built in one day, so benefits show after a few sessions, so basically I am saying do not overdo it in the rush to see wonders.
It is fairly easy to apply but I should say no matter how careful I am, I always end up with a few granules in my eyes and this is very uncomfortable. Thorough rinsing my eyes usually does the trick to clear them from my eyes.
Because of the time required, I usually use it at night and once a week as I don't want to overdo it. Over exfoliation can damage the skin.
The smell is nice, lightly fragranced with cucumber smell from the cucumber extract. The smell is not overpowering at all.
It was not tested on animals so it's good to know that no animal suffered for my beauty but if we consider that plants have feeling too, then yes the cucumber plant really suffered!
The tube is made of plastic which can be widely recycled.
Yes, it does the job but I feel the granules are too big making the cream too coarse. You can almost feel as though you are scratching your face at times but no major harm if you are careful. I tend to think, the smaller the granules, the better for the job as the face coverage is bound to be good as well.
In my view not ideal for people whose skin is prone to bruising.
The facial scrub is readily available in Tesco stores and reasonably priced as well.
~So why Cucumber and Vitamin E?~
The benefits of these two ingredients were previously discussed in one of my previous reviews, link provided below. Please feel free to visit the review for more details.
Thank you for reading and rating.
©hildah11 September 2013
Didn't actually realise that Tesco did their own branded skincare range, especially at the prices they are currently selling them for. I bought this particular product along with a night cream and a sensitive face wash as part of a 3 for 2 promotion on Tesco.com ( probably in store also ). This product alone costs £1.39.
Why did I buy it?
I was interested in how this range performs. I also didn't feel it would do any harm buying this product because of the price, and also the fact my current exfoliator Liz Earle is getting dangerously low.
How is it packaged?
Product comes in a 150ml plastic slightly off white coloured tube. Product comes out when pushed/squeezed through the plastic flip top lid when opened.
On the front of the tube at the top is the ' Tesco ' logo. Directly underneath is the product name exfoliating face scrub with cucumber extract. A the bottom it says is suitable for all skin types and contains vitamin E.
On the back it gives you an idea what the product is supposed to do, direction for use, warnings, ingredients list and company contact details. Also states once opened product has a 12 month shelf life.
Aqua,Sodium Laureth Sulfate ,Polyethylene ,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer ,Glycerin ,Cocamide DEA ,Potassium Hydroxide ,Parfum , Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Disodium EDTA ,Tocopheryl Acetate ,Panthenol ,Sodium Chloride ,Magnesium Nitrate ,Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract , Methylchloroisothiazolinone ,Potassium Sorbate ,Sodium Benzoate ,Magnesium Chloride ,Methylisothiazolinone
How to use
Lather a small amount of product in wet hands. Apply to face in gentle circular movements then rinse with warm water.
So what do I think?
First thing you notice when you use product is the fact its clear in colour and quite gel like, rather than cream. You can see bubble like (very small ) shapes in the product which I can only assume are the exfoliating elements.
The fragrance is fresh and clean, completely unisex and smells slightly plant based ( although it could be the cucumber extract Im smelling ). Not overpowering or offensive, but didn't excite me.
The directions of use say to use a small amount in wet hands and lather. There was no lather. Product just turned into a milky white substance with no form of foam at all. Didn't feel there was enough on my hands to feel confident that when applied on my face, it would do the job.
Only applied it to my face rather than neck, as my psoriasis is rearing its ugly head there so Im avoiding putting anything on that area which its not used to, and Im glad I did. Whatever the ' bits ' are that make this scrub a scrub, weren't circular and very jiggered and in some ways felt sharp. I didn't feel I could apply any pressure with my hands on my face, as the bits didn't sit comfortably and made my skin feel alittle sore. Far too rough, despite the grains feeling and looking very small.
It was very easy to wash off, and felt my skin was quite smooth and clean, but alittle on the dry side. I didn't particularly enjoy using this product and was far too nervous to use for a decent amount of time.
Would I buy this again? No. Firstly there was no lather which meant for me putting milky water on my skin, so didn't really feel as if there was much product on there. The big issue I had was the beads in the product. A scrub for me in most cases should mean feeling a light textured product on the skin, which is going to gently get rid of dead skin cells and leave a smoother and fresher looking and feeling skin. It needs to have some substance to it, and if theres visible grains it, they need to tickle the face not scratch it! Most products I use on the face to cleanse I do in the shower and need to do it quickly as Im always in a rush. I cant use this quickly for fear of hurting and damaging the skin. So not for me.
Too rough, drying and not pleasant
I like to use a scrub every few days to slough off any dead skin cells and keep it looking as radiant as possible. I usually use an apricot scrub as this is my favourite but I will other things too.
One of the worst facial scrubs that I have ever used was by Tesco and it was their cucumber scrub. It costs £1.39 so it is definitely a budget scrub but still I expected better than this.
The scrub if you can call it that is actually a really thick transparent gel with some tiny little particles in it which are supposed to gentle buff skin. I understand that this is supposed to be gentle little scrubbing particles in this were few and far between. I could squeeze some out in my palm and only see a couple of them if I was lucky.
You are supposed to lather this up before using it on your face but this was easier said than done as it just didn't lather up well at all. After trying for a minute or so it gets the most pathetic little lather going but nowhere near what I would expect from a scrub/face wash combination.
I really didn't like the feel of this on my skin and it felt as though it was leaving a greasy layer on my skin even when I washed it off. As I expected from the lack of scrubbing particles in it this did nothing to exfoliate my skin. It also didn't feel as though it cleansed my skin either and it still felt 'dirty' though it didn't look it.
The one thing about this scrub that I can give it some credit for was that it didn't feel drying on my skin and when my face was dry I didn't get the tight feeling like I do from a lot of face washes.
The scent is supposed to be cucumber but I couldn't detect any cucumber in this which is a shame as cucumber is one of my favourite smelling ingredients in facial products as it smells so refreshing.
I would never buy this again and I don't think I would use it even if it was the only one available as I think I would rather just not exfoliate than use this particular scrub again.
I have now worked my way through the entire Tesco's own brand cucumber facial care products and I have to say that I love them all. Some are better than others though none of them have been a disappointment. The packaging of the facial scrub is exactly the same as everything else in this range - quite plain and simple with no striking colours or pretty pictures of flowers or patterns. I like it best that way.
This facial scrub comes in a sort of squeezy type tube, which looks like an oversized tube of toothpaste. The tube is 150ml in size and costs only £1.39. That's a really brilliant price, when you compare it to the likes of the Garnier scrub I buy or the Olay one. This works well for me personally and it suits my skin type. I have an oily t-zone and it's for this reason that I buy a scrub as I do find that the t -zone area is where I am more prone to spots and pimples, if I am going to get them. I like to use this scrub, concentrating on the t-zone area as I feel it gives a really good exfoliation (though not too harsh) and helps to keep that area free from grease and dirt and stops my pores from being blocked.
This facial scrub is so easy to use and I apply it to a damp face after rubbing a small amount between both hands. It's a little bit like a thin gel in consistency rather than a white cream and it has small exfoliating beads contained within it which when applied to the skin, gently helps to renew and refresh the skin and improves the circulation and helps the skin to glow a little, making it look more healthy in the process.
I don't like to use a facial scrub more than once or even twice a week as I think it's very easy to over do it. It has a lovely fresh smell, not really of cucumbers as such, more of just a general light fresh fragrance which is very pleasant. I don't find this scrub too be too drying as some others have reacted well with my face and have left it feeling rather tight and stretched afterwards. My skin has shown definite signs of improvement since I have been using this product, especially in terms of my oily t-zone area and I am very pleased with the scrub overall.
Its certainly very good value for money and it compares very well indeed with a lot of the more expensive brands I have also tried. If you haven't tried a facial scrub before and you don't want to splash out heaps of money just in case you're not sure about it, then I really do recommend that you try this one form Tesco - you won't be disappointed, I'm sure.
I love looking after my skin and my beauty regime is important to me and I use a face scrub to exfoliate 2-3 times a week on average. The one I am reviewing today is the Tesco cucumber face scrub.
I bought this product a while ago and from looking on the website it looks like the packaging may have slightly changed but the one I have matches the product picture above. The product comes in a white plastic tube and has a white plastic flip lid at the bottom of the tube. At the top of the tube is a green pattern which incorporates cucumbers, this obviously fits well with the product. The Tesco brand name is visible underneath this in green writing and it clearly gives the product as 'cucumber facial. was in large green letters. At the bottom of the tube it says that it exfoliates & renews and is suitable for all skin types as well as being dermatologically tested. The back of the tube tells you a bit about the product, gives the directions, ingredients, the bottle size (150ml) and some contact information. It also says that once the product has been opened it will last for up to 24 months so has a good shelf life.
The product itself is clear in colour with small white bits in it that gently exfoliate your skin to help remove dead skin cells leaving your face fresh and renewed. The consistency is quite thin, like a really thin gel like substance and has a cucumber smell although it is refreshing it is only a mild smell. To apply simply flip up the plastic lid and gently squeeze the bottle to release the product. Once you have the desired amount lather a small amount into wet hands and using gentle circular movements apply to the face. Using warm water rinse thoroughly and gently pat the face dry. I then apply moisturiser as it does leave my face feeling quite dry. The product is available both in store and online at Tesco at retails at £1.39 for 150ml.
After using this product it leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed however it does tend to leave it feeling rather dry. I would prefer it if the product had a thicker consistency with more bits to actual exfoliate, it is good as a basic face scrub but nothing luxurious.
I do use both the Tesco cucumber face wipes and the Tesco cucumber face wash occasionally, and I'm happy enough with them both, and so during a recent shop in Tesco I decided to pick up the Tesco cucumber face scrub to try.
It says that it's an exfoliating face scrub with cucumber extract and vitamin e and that it's suitable for all skin types. It was £1.39 for a 150ml tube.
It's a transparent gel like liquid with the little scrubbing bits or exfoliating grains suspended within the gel, and it smells exactly like the cucumber face wash, it doesn't smell like cucumber as such, it's just 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 Tesco cucumber face scrub that I found this one to be particularly harsh.
To use the face scrub I just squirt a blob of the gel into my wet hands, lather it up, 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 (not sure how she thought I'd managed to get sunburned in this weather though!). 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 certainly would not purchase this face scrub again, and the remainder of the tube went in the bin.
I made myself a promise during the early part of this year where I vowed not to purchase any new toiletries until I'd used all of those contained within my rather large stash. In amongst all of the various products was one belonging to Tesco, namely Cucumber Face Scrub and this review discusses my experience with using it.
We are presented with 150 ml of scrub contained within a sturdy plastic tube that neatly sits on a flip top lid, which is easily opened and securely closed. It was last year that I made my purchase, as it was the pure white coloured simplistic packaging together with the delicate green cucumber images that lured me, in addition to the affordable price. Using facial scrubs several times each week is an essential part of my beauty routine, which I have religiously followed since my teenage years and whilst I have a few favourite products I am always open to trying and testing anything new.
I would describe my skin type as T-zone where I suffer with oily patches on my forehead, nose and chin, but I will often experience dryness on my cheeks. As a result, I am very selective of the products that I use, particularly as I do not wish to exacerbate the problem. I was initially a little apprehensive when trying out this scrub for the first time, particularly as it is suited for all skin types as opposed to combination skin.
The tube offers a reasonably sized opening, which enables a sufficient amount of scrub to be dispensed although its consistency is a little runnier than I had expected. Unlike other scrubs that I have used, its appearance is transparent and the cucumber aroma is initially barely noticeable, which I found rather disappointing. The texture of the scrub was another let down for me, particularly as the exfoliating particles are very sparse as well as being far too fine for my liking. Whilst many manufacturers provide the ingredient details of the particles, which are often ground walnut shells or fruit seeds, Tesco has omitted to advise us other than for a general list of product ingredients; the majority of which are unfamiliar to me.
As directed, I attempted to lather the scrub in my hands, but I found this to be quite an effort and I only managed to achieve a slight lather where the transparent appearance and runny texture transformed into a slight cream, which offered an off-white colour. The scrub was easily applied and massaged into my face although just as I had anticipated its exfoliating abilities were minimal, which rather defeated the object. I felt that my skin wasn't sufficiently clean and as a result, I found myself requiring a second application. The aroma significantly intensified during the application process and as a result, offered a wonderfully refreshing scent. The scrub was easily rinsed away with warm water and the initial sticky sensation that remained, disappeared within a couple of minutes.
Unfortunately, due to the reasons discussed above, I cannot admit to being impressed with this scrub, as when using other brands my skin feels soft, smooth and sufficiently exfoliated after using. I did not feel that the product effectively removed dead skin particles and there was no difference to the texture of my skin despite Tesco claiming that the scrub will leave skin feeling fresh and renewed. On a positive note, I suffered no redness or dryness when using although I would argue with Tesco's claim where the scrub allegedly moisturises the skin due to the cucumber extract. I am of the opinion that the ratio of extract in proportion with the other ingredients is far too little, hence the non existent moisturising properties.
Despite most manufacturers continually striving to provide their products in recycle packaging, I was disappointed to learn that the empty tube is not recyclable and this is an issue that Tesco seriously need to address. The product has been dermatologically tested and should be used within 12 months of using. You can purchase a 150 ml of Tesco Cucumber Face Scrub for £1.39. Unfortunately, I feel I can only award 2 stars to this disappointing product.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I have used a few products from the Tesco skin care range, most of them were aimed at women! But this doesn't bother me too much in my fight against the spots and dry skin. My Girlfriend bought this for me the other day when she went shopping and she told me that it would be really good for my skin as cucumber is supposed to freshen up your skin. (she can't use this as she has sensitive skin and can only use prescribed facial wash from her doctor). I always like to keep my face clean and I try to use face wash in the morning, the reason why she bought me this is because I was spending lots of money on face wash that didn't seem to justify the cost. I will now go into a bit more detail on this product and explain my experiences with it.
I wasn't sure how much she paid for it, but a look online at tesco.com tells me that it costs £1.39 for a 150 ml bottle. This is a good price as it is much cheaper than other face washes on the shelf. The Bottle itself is white and has green images of cucumbers all over it, it is good looking and not instantly recognizable as a tesco product. The bottle is made from soft plastic and is easy to squeeze out the face wash onto your hands. The lid flips open and there is then a small hole visable where the face wash comes out of.
The face wash:
It is advertised as a scrub because of its gritty texture, Its not as gritty as others I have used and I wouldn't really say its a scrub. The Face scrub has a strange chemical type smell to it, Not too much like a cucumber. When you rub it onto your face it lathers up and you can feel it cleaning, After rinsing off your face does feel fresh and cleaner than it did before you used it. It hasnt reduced the spots on my face and I dont seem to look any better or fresher after use. I prefer to use a face scrub that actually scrubs away dirt from your pours, I dont feel that this product does that well enough for me. Its worth a try though as it may work better with different skin types! Plus, Im a guy and it may work better for girls.
Im not too impressed with this product as it hasn't done much for me. I wont be buying anymore for myself once I have used up all the scrub. I can however tell you that I have been using the cucumber facial wipes and these have worked a treat, I will be writing a review on those very soon.
Thanks for reading. These get 3 stars from me as its a pretty average face wash and I have seen no major changes to my face! Give it a go though as it might really work well on you!
A while ago I shopped online at Tesco and ordered their cucumber facial wash but when the order arrived they had sent me this facial scrub instead so I decided to keep it. At only 75p for a 150ml tube I thought it was worth giving it a try rather than sending it back.
The cucumber facial scrub is for all skin types and comes in a white tube with mostly green writing on it designed to make us think of cucumbers. The lid is a flip top and the product stands upside down so there's no problems getting the product out. The product itself is a clear gel which does smell of cucumbers and I've found it comes out a bit too easily, as the tube rests on the lid as soon as you open the lid it starts to run out with no squeezing needed and does make a bit of a mess of the cap if you don't wipe it down after each use.
As this is a facial scrub it contains small pieces of grit to exfoliate the skin, it doesn't however contain many pieces of grit and I've found it to be a very mild scrub because of this. At times I find I get almost no gritty bits in the scrub and at others more but nowhere near as many as most other scrubs I've used. I wasn't really bothered about this as I had originally wanted the facial wash but I would say if you're looking for a very efficient scrub this isn't it.
It should be used on wet skin and applied in a circular motion and I've found it goes on easily and covers the skin with no problems. The fresh smell is nice while I'm using this and it feels cool on the skin. Afterwards it should be rinsed off with clean water and it does take a bit of rinsing, it's a bit slimy in consistency once you start rinsing and takes a fair amount of splashing to totally remove the product.
After use my skin does look very bright and fresh and feels clean but once I've dried my face off this starts to tighten my sensitive skin up and really dries it out if I don't apply moisturiser immediately afterwards so anyone with dry skin be aware of this. For those with oily skin that might be a good thing and this prduct is more suitable for those with oily or combination skin types. I do think though that any product such as this that claims to be suitable for all skin types is always going to be geared more towards a certain type, as different skin types need different care it's not really possible to suit all.
I've been using this for a few weeks now, just a couple of times a week and it's fine. It smells nice, is easy to apply and washes off to leave behind fresh looking skin and let's not forget the excellent price tag. On the downside it makes a mess of the cap, can be a bit difficult to rinse off and doesn't contain alot of exfoliating grit and can dry skin out. That's a draw between the good and bad so I'm going to give it a middle of the road 3 stars but I do actually recommend this for those with oily or combination skin.