I thought I'd kick things off with a review on the facial scrub I've been using for about 14 weeks.
I had been dealing with a horrifying acne breakout/dry facial spell and had no idea what to get for my face. I even ended up going to the doctor and getting a medicated cream, which helps but dries my face even more. So, on a desperate whim at Walmart, I snatched Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub and threw it in the cart, then headed home to read up on reviews (which I found to be good, so that was a relief).
So, on with the PROS:
All that talk about the first wash being able to notice a difference is hogwash, right? Well, half and half with this one. After the first use my skin GLOWED. It felt soft and was radiant. Over the next few weeks, my skin slowly started clearing up. I wouldn't say this scrub helped with my dry skin, but it didn't make it any worse, either. I believe it really helped with the bad breakout I was experiencing, and the consistency of the scrub doesn't leave ANY residue (the smell isn't strong at all either, which I like). This cleanser also contains NO parabens. Until the past few weeks, I would've sworn by this scrub.
There are…chunks in this scrub. I mean, it's a detoxifying scrub, so there's obviously going to be something in it. If you rub your face too hard when washing, they can feel like they're scratching your face. I nearly threw this scrub away after the first couple days because of that fact, but then I realized that if I rubbed more gently on my skin then it didn't irritate my face at all.
The bottle is poorly made. I didn't have trouble with it until about 2 weeks ago, and all of a sudden the cream would NOT COME OUT. I even stepped on the bottle to see if it would come out :P This isn't just my particular bottle either; nearly every other review I read online complained of this. I ended up having to cut the bottle open and put the rest of the contents into a plastic container, which is unfortunate because now it's become a little watery from not being packaged right in the shower.
After 14 weeks, it seems to have stopped working some of it's magic. Now, this could be because it got diluted when I made the container switch, but sometimes my skin is picky and likes something for a little while and then completely flips over. I think I'm almost ready to go out on the hunt again for another facial wash…
Would I recommend this facial wash? Despite the cons, I definitely would. I still believe this works great for normal/dry skin (my face isn't oily much, so I'm not sure about that) that is also prone to acne. Of course, everyone is different, but I'd still encourage you to give it a go if you're in the market for a new facial cleanser. It's fairly cheap too - between $5-$8 depending on the store you use. I think I bought mine for around $7.