In March 2018 L’Oreal Paris released a trio of sugar scrubs, and I was lucky enough to get on a trial team for their Purifying Scrub, which promises to instantly refresh, clean and purify skin, and claims that after one week, pores and blackheads are visibly reduced and skin is mattified, with a baby-soft touch.
The sugar scrub is packaged in a 50ml square glass tub and has a tan-coloured screw top lid, with a little white plastic protector underneath. The green-coloured scrub inside looks and smells exactly like mashed, sugared kiwi fruit, and even contains real kiwi fruit seeds!
Now, I was a little worried that these kiwi fruit seeds would end up being scratchy, but the scrub is actually really gentle. The instructions on the box say to apply a small amount (with dry fingers) onto clean, dry skin. I found that while applying the scrub dry, it heated up quite quickly, and I do love a self-heating face scrub. If you’ve ever used the Freeman’s Charcoal and Black Sugar scrub, it heats up the same way.
Once the scrub was on my face, I applied a little warm water and massaged it in circular motions, avoiding my eyes, but I did go around my lips, as it can be used as a lip scrub as well. Unfortunately, I did get a little in my mouth, and let me tell you, ugh! It does not taste as wonderful as it smells. Anyway, once the sugar had melted, I simply washed away the seeds and any sugar residue, and it did leave my skin feeling nice and smooth.
This purifying sugar scrub contains three different types of fine sugar crystals; brown, blonde and white, as well as kiwi fruit seeds to exfoliate, peppermint oil to soothe and help reduce blemishes, and lemongrass oil to help purify the skin. I was worried about this product containing peppermint oil, as I hate the feel of mentholated products on my skin and do tend to avoid them. I am very happy to say that there is no burning, tingling feeling that I usually associate with products containing mint or menthol, and I’d happily purchase another tub of this.
After using this scrub three times per week (per the instructions), it really does seem to be helping to unblock the really stubborn blackheads that I’ve had on my nose for years. So, does it live up to its promises? Yes, I think it does! I’d definitely recommend this purifying sugar scrub to anyone who battles with stubborn blackheads.
L’Oreal Paris Sugar Scrubs come in three variants: Glow Scrub, Nourishing Scrub, and Purifying Scrub, and are available from leading supermarkets, pharmacies, The Warehouse and Farmers stores.