Spilling the tea on face scrubs

So I recently discovered a face scrub and wanted to write a paragraph singing its praises. But lets digress a little first: when talking about face scrub, it’s not just for teenagers. In fact, the older you get, the more you need to use it. As we age, cell turnover slows down, your skin takes longer to shed, ergo it looks duller, is more prone to flakiness and congestion which can lead to blackheads and spots. Using face scrub every other morning (don’t go overboard, or your skin will flare up) helps wake up the skin, sweeps away dead skin cells, so that any serums and moisturisers you’re putting on afterwards can really absorb and go to work.

The face scrub I tried was a US indie brand, it had a cute name and cute packaging, which really shouldn’t matter in the great scheme of things but for some reason it does. (If you’re splurging on a luxury product, you want it to brighten up your bathroom shelves, am I right?). It’s got a vibrant tropical scent, with fresh natural ingredients (by natural I mean no artificial ‘filler’ ingredients) and volcanic clay from some far-flung location. I was going to give it a glowing review and tell everyone to go out and buy it. I checked online and it’s – I kid you not - £158! (That's one hundred and fifty eight pounds, in case you thought that was a typo.)

Sorry, there’s no way I’m telling people to spend what some people earn in a week on a scrub. Especially when the first two ingredients are sugar and water (ingredients are listed in order of the highest percentage FYI). Incidentally, it’s listed on its US website for half the price, so if you’re really intrigued and have some contacts in the US you can ship it to, message me and I’ll tell you what it is.

It’s so sad, as I was really impressed by it, but for that money – nope. Yes, I know indie beauty brands have to make money to compete with the big dogs, but a £150+ price point for a scrub you’re going to wash off your skin is not in any way justifiable. There's so much elitism surrounding 'green beauty' , hence why so many people are put off by it, when it should be available to all. It’s not out of the question to make sustainable, natural products affordable (the excellent Soaper Duper is a brilliant example: their shower gels made from 90%+ naturally-derived ingredients, without any synthetic crap are £6.50).  

If you're in the market for a face scrub, Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub is £65, also spendy but this is legendary in beauty circles, so if you want to make an investment, this should be the one. Renowned facialist Su Man’s Exfoliating Facial Polish is another winner, with vitamin-rich enzymes for extra glow-giving prowess, but at £38 is still a little on the pricey side. If you’re on a budget The Body Shop’s best-selling Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub (£7.50) is great if you’re dealing with spot-prone skin, while Superdrug do a £2.99 face scrub, rich in conditioning Vitamin E. So in short, buy a face scrub - just don’t spend £158 on one, ever.