Today I’ll be reviewing the new L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub. I picked this up in Superdrug while on its introductory offer, priced at £3.99. The regular RRP is £5.99. Typically I prefer to use chemical exfoliation, but I’ve been wanting to incorporate the occasional physical exfoliant too. Scrubs are really satisfying and I like the super-smooth feeling you tend to get afterwards. I thought the clay would be a nice bonus and that it would possibly double as a quick clay mask too. I chose the red ‘glow’ scrub as brightening up my skin and having a nice smooth base for makeup is my main skincare goal right now.
The directions say to use it twice daily as a face wash and ‘delicately massage in small circular motions, focusing on the forehead, nose, and chin.’ I think in order to follow those instructions, you would have to have extremely hardy skin, because the scrub particles are quite gritty, and reminded me a bit of my apricot-scrub-daily teen years. I was as gentle as I could be, but it felt very harsh. Afterwards, my face felt dry and tight, and absolutely drank up any and all moisturising products I put on it. It was parched. I left it a couple of days before trying again, and got the same result. I absolutely would not recommend using this daily, let alone twice a day. For people with non-sensitive skin, it might work as a 1-2 a week scrub, but I feel like it’s much too harsh for more than that.
As for using it as a mask – don’t. At least for me, keeping this on for more than a minute or so resulted in my skin feeling hot and irritated.
I gave it to my partner to try, as his skin is much less reactive than mine and he doesn’t use chemical exfoliants. He said the smell was pleasant although might not appeal to everybody, and the same with the gritty feeling. He says he felt like it was effectively cleansing his skin, and smoothed off some of the areas of flaky skin he had. Afterwards his skin felt a little stripped, but felt okay again after moisturising. He wouldn’t want to do it twice a day either, but would happily use it a few times a week.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend this product, especially when it’s no longer on the introductory offer. I feel like it will be way too harsh for a lot of people, and will definitely do damage to your skin’s moisture barrier if you aren’t careful. I think there are better options at comparable prices, such as the Skinfood masks which I’ll be reviewing too at some point.
Have you tried L’Oreal’s Pure Clay range? Did you have a better experience than me?
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