I'm Good: facial scrub edition

Welcome to the first post of I'm Good, a series devoted to things that are...well, I wouldn't say Holy Grail, but close enough that the search is dormant. Huzzah: more time/money I can devote to other beauty categories.


Physical exfoliants are taking a beating these days. No, I don't have any industry data to back this up; just my observation from the 100 beauty blogs and whatnot that I follow. If I had to trace this back to a source, I would guess a few things: a) the rise of k-beauty, which is all about nourishing rather than blasting your skin into submission; b) this concept of "microtears", and c) the rise of chemical exfoliants, to the point where no one up on the latest skincare science bats an eye of including no fewer than 3 types of acid in your beauty routine.

The debate can get pretty heated. My take is: YMMV. I'm not a dermatologist and I don't claim to be any other sort of skin expert. All I know is that I've lived with my skin for decades, and it ranges from the Sahara to the Amazon, but is unified by one aspect: it has issues shedding itself on its own. I need both physical and chemical exfoliants--OK, not all at once, but they're both integral to my beauty arsenal. You don't need a scrub? As Amy Poehler said, "Good for you! Not for me."

Most of the time I accomplish physical exfoliation in the shower, with the cheapest washcloth possible (you know the kind: nubbly and thin with such a loose weave that it's semi-see through when wet). Then there are days where I inexplicably wake up super flaky, or I am traveling and the hotel/family/friends' washcloths are too soft and don't exfoliate sheeyut.

In which case I use Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub. It used to be called something else (hence the note on Amazon that "packaging may vary"), but it's the same formula. Unlike 95% of the scrubs available on the market, it actually has enough scrubby particles to actually accomplish something; and unlike St. Ives Apricot Scrub, the particles seem more uniform and concentrated. I cannot comment on whether it's less likely to lead to microtears (since I'm still a bit skeptical of the concept in general), but since the irregularity of the St. Ives particles is what a lot of people think cause them, I suppose theoretically Acure would be less likely to.

Being a natural-oriented brand, you can probably find this at your health food store for around 10 bucks. As of the time I'm typing this it is $5.79 on Amazon and Target, woot. Another thing to consider is getting the Amazon beauty sample box for $9.99 first, which will then give you a $9.99 credit towards selected items after you get the box in the mail. The credit can then be used towards the Acure scrub, but also several products from other brands included in the Amazon box (Simple, Le Petit Marseillais, Aveeno, Aquaphor, etc.). View the list of products you could use your credit towards here. However, as you likely already know, prices on Amazon can fluctuate and who knows how much the Acure will cost once you get the store credit.