Walnut Face Scrub
Kylie Skin’s Walnut Face Scrub is such a disappointment because the rest of the line, while not perfect, isn't all that bad– but this old-fashioned (and not in a good way!) approach to manual exfoliation is a product we simply can’t recommend.
Housed in a pink squeeze tube, to the naked eye the walnut shell particles in this cleansing scrub look slightly more finely-milled than some others (hello, St. Ives!) but are still so scratchy and unevenly shaped that they can abrade skin, especially if used too aggressively. But even if you use gentle pressure, the non-rounded scrub particles feel incredibly scratchy and can chip away at skin’s barrier, leaving it worse for the wear.
Adding to that is that this formula also contains orange and lemon extracts. They’re advertised here as being skin-smoothing fruit extracts, but instead they put skin at additional risk for irritation, which is just bad news all the way around (see More Info below for details).
It’s a shame, because there are some great ingredients also in the mix, among them soothing apricot and jojoba oils. But even though they help buffer the abrasive nature of walnut particles, they’re mostly fighting an uphill battle here!
If you’re looking for a product that will help shed old skin for renewed radiance, you can check out our list of best exfoliants (which include AHA and BHA exfoliants, as well as much gentler face scrubs).
- Includes soothing apricot and jojoba oils.
- Includes harsh, abrasive walnut shells.
- Contains irritating orange and lemon extracts.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Our gentle yet effective face scrub is packed with a cocktail of anti-inflammatory ingredients and skin-smoothing fruit extracts that buff away dead skin cells to reveal a soft, radiant complexion.
As the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family of media moguls, social media darling Kylie Jenner had a monumental impact on the makeup scene with the launch of her Kylie Cosmetics brand in 2015. Featuring matte liquid lipsticks and liners initially, these “lip kits” became best sellers, quickly establishing Jenner as a name to watch in the beauty industry. It seemed inevitable, then, that she would follow up on that success with the creation of a skin care brand, Kylie Skin, which launched in 2019.
Kylie Skin doesn’t have a backstory in the traditional sense that there was a specific instance that sparked its creation; rather Jenner says she’s always had an interest in skin care, thanks to her mother and older sisters, and wanted to offer her fans the types of products she uses.
To that end, the brand has a small but mostly well-curated selection of skin care that avoids jar packaging and is instead comes in opaque containers that shield their beneficial ingredients from exposure to light and air to preserve their effectiveness— we just wish the formulas were more effective, as most of them make at least one misstep. The reason we say it's mostly well-curated is because at the time of its launch, Kylie Skin offers no SPF option, so the line is currently not a complete skin care routine (although Kylie's hinted one will be coming soon).
Generally speaking, the formulas contain a good mix of research-backed antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients, and the textures are pleasant (no overly sticky or drying products to be found). There are a couple of fragranced products, but thankfully the fragrance is mild for the most part, doesn’t linger, and is low on the ingredient lists.
The biggest ill-informed decision with this skin care line is one single product: a walnut scrub that harkens back to the old days when harsh, abrasive physical scrubs were the rule at the drugstore. Now though there are plenty of gentler options available, including both physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants, so it’s strange to see this product included in the line. We weren’t surprised by the strong negative response this product got on various social media platforms, although its initial launch did sell out, so it seems curiosity won out.
Overall, Kylie Skin has some unexpectedly worthwhile products to consider and is an overall decent debut. Although we were pleasantly surprised, it also must be said that nothing from Kylie Skin is groundbreaking or innovative enough to rank among the best skin care products available today. For more information on Kylie Skin, visit https://kylieskin.com/.
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