Micro Magic Skin-Renewing Microdermabrasion Scrub
Throwbacks are all the rage, but Bliss' Micro Magic Skin-Renewing Microdermabrasion Scrub is a skincare throwback that's old-school in all the wrong ways!
This scrub comes in a squeeze tube, and despite the inclusion of pumice (volcanic rock) as its physical scrub ingredient, isn't overly harsh. The particles provide manual exfoliation, but are fine enough that they don't feel too abrasive.
The issue with this scrub is that it's loaded with potentially irritating ingredients. There's mention of the "cooling" effect that this has, thanks to the inclusion of peppermint oil, menthol, and the potent menthol derivative menthyl ethylamido oxalate, all of which can irritate skin.
That tingling sensation you'll feel when you use this isn't your skin being refreshed, it's a sign your skin is being irritated (see More Info for the problems irritation can cause for skin over time)!
This also includes lavender flower extract, which can also sensitize skin. While it's not as potent as lavender oil, it's still an ingredient to avoid if you want to take the best possible care of your skin.
This mint-laden scrub is just bad news all around, and while your skin might temporarily feel refreshed and smoother, the long-term effects aren't worth it. There are better options on our list of Best Scrubs.
- Pumice particles are small enough to exfoliate without being overly harsh.
- Contains lavender flower extract, which can irritate skin.
- Contains peppermint oil, menthol, and a menthol derivative which can aggravate skin.
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
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Bliss's iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Bliss's biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Bliss's offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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