New Day Gentle Exfoliating Grains
Farmacy’s New Day Gentle Exfoliating Grains can be viewed as a bit of a novelty, though that doesn’t mean they’re not worth your time.
This is fragrance-free loose powder scrub comes in a plastic bottle with a rubber stopper. Remove the stopper, dispense some of the grains into your hand, then add water. Once mixed, it has the consistency of wet flour, though it’s not as doughy (it has a lighter, fluffier texture).
It’s easy enough to spread over skin, and the combination of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), cranberry, and azuki seed provide manual exfoliation that feels less harsh than many natural alternatives (such as walnut shells or apricot seeds). Still, there’s a slight scratchiness to the formula so those with sensitive skin should avoid and everyone else take care to use minimal pressure in use.
We like that this rinses cleanly and doesn’t leave skin feeling dry or tight either.
There are also antioxidant ingredients like echinacea and vitamin C in the formula, along with skin-soothing willow bark extract. They’re not left on skin for long but are still thoughtful additions that should provide a brief benefit.
Overall, this is an interesting and effective natural scrub, but not among the gentler ones you’ll find on our list of best scrubs.
- Provides effective manual exfoliation.
- Contains some antioxidant and skin-soothing ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Grains have a slight scratchiness that might not work for all skin.
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Farmacy is the creation of entrepreneurial businessman and self-described “plant geek” Mark Veeder. Due to a chance discovery, he was able to bring together his childhood background on a farm and his experience as a marketing and public relations expert to create a skin care brand focused on farm-raised ingredients.
As the story goes, during his time as a marketing professional in New York City, Veeder still maintained a 7-acre farm 90 miles away. The chance discovery happened in 1999, when he noticed an unusual green variant of the normally-purple Echinacea Purpurea on his property. Excited by what this could mean, he sent the plant to a lab for testing. The test results showed that this version had 300 times more of the antioxidant cichoric acid than the usual strain of the plant. Veeder patented it, sold it to local nurseries, and named it GreenEnvy. Fifteen years after the initial discovery, he resolved to create a skin care company, Farmacy, with GreenEnvy as its star ingredient.
Before you get too excited: there’s little independent research backing the claims surrounding GreenEnvy’s potency (most of the research has been done on Farmacy’s behalf), though as with most plant extracts, it provides antioxidant benefits and may also prevent collagen breakdown, which is nice but hardly unique to this plant.
As for the products themselves, most have solid foundations (great, plant-based antioxidants abound) but some of them are undone by additions that make them less-than-ideal for skin. Many contain fragrant plant oils which, while natural, aren’t good for skin. Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, puts skin at risk for irritation that can cause numerous problems. Frustratingly, many of the fragrant plants are, in fact, also brilliant antioxidants; however, plenty of natural ingredients also provide antioxidant benefits without risking skin irritation and other problems.
We like that Farmacy’s take on natural is to combine it with key lab-engineered (synthetic) ingredients. This approach is refreshingly honest and affirms the research-supported fact that just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t mean it’s bad for skin. The truth is there are good and bad natural ingredients as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients.
Farmacy’s other issue beyond fragrance is that several of the products are packaged in jars, which exposes their good ingredients to light and air that will eventually cause them to break down and lose effectiveness.
There is one mineral-based sunscreen that’s a standout, especially for sensitive skin, but because of the issues mentioned above, this line isn’t quite the farm-fresh merger of nature and science it’s made out to be.
To learn more about Farmacy, visit https://www.farmacybeauty.com/.
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