Pomegranate Deep Cleansing Scrub
This scrub uses ground olive seed powder as the abrasive agent. Although natural, the problem with this ingredient is that, even in powder form, the particle edges cannot be refined so they would move smoothly over skin. As a result, these types of scrub ingredients can be abrasive and might do more harm than good, especially if used too often or too aggressively.
The relatively creamy ingredients working to keep the olive seed scrub particles suspended help keep them from being too much of a problem, but ideally, a soft washcloth is gentler and easier on skin. And for more "natural" exfoliation, the way your skin shed skin cells when you were young, a well formulated AHA or BHA product beats any scrub, especially if you want to reduce signs of aging or clogged pores.
If you decide to try this fragranced scrub, it's best for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts.
Note that although this contains antioxidant plant extracts, their brief contact with skin means they'll be of little benefit as these ingredients need to absorb into skin, not be rinsed off. This includes the pomegranate ingredient called out in the claims.
- Polishes skin's surface for a softer, more refined feel.
- Contains moisturizing ingredients to counter the scrub particle's potential abrasiveness.
- Olive seed isn't as elegant as rounded beads or as effective as a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant.
- The amount of pomegranate extract is unlikely to benefit skin in a rinse-off product like this.
Korres is a Greek cosmetics line that was started by Athens-based pharmacist George Korres and his chemist wife, Lena. From its humble beginnings with a natural cough syrup steeped in Greek tradition to a long series of herbal remedies using local ingredients, Korres eventually morphed into a line of skincare infused with natural ingredients, a strong pull for many cosmetic consumers.
A key difference for Korres is that many of the natural ingredients they use are chosen based on the principles of homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine involving the administration of various diluted herbal tinctures to improve diseases. Unfortunately, theres very little research-based support for homeopathy as it relates to great skincare.
Overall the Korres products are a fairly even mix of pros and cons. Many of their products are tricky for us to recommend, due to the frequent presence of fragrance (a problem for skin, whether it is natural or synthetically derived) and usage of jar packaging for several of their moisturizers.
For more information about Korres, visit www.korresusa.com or call 1-855-9KORRES.
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