Garnier Nutritioniste

SkinActive Deep Pore Exfoliating Scrub with Green Tea

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 8.99
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Deep Pore Exfoliating Scrub with Green Tea does contain green tea but merely a token amount that's unlikely to benefit skin in a rinse-off product like this. But more important, this scrub's abrasive ingredients—notably argan shell powder—have rough edges that can tear at skin, leading to erosion of skin's protective barrier.

As with most scrubs, this leaves skin feeling smoother and softer, but along with the abrasive issue is a fragranced formula that poses a strong risk of irritating skin. In addition, the peppermint leaf extract can irritate skin, despite its cooling feel.

Last, the claim of decongesting skin isn't in this scrub's bag of tricks. In order to do that, you need to use a leave-on exfoliant that contains alpha or beta hydroxy acids, which you'll find on our list of Best Exfoliants. That list also includes our favorite scrubs, those whose formulas are much gentler than Deep Pore Exfoliating Scrub.

  • Leaves skin feeling smoother and softer.
  • Argan shell powder's uneven pieces can scratch and tear at skin.
  • Fragranced formula poses a risk of irritating skin and eyes.
  • Peppermint is a known skin irritant.
  • Cannot decongest skin as claimed.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Formulated with green tea, this face scrub decongests skin and gently exfoliates to reduce the appearance of pores. Skin is left smoother with a refined texture. Suitable for sensitive skin. 96 percent naturally derived ingredients. Made without parabens, dyes, silicones, sulfates.

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Propanediol, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Carrageenan, Coco-Betaine, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Argania Spinosa Shell Powder, Perlite, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Linalool, Maltodextrin, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Salicylate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dextrin, Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Mentha Piperita Extract (Peppermint Extract)

Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn'tdid they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy facerated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchasebut you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.

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