Smooth It Off! Cleansing Exfoliator
Smooth It Off! Cleansing Exfoliator feels gentler than some scrubs, which is great, but regrettably, it still has a couple of issues that hold it back from an enthusiastic recommendation.
This creamy cleanser is infused with jojoba beads to provide the exfoliating action, which is generally a safer bet when it comes to scrubs, and certainly preferred to harsh scrub ingredients like crushed shells or fruit pits.
In use, we could still feel slight hint of grit, but it wasn't overly abrasive. The bigger issue is that the beads didn't break down very well, leaving a trail of particles on skin after rinsing. (You'll have to rinse extra, extra well to get them all off, which is more than a little annoying.)
We're also disappointed by the inclusion of fragrance, which can potentially irritate skin. In a rinse-off formula like this, that isn't a total deal-breaker, but fragrance free is always the better way to go for all skin types.
On the positive side, this does a good job of removing makeup and "polishing" skin, without leaving it feeling stripped dry. However, there are superior options that treat skin better and more gently on our list of preferred scrubs.
- Does a good job of removing makeup.
- Leaves skin feeling polished.
- Doesn't dry skin out.
- Formulated with potentially irritating fragrance.
- You have to rinse extra, extra well to get all of the scrub particles off.
Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco, circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.
Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun and its product arsenal is centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.
Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.
For more information about Benefit, visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.
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