So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub
Tula’s So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub has some impressive attributes but isn’t as sweet to your skin as its name implies. Housed in an opaque squeeze tube, this all-skin-types scrub contains fine sugar granules as its scrub ingredient. Although small, the granules can still feel a bit too abrasive when this first contacts skin; however––and this is our main issue––when used on wet skin as many people would naturally do, the sugar crystals dissolve too fast, so they’re both gritty and ineffective.
If you use this on dry skin (Tula’s directions don’t specify whether skin should be wet or dry prior to applying) and with gentle pressure, you’ll find it rinses easily and leaves skin feeling soft and lightly refined.
This brings us to the other issue: fragrance. The scrub has a subtle, pina colada-like scent that’s likely innocuous in this amount. Regrettably, it’s paired with irritating fragrance ingredients such as limonene, benzyl salicylate, and butylphenyl methylpropional, so it’s a relief that this is a rinse-off product and the irritants are only briefly in contact with skin.
This also contains fruit-derived enzymes papain and bromelain, each capable of exfoliating skin but they require careful formulation and ideally work best in a leave-on product, not a rinse-off such as this. The same is true for the probiotic ingredient lactococcus ferment lysate, making its inclusion here more about reinforcing a label claim than truly improving your skin.
One more comment regarding the claims: sugar is not a superfood, and pineapple and papaya are only marginally so, with pineapple being more intriguing due to the digestive benefits its bromelain enzyme can provide.
See our list of best scrubs for gentler and more effective options.
- Leaves skin feeling soft and its texture lightly refined.
- Rinses with minimal effort.
- Fine sugar granules dissolve too fast.
- Sugar crystals feel slightly abrasive before dissolving.
- Contains fragrant plant oils that can irritate skin.
- Prebiotic and probiotic ingredients work best when left on skin.
Reveal smoother, brighter & more even-looking skin. This gentle, natural sugar face scrub melts away excess oil, buildup & debris without stripping skin. Packed with probiotics & superfoods like sugar, pineapple & papaya, this exfoliating sugar scrub might smell like a beach vacation, but works overtime to polish, soften & renew your skin.
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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