12.17.2012
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KorresWild Rose Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser
5.07 fl. oz. for $30
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This cleanser/scrub hybrid definitely does both jobs... but not in a way that's good for skin! The scrub particles are rice powder (which can be gentle) and bitter cherry shell powder, and the latter can scratch and tear at the skin due to the particles' irregular shape and potentially sharp edges. This is also highly fragranced, and fragrance isn't skincare (see More Info below).

This can clean and exfoliate the skin, but at a cost if you aren't exceedingly careful. You can get gentle cleansing from lots of products (including many that cost far less), and merely using a washcloth will manually exfoliate your skin without the risk of abrasion from potentially sharp-edged particles, such as ground-up cherry shells. More to the point, all skin types will do far better when it comes to exfoliation by using an effective AHA or BHA exfoliant instead of a scrub. BHA exfoliants simply do more, especially if signs of aging, enlarged pores, or breakouts are your concerns.

Pros:
  • Cleanses and manually exfoliates skin.
Cons:
  • The bitter cherry shell powder can be an abrasive scrub ingredient.
  • Highly fragranced.

More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin’s healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.

Last Updated:12.30.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Brightening exfoliating cleanser powered by wild rose oil to improve skin's overall radiance and texture. This cleanser exfoliates skin naturally using a dual-action process to uncover even, luminous skin.

Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Coco-Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Glycerin, Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Shell Powder, Inulin, Sclerotium Gum, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Galactoarabinan, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Lecithin, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract.

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Korres At-A-Glance

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, there’s 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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