L'Oreal claims that Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser contains "gentle micro-pearls" and glycolic acid to exfoliate dull skin and unveil a more radiant complexion. Unfortunately, the formula has a few issues that present considerable concern.
Chief among its problems, the scrub particles in this cleanser feel harsh and overly abrasive, which can potentially cause micro-tears in skin. It also doesn't help that the formula is fragranced, which can further sensitize skin. None of this is what you want in order to take the best possible care of your complexion.
As for the glycolic acid mentioned in the claims, it isn't able to function effectively as an exfoliant in this formula because the pH is too high. Glycolic acid is also far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser or scrub. That’s because it's rinsed off before it can begin to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser/scrub to provide exfoliating benefits, think again. Some companies recommend leaving these types of cleansers on skin for a longer period of time so the glycolic acid can absorb, but that means the cleansing agents would also be left on too and that can cause dryness and irritation.
In short, this cleanser isn't all it's cracked up to be and may actually present more problems than it solves. Do your skin a favor and try an option from our Best Cleansers list instead.
Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser with gentle micro pearls and Glycolic Acid, exfoliates dullness and impurities to improve skin tone, texture and clarity, revealing visibly brighter, more radiant skin.
Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perlite, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Cocobetaine, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Limonene, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Citric Acid
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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