I've been reading the labels of my bath & beauty products for a couple of years now and trying to be a more aware, proactive consumer. I care about where my money goes, what my money supports, what I put on or in my body and what the process a product went through to wind up in my house (including animal testing). It's not as easy - or as hard - as one might think. It just takes a little extra effort. Sometimes a little extra money as well, I'm not going to lie.
So it's kind of a fantastic feeling of win! when I find a product that meets my high standards and is worth the money I plunk down. Such a product is Alba sea algae facial scrub.
I have a combination skin (not overly dry or oily) and this is my go-to scrub for exfoliating.
Pros: - Pleasant natural scent. No allergy-inducing fragrances that overwhelm my senses and make me break out or sneeze. - A little goes a long way. - Available online and increasingly more retail stores such as Rite Aid, Ulta, The Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods. - No sulfates, animal testing, animal products, or artificial colors <--- something I am increasingly becoming more aware of.
Cons: - I once got a little micro grain stuck in my eye (my fault) and damn if that wasn't painful.
I use this in the shower twice weekly and I can feel the results instantaneously. My skin is lighter, fresher, smoother, more open and cleaner feeling when I use this. It was, in fact, in the shower when I realized, "Damn, I gotta tell Lunch.com about this!"
Being able to feel and see the results right away is crucial for me because I hate throwing away my money on facial scrubs or cleaners that leave a gross/filmy feeling, or - just as worse - feeling like it did absolutely nothing.
Retail price: $9.95 (I have seen it for less during sales and promotions at a variety of stores) Lasting power: Anywhere from 3-6 months.
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Gently exfoliates dull, dry skin This gentle exfoliating scrub with sea algae enzymes and aloe vera will gently lift away impurities and dull, dry skin for improved clarity and healthy circulation. 100% Vegetarian Ingredients. No Animal Testing. pH balanced. hypo-allergenic. 70% certified organic ingredients. Made in the USA AlbaOrganics.com Vegan