Way back in the day when I first started blogging about Korean cosmetics, the Skinfood Black Sugar Scrub was my jam. I went through like 3 tubs of the stuff. Then, for whatever reason I stopped using manual exfoliators and ended up splurging on my baby, the Clarisonic Mia2. I haven’t really touched a manual exfoliator since, that is until the Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish was sent my way. In my Create Your Own Korean Skincare Routine post, I mentioned the Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish as a save option for your exfoliator step, so I thought I’d write up a little review for ya!
First of all, I love that this product is called a facial polish, and not a facial scrub. Doesn’t it just sound more luxurious and fancy? The word scrub just sounds harsh. Polish sounds so sophisticated! The Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish is packaged in a small black jar containing 60g of product. It doesn’t come with a spatula, so just make sure your hands are clean before using it. It’s alcohol and paraben free, contains no artificial coloring, and the brand doesn’t test on animals. Some notable ingredients include shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and cranberry oil. I prefer to use this product once a week, usually Sunday nights (which are my pampering nights, let me know if you want a post on that!). I’ll allow you to read the back of the jar for further info!
If you love cleansing oils and you love a little exfoliating action, then this is definitely going to be for you. All you need is a tiny dime sized amount mixed with a bit of water, and lightly massage it into your face. At first use, my first thought was “wow, this is much more gentle than the SkinFood Scrub!” After 10 or so seconds, the sugar exfoliators disappear and you’re left with a super silky/milky oil cleanser. The milky cleanser feels really lovely on the skin and after your rinse it off, your skin is smooth, silky, and hydrated. I’m a big fan of how soft my face feels after using it. I have to resist the urge to touch my face constantly. I think the key to using manual exfoliators properly is to lightly massage them into your skin, don’t scrub them in. Gentle is the key word!
As far as the scent goes, it smells pretty identical to the SkinFood offering, which is slightly sugary/lemon-y. The texture is much smoother than the SkinFood Black Sugar scrub, and the sugar exfoliants aren’t as harsh. Like I said earlier, it’s incredibly moisturizing and hydrating, and would be great for those with dry skin. It’s non-irritating, and it doesn’t leave your skin all red and flaky like a lot of other exfoliators (coughStIvescough) If you have oily skin but are are fan of oil cleansers, this would also be a great addition to your stash!
The Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish is available from Wishtrend for $18.99.
Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Wishtrend. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
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