When it comes to exfoliating my skin, nothing beats a good scrub for me. A scrub is the fastest way to brighten and revitalize my complexion – not to mention how satisfying it is to see those dead cells come off as I gently massage the scrub all over my face.
My absolute favorite scrub is Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, a brown-coloured mask that gently exfoliates skin without irritating it. As the name suggests, the key ingredient of this mask is Brazilian black sugar, a rich source of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a multi-tasking anti-aging ingredient that dissolves the bonds that hold skin cells together so they are easier to remove, brightens the complexion, boosts the production of collagen to treat wrinkles, repairs sun damage and even hydrates skin.
Although you can find a lot of scrubs that contain black sugar on the shelves of your favorite beauty stores, I have yet to find something that can even come close to Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. What makes it far superior to all the other black sugar scrubs I’ve tried is the addition of moisturizing ingredients, such as lanolin, shea butter, and macadamia ternifolia seed oil.
Lanolin is a thick and greasy substance sheep naturally produce to waterproof their bodies and protect them from the harsh winter weather. Lanolin is a wonderful moisturizer for human skin too as it prevents water loss and keeps skin smooth and soft. Best of all, the collection of lanolin does not harm the sheep in any way: lanolin is extracted from sheared wool before it is washed.
Shea butter and macadamia ternifolia seed oil are two excellent moisturizers as well. The former is derived from the fruit of the shea tree while the latter from edible macadamia nuts and they both work in the exact same way as lanolin: they create a barrier on the skin that prevents moisture from evaporating, helping skin to retain its natural softness and smoothness.
Because this scrub is so moisturizing, I can gently massage a small amount on my face without worrying it will dry out my skin, like a lot of scrubs unfortunately tend to do. But if you have sensitive skin and find even this gentle scrub to be a bit too much for your skin, I highly suggest you mix it with water or toner as that will dilute the formula and make it even milder than it already is.
Unlike most scrubs that are washed off almost immediately, Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off needs to stay on the skin for at least 10 to 15 minutes to work its best. I take advantage of these few minutes of peace and quiet to catch up on my favorite magazines and blogs and then I wash it off.
The difference in my skin is obvious straight away: now that those rough and dull dead skin cells are finally gone, my complexion is left visibly smoother and beautifully radiant. It is also incredibly soft to the touch – so soft I can hardly stop myself from touching my skin!
Although this scrub takes a bit longer to use, the results are absolutely worth investing a few extra minutes into my skincare routine. If my skin looks good, I can skip makeup in the morning and that cuts my morning beauty ritual by a good few minutes. A few precious minutes that allow me to stay in bed a little longer – as a busy working mum that’s a luxury I don’t experience often!
Summary: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off gently exfoliates skin, leaving it smoother, brighter and silky soft.
Claims: Enriched with minerals and vitamins, this face scrub effectively exfoliates dead skin that prevents makeup application, while revitalizing skin.
Ingredients: Sucrose, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Macademia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Lanolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Laurate, Butylparaben, BHT, Caramel, Parfum
Where to buy: Soko Glam