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I’ve been wanting to try something from the Mario Badescu skin care line for a while. My sister was given the strawberry face scrub, but she is allergic to strawberries! Needless to say, she immediately gave the scrub to me. (Thanks, sis! ;)) Appropriate for all skin types, this face scrub is made with real strawberry seeds that are supposed to gently remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and prevent blackheads. I was a little skeptical at first. I’m not one to use food-based hair or skin care products, yet I was very curious whether this product would work for me. Surprisingly, it did!
INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Stearic Acid, Strawberry Extract, Seamollient, Propylene Glycol Dipelargonate, Polyglycol Ester, and Myristate DEA.
After cleansing my face with black soap, I lightly splashed my face with water. Then, I applied a small amount of the face scrub. A little goes a long way … I probably only used a ½ teaspoon for my whole face. Seriously! So, one 4 oz. jar should last quite a while. And, all I did was gently massage the scrub onto my skin with light, circular motions.
I have VERY sensitive combination skin. So, I have to be pretty careful when choosing skincare products. I have a very vivid memory of a so-called “gentle exfoliating cloth” that I used in the past that agitated and completely removed my top layer of facial skin! It took months for my face to recover from that innocent mistake. My skin was so irritated that I couldn’t even wear makeup. I still think of that memory and cringe sometimes.
Usually, even with facial scrubs that I like, my face is left slightly red and blotchy. Not so with this product! This strawberry scrub was truly gentle. It had a creamy, almost whipped, consistency. It wasn’t gritty like a salt or sugar scrub, yet it worked effectively to buff away the dry patches of skin I have near my cheekbones. I could really feel the strawberry seeds work their “magic”! The scrub balanced my combination skin perfectly without leaving my already oil-prone T-zone super slick. My skin felt so hydrated and soft after I rinsed the scrub off that I almost forgot to moisturize my face!
After just one use, my skin was left with a smoother, baby soft texture that I had a hard time not touching … and touching … Even sans makeup, my skin looks much healthier and more radiant. Any product that can do that to my skin without having to highlight and contour is worth its weight in gold! I will definitely be buying another jar when this one runs out. And, I love that this scrub is gentle enough to use two to three times a week. And, the scent? It is absolutely heavenly! It smells like strawberries and champagne. It’s like decadence in a jar. What more could a girl want?
The only criticism I have is that, over time, I had to remind myself to gently rub the scrub into my skin. The product worked so beautifully that I sometimes got a little overzealous during the application process. However, I think that is less of a con about the product and more of a self-reminder not to mistreat my sensitive skin.