Yes, we're talking about that new scrub by Kylie Jenner. 'Fine walnut powder' sounds fancy and naturally lux, but whether it's good for your skin is questionable at best. And also, come on, Kylie — it's 2019, you have billions of dollars to pour into cutting edge research and development... and you bring us some ground up nuts?
Let's be clear, we're not here to hate on Kylie Jenner. Opinions differ when it comes to the Kardashian-Jenner clan... but when it comes to cosmetics and ingredient efficacy, one thing is clear: there are way better things for your skin than an abrasive facial scrub, especially when it costs US$22.
As fun as it is to use facial products that sound like something we could eat (sugar scrubs, coffee scrubs, apricot shell scrubs), in the long run, you're causing more damage to your skin.
The large granules from crushed walnut, crushed shells, sugar or coffee grounds can make micro-tears in your skin. Think about roughing up some wood with sandpaper — it's smooth to the touch, but when you look up close, it's fully of tiny scratches. That's exactly what happens on the surface of your skin when you scrub with abrasive beads.
This damage lets bacteria in (hello acne!) and can lead to overexfoliation (hello dry, dehydrated skin!).
So what are the alternatives?
You don't have to discard scrubs entirely. If you love that scrubby feeling, look for facial scrubs with rounded jojoba beads like our Polish Face Scrub. Avoid plastic microbeads — they're terrible for the environment, and don't do your skin as much good as a scrubby bead that slowly melts into a soothing nourishing jojoba oil.
Your other option is chemical exfoliation with acids, which isn't nearly as scary as it sounds. In fact, using exfoliating acids is generally more gentle than a face scrub as it works slowly on the skin and doesn't rely on you scrubbing away.
Chemical exfoliants include ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid and enzymes from fruits like pineapple or papaya.
These ingredients work by slowly dissolving the 'glue' that holds your dead skin cells together, so they fall off on their own in their own time — no risks of accidental over-scrubbing!
For an at-home salon experience, try out the 10% Lactic Acid Peel to dissolve those dead skin cells and gradually soften your skin. It'll take no more than 10 minutes and costs no more than $10.80.
If you can't decide, get the best of both worlds with our Super Fruit Face Scrub or Sea Kelp Scrub — both contain rounded beads and a blend of exfoliating acids and enzymes so that you get your scrub fix and some extra gentle exfoliation after you've washed it all off.
The bottom line? Don't let a glam influencer convince you to part with your money when there are cheaper and beter alternatives. Trust us, that Instagram-perfect glowing complexion is from chemical exfoliation, not crushed up food from the grocery store.