I picked up Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub ($9.99) earlier last month in the hopes this would be a moisturizing way to exfoliate my dry face. Everyone tells you how important exfoliating your face is but what they don’t tell you is that it happens to be a chore for those of us with drier skin.
I’d say exfoliating once every two weeks is plenty enough for dry skin. Why? Because over exfoliating actually causes your skin to become drier. So, you might be busy sloughing away dead skin with your favorite exfoliating treatment but that formula might be stripping your skin of much needed oil therefore resulting in further dryness.
It’s always a challenge finding an exfoliating facial scrub that’s creamy, hydrating, and grainy enough to actually buff away drier skin. I knew that going into my purchase of Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub it was likely going to give me two out of the three of those benefits and I was right assuming that.
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub ($9.99) is beautifully formulated. It’s very creamy with a light earthy fragrance that’s much more pleasant than the Hydrating Mud Mask from this collection. It smells a lot more like shea butter than it does the frankincense and myrrh (according to the brand this is great for revitalizing dullness but after using the scrub and the mask my dullness sadly remains) it apparently contains.
This would be an incredible formula except for the fact it contains jojoba beads to exfoliate. I find jojoba beads to be absolutely useless for exfoliation. They tend to slip and side around my face but don’t aren’t effective enough nor grainy or harsh enough to scrub away drier skin. I suppose jojoba beads are great if you have sensitive skin and you want a more gentle scrub. But even then, if you have drier skin you’re going to need something a little harsher whisk away flakier, drier skin.
The actual base is beautifully creamy as I mentioned above. It feels like a heavy body cream and is quite hydrating during application and well after. It takes a little elbow grease to remove it completely but it doesn’t strip skin nor does it dry it out. But sadly, the scrubbing action isn’t terribly great so I might be a bit softer after using this but my flakier, drier areas that I wanted to remove are still very much there.
Love the idea of Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub but it’s just not as effective as I had hoped for.
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