Available online at dermae.com, amazon.com and ulta.com; $12.75 for 4 ounces
The pitch: “Exfoliate away dull, lifeless surface cells and cleanse away impurities with this pro-grade refining scrub formula. With skin-renewing Vitamin A, purifying Marine Plant Extracts, sloughing Glycolic Acid, Apricot Seed Powder and Papaya, this formula reveals a healthy, smooth, younger-looking complexion. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.”
The skinny: When I first started using the derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub to slough away the day’s impurities, I was hopeful the “healthy, smooth, younger-looking complexion” that the product website claims would emerge immediately.
Even though the scrub did a good job as a wash, I saw absolutely no reduction in my occasional breakouts, which I expected from upping my attack against lifeless surface cells.
It doesn’t say on the package how often to use it, but the scrub is pretty abrasive, so I’m guessing it’s not for daily use. I did try massaging it in with my fingertips, which tended to be “scrubbier” than washing with a washcloth.
The Vitamin A, marine plant extracts and glycolic acid offered a nice cleanse with a pleasant but not lingering scent.
Did I have fewer wrinkles? I certainly didn’t have any more, even though I aged three months during the course of this trial.
The scrub claims to be 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free. So for consumers looking for more natural-type products, this one seems to meet all the criteria. But if effectiveness is your goal, perhaps it is better to look elsewhere