The Review: Sukin Super Greens Scrub
What up dearest readers, this summer’s flown by so quickly and we’re about to dive back into the season of back-to-school, sweater-weather & pumpkin spiced lattes! The summer heat is still sticking around for a bit though, which has its pros and cons - one major con is that the heat makes my skin much more high-maintenance. The humidity brings on the sweat/oiliness/gunk and the heat also dries out my skin, which results in a truly unfortunate combination. I always find the more products I introduce into my skincare regime the more irritated my skin gets! So it’s safe to say I’ve been eager to find something to simplify my routine and calm my oily/dry combo summer face.
This month I had the chance to try out a product from the new-to-eVitality Super Greens line from Sukin. Sukin is a hugely popular Australian skincare brand which prides itself on Australian-made products with ingredients that are naturally derived, cruelty free/vegan, environmentally sustainable and affordable. Sukin has been gaining quite a bit of popularity on this side of the globe for its eco-conscious and effective natural products. I was very intrigued to try it out after seeing many Sukin products featured on some of my favourite beauty blogs! The Super Greens range launched in 2015 with products that incorporate a ~super green~ blend of Kale, Spirulina, Parsley and Chlorella as well as Acai and Goji. Basically everything you would want in a super-health green smoothie but for your face (I’m not personally a fan of green smoothies so this topical alternative was very appealing to me).
Now as previously stated, I am a huuuge scrub fiend when it comes to skin care products. Exfoliation is probably my top priority in my skincare routine and I’ve tried dozens of different scrubs, exfoliating masks, etc. over the years. So naturally I was most inclined to try out the Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub (although the Detoxifying Clay Masque will most definitely be next on my wish list!).
Because I’ve been a scrub-addict (sorry TLC) for so long, I have pretty high exfoliation standards and usually prefer more heavy-duty scrubs. Typically I prefer a thick, cream-based scrub with a natural exfoliating ingredient like sugar, salt or crushed walnut. Now a more extreme-scrub like that isn’t always advisable if your skin is more on the sensitive side, and I’ve definitely overdone it on the scrub before to the point of winding up with a fairly raw face (Key tip: if your skin is starting to sting from all the scrubbing you should probably stop..). I was a little disappointed when I squeezed a little of the Super Greens Scrub onto my fingertips; it’s definitely a cream-based scrub as opposed to a gel-base (which I’m not a fan of), but it has a much more liquid-y texture than the thick paste-like scrubs I like to use. At first it also seemed to feel like more of a cream cleanser in consistency, I could barely feel any sort of exfoliating agent/texture. I’ve tried many scrubs before that were essentially lotions or gels with a few exfoliating beads that did nothing for my skin so at first I assumed the Super Greens Scrub would be more of the same.
I’m very glad I didn’t write it off though, as I started to notice a difference once I applied the scrub to my face and started to massage it into my skin. The more you massage, the more you actually start to feel the exfoliating texture from the natural Jojoba Beads and Bamboo in this scrub. The beads and crushed bamboo are very fine but you can definitely feel them scrubbing away any oil/dirt/gunk chilling on your face. It gives your skin a gentle tingly feeling which is really refreshing, and the SMELL. I didn’t notice it until I started scrubbing it onto my face but it is super delicious, kind of like a fruit-punch sent which is probably from the combo of Pineapple and Cranberry extracts in the scrub (uh, YUM). Also I found it much easier to rinse of my face than the thicker scrubs I usually use which overall would save me much more time in my regular skincare routine (added bonus!).
To break down some of the other super-green ingredients packed in this scrub, we have a very nutrient rich blend of Kale, Spirulina and Parsley. Sounds more like ingredients for a salad but they’re all actually super-beneficial to your skin! So, how do these ingredients help to give your skin a healthy glow? Well for starters kale (which pretty much any nutrition expert is rightfully obsessed with) is loaded with vitamins A, C and K, iron, and antioxidants and is just as healthy for you in your skincare as in your salad. Spirulina, if you’ve never heard of it, is a powerful superfood that comes from micro-algae. Sounds a bit gross but it’s chock-full of proteins, minerals and fatty acids to brighten skin. If your skin has been looking tired and dull, spirulina applied topically can do wonders for your skin! And lastly parsley is actually so much more than just a bit of decoration on your dinner plate. Parsley is extremely rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and beta-carotene content, giving it the super-ability to balance oil production detoxify your skin from impurities.
When all is said and done though, as wonderful as an all-natural, eco-friendly product is to use, if it doesn’t work well then you won’t want to use it. But after using this scrub my skin really felt just as soft and smooth as any of the other heavy-duty exfoliators I love without leaving my skin feeling tight and dry (or scrubbed-raw for that matter!). I’m sure I’ll still use a heavier grittier scrub, but much less often (maybe once every couple weeks), as the Super Greens Scrub is definitely gentle enough to use on a daily basis to keep my face feeling smooth and very refreshed!