Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: simple smoothing facial scrub with rice

Hello! I'm finally doing another review! I've been using the Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub for a while now -- around two months maybe? So I decided it's a good time for me to do a second skincare review~

I purchased this product at the CVS near by school. It costed about $7 for the tube.

  • Reveals brighter and more evenly textured skin
  • With added vitamins: Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E
  • Contains skin-loving exfoliator: rice granules
  • Suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin
  • No dyes, artificial perfumes, and harsh irritants that can upset your skin

The packaging was pretty simple and, well, obviously green. It's a 150ml or 5 fl oz container. There's nothing else really to say. The design is concise and to the point.

I was really intrigued by the rice granules in this cleanser. That's one of the main reasons why I purchased it. During winter break, I had my first facial treatment at Ulta (the lady was super nice) and the product she used on me contained rice as well, so I was really on the look-out for a similar but cheaper alternative. I also liked how there was added vitamins and no preservatives. 
Vitamin B5 is moisturizing and acts as a skin healer. It reduces redness and promotes skin regeneration. Vitamin B5 should help with acne.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant, meaning that it products from UV, radicals, and pollution that produce radicals. It's good for sun protection, anti-aging, and scar treatment. 
So, now to the actual review. I do like how the feeling of my skin after using the cleanser. My skin feels clean, soft, and elastic. However, the rice granules seemed a little harsh to me, especially since I tend to apply too much pressure when using it. If I use a much lighter pressure, it actually feels pretty good. One problem is that the rice granules are a little sparse; each pea sized amount of cleanser doesn't contain many exfoliating particles. For me, I wish the granules were smaller. The rice exfoliator used during my facial treatment was much more gentle. It was a powder that was combined with water--I wish I paid more attention~

Also, the cleanser didn't help with my acne. In fact, more and more little acne bumps appeared! I was super upset. I was hoping that the Vitamin B5 would help, but It didn't. My acne isn't very red and the bumps remained small, but even after almost three weeks, they haven't disappeared...I feel that my forehead is a bit more oily as well. My t-zone tends to be pretty oily, but this cleanser doesn't help with that problem. It may be much more suited to a different skin type.

Overall rating:     
Repurchase? probably not.


  1. Rinako グレーJune 6, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    The rice granuls sound good~ :)

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  2. I heard rice granules (or rice in general) was a good ingredient to cleaning your face. I saw in a Korean realoty show that it's a very organic way of washing your face. Too bad this product didn't deliver the way you wanted it to :( I hate it when that happens! Spending for something you thought would work for you but didn't @.@ At least it was just $7, right? :(

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  3. Ahhhh oh no, I wouldn't think that this product would exacerbate acne!! Sorry about that! I also have acne and anything that makes it worst goes on my enemy list lol.

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  4. Wa! That's cool! Do you understand korean? I hear that rice water is very good for you too :)

    yea, at least it was only $7. It's working pretty well with my sister, but I guess, not so much for me. Maybe it's just my skin type? XD

  5. hahaha, lol, yep :P currently looking for a new face wash that can help control my oily skin and acne :P eeks XD

  6. Haha! No, I only know a few Korean conversational phrases from watching K-dramas :P Fortunately KBS has english subs in all their shows XD Oh that's good! At least it's not much of a waste since your sister can make the most of it :)

  7. ouuu, lol XD I really wanna learn Korean though T___T It seems so fun :) I love how in Korea, it's more skincare/preventative focused (over make-up and covering-up)~ Koreans have such nice skin, so I really wanna go to Korea to learn more about their beauty and skin care routine/system :P hehehe

    Yep :)

  8. Me too! I know basic Japanese, but I also wanna learn Korean ^.^ They're also lucky since they have really good climate there. The cold weather helps shrink pores :P

  9. really? I wanna learn Japanese, too >__< It's such a beautiful and melodic language! The culture is so interesting there. I wanna go to their cafes and to harajuku!