Can you tell that I’ve been fan-girling over Laura Mercier for some time now? This French beauty giant label has had their Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish on the shelves for a while now but it remains one of their bestsellers to date.
We know face scrubs can be tricky; to find one that cleanses and purifies your face without drying your skin can be chasing rainbows at times. Let’s drill this one deeper and see what helms this baby into the shopping baskets of many.
Laura Mercier Face Polish Face Scrub with Purifying Microbeads Review
A beauty product will not be french if it doesn’t embody a charming scent. It smells like oranges and cream put together. Very delicious.
It has a rich, firm and creamy paste with semi-course granules which are exfoliating microbeads that exert just the right amount of scrubbing pressure on the skin.
Price & Size
SGD$50.00 for 96 grams (3.4 oz) at Sephora stores & Laura Mercier counters at Tangs Orchard, Takashimaya S.C. and Robinsons Orchard in Singapore.
How to Apply the Laura Mercier Facial Polish Scrub
It is important to moist your skin with water before you lather on the product. If you attempt it on dry skin like I did, your skin may experience some harsh abrasion as the paste is not exactly a fluid type of carrier. Dispense a small amount and work the product in circular motion on your moisten skin for 2 minutes before rinsing off with water.
Chamomile (Matricaria) Flower Extract – heals wounds and lightens scars and blemishes due to its calming properties that soothes skin and prevents flare ups and irritations.
Sage – relieves skin inflammation and hot flashes; have herbal anti-bacterial properties in preventing acne. Aside from adding to the calming spa-like fragrance to the product, it also contains potent active ingredients in fighting skin ageing.
Sunflower Seed Oil – like chamomile, they speed up wound and scars recovery due to it being rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects your skin from free radicals and environmental pollutants. It is also very high in Omega-6, essential fatty acids that help stimulate skin regenerative growth.
Rose Hip Flower Extract – known for its healing properties, it helps to regenerates the skin’s natural barrier and surface cells. Because it nourishes and repairs skin cells, it is often relied on for not just skin’s cellular restoration but plumpness and radiance.
Oat Kernel Flour (Avina Sativa) – the ground kernel of oats act as an emulsifier to bind the ingredients up as well as has cleansing properties in purifying the skin without drying it. It also helps to absorb oil, improve the skin tone and has anti-inflammatory effect and helps to soothe itchy skin and inhibits the spreading of acne.
Jojoba Ester – I couldn’t stress this enough, but Jojoba Ester is proven to be of the closest nature of oils to our skin’s natural oils. As such its offers excellent emollient quality and skin barrier protective functions to the skin and conditions and hydrates it deeply at the same time.
* This product contains parabens, parfums and microbeads.
Verdict: A Reliable Facial Cleanser & Scrub for Oily Skin
Using it on a daily basis for my oily skin is a pleasurable experience in Singapore’s humid weather, but using it in drier and colder climates overseas, even quite rarely, is the reverse. I brought this to Japan last Autumn/ Winter and let’s just say that my skin felt tight and needed moisturizing more than usual. The oat flour component does help with oil-control after all.
I would recommend those with oily or combination skins to just use it on your T-zone areas and not on your cheek areas in drier and colder months. But my skin loves it when I use it in Singapore, the rate at which our natural oils return to the skin is faster, together with the humidity in the air, the skin doesn’t get a chance to feel taut. The Laura Mercier Face Polish does a good cleansing job and it does brighten and evens out the skin tone over time, probably due to it healing the blemishes and acne scars quicker too.
While microbeads help scrub away dead skin cells and make way for other nutrients to penetrate into your epidermis more effectively, they are after all plastic beads. Rising issues of them contaminating the environment when they’re released into the sewage is something to think about.