Saturday, 1 January 2011

Review: Asda Skin System Creamy Face Wash and Face Scrub

Happy New Year Readers! Here's my first product review post of 2011... Unfortunately, it isn't a product rave.

I’m a big fan of the St Ives Apricot Scrub, its right up there on my repurchasing list and since I ran out of it back in November, you might remember I went to Asda in search of a new face scrub to use almost on a daily basis (read my haul from the shopping trip here). Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I was bored with the St Ives Scrub, I fully intended to repurchase it, it was just that when I got to the shop I had this overwhelming urge to try something a little different. In hindsight, I wish I hadn’t bothered Anyway, as I was browsing the shelves, I spotted a brand I hadn’t tried before. After taking a closer look, I realised it was actually by Asda themselves. I hadn’t seen this packaging before so perhaps it’s a new line. It’s called Skin System: Face. I ended up buying the face scrub and the face wash.
Asda Skin System: Face
Creamy Face Wash and Face Scrub £1.73 each

Before I progress too much into my review, I must say that although it is probably already apparent that I do not like either of these products, they have been thoroughly tested.  I have been using both of these since the beginning of November, so for two months now, and I feel as though my judgements are honest and well informed.

Both the face wash and scrub are designed for all skin types even those with sensitive skin which I like because everyone can give it a go and it is therefore suitable for the whole family to use.  They are also don't have any artificial colours or fragrance in them, nor do they contain any harsh chemicals.  So overall, I wouldn't say they are full of goodness but they are certainly free from badness.  They are both 150ml in size and a little goes a long way so they are good value for money in that sense.

The Creamy Face Wash contains pro-vitamin B5, aloe vera (which is great if you have sunburn as it helps to take the redness out of the skin) and natural lipids which together are designed to soothe, condition and cleanse the skin leaving it 'silky smooth' and 'radiant'.

Despite looking quite creamy when first squeezed from the tube, when actually applied to the face and used as directed, the consistency is more like a gel and makes a very poor effort at lathering up.  To top it off, this face wash smells absolutely vile. I certainly will not be repurchasing it, nor will I be finishing the bottle.  It gets a 0 out of 10 from me!

Now onto the Face Scrub.  On the bottle it sounds fantastic.  A mix of shea cocoa butter, pro-vitamin B5 and calendula extract are supposed to make the skin soft and well conditioned while the silica and corn cob granules buff away dead skin cells leaving skin polished, or at least that's the idea anyway.  When it comes to face and body scrubs, i love the microdermabrasion effect of small abrasive particles that can really buff away dead skin cells.  This however is no such face scrub.  The scrubbing elements and too large and quite sharp that they are lost in the creamy liquid and do not adequately polish the skin.

Daisy May trying to get in on the blogging photography action...
For products that were supposed to be fragrance free, both of these smell absolutely revolting and that's is their main downfall for me.  Usually if I don't like something, providing I haven't had a bad reaction to it, I will still use it up.  Afterall, I have paid good money for it and I can usually find something I like about it but with these two, I cant.  The smell is just too disgusting that I cant even use them quickly on my face.  They feel and smell very artificial, a bit like plastic and the face scrub has an added BO, sweat smell.  Just absolutely awful.  I've never really had a product before that I really didn't look forward to using, until now anyway.  Needless to say, I have thrown these out.

From now on, I will be sticking to my St. Ives Apricot Scrub!

Have you tried this face wash and scrub?  Did you find similar results?
Are there any facial washes or scrubs that you would recommend?

I’ve never really been one for standing over the basin using face wash, then scrub every morning because I just don’t leave myself enough time when I’m getting ready and plus it’s a bit of a carry on. However what I’ve been doing lately (and what I’ve found really works for me) is keeping my facial scrub in the shower cubicle and using it on my face while I have a shower which saves sooo much time and mess. With that in mind, I thought I’d try doing the same with a face wash too and when I saw these two I thought they would be perfect to try out. They are £1.73 each so won’t break the bank but having used them, I definitely think they are a waste of money.


  1. I love soap and glory- greatest scrub of your life on my face. And then anything which isd like grit on my body to get rid of my fake tan lol xxxx

  2. A lot of companies use frangrance to cover up the not very nice smell of the chemicals used thats probably why they didn't smell too good. I'm glad I read this, I shop at Asda but I wont try them now. I like to buy epsom salts to use as a face scrub it only costs me £1.00 a tub from the chemist! thanks for the post x

  3. @Ray Im just getting into Soap and Glory properly so will deff give that a go when I run out of all the other stuff ive got!
    @The Beautiful Blog - Im pleased this was helpful to you. I think the pretty packaging may lure people into buying something thats awful. Ive never used epsom salts before, great idea!

    Laura xoxo

  4. I like this face wash cream - the smell to me is more generic soap smell, it isn't very nice but i don't think it is too bad. Also, did you find it leaves your lips feeling really strange after? Either way, it has really helped improve my skin, and the price is good, so i'll continue using it.

    The face scrub is terrible, those 'exfoliants' are ACTUALLY pieces of dried corn! Take a closer look. You can even taste corn if it gets in your mouth lol - and it is way too sharp! Feels like your face is gonna get cut open!

  5. Daisy May is so cute......aaaaaaaaaaawwwww..AnywhoI have been recently trying out their Asda's toner.It's going ok thus far.You have just put me off investing in their other products though...Lol. Love the blog.Keep it up. :-)


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