Saturday, 1 November 2014

Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub Review

Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub Review Swatch Blemish Prone Troubled Skin
Manuka Doctor Api Clear Purifying Facial Scrub
Today's post is a review of a new face scrub that I've been trying out from one of my favourite skin care brands, Manuka Doctor.  This scrub is from their ApiClear range which is perfectly balanced for those with troubled skin and it is called the Purifying Facial Scrub.  It contains purified bee venom, manuka honey and powerful botanical extracts that are proven to have anti-bacterial and skin smoothing benefits.

I guess I should start by letting you know what my skin is like at the moment.  Well, I have very oily skin with only a couple of dry patches and some blackheads.  I don't tend to breakout on a regular basis but I do get some blocked pores that occasionally turn into blemishes, of which I have a few at the moment.  My pores are really large, particularly on my cheeks around my nose.  I rarely drink alcohol but when I do, I tend to get a few spots the day after and that's it really, there's nothing more to tell.  I have used products from Manuka Doctor in the past across all of their ranges, including the ApiClear range that this face scrub is from.  I have used their Treatment Serum for YEARS and find it incredible effective.  Aside from the Rejuvenating Face Mask, it my most repurchased product from Manuka Doctor.

It comes as no surprise to me that I am writing about another scrub on my blog as I've just finished editing a 'products I've used up video' where I featured SO many face and body scrubs it was a little embarrassing.  I promise I'm not a scaly mess, I'm just someone who likes to keep on top of my scrub routine!


Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub Review Swatch Blemish Prone Oily Skin Troubled
Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub*
The Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub has been dermatologically tested and is free from Parabens and SLS.  However it does contain lots of skin benefiting ingredients such as Bamboo Stem Extract which is a rich source of silica making it good at improving the overall health of the skin because it is an antioxidant, it smoothes the skin and helps it to absorb essential minerals.

This scrub also contains Mahonia Aquifolium Root Extract and Platago Lanceolata Leaf Extract which help to actively fight blackheads and spots and prevent their reoccurrence by preventing the sebaceous glands from becoming blocked.  These ingredients also help to give the skin a smooth, even surface and they help to reduce inflammation of the skin which is particularly good for troubled skin that tends to be inflamed as a a result of skin imperfections like spots and acne.

Another notable ingredient in this scrub is Dragon Fruit Extract which contains Vitamin E and B3 which are good moisturisers but also slow cell turnover.  Dragon Fruit Extract is rich in Vitamin C and beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A) which help to reduce the risk of oxidative damage.

The Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub is designed to not only exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells but to also reduce sebum and remove impurities which are often the cause of blemishes.  A lot of facial scrubs can have a stripping effect on the skin whereby they will lift dead skin cells and also leave the skin feeling very tight as it is stripped of any natural oils.  I found that the ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub was able to really successfully lift the dead skin cells from my skin as after use my skin looked brighter than the dull complexion I had before using it and my skin didn't feel tight on my most oily areas.  The scrub did a really good job at controlling the excess oil on my face and my skin was definitely very clean after using it.

I did notice though that the dry patches around my nose, my upper lip and just under and to the sides of my chin did feel more dry and a little tingly in an irritated way.  This makes me think that the scrub would be absolutely ideal for those with oily acne prone skin as I think that it would help to dry out the blemishes.  However I would not recommend this scrub to those with dry or sensitive skin.  That isn't a negative point in this review though, as this scrub isn't intended for those skin types anyway but I do think that it is worth noting.

The scrub smells very much like the other products that I have tried from the ApiClear line, very fresh and clean and using the scrub is very easy.  Simply massage into damp skin after cleansing, using circular motions and wash away with warm water.


Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub Review Swatch Oily Blemish Prone Skin
Swatch of the Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub
I wouldn't use this scrub more than twice a week as I have found that it is effective enough at brightening and smoothing my skin after using it a couple of times but more frequent use may dry my skin out too much.  I think this is one of those products that you could decide for yourself how often you use it and you can adjust it to suit your skins needs.  It is quite abrasive without being too gritty which is something that I am not used to.  I really like microdermabrasion style scrubs that are full of exfoliating particles whereas the scrubbing particles in this scrub are a little more sparse than I usually prefer yet it works just as effectively.  This is undoubtedly down to the key ingredients that are in the scrub.  It isn't a product that relies solely on the exfoliating beads in a basic solution as both the exfoliating particles and the botanical extracts in the gel like solution work together to make this facial scrub effective.

After using the Purifying Facial Scrub and drying my skin with a clean towel, I feel as though my skin is in need of a good drink of moisture.  I apply my serum and moisturiser as usual and find that they both sank into my skin particularly well after using the scrub.  My skin is left looking bright and smooth and after only a few uses, it is starting to look more clear so I do think that it has helped to banish the few blemishes that I did have.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what the long term effects of using this scrub are as it contains a botanical active that is based on lentil extract.  This is said to provide a long lasting biological treatment that has been proven to minimise pores and control excess sebum.  I am really interested to see the results of using the full 100ml tube of this scrub as I have very oily skin that affects my skin on a daily basis and I have really large pores on some areas of my face that are pretty noticeable, especially towards the end of the day when my skin gets oilier so if this scrub can help to control the oil and minimise the appearance of my pores then I'll be happy.  As always, I will be featuring this product in my empties post when I have used it up in the future so I will report back then as to the long term benefits I have discovered from using it.

At the moment I have only been able to find the Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub online here and here which is probably because it is a brand new release but the rest of the line is available at Superdrug and Feel Unique and some selected products are also available from Holland and Barrett.

P.S. At the time of writing, Manuka Doctor have a ridiculous FLASH SALE of 50% off on their whole website until 9am Tuesday.  Head to this page to buy the scrub half price!!

P.P.S  Tomorrow I have a review of another new launch from Manuka Doctor so check back to see that!

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