Today I'm going to be reviewing Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub. This was my first experience with a salt scrub (I'm more used to exfoliating bodywash and the occasional homemade sugar scrub). So, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect.
I opened the jar and the first thing I noticed was the scent. It was a pleasant smell, but rather strong for my tastes. The second thing I noticed was that it seemed to have separated. So, I put the lid back on and shook it up a bit.
As always with new products, I did an allergy test on my inner elbow. A little more than 24 hours later, the allergy test spot was fine. So, I got in the shower and shook the jar a bit. I then scooped a small amount into my hand and started applying it to my skin (getting a bit more as needed). As I rubbed, I could feel the salt grains scrubbing off the dry skin, and it honestly felt amazing. It was rather relaxing. Of course, I did NOT like how oily it felt (I'm not sure why I was surprised, given that it's almost entirely oils and salts).
Once I was finished, I rinsed off. Or tried to. The salt grains that hadn't already broken down rinsed off easily. Enough of the oil rinsed off to make the shower floor slick. But my skin still felt VERY oily. Finally, I gave up on rinsing and (carefully) got out of the shower. As I dried off, I noticed most of the oily feeling disappeared (probably onto my towel). What remained was a light, pleasant (to me, my animal companions disagreed) scent and smooth-feeling skin. And the itchiness from dry skin was gone. The softness lingered on until my next shower (so did the scent, which I was less enthused about by that time).
Of course, I had to clean the shower floor right away. And the bathroom retained the odor of the scrub for hours (in fact, it smelled stronger in the air than it had in the jar!), even with the exhaust fan on.
About a day and a half or so after I'd used the scrub, I noticed pimples popping up all over my skin (even places I've never had pimples).
So, my impressions and advice? Shake the jar before using. Open windows and turn on vents. Be aware that this WILL make your shower/tub slippery and you'll need to clean up afterward. If you're prone to pimples (or even if [like me] you rarely get them), you may want to try using soap to remove most of the oil from your skin (something I'll try next time) But be prepared for soft, healthy skin. And the exfoliation feels so amazing!
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