Aveeno has always been one of my go-to drugstore brands for hair and skincare, so when I was offered the opportunity to test out their new Fresh Essentials skincare line – I was all over it! They all have this delicate floral scent… which I absolutely love – but if you are sensitive to that kind of thing you might want to pass on them.
One of the ingredients in all 3 products is Southernwood, which I had never heard of before – but they say…
These formulas help fortify and moisturize your skin. AVEENO® scientists utilize an extract of the southernwood plant that contains a natural combination of sugars and polyphenols. ACTIVE NATURALS® Southernwood formulas provide antioxidant activity to help restore the skin’s moisture barrier for fresher and healthier-looking skin.
I’ve been using all 3 for about 2 weeks now and haven’t had any negative reactions. My skin isn’t better, or worse than it was when I started – but my skin has been pretty healthy over the past few months so I didn’t expect to see much of a difference.
Daily Exfoliating Scrub
Keep your skin looking fresh from morning to night. This deep facial scrub is enriched with natural luffa and coconut pulp to gently remove dirt and make-up from the pores. With ACTIVE NATURALS® Southernwood, this scrub also helps to lock in what’s good for your skin and block out what’s not. So you’re left with skin that looks smoother, brighter, more balanced and more polished than before you washed.
This scrub is very gentle and it doesn’t foam up much. I don’t find it removes my makeup or gets my face as clean as my clarisonic does with a non-exfoliating wash, and wouldn’t want to use this with it as the beads would get stuck in the bristles. I do love the smell though so I hope they come out with a regular face wash in this line.
Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
Sometimes, life can get a little hectic. But your skin doesn’t have to show it. Enriched with vitamins A, C and E, this fortifying, oil-free moisturizer nourishes and protects the skin. This moisturizer, with ACTIVE NATURALS® Southernwood, creates a natural barrier that helps to lock in what’s good for your skin and keep out what’s not.
I am loving this moisturizer! The scent gives me life first thing in the morning, it sinks in to my skin quickly, and leaves it feeling soft. The fact that it is SPF 30 will be a huge plus in the summer, when I regularly forget to put sunscreen on my face.
Reveal fresh-looking skin even with your busy lifestyle. The ACTIVE NATURALS® Southernwood formula works to replenish the natural moisture barrier of your skin while you sleep, and helps keep your skin from looking dull and tired. AVEENO® FRESH ESSENTIALS® Night Cream also infuses fortifying antioxidants and vitamins onto the skin. In other words, this oil-free night cream helps keep what’s good for the skin in and the bad out. So you’ll have softer, smoother healthier-looking skin by the time you wake up.
Testing night creams always forces me to apply them every night, which is a good thing. I like that this doesn’t feel heavy on my skin, and I have been applying it over the oil I use on my face (I know that defeats the whole ‘oil-free’ part of the cream… but I like oil!) and haven’t had any reactions.
Overall I really like these products, and wouldn’t hesitate to pick up the creams again – the face wash just isn’t the right product for me, but if they came out with a scrub-free face wash I would be all over it!
Do you prefer an exfoliating or non-exfoliating facewash?
All comments and opinions are honest and my own.