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Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish Review

This post contains affiliate links. Product provided by Wishtrend.

As a skincare community, we went from aggressively rubbing our faces with St. Ives apricot scrub to shunning all physical exfoliators. I still like to use an occasional gentle scrub for that immediate feeling of soft, smooth skin. It’s not a daily or even a weekly practice, but there’s definitely a place for physical exfoliators on my skincare shelf (or shelves, really, because I have so many things).

My current scrub is Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish. It’s available on Wishtrend (discount code LUCY15), YesStyle (reward code KBHOBBIT), Amazon, iHerb (discount code CWN6107), and Stylevana (discount code INF10KBH - once per customer).

Klairs Black Sugar scrub promises to melt away blackheads and dead skin cells for soft, smooth skin. It’s made with vitamins A&E plus shea butter to soften the skin.

The Wishtrend online instructions seem to be for a cleansing oil and not the scrub. The instructions below are from the box and seem more appropriate.

How to use:

  • Cleanse the face (I double cleanse - first with oil, then with a foaming cleanser)

  • Take a bit of the scrub and add some water to it

  • Gently massage over the face and lips

  • Rinse

  • Follow with the rest of your routine

The scrub is a beautiful brown color that makes me think of snickerdoodle cookies. It has small but noticeable grains of sugar. With other physical exfoliators, I’m used to just massaging them over the face without adding extra water, but I think in this case the addition of liquid makes for a gentler exfoliation experience. I have not noticed a scent. My sense of smell is mostly recovered now, but it’s still a bit weird, so maybe someone else would have a different olfactory experience.

My impressions

I like this scrub. I have combination skin with some oily and some dry areas. The key to success here is massaging very gently. Since the granules are sugar, they do eventually dissolve, but overzealous scrubbing can do damage to the skin.

I love that this can be used on the lips as well. Everything is nice and smooth when I’m done and ready for the next skincare steps. I will occasionally apply Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish to the hands and cuticles to get them prepped for a nice hand mask afterwards. I tried the scrub on the legs just out of curiosity, and the sugar granules dissolve too fast to be able to cover the larger body areas. But for the face it’s great.

Overall, I think this will work for people with oily to normal skin that’s not very sensitive. If you want a more gentle physical exfoliator, try the I’m From Fig Scrub Mask (review here).

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Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Candelilla Cera, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polysorbate 20, Microcrystalline Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Molasses, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Powder, Fragrance, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil


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