Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Warm Up Your Mornings: Aveeno Positively Ageless Warming Scrub

Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Warming Scrub ($9.29 for 4 oz.) is a gentle exfoliator with a warming feel.  It uses shiitake mushrooms in it (this is where you might find your “anti-aging” properties).  Like most thermal products, it heats up when it comes into contact with water.  It has very fine, sand-like exfoliating beads that slough away dead skin without being overly abrasive nor too fine that you’re not sure if it’s doing the job right or not.  I’m not going to discuss the anti-aging claims, because even if they worked, I’d unlikely to be able to tell since I’m 23 and don’t have too many signs of aging yet (thankfully).  The skeptic in me doesn’t really feel that a scrub that you rinse and wash off in a few minutes is likely to turn back the hands of time in a truly significant way either.

I was really, really impressed by Aveeno’s Warming Scrub, and it’s definitely a new favorite and easily in line to become a shower staple.  As someone who pretty much lives and breathes new products, it’s always difficult to actually stick with a staple–but for the sake of argument, if I was a normal consumer, this would totally be a buy and buy again product.  It smells kind of like a more natural version of baby shampoo.  I couldn’t think of a better description for the scent other than that; it’s kind of clean, lightly sweetened, kind of natural.  I liked the scent quite a bit, just because it was soft, pleasing, and relaxing.

The exfoliating bits and bobs in this product seem gentle enough to be used several times a week, and I’ve encountered no problems using it about three or four times a week.  I use mine in the shower, so typically in the AM, so I don’t have to worry about getting off any makeup.  I’ve been a long-time user and fan of Aveeno products, so I’m happy to see this one work out for me as well.  I think I’ll have to pick up a tube and pass it along to my sister and see if she likes it.  (We both grew up using Aveeno skincare products.)

For a very long time, my favorite thermal scrub was Prescriptives’ Instant Gratification ($45.00), with Clean & Clear’s In-Shower Facial coming close as a more affordable option.  Instant Gratification is much more of a mask kind of product, because it’s not something you’re meant to use on a daily basis (I used mine about once a week or less), and it’s more abrasive than both the In-Shower Facial and Warming Scrub.  I really like that I can use the Warming Scrub more often, because I love that thermal/heat sensation that comes along with it.  It doesn’t last long (20 seconds or so), but it’s so relaxing and a great way to start your day off.  Smooth, soft, and radiant skin, courtesy of $9 well-spent!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  For an affordable, thermal exfoliating scrub, Aveeno has you covered!

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21 thoughts on “Aveeno Positively Ageless Warming Scrub Review & Photos

  1. Rosie

    OOO, I have to try that now. I love Aveeno. I use some of their oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, positively radiant moisturizer with SPF and their lotion cause I get really dry and I’m not big on scents so that’s always worked. And Costco currently exclusively carries their new body wash in a set of three and I love it, smells so good and feels so good and moisturizing . Thanks for the review :).

  2. amy

    i really like aveeno products as well, and they are my go to budget skin care. I am wondering if this product is very rich since it is an anti aging product. In the past I have prematurely used anti aging products and it broke me out because it was too rich for my skin.

  3. Great review! I will have to keep an eye out for this. I used the Positively Ageless sunscreen through the spring and summer and quite liked it.

    Did you have to use much to get the desired effect? I find sometimes with fine exfoliants they essentially melt when they touch water.

    • Nice! haven’t tried the sunscreen yet.

      Nope, I didn’t feel like I had to use too much. I’d say about two pea-sizes. I’d probably start with one, then add more where you needed it. I also felt like it didn’t melt away.

  4. It’s been awhile since I’ve checked out Aveeno, but I will definitely look into this! I’m quite picky about my exfoliators though, I need them to be super gentle!

  5. Mary007

    Thanks for the info! Last nite I started testing Prescriptives’ Instant Gratification, which I liked so far (after one use). I’ll have to try Aveeno, though!

  6. JennBee

    Wow, interesting… my review of this product would be COMPLETELY different. I found it to be the least abrasive “scrub” ever, much less so than my In-Shower Facial. In fact, I couldn’t even see or FEEL the grains. I was like… how is this a scrub?? Strange. :( I’m not sure how to review it now.

    Could you see the grains clearly in yours? Did you find it made a big difference in the texture of your skin?

    • Really? That’s bizarre, IMO! I mean, it’s not a super abrasive or heavy duty scrub at all, but I could definitely feel it on my skin. There was no mistaking that! I felt like it was perhaps a little less abrasive than the In-Shower Facial, but not significantly so.

      It makes my skin feel really soft and smooth post-shower!

      But we all have different experiences! I’m sorry yours wasn’t better :(

  7. *neena*

    Sound like a product worth trying. What do you think of it compared to the Volcanic Ash Exfoliater?

    • It’s gentler, has a totally different smell, finer texture. I’d say Volcanic Ash Exfoliator makes my skin feel a little smoother, but it’s also more abrasive.

  8. Joanna

    is the thermal sensation as strong as mac’s thermal mask?

  9. AndreaMarie

    I am going to try this one! I have sensitive skin (rosacea) and need a gentle scrub to help with flakiness.