Sunday, June 19, 2011

Aveeno Smart Essential Review

I grew up on Aveeno. My mother swears by it, and it's the only brand you will find in her skin care cabinet. No matter what fancy brand I buy her, she always uses it, but has Aveeno right behind it. Aveeno did good with the packaging of the Smart Essentials line, it's very Spring/Summer friendly with flowers and yellow lids. The scent is also very light with a soft floral scent, but not overwhelming. If you're not a fan of scented skin care, this might not be your cup of tea

Here's what I tried:

Daily Detoxifying Scrub (retail: $8.39 at CVS)
Pore Purifying Facial Cleanser (retail: $8.39 at CVS)
Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30 (retail: $18.29 at CVS)
Nighttime Moisture Infusion (retail: $18.29 at CVS

First thing I check out was The Aveeno Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30. This is very similar to the Aveeno Smart Essential Nighttime Moisturizer I like the SPF especially being here in the hot AZ sun. This is a nice affordable lotion that has no real long term effects, but I would say more short term. It's good for going to gym, or when you're going to be outside in the sun. The best part for me was the nice smell, although it doesn't do what I look for in a facial moisturizer, such as reduce wrinkles or even skin tone. But it will moisturize and leave you smelling yummy. It contains the essential vitamins you need to keep your skin looking fresh.. (hence the name of the new line)

In a clinical study, 100% of women showed an improvement in the look of stressed skin. It keeps the good in:

* Lightweight formula enriched with antioxidants and vitamins A, C & E is clinical proven to replenish stressed skin and keep in essential moisture.
* Softens and smooths skin with conditioning emollients.
And the bad out:
* Designed to strengthen the skin's barrier with an exclusive formula combining our latest ACTIVE NATURALS technology and sunscreen protection.
* Helps protect skin from environmental stressors, including sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays.

The Nighttime Infusion Moisturizer is similar to the day moisturizer because it does the same pretty much the same thing.

•Hydrates your skin to help offset dryness caused by environmental stressors.
•Helps support the natural moisture reserves of your skin during its nightly renewal phase, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth.
•Infuses skin with a blend of antioxidants and vitamins.

For less then $16 bucks, you can't really go wrong with these....

The Smart Essential Face Wash was my favorite out of the haul. Maybe it's the easy pump bottle that I adored, but if you're looking for an affordable facial cleanser at your local drugstore, this is your best bet. It won't over-dry your skin, and the Spring smell leaves you feeling refreshed. It works great in the shower. Now this won't get rid of wrinkles, or make drastic changes to your skin, but it WILL do what it says. Clean your face nicely. I love using this with my Sigma Cleanse Brush. So next time you're at the drug store looking for a good facial cleanser, choose this one.

The piece of the collection that I wasn't sure if I would love or hate was the Daily Detoxifying Scrub. This is an exfoliator that Aveeno rolled out meant to prepare your skin for daily moisturizer. When it comes to exfoliators, I like to splurge a little, because ExfoliKate is my absolute favorite, but the price tag is a little high. So I was hoping I would love the Aveeno exfoliator.... I was crossing my fingers!

So the good part about the Scrub is it moisturizes nicely and leaves my skin feeling soft. As far as exfoliating? I'm not quite sure.. this is the product from the Smart Essentials line that didn't smell as nice as the others. It reminded me of a Pantene or shampoo smell. And the texture was that of a conditioner for your hair. If it wasn't for the gritty pieces inside the product that made me feel like I was actually exfoliating, I would have felt like I was scrubbing shampoo on my face. So sadly, it didn't do much in sloshing off dead skin, but it left my skin feeling soft and very hydrated.

I WOULD recommend the Smart Essentials Scrub for people with sensitive skin that don't like to use exfoliators. Some tend to leave your skin red or irritated, and this did not. If you're looking for a good scrub that will strip your face of dead skin, you might have to spend a couple more bucks on something a little more pricey... I do continue to use the Scrub because I like it as a soft moisturizer. It's not a "bad" product, in the least. I've been using this on my legs and arms as well to moisturize in the shower.

Overall, for what you're paying for the line, it's worth the purchase. Aveeno is still on top of my list for drug store must haves, although the Radiant line was a little more up my alley. Each product is under $16 bucks each, with the Scrub and cleanser only being around $8.. major steal. Keep in mind, with a drugstore coupon it could be much less. If you're going to only buy one or two products from the Smart Essentials Collection I suggest the cleanser as #1 and maybe the moisturizer as #2.

All the above products mentioned are available at your local drugstore. Have you tried Aveeno Smart Essentials? Thoughts?

Disclosure: Press samples were sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.


  1. looks good wonder if the are good for sensitive skin.

  2. yes they are.. :) my skin is very sensitive


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