If you’ve read my blog for a little while now, it probably comes as no surprise that I have a weakness for those unique products that TK Maxx stocks on their skincare shelves. The Tri-Peptox Purifying Face Scrub is one of those products I indulged in during a walk through my local TK Maxx store, which ended with a purchase. This product by Tri-Peptox was retailed at £2.99 in TK Maxx, which is insanely cheap even for drug store/high street prices, and because it didn’t break the bank, I wanted to give it a try.
While the name probably makes it clear what this product aims to do, it does also boast other claims. To list them fully:
- remove dead skin cells
- stimulate skin renewal
- reveal softer skin
On the back of the product it also claims (in case the photo above isn’t easy to read depending on the device you’re using…:
The first step to a youthful glow is to regularly give your skin a gentle exfoliation – it encourages cell renewal and primes your skin for optimal receipt of treatment products. Combining hydrating Shea Butter and Grapeseed Oil with the MoisturePlus Triple Peptide Complex, rich in Oat and Sweet Lupin peptides, the scrub will help cleanse and retexturise your skin, leaving it brighter and smoother with a more even complexion.
Okay, so I’m going to break this down a bit and discuss how my skin responded in regard to the claims, because you know, a company’s product should meet up to it’s claims, right?
First of all, it does do an okay job of removing dead skin on the face. If you only get mild flaking on your face, then I think this will work great. However, if like me and you get frustrating bumps and flaking from acne scarring on a regular basis that’s hard to treat, this won’t do enough. As you should be able to see from my swatch photo above, the texture of the scrub is more cleanser than anything else; there isn’t a lot of scrub content. There definitely is exfoliating particles, but it’s extremely diluted, so this is only really good for very sensitive skin, or for people with only slightly flaking on their face.
Next is skin renewal… This is honestly very hard for me to judge, as I only used this a few times at my partner’s place in the shower (basically his apartment is where I take things for first impressions because I only visit on weekends, until we finally move in together). So I can’t “review” this on a long-term basis, but I can say that I’ve used this when my skin has had varied levels of skin flaking, and I found it just didn’t do enough for my skin. However, I think you can ignore the instructions of using “2-3 times per week” and just use this daily instead as it doesn’t risk over-exfoliating the skin.
As for revealing softer skin, it definitely does do this from the perspective that it does work very nicely as a cleansing type of product – the ingredients like grapeseed oil, oats, and shea butter, really support the claims for moisturising and softening the skin. However, as for actually removing dead skin, that’s where this product falls short, from my experience.
The texture of Tri-Peptox’s scrub is very creamy and easy to smooth over the skin, so it’s great for incorporating massaging techniques as you cleanse your skin with it. It doesn’t cause excessive tugging on the skin, so this is something mildly redeeming for this product.
Overall, I wasn’t hugely impressed by the Tri-Peptox Face Scrub for its role as a facial scrub. As a cleanser however, it definitely works well, and would work especially well for drier or more sensitive skin types, as it has gentle, hydrating ingredients in it. As I’m writing this post, I’m still undecided what I will do with this product, as I do have other scrubs that work better. But I may just continue to use this at my partner’s place and swap it out for the cleanser I was otherwise using. If I do go ahead and do this, I will review that cleanser in the near future too, so you can get my two-cents on it.
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