My skin adores MAC’s gentle Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. It makes my face and neck feel softer than a feather boa and smells yummy, too (like brown sugar and honey).
But the stuff ain’t cheap, that’s for sure… The tubes cost $20 a pop!
To put the price in perspective, that’s enough to get 13 Wet ‘n’ Wild 666 Brandywine lip pencils, yo!
It removes dead cells dulling the surface of the skin while smoothing and brightening, and if you’re prone to pimples it can also reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts.
A drugstore option?
I love MAC’s Volcanic Ash but also want a cheaper alternative, so I’ve been haunting/hunting drugstore aisles up in my neck of the woods.
I think I may have found one — Aveeno’s $8 Positively Ageless Warming Scrub.
How it stacks up against MAC Volcanic Ash
It’s a fairly new exfoliating scrub for the face and neck that contains Shitake mushroom complex instead of volcanic ash. The company claims it promotes younger-looking skin.
NOTE: Positively Ageless Scrub’s packaging isn’t very specific about what “younger-looking” skin means. Typically, the phrasing refers to products designed to reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
After using it for two weeks, I haven’t seen a notable change in my spots or fine lines — maybe after I’ve used it longer — but I still really like the product as a skin exfoliator.
Like the name implies, Positively Ageless gently warms when I rub it against my skin.
It’s mostly a tossup. I consider my combo-oily/dry skin to be sensitive and have to be careful about abrasive scratching.
Like MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Positively Ageless Scrub’s exfoliating grains are finer than sand, and both leave my face and neck feeling soft and hydrated, versus dry or taut.
Positively Ageless doesn’t smell as tasty as Volcanic Ash Exfoliator does (like a spring bouquet of flowers), but scent-wise I like ’em both.
Splurge or steal?
Yes and yes.
MAC’s $20 Volcanic Ash Exfoliator can get the job done, but you could get two of Aveeno’s Positively Ageless Scrubs for the same dough and be able to give one away as a gift. 🙂
Exfoliating fun fact!
Skin will shed dead cells naturally, taking an average of about 28 days for new skin cells to kick the dead ones to the curb.
Most of it ends up as dust… Odds are that dust ball behind your desk is user-generated content, LOL! Gross!
- Don’t forget your neck (necks need love too).
- Do you wear tinted moisturizer or foundation? Exfoliate once a week to remove trace amounts of foundation your daily cleanser may have missed.
- Get a smoother application with moisturizers, foundation and blush on skin that’s been recently exfoliated.
Before there was emo, there was flannel
I’m four episodes into My So-Called Life. Ahh, to be a teenager during the era where plaid flannel ruled the world…
I’ve been feeling mayjah 90s nostalgia all day long and have been listening to Sound Garden and Stone Temple Pilots non-stop.
Remember this STP song? Listening to it reminds me of reminds driving home late at night after going to the clubs with my friend Jen.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,