I know how important exfoliation is in order to get healthy and glowy skin. Normally I exfoliate my skin twice a week with a physical scrub and once a week with a stronger chemical exfoliator. I got Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub in a Glossybox. This is the first enzyme scrub I´ve ever tried. I´m using it twice a week instead of my physical scrub and I want to share my thoughts with you.
About the product
Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub was the first product launched by Wishful Skincare, a skincare brand owned by the so famous Huda Kattan, also the owner of Huda Beauty and Kayali (I may write a post about Huda Kattan, it is a very interesting story).
Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub 40ml is an exfoliating scrub infused with a combination of pineapple and papaya enzymes, BHAs and AHAs that leave the skin with a healthy glow. The lightweight, milky texture gently buffs away dead skin cells and impurities for immediate results which also makes the perfect canvas for seamless makeup application.Huda Beauty Website
How to use it
1. Apply a generous amount on clean, dry skin.
2. Gently massage the scrub in circular motions across the face and neck, rolling and sweeping away dead skin cells and impurities.
3. Rinse well with warm water and gently pat the skin dry.
For all skin types, we recommend using Yo Glow 1-2 times a week. However, if you don’t have sensitive skin it’s suitable to be used every day.
Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub Ingredients
water/aqua/eau, cellulose, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, alcohol, 1,2-hexanediol, bromelain, ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit extract, papain, carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid,, salicylic acid, tartaric acid, glycolic acid, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, glycerin, rosa centifolia (rose) flower extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, salix, alba (willow) bark extract, saccharum officinarum (sugarcane) ,extract/saccharum officinarum/extrait de canne à sucre, acer saccharum, (sugar maple) extract,
camellia japonica (camellia) leaf extract, citrus paradisi, (grapefruit) seed extract, phellodendron amurense (cork tree) bark extract, mannitol, psidium guajava (guava) leaf extract, camellia sinensis (tea plant), leaf extract, mangifera indica (mango) fruit extract, musa sapientum (banana), fruit extract, passiflora edulis (passionfruit) fruit extract, citrus aurantium, dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, vaccinium, myrtillus (blueberry) fruit extract, magnolia officinalis (magnolia) bark, extract, sodium hyaluronate, ethylhexylglycerin, gluconolactone, polysorbate 20, carbomer, tromethamine, propanediol, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, fragrance/parfum.
Price and availability
The product is available in three different sizes, 200, 100 and 40 mL. In the UK it is available at Boots and Cult Beauty and in the US you can get it from Sephora. You can buy worldwide from the Huda Beauty website and from Amazon. The price is £34 for 100 mL.
My thoughts about Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub
About the packaging
As I mentioned, this product is available in three different sizes. The packaging is identical for all of them. They come in a pale yellow plastic squeeze tube. The product name and other information are in grey prints out while the brand’s name comes in a cute silver holographic style, matching really well with the yellow tube.
The tube is closed by a round white and translucent screw cap. This cap has a line all around in the same holographic style as the brand’s name.
Underneath the cap, there is a small nozzle to control the amount of product delivered. This is small enough to allow good control of the product you want. The screw cap closed the product well, so there is no risk of leakage when you transport the product in your bag.
When I opened the product for the first time, there was an aluminium foil sealing the nozzle and, therefore, giving a warranty on the quality of the product.
Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub texture and smell
The first thing I realised is that, despite the product being an enzyme scrub, it doesn’t have a scrub texture. From the name, you can expect a product with some particles acting as a scrub. However, that is not the case and there are no physical particles in this product.
The product has a milky, pale yellow and lightweight texture. It is like a cleansing gel texture. It is easy to apply as it glides really well over the skin.
If you let the product dry on your skin, you will see that some white solid appears on your skin. It looks like a white solid or powder. That is completely normal and you will understand what it is after reading the ingredient list.
I don’t know why I was expecting a pineapple smell. However, the product has a fruity smell I should say (I am very bad at defining smells) rather than pineapple. The smell is deep but doesn’t stay on the skin after rinsing off the product.
About the application
Although this product can be used daily, I am using it only twice a week, as I don’t want to over-exfoliate my skin.
I apply a pea size amount of product for all my face. It is easy to apply, the product glides well over the skin. At first, it feels like a cleanser, very soft and slimy on the face, like with a silky or milky touch. After massaging the product for some time you will feel some clumping appearing, like a sort of balls or bits on your skin. Don’t panic. That is normal and it is not dead skin as some people say on social media.
This product contains cellulose which, in contact with water and the skin, produces these clumps. These clumps help with the exfoliation, as they make a mild physical exfoliation of the skin. It is really satisfying for me to feel how the clumps form on my skin. The product rinses off well with warm water and it doesn’t leave any residue of cream or clumps.
Something to keep in mind is that you need a small amount of product for each application. That is critical for a so expensive product. Despite the price of the tube, the cost per application is not high as a tube will last you for a few months.
How does my skin feel after using Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub?
Just after the application, my skin feels smooth and soft. This product eliminates all the textures I have on my skin consequence of dead skin. My skin is dry and sometimes I get flaky or peeled patches. This enzyme scrub reduces them fully.
I don’t get a dry or tight feeling as I get with the physical scrubs, something I really appreciate. I apply anyway a thick layer of sunscreen after using this product.
As per the name of the product, Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, I was expecting to get glowy skin after using it. That doesn’t happen. My skin stays matte but that can be due to my skin type. At the end of the day, you can’t expect miracles from any product.
Regarding long-term effects, my skin is softer and smoother after three months of using the product. I don’t have dry patches and I can feel a smoother effect of all my foundations, they look nicer now.
I have, however, a few dark spots which are not reduced with this product. They are quite deep and had been there for a very long time, so I don’t think they will go easily.
I’ve never had a reaction on my skin with this product. I mean, I’ve never had any type of redness, itchiness or irritation on my skin. However, my skin is not sensitive at all.
About the ingredients
It may seem scary the long list of ingredients in this product (it has more than 40 ingredients). These ingredients are from different categories such as anti-oxidants, exfoliants, soothing, etc. The key ingredients for this product are related to the scrub job it is doing and they are:
- Papain. This is an enzyme coming from papaya which helps to smooth and clarify the skin.
- Bromelain. This is a pineapple enzyme, ideal to make a soft exfoliation and reduce dark spots.
- Hydroxy-acids. This product contains a variety of AHA and BHA, like lactic acid, malic acid, salicylic acid, tartaric acid and glycolic acid. It contains also a PHA, gluconolactone. All these hydroxy-acids make a chemical exfoliation.
- Cellulose. This ingredient is responsible for the bits formed during the product application. It is very frequent to see on social media that these clumps are your own dead skin, but this is not true. The cellulose forms these bits when it is in contact with the skin. These clumps make a physical exfoliation, helping to even skin texture.
The product contains other beneficial ingredients with different properties, like help fight acne (cork tree bark extract), some anti-oxidants (ginger root extract and tea leaf extract), moisturiser and emollients (hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, sweet almond oil), among other.
The product contains alcohol and fragrances, so people with sensitive skin should keep that in mind.
Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub
- Easy to apply
- Gentle with my skin
- Doesn’t irritate my skin
- Leaves my skin smooth and soft
- The tube lasts a long time
- Nice long-term results
- May irritate sensitive skin
- You may not like the clumps
- Doesn’t leave my skin smooth
Will I re-purchase? Do I recommend it?
I would like to re-purchase it, but it is very expensive. Probably I may add it to my wishlist to buy it when it is on discount.
I highly recommend the product but I am aware that not everybody can or want to spend what this product costs. That is why I am testing an affordable product which may behave similarly to this one.
In summary, I like this product. I love the feelings during the application as well as the short and long-term effects. However, it is very expensive and, despite it lasting a long time, it is not always possible to spend the money this product costs.
At this moment, I am testing a couple of similar products to check if they are as effective as this scrub is (in a few words, to check if they are a dupe of this one). I will make an A vs B between them after finishing the test, but I think at least one of them will be very similar.
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