Nip+Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix Review

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub Review
Nip+Fab is an affordable skincare brand that's been exploding in popularity over the last year or two, mainly due to Kylie Jenner's constant endorsement. I've tried a handful of products from their Glycolic Fix range and most recently I've been trying and testing the Gylcolic Scrub Fix. Nip+Fab says their Glycolic Scrub Fix will "Scrub your skin to perfection with a new breed of facial exfoliator This 3-in-1 micro exfoliant is packed with 3% glycolic acid and salicylic acids to refine, brighten + renew. Glycolic Fix Facial scrub works deep into pores to cleanse, polish + reduce blemishes from the first use. With a fruity grapefruit scent, it energises + awakens the skin." This multi-benefit exfoliant contains 75ml (2.5 fl oz) and retails for $9.99 ($21.99 AUD) at most drugstores. Nip+Fab is cruelty free, and the majority of their products are vegan as well. This product was made in the USA. 

The Glycolic Scrub Fix comes in an opaque blue squeeze tube with a flip top cap. The brand logo and product name are printed on the front of the tube. The back of the tube is packed with product information, including a full ingredient list and how to properly use this scrub. Though packaging is attractive, functional, and hygienic, it unfortunately is not recyclable.

Nip+Fab's Gycolic Scrub Fix has a creamy blue base with a large polyethelene beads working as the main physical exfoliator. These granules vary in size and have a slightly abrasive feel to them, which tilts this scrub towards the rougher end of the scale. Because the Gycolic Scrub Fix offers two types of exfoliation, I prefer to use it like a mask/scrub combo - I apply it to damp skin, massage it across my face, and allow it to sit on for a minute or two before removing it. My skin is left surprisingly soft, and feeling a little bit hydrated thanks to a handful of moisturizing ingredients. That's about the extent of the results that I see. Dean, on the other hand, also enjoys the Glycolic Scrub Fix and has visible results after each use - on top of having softer, smoother feeling skin, his complexion also looks significantly smoother, brighter and more even after using Nip+Fab's scrub. Honestly, I think he likes this product more than I do - he said he'd repurchase it for himself. One thing we both dislike about this scrub? The obnoxious soapy grapefruit scent, which is shared by the Glycolic Fix Cleanser as well. 

I love a product that can provide both physical and chemical exfoliation in one go, so I was quite intrigued by Nip+Fab's claims of "triple action" exfoliation. This multi-action product has a standard base of emulsifiers and thickening agents, with exfoliating granules suspended within it. A healthy dose of 3% glycolic acid and a minute concentration of salicylic acid (likely .5%) promise to retexture and clarify your complexion, but unfortunately neither of these active ingredients can achieve their goals when they're only on the skin for a few seconds before being rinsed down the drain. To balance any irritation caused by the trio of exfoliating ingredients, Nip+Fab included soothing and nourishing shea butter, sweet almond oil, glycerin, and aloe in their Glycolic Scrub Fix. My only major qualm with this product's ingredient list how high up fragrance appears on the ingredient list - it's after phenoxyethanol, so it's in a >1% concentration, but it's still half way up on the list. I'd rather see it in a 0% concentration, to be honest, especially since the scent is quite unpleasant (in my opinion). 

So who is Nip+Fab's Glycolic Scrub Fix for? I think it's best suited for dry to combo complexions, and should be avoided by people with oily, easily congested, or sensitive skin. Dry skin will love it's creamy, somewhat moisturizing base, and everyone will benefit from it's exfoliating prowess. Those with sensitive skin, or with skin conditions that are easily aggravated by physical scrubs will certainly find the Gylcolic Scrub Fix far too harsh. No matter who's using it, I don't suggest reaching for Nip+Fab's scrub more than once a week.

Despite being a little harsher than I prefer, I do like Nip+Fab's Glycolic Scrub Fix! I'd go as far as too call it a budget friendly (but less refined) alternative to Exuviance's Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish, a product that graces my list of favorite exfoliating products. If you want an affordable multi-benefit facial exfoliator, the Gylcolic Scrub Fix is a great pick. Will I buy it again? I'm not sure, it's significantly more expensive here in Australia, and I think I'd like to try something else, but I may come back to it in the future.

Aqua (Water), Triethanolamine, Polyethylene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Xanthan Gum, Limonene, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Salicylic Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Trideceth-6, Dehydroacetic Acid, Geraniol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Linalool, CI 42090 (Blue No. 1)