Reviewers love the gentle exfoliation action of Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub, saying that it is gentler than most scrubs and cleans better, too. Some users say it isn't the best at exfoliating, though it cleans and removes makeup well, because it doesn't have enough polyethylene beads to be truly effective. Others say the facial cleanser is gentle but may still be too harsh for everyday use. Reviewers say Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash (*Est. $5.50 for 6 oz.) is a better choice for daily facial cleansing. One expert says that Olay Definity's pH balance is too high for the salicylic acid to be effective, but users say they notice smaller pores and smoother skin with regular use of this cleanser.
Paula Begoun provides the best review for Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub at her subscription-based website, Beautypedia.com, where she bases her ratings on documented scientific testing and her own study of ingredients. Cosmopolitan and Brides magazines, though not as thorough, base their reviews on editor and reader testing. User reviews at TotalBeauty.com and MakeupAlley.com give useful consumer perspectives on real-world use of the cleanser.
Begoun gives Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub her highest rating, but she says that it has more "cleansing ability than exfoliating ability" because it doesn't have enough polyethylene beads to really make a difference. She also says that the pH balance is too high for the salicylic acid to be effective.
Review: Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub, Paula Begoun, Aug. 2, 2011
More than 100 members of TotalBeauty.com give Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub an above-average rating, saying that although it cleans well it is not as good for exfoliating. Some say they notice smaller pores when using this facial cleanser.
Review: Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub gets above-average reviews at MakeupAlley.com. Reviewers say the gentle cleanser cleans well without leaving skin tight or dry, although some prefer to use it only once a week. Although some like the scent, others say it's too strong.
Review: Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Editors of Cosmopolitan magazine say Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub is beneficial to blotchy skin and "improves skin's moisture barrier."
Review: Beauty Awards 2007, Editors of Cosmopolitan, Oct. 2007
Editors of Brides magazine say Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub does a good job of cleansing and removing makeup.
Review: Brides Beauty Awards 2007, Editors of Brides magazine, May/June 2007