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Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, 5 Ounce

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub helps improve skin tone, texture, and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. It’s designed to help improve dullness, blotchiness, so your skin looks and feels fresh. This unique formula combines moisture-rich natural soy extract with smooth, round microbeads to gently exfoliate while you cleanse, leaving skin soft, smooth, and even-looking. The oil-free formula is soap-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic. Used together with Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, 4 Ounce, skin looks healthier and more radiant in just 1 week, with continued improvement for up to 8 weeks.

Key features

  • 5-ounce tube of facial scrub
  • Helps improve skin tone, texture, and clarity
  • To reveal brighter, more radiant skin
  • Moisture-rich natural soy extract
  • Used together, skin looks healthier and more radiant in just 1 week

Honest reviews


not happy at all

This product includes parabens,read the package . I thought this is going to be my favorite but I scared to use any more. Not only Aveeno, other brand products are the same and have harmful ingredients. therefore I decided not to use any product with harmful ingredients.finally all of products I have gave to my mothering law. at least I am free now.

Ana Halstad, MN

It’s just glitter

I was SO disappointed in this product.It is glitter mixed with moisturizer and foundation.I would be a full-time user of this tinted moisturizer if it did NOT have the glitter.Oily or Combo skin girls- AVOID THIS! Just make your own tinted moisturizer.It is cheaper and you control what is in it.

Cathy Mc Fall, MO

Not worth the price

I’ve used this product for about 2 years, but after running out and having to borrow my sister’s (Eucerin Everyday Protection/SPF 30) for a week or so, my breakouts all but disappeared! I didn’t change anything else in my routine or lifestyle habits – it had to be this moisturizer making me break out. If you look closely in the mirror after applying, you’ll notice little glitter flecks. In my opinion, it’s completely unnecessary and just contributing to the amount of crap available to clog pores! It has a tendency to leave my skin still thirsty for moisture too, also contributing to breakouts. Overall, it’s ok, but after trying another product (that’s also less expensive!), I found this wasn’t what I assumed was as good at it got.

Katelyn Lutcher, LA

I’m not sure….Update – Now I’m sure!!

I bought a couple other Aveeno products and have been very happy with them so I decided to give this a try. I’ve only used it a couple of times, but it feels thinner than I expected, especially for a night cream. It burned a little upon application and my face was a bit red, but that quickly went away. I didn’t notice a difference the following day as I did with the other Aveeno products, but I’ll keep using it and see if it makes a difference. The smell is pleasant, it arrived quickly, and the price was comparable to my local drugstore.***UPDATE – Now that cooler weather has arrived, I’ve started using this night cream more regularly and I must say that I’m glad that I have. I wake up and my skin feels so soft. I do slather quite a bit on and allow it to absorb into my skin, but it doesn’t feel greasy at all and unlike some moisturizers it absorbs quickly. I’ve gotten used to the scent, especially since it fades pretty fast. I’m definitely seeing a difference in my skin with the Aveeno regimen and will continue to use these products. I can’t ever see paying department store prices for face lotions now that I’ve found this line. Try it – you won’t be disappointed!

Michael Croton Falls, NY

Not good

This does not seem like face soap to me. For starters, it is iridescent in appearance. It also has a very noticeable fragrance – one that I would expect more from a body wash instead of a face wash. And it doesn’t lather – I need two full pumps to rub over my face because it won’t lather. I was looking for a cheaper alternative to Clinique and didn’t find it here.

Ashley East Claridon, OH

Best facial cream

I have tried facial creams priced from 200 dollars to 4.99! Aveeno is the very best without question. It hydrates, smooths, lightens dark areas, and is never greasy. Just try it once ~ you wont regret it!NOTE: I recently discovered I have a wheat intolerance. SOME, not all, Aveeno product use wheat and oats. Even on my skin, I had problems with reactions. If you do not have wheat issue… The Aveeno line is excellent in both results and social responsibility.

Eugenia North Westchester, CT

Switch to Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 if you have combination or acne prone skin!

I used Aveeno for years but switched to Elta MD over two years ago and have not looked back:Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46, 48-Gram 1.7 oz.Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 provides higher spf protection and goes on smoother with a cleaner finish. Elta MD is much better for combination or acne prone skin than Aveeno. Elta MD does a FANTASTIC job of calming the excess redness in my complexion, something Aveeno has no effect on. I also love how Elta MD goes on much lighter than Aveeno and Elta MD lasts longer as a result. Elta MD is more expensive than Aveeno but I found myself going through an Aveeno every 2 months and a container of Elta MD lasts me over 4 months, so net net you are spending about the same or less with Elta MD over time.Thanks for taking the time to read my review, and I hope you found it helpful in making a purchase decision.

Kelli Tiger, GA

1/4 of the product stays in the container, because the pump doesn’t work well.

The pump doesn’t get the end bits, so you end up wasting 1/4 of the product. Very irritating and wasteful.

Vonda Ollie, IA

Love this Cream!

I have been using this cream for the past 6 months and I noticed how radiant it made my skin look in just days!I wanted that summer glow and smooth skin, and it works perfect! I always loved aveeno products!

Jenna Star, NC


I am quite sad to report that this moisturizer has caused me to break out. This is very upsetting for me since I have just gotten my skin to a good place usingDudu Osun Black Soap, 6-Count. (check that out is you want amazing skin cleansing) I was looking for a cheaper oil-free moisturizer than the clinique gel that also has the added effect of SPF. I was reccomended to this by a friend with great skin, but it’s not for me…For this to be oil-free, it is quite heavy. I can feel it sitting on my skin after I put it on as though none of it was absorbed. My skin didn’t look oily and it did moisturize my combination skin, but I don’t like the feel of it on my face. It also added a very small amount of “radiance” to my skin, which I could take or leave, but it’s supposed to have a light-diffusing quality to make skin imperfections less noticeable. And for it to be non-comedogenic, it sure did raise heck on my poor, unsuspecting skin. I think I will return back to the clinique. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right? I will keep looking for a cheaper alternative though.I gave this 3 stars instead of 2 because my powder foundation looked great over it, but it’s not worth the break-out!

Mavis Cloverdale, CA

Makes my skin break out

This stuff is terrible. It makes my skin break out because it leaves a waxy residue on your face after you wash it off that clogs my pores. Also, the “microbeads” are a joke – you can barely tell they’re there and they don’t help exfoliate at all. Worst of all is that this scrub is like a gel, and I prefer scrubs that are like a cream. To top it off, it does not “brighten” or even out my skin tone at all. I would not buy this garbage again.

Yvonne Coleharbor, ND

Love it! (but you have to wear other moisturizer under it for satisfaction)

I ended up buying this by accident without realizing it was tinted. I was very dismayed the first time I used it, especially because it is SO dark & makeup looking.**THEN I tried putting on my other moisturizer (Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer spf 15) before, & only dabbed the Tinted Moisturizer on after. It works perfectly! With the combination of the two moisturizes (the spf 30 being thicker) my skin is so soft & moisturized! I especially love how my skin has the very subtle, polished look usually only accomplished with makeup. But since I hate makeup this is much better & actually healthy for my skin.I have very sensitive skin but using only these two products (plus Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizing Cream Cleanser every morning & night) my skin is smooth & soft.QUESTION: Since it’s winter & so dry I’ve even started using the moisturizers at night which my skin seems to really like. But I wanted to try an actual night moisturizer (preferably Aveeno since my skin seems to really like it).Does anyone have any suggestions for fair, sensitive skin?? THANKS!

Leila Dorena, OR

One of the Worst Face Products I’ve Ever Used

Just for background information: I have very fair, sensitive skin. I’ve been using the Aveeno Ultra Calming moisturizer for several years, and while I like it since it doesn’t break me out, it doesn’t provide the extra bit of moisture that my skin sometimes requires. This past summer, I used the tinted Positively Radiant moisturizer, and I was satisfied with it – it provided a nice amount of tint and moisture, and for the first time ever, I even got compliments on my skin. So, when the skin on my cheeks started to get quite dry a few weeks ago, I researched a multitude of products, and after reading review after review, I decided to give this product a try since I’d had luck with Aveeno in the past (I also had a coupon, which didn’t hurt, either). I used a very small amount when I first got the moisturizer home, and it seemed okay – there was a smell that was a little strong, but it eventually went away, and my skin looked dewier and healthier. About an hour later, I began to notice a bit of itching on my face, but it would come and go and wasn’t all that intense, and I figured that it was just the dry skin rearing its head again.The next day, I used a small amount of the moisturizer again, and in short order, the itching returned, and grew progressively worse during the day. Unfortunately, since I was at work, I didn’t have the means available to wash my face or anything, so I had to basically suffer for several hours. Meanwhile, I started to notice that a small amount of redness had begun to appear through my foundation. I wasn’t overly worried; as soon as I got home, I washed everything off my face, and apart from some residual redness, everything seemed relatively okay. By the next morning, though, things were decidedly not okay. When I woke up, my face was bright red and itching unbearably. I tried using cool water to rinse my face, in the hopes that it would alleviate some of the itching, but once the water hit my skin, my face started burning.That was yesterday morning, and even as I type this, my face is incredibly red, itchy, burning, and peeling. To make matters worse, my skin has broken out from forehead to chin in innumerable bumps. Given my past positive experiences with Aveeno products, I certainly did not expect this to happen, but this moisturizer has burned my skin like nothing else I’ve ever used.This product has myriad positive reviews on many different websites – I think that, if your skin isn’t of the sensitive variety, this product might work very well for you. However, I have to caution anyone who has even the slightest bit of skin sensitivity against using this moisturizer. Whether it’s the amount of SPF, the fragrance, one of the other ingredients, or a combination of any of these factors, this product has given me the worst experience I’ve ever had with a face product.

Gena Readville, MA

Nice stuff!

I really enjoy the Aveeno line. Nice products. Now if I could just look like Jennifer Aniston (spokesperson for Aveeno if you didn’t know.).

Jenifer Antioch, TN

Great product

This scrub replaces the Neutrogena scrub that my daughter and I used. I bought the Neutrogena for myself and as she progressed into a tween she needed a scrub too. She didn’t care for the smell of the Neutrogena but it did work very well. I had been buying the Aveeno acne pads for her and decided to get this for the night time routine. She loves the smell and the texture and I love the great price. It leaves a soft glow to her skin and her face never feels oily.This combined with the Aveeno pads, a daily moisturizer with SPF 15 UV protector in the morning, followed by this at night, seems to be doing the trick for keeping acne at bay and keeping her young face bright and healthy.Don’t tell her but, dad is using it too now.

Dayna Centralia, KS

I love love loooove this moisturizer!

I started buying this as a lighter option for both sun protection and moisturizer. I also wanted to even out the ruddiness in my cheeks. It wasn’t awful, but I felt like my skin could be more even. I’ve been buying this product ever since.Not only has my skin become more even toned and better moisturized, I’ve actually found that daily use reduces the number of pimples I get. I’ve never had full-blown acne, just the occasional pimple or two in my t-zone, especially around my nose and mouth. With this moisturizer, my skin is able to relax a bit with oil production, or at least produce it more evenly throughout the day, and I almost never break out anymore. I think it also helps keep me from getting mild sunburns, which dry the skin out and then cause it to overproduce oils to replace it.Basically, this lotion is awesome and you should buy like 10 of them.For general reference: I’m a 23 year old female with fair, combination skin.

Chelsea Lewiston, NY

Great sunscreen moisturizer

My doctor recommended this because it provides good moisture and a safe physical (non-chemical) barrier to the sun. Love it.

Pansy Vinton, LA

Light moisturizer with SPF

I use a lot of acne treatment products for my frustrating adult acne, which dries my skin out quite a bit. I love this moisturizer because it’s not greasy nor too heavy, but it really does make my skin feel more supple and look better immediately after use. I use it every morning for sure, and sometimes at night before bed.I also like that it has light SPF, which should help with the wrinkles over the years, right? RIGHT? 😉

Jolene Frontier, WY

This product is really nice

I love aveeno and this product last for a long time (4 months) altough I use daily with my mia clarisonic still not harming my skin. However, I am giving 4 stars because I love the soft feeling (luxus) that regular foaming aveeno leaves in my skin. Yes, you must try…will safe you some $, since last longer than the foaming aveeno.xoxo

Selina Pritchett, CO


I’m not sure if it’s because I’m used to foam, but this product doesn’t do it for me. I was very disappointed. I should state however that I have a very clear youthful complexion with combination skin. I think this would work well for those with dry skin because it feels a little too heavy after washing with mine. It does feel silky but like I said for someone with combination skin it might be too greasy/heavy. I feel like I’m wearing makeup. I’m certain that if my skin was dry I would love it though.

Allyson Brentford, SD

Excellent gel cleanser for sensitive skin w/redness and GREAT with the Clarisonic!

I originally purchased this after getting a Clarisonic. The face wash that came with it was great, but a little pricy, and everyone recommended Philosophy… but it was also too expensive.I knew I wanted a gel based cleanser and Aveeno is usually great on my very moody skin. This was perfect! It’s hard to tell by the packaging, but yes, it is a gel.I have combination skin and this has really helped even everything out. My redness is gone (also with help from the Clarisonic). It’s consistency and the way my skin feels immediately after rinsing are really similar to the expensive, department store brands.One of my favorite parts: I used this daily and it lasted me for several MONTHS. I couldn’t believe it. You really only need one pump, maybe two.It’s definitely an inexpensive partner to a Clarisonic system, but an absolutely perfect face wash on it’s own. I’m usually not brand loyal in this area, but I won’t be trying any others any time soon.

Brandy Campti, LA

Does not work

I have oily, oily, oily skin. I would wash my face with this scrub, go to bed and then wake-up and my face would be extremely oily. It’s like my oily glands went into overdrive. I didn’t notice any of the skin brightening claims. The only thing I love about this product is the smell. I love the smell and that’s it!

Jeannine Buffalo, NY

Shiny and Burns

If by positively radiant, Aveeno means shininess, then this is the product for you. I love Aveeno products, but this one isn’t it. I have some light acne scars and I heard this was a good way to cover it up (BB creams, tinted moisturizers, etc.).When I first applied the product, it really burned and felt like a sunburn for a good 30 minutes. Then, I waited for it to dry and not look as shiny but it pretty much glimmered on my skin for the rest of the night. The color was marked fair to light, yet it was rather orange. Overall, I’m disappointed in the results. I’ll stick to my Maybelline concealer for now.

Mabel Caseyville, IL

Doesn’t really cover

I work in Afghanistan and had a hard time keeping any time of make-up on in the summers because of the heat. I would sweat it off immediately. I got this in the hopes of it staying on a little better, giving me some protection from the sun and being able to reapply through the day without it looking like I just added another layer of foundation. This is pretty much a very light foundation. I don’t think it moisturized my face at all and it didn’t cover any red spots or blemishes. I was disappointed because I normally love Aveeno products.

Lupe Cut Off, LA

I love this lotion!

I have very sensitive skin and this lotion works great with my skin, it does not irritate it at all. It makes it smooth, and silky and very even in tone. It doesn’t clog my pores, and handles my dry t-zone. I am a huge fan of Aveeno and have now found my new face lotion!

Suzanne Barney, ND

Fragrance free and does the trick!

I like the cream but I have been to Israel and LOVE some Ahava products I could only buy there so I didn’t rate this 5 stars as I am comparing it to very high-end creams. My skin seems to be softer after using this consistently for the past 3 weeks. I wanted to wait until I used it for a few weeks before writing a review. I will buy it again and it was a decent price for the product!

Allene Owensville, IN

I received this today and it has an expiration date of 2/14

I guess that is why the buyer "extreme closeouts" can offer the price for so low…I will have to look to buy this somewhere else, not sure how I feel about a product that has an expiration date..

Karyn Sumatra, FL

I LOVE this product!

I don’t like heavy foundations, at all. I’ve been trying to stick strictly to bare minerals, but in the desert heat that I live in it’s impossible for the minerals to stick to my dry skin. This moisturizer is the perfect remedy! The coverage isn’t total, but that’s what I love most about it! It minimizes flaws so you don’t look like you’re trying too hard, it really makes your skin look natural. The light reflectors are nice too because they give my skin that youthful dewy look. I tone it down a bit with my bare minerals powder, but it’s nice to feel like your skin looks healthy, and that’s exactly what this product does.Also, I never felt that this moisturizer was too thick. One pump gave me total coverage and spread really easily. They only had medium in my store, and I have fair skin, but I still found it to blend really well with my skin color. I love, Love, LOVE this product!!!

Addie Lumberville, PA

pleasantly surprised

I bought this because I love the Aveeno Positively Radiant (non-tinted) moisturizer that is SPF 15 and now that winter is here, my pale skin needs some color. I also use the Jergens Natural Glow facial moisturizer, but it just doesn’t keep my makeup in place throughout the day like Aveeno does. So, I bought this product thinking it was more like a gradual tanner. At first I was taken aback when I saw how thick the lotion is but I am pleasantly surprised. The Fair to Light is perfect for my skin and it evens it out nicely before I apply my daily makeup. I’ve typically tried BB creams in the past for this purpose but they all make me break out. I’d highly recommend this over a BB cream. Great product!

Kristie Trion, GA

Wonderful product

I have used this moisturizer for two years. My skin is combination with oily t zones and dry cheeks. This moisturizer works to even my skin out. The dark spots that I have from acne fade a lot quicker when I I use this also. I love that it has some level of sun protection but not enough to look white. The rough spots on my skin have also become smoother and my skin looks plumper when I let it soak in. Definitely a must in my skincare routine.

Jackie Skytop, PA