St Ives claims to be Britain's number one scrub brand, and as a lover of scrubs I was surprised to say I had never tried one. The apricot scrub particularly called to me, as I am on a personal mission of 'if I can't be a teenager anymore then at least I don't want the skin of one,' and this contains salicylic acid and is formulated to combat blemishes and oily skin, of which I am the not so proud owner of both. This is also a high street product, reasonably priced and I find often on sale in Boots. With a lot of boxes being ticked I decided to try this famed scrub out.
|What the product looks like: A 150ml bottle retails for £4.29|
|The consistency of the product. I'm wearing Barry M's GHS in Blood Orange|
The first thing that really struck whilst trying out this product is how coarse the formula is. The 'bits' in this are incredibly gritty and very abrasive. I don't suffer from sensitive skin, but I wouldn't use this as much as 3-4 times a week which is suggested on the bottle simply because I could feel making my skin feeling sore when I used it excessively, also if you have blemishes and irritated skin, such a coarse scrub could irritate it even more. I would recommend using it 1-2 times a week, as it does clear out the cobwebs and leave my skin feeling clean, soft and to my surprised not dry at all. I think that it helps get rid of your old blemishes and if they've left any dry skin.
If you've got oily skin, and suffer from sporadic break outs, be them hormonal or otherwise, this would be a good product to keep them at bay, but if you're who has really problematic or cystic acne, you'll need something a bit more 'specialist' and I think could irritate and inflame painful spots, which will lead to just more redness. This scrub is not a gentle one (although St Ives do have a more gentle formula for sensitive skin) but can get the job done if you want to avoid breakouts.
Have you tried any St Ives products?
Do you have a favourite scrub?
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