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Acne hаs been а problem for me аll of mу life, so I hаve tried mаnу different аcne products. Sometimes it feels like theу аll work prettу much the sаme, аnd sometimes it feels like trуing something new will hopefullу solve аll of mу problems.
St. Ives Blemish Fighting Аpricot Scrub hаs а lot of promise in its title. It reаllу does seem like it would fix аll of mу problems. The product smells good, аnd the аpricot "cleаnsing grаins" mаkes it feel like it is reаllу scrubbing out уour fаce reаllу well. I like the tube shаpe. The problem is, it mаde mу аcne worse insteаd of better. Insteаd of whiteheаds, the grаins must hаve gotten into the pores аnd cаused more аcne. I got blаckheаds - which аre big аnd pаinful to the touch. I don't think it wаs а sensitive skin reаction, becаuse it wаs аcne аnd not а rаsh. It аppаrentlу works just fine for other people, but it didn't work on mу skin аt аll.
but I reаllу like the wау this product exfoliаtes mу skin reаllу thoroughlу аnd efficientlу. You cаn reаllу feel the beаds on уour skin аnd it аlmost feels like а sаlt scrub in terms of consistencу, or mауbe even like sаnd. It's not а bаd or extremelу rough feeling, it's still prettу gentle, but rough enough to аssure уou thаt it's doing something for уour skin. On thаt note, I still wouldn't recommend this scrub to аnуone with sensitive skin becаuse the beаds will definitelу overscrub уour skin аnd leаve it possibilу feeling rаw or just verу red. I do, however, think this product works well for people with more oilу, аcne-prone skin, аs it will remove deаd lауers of skin аnd cleаn deeplу, rаther thаn just sort of wаshing off the surfаce.
Mу onlу quаlm with this product is thаt I've heаrd from dermаtologists thаt the beаds аctuаllу leаve tinу microscopic cuts in уour skin thаt dаmаge it over time. I'm а strong believer thаt уou should do whаt works for уou, so if уou trу it аnd it works then bу аll meаns keep with it.
I have been using this scrub on and off for years now and go back to it every time.
The grains in the product itself are quite big and very "exfoliating". Some other scrubs you buy are very fine in texture, but this is chunky and you really feels like your skin is being cleared of any dead cells. The product has a cream base, rather than a gel one. I use it every other day, alternating with a gel cleanser, as I feel using it on my skin every day might be a little harsh, however my husband loves this stuff and uses it every morning. Over the years I've attempted to buy him "man" products, but he much prefers this and whinges if I buy something else!
I do feel it works well for blemishes and pore reduction. My husband suffers from big pores and blackheads and there is a noticeable difference when he uses this compared to other products. I also feel like I get fewer breakouts when using this.
ST IVES - NATURALLY CLEAR APRICOT SCRUB BLEMISH FIGHTING
I think most people will know the St Ives brand, they are a well known brand on the shelves of our stores for over 25 years. I have used their products on and off since I was in my teens, as I have combination skin I am very prone to blackheads and spots as such a face scrub is an important part of my daily skincare routine. I have recently been using a different brand and although I was not unhappy with said brand, on a recent trip to Superdrug this was on sale so it went straight into my basket! I do love a bargain!
The products have recently undergone a new look to the packing although I can not see any mention on the tube about a new formula so it appears to just be a facelift.
THE PRODUCT ....
St Ives, the company, not to be confused with the city! was founded over 25 years ago and produces a mix of body and face scrubs. Their philosophy is that "nature has some the power to sooth, heal, awaken and energise. Above all, they respect the natural world as a vibrant source of energy and life and are just as committed to bringing us it's power, as they are to preserving it's vitality." They say that they use natural products where possible because they know that it works, they use no parabens or phthalates, use environmentally sustainable vendors and use eco friendly packing.
St Ives is owned by Unilever.
A little concerning I can no longer find anything on the tube to inform me that this product has not been tested on animals, before Unilever acquired St Ives there was definitely a label on the packing that said not tested on animals. Upon checking their website I also can not find any statement regarding animal testing. Sadly a little deeper investigating turns up that since they were taken over by Unilever they are now not a cruelty free brand. Bad times!
THE PACKING ....
The face scrub comes in a white plastic tube which is very soft making it very easy to squeeze the product out even when you are running low of the product. The tube is shaped like a very large toothpaste tube and stands on the thin end so that gravity does the work for us while we are not using the tube and draws the scrub to the lid ready for use. The tube has a simple clear flip cap lid that has a simple hole in the lid to squeeze the scrub from.
The tube is very basic in design, it has a photo of 3 apricots at the top of the tube, a small circle with a union jack on it informing us that the product is the UK's No 1 scrub brand.
Below this is the St Ives logo and information regarding the product, it informs us that the product "effectively lifts away surface oils and dirt that can lead to blackheads and blemishes." Under the blurb is a picture of the product, although it really does not look good, it looks like a pale slug to me!
It then informs us that this particular product is for oily/blemish prone skin and that it is oil free with salicylic acid ad 100% natural exfoliants.
The back of the tube has the St Ives logo followed by some more blurbs about being natural and their philosophy. Directions for use and ingredients.
TO USE ....
The directions are very simple they say to simply moisten face with water, disperse product onto finger tips and massage over face and rinse clean with water.
When you open the tube you are met by a very nice scent of apricots, it does smell very natural and quite tasty. The scrub a pale beige colour and I can only describe it was looking like the cream contains grains of sand. It looks very similar in colour and texture to sand. Compared to many scrubs I do find that St Ives has more granules to scrub the skin, I am not sure if this is good or bad but I do prefer it and feel like it has removed more from my skin than those with less.
COST AND SIZE ....
The product currently retails for around £4 for a 150ml tube and can be bought from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets and chemists as well as online.
I have to be fair to the product and rate it on it's performance not how I am currently feeling after discovering that it is no longer free from animal testing so with regards to performance this is an amazing scrub. It leaves my skin feeling very fresh and does improve the pores and blackheads slightly, although nothing seems to get rid of them completely for me. The product has never caused any irritation to my skin and it never leaves it feeling dry. I have to give the product 5 out of 5 for it's performance and I would suggest it to others, however I will no longer be purchasing this product simply for my personal ethical reasons. I try where possible to not use products that have been tested on animals so will be returning to my regular scrub.
I can't really pin point what kind of skin I have, but I do know that sometimes it's greasy and sometimes it's dry and trying to find the right product to work with my skin is so frustrating. I've used St Ives body scrubs before and loved the no-nonsense feel to the product, it had a subtle scent and thick consistency that minimised the mess and it was so easy to use that I was disappointed that my local cosmetic store stopped stocking it. I was having a wander through Boots and found the facial exfoliator from St Ives and decided to try it, what did I have to lose?
Price: currently £2.86 in boots as opposed to it's usual £4.29 so that's a saving of £1.43 (I'm a sucker for a bargain!)
The packaging is pretty basic and actually looks quite majestic in amongst my other products (weird thing to say.. but it does!) It's got a flip cap that can control and minimise the mess and also has a nice fat bottle that allows you to give the bottle a good squeeze without distorting the packaging. The new packaging of this product has bright and bold coloured thick stripes around the bottle to signify what kind of scrub you've purchased (orange for blemish control etc) which I think is good as you soon identify which product is for you without having to rummage through the shelves when you're in a hurry. The product itself has a lovely thick texture that comes out easily enough and has a fantastic consistency for a facial scrub, not too gritty but not too thin either. The smell isn't as strong as I thought it would be it's actually a bit clinical but smells fresh and clean. It's easy to smooth onto my skin without having to use loads of product, usually a blob the size of a 50p will be more than enough to cover my face and give it a right good seeing to!
My skin is soft, smooth and even my boyfriend can't stop touching my face! I've been using this about 3-4 times a week for about a month and I really have to say that I'll never look back. My skin is glowing and it fits in perfectly with my moisturiser (vitamin e cream from The Body Shop) The scrub is very easy to use and really buffs my face whisking away all the dead skin cells and dry skin leaving me with skin that would rival a baby's bum! One thing I don't like is that it really works at taking all the excess oils away and when I finish using it my skin feels tight and uncomfortable, so using moisturiser straight after is a must for me but other than that it's fine. Using the scrub has had a brilliant impact on my skin and I've found that I haven't been using as much foundation as I usually would, and when I do it glides on effortlessly and I can even use powder without my skin drying out and looking flaky.
I would definitely recommend this product but I would suggest using the small testers first (can be found in those aisles that have travel size products!) as even though it works for my skin it might not work for others. My sister, who has sensitive skin, also loves this product so from what I've experienced it's an adaptable scrub that works well with a lot of skin types.
I have been using St Ives Apricot products for many years now, with the Blemish Fighting Scrub being a firm favorite. The scrub is a dark beige colour with a very thick pasty and gritty consistency. The exfoliating particles are very small but firm, but have not ever aggravated my sensitive skin. It has a refreshing smell that is pleasant and does not seem chemically, like other exfoliators. After using the scrub, my skin feels soft, non-greasy and refreshed. I do not get a tight feeling in my skin after I have used it and my skin seems to have a healthy glow to it.
I always used to suffer from lots of blackheads and acne but have not done so since I have started using the scrub, although I only use it a few times a week. The 150ml tub lasts a long time, as you do not need to use lots to wash with, a little goes surprisingly far.
I am going to review St Ives Apricot Scrub for you all :-)
I appplied through St Ives facebook page for a free sample of the product which they are currently still offering. I wasn't expecting much to be honest maybe a packet or two of measly amounts of scrub. It arrived in the post 2 days ago and I have to say I am very pleased with the size of the sample which is a 30ML tube - with a 12 month shelf life.
The lid on this tube is a screw cap which is a frosty white colour. If you tighten the cap properly this will ensure there is no spillage of the scrub. The cap itself is firm but not too hard to loosen.
Front Of The Tube
The top left corner of the tube is decorated in images of full apricots and halved apricots - to promote the product they are selling. The right corner states "New Look" as they may have redesigned the packaging recently. It also has a small image of a union jack with the caption "UK's No.1 Scrub Brand" - to my knowlegde they are a very well known skin care brand. Under this is has the name of the product in bold blue letting with the caption "Fresh Skin" under this. The lower part of the front of the tube gives you a breakdown of the purpose of the scrub:
GENTLY EXFOLIATES DULL SURFACE CELLS TO INSTANTLY REVEAL SMOOTH, RADIANT SKIN
Lower down it also notes the scrub is suitable for all skin types, is oil free and made with 100% natural exfoliants.
Back Of The Tube
The back of the tube reads the following:
100% NATURAL EXTRACTS
From the UK's #1 scrub brand, this invigorating apricot scrub deep cleanses instantly leaving skin smooth and glowing.
FORMULATED WITHOUT PARABENS AND PHTHALATES.
Learn about our products at stivesbeauty.co.uk
Moisten face with water. Dispense product on to fingertips and massage over face. Rinse with water. Avoid direct contact with eyes.In case of contact with eyes rinse immediatly. For best results use 3-4 times a week.
I am going to list the ingredients here for the benefit of those who have skin allergies.
AQUA (WATER), JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT), SHELL POWDER, GLYCERYL, STEARATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, ZEA MAYS (CORN), KERNEL MEAL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, COCOMIDOPROPYL, BETAINE, PEG-100, STEARATE, PRUNUS ARNENIOCA (APRICOT), FRUIT EXTRACT, CETYL, ACETATE, POLYSORBATE 60, CETEARETH-20, ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL, CARBORNER, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, PPG-2 METHYL ETHER, GLYCERIN, TRIETHANOLAMINE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, PARFUM (FRAGRENCE), LIMONENE, LINALOOL
The Scrub Texture
When you squeeze the scrub out on to your finger tips as instructed you can clearly see the scrubbing beads throughou which are dark coloured. The lotion itself is an orange/beige colour. Initially when you scrub this into your face the mixture does feel cold against your skin but warms up as the scrub starts to take effect. The scrub doesnt leave any uncomfortable feeling on your skin as when you are finished scrubbing you simply wash off with water and pat your face with a towel.
The Scrub Scent
Just as the packaging promotes, the scrub does actually smell exactly like very sweet apricots :-) The smell is lovely and I wouldn't consider it to be overpowering when being used. Once the scrub is washed off you can still slightly smell the apricots but the smell doesnt follow you around and I don't believe its enough for others to smell it on your skin (unless they got REALLY close!)
Since recieving this sample two days ago I have been using this scrub morning and night as I am curious as to how well it works as I am normally phrone to bad skin :-(
I have been applying exactly as the tube states and scrubbing my face for around 1 minute per time. After washing the scrub off with water you do notice how clean and soft your skin feels and you do notice the difference the first time you try it. It didn't irritate my skin in the slightest.
Its likely this tube will last me at least another week or two and when it runs out I will be tempted to buy the product in future.
At the time of writing this review St Ives Apricot Scrub was retailing in Tesco at £3.99 for 150ML - Or until 8/4/12 you buy any two St Ives Product for £7.00... because its not exactly dirt cheap I would recommend you try the sample to see if you like this as much as me :-)
I use this product daily as a facial cleanser whilst in the shower as it has several functions for me. At the end of the day it removes all of my makeup, it removes any dead skin, it removes blackheads without having to squeeze them, and it makes me feel clean and fresh.
The smell is lovely, a soft citrus but it is all added in. St Ives has a natural look to it especially the packaging which is white and orange colours for this particular scrub. They also have a gentle one which doesnt actually do anything in my opinion.
I bought it most recently for £3.50 which seems expensive but it was on a buy one get one free offer so I bought 4!
The product when it comes out past the flip top lid is quite thick, but not slimey. It has orange beads in it which are the scrub part and the gel is like a soap. You need about a pea sized amount for the whole of your face, massage it into the problem areas to lather it and where you feel the beads then massage them where you have dry skin and try to avoid your eye area. I once got a few beads in my eye and it was so itchy and sore afterwards.
Then rinse it all off and you are left with a fresh face and it also leaves a light smell which I like before I go to bed.
This is great for people with different skin types although it is quite harsh when you use it a lot so if you have any problems then switch to the gentle one. Also I would moisturise afterwards.
St Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub - Blemish Fighting Formula
I have had this facial scrub for at least three months now and I use it once a week and it is the only face scrub I have used that is from the drug/high street stores - the other face scrub I have used is the Clinique facial scrub which is really good but I wanted to try something cheaper.
- About the product
This face scrub comes in a squeezey container and it contains 150ml of product. This is a new bottle than previous versions, as stated on the container and the packaging does look quite nice, simple and clean looking as it is mostly white. This product is stated to be dermatologically tested and contains 100% natural extracts. There are various formulas to the St Ives face scrubs, one of which is this blemish fighting scrub. I hardly get blemishes/spots, except for hormonal spots occasionally but this scrub seemed the most suitable out of the three available at the time of purchase. There is also an invigorating face scrub and a gentle face scrub. I didn't get the gentle one, which you would think to be the most appropriate as I have sensitive skin but I wanted one that would actually feel like a face scrub and be a bit harsh, as at the time my skin was really flaky and dry and a facial scrub was the only way to get rid of it quickly. There are directions of use on the back and it states that for best results you should use this product three to four times a week - which I definitely would not do as it would strip my skin of its natural oils making it drier and more sensitive as this scrub can be really quite harsh.
Some of the ingredients of this face scrub are as follows: salicylic acid, Walnut shell powder, apricot fruit extract and corn kernel meal. There are a lot of man-made ingredients as well, so this product is not all natural, e.g. added fragrance and a lot of other things.
- Using the face scrub and results
Firstly, the scent of the product; this product has a quite fresh, fairly clean scent which is quite nice - although as I have sensitive skin I would prefer skincare product with no scent - and no added fragrance. Secondly, the texture; the texture of this product is really quite gritty feeling on my hands and on my face. The scrub does have large grains, which look like large grains of sand, in it and this is what makes this scrub so exfoliating. This face scrub is really easy to use, I just wet my face with warm water and then I dispense a small amount of this product onto my fingertips. I dispense about a pea sized amount, although when my skin was drier and flaky I used more of the scrub each time. I either evenly distribute the scrub over my hands then apply it to my face or I dot the product on the main areas of my face (cheeks, forehead, and chin) then massage it into my skin. Once the scrub has been applied to my skin I then massage it gently into my skin in small circular motions and the more pressure you apply the more exfoliating and harsh the scrub will feel.
The scrub is easy to use and it makes my skin feel like it is being really thoroughly cleaned and smoothed when I used this scrub. After massaging the scrub into my skin for a minute or so, I then wash it off my face which is the worst part of using this product as the grains get everywhere. I either try to rinse the scrub off my face with running water and slashing my face with the water, which works fairly well. Or I take a wet flannel and wipe it over my face to get the fairly large grains off my skin, both methods result in grains still remaining on my face, possibly in my hairline and near my eyes - so I always have to use a toner after using this scrub. Once I have removed the scrub my skin feels very smooth and clean but this scrub does make my skin a bit tingly after using it and I have to apply my moisturiser as soon as possible after using this product.
The results from this product are really good, as this scrub makes my skin smooth, soft and flake free. Overall, I like using this product and it gives really good results although there are three negatives I can think of concerning this product which include: this scrub can be really quite harsh sometimes although now that my eczema is about 90% gone this scrub does not feel as harsh. The second negative is that it is not easy, comfortable or quick to remove the grains/residue from the scrub. The third negative point is that this scrub for me has had no effect on the very few spots/blemishes that I get.
- Price and availability
I bought this scrub from boots months ago and it is still going strong as I only use it once a week and it is currently priced at £3.99 in boots. So I think one container of this scrub will last quite a while, so you definitely get your moneys worth. The product can also be purchased from Tesco for £3.99 and asda for £3.60. I will not buy this again as it is difficult to remove and it does not reduce/inhibit blemishes, of the very few that I get.
*Easy to use
*Scent is ok and the packaging is quite nice
*The results are great as it makes my skin really smooth, soft, very clean and flake free
*Can be really quite harsh although now that my eczema is about 90% gone, it is not as harsh
*Difficult, slow and uncomfortable to rinse off
*Does not reduce/inhibit blemishes - and I get very few spots/blemishes
Thank you for reading my review
St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub is one of a range of different Apricot Facial Scrubs from the UK's number 1 scrub brand. The range is widely available in most places you would expect to find skincare items, and is currently priced at £4.19 for 150ml in Boots.
Why I Bought It
I don't remember a time in my life when my skin hasn't had it's problems, and whilst most of these have come and gone the one constant problem that still plagues me is open, clogged and enlarged pores and blackheads. I HATE my skin for this and for years have searched for products that would actually make a difference. So, after the last scrub I bought tried and failed to tackle my problem skin I scoured the shelves of Boots for another one and came home with this.
The scrub comes in a squeezy plastic tube with a flip-top lid on which it stands. The white plastic of the tube looks opaque but it does have enough transparency that you can see how much scrub is left in certain lights. The flip-top is easy to open and much more convenient to use than screw-tops. The lid fastens securely so I wouldn't worry about it coming open if I were to take it away with me, but the hinge does feel quite flimsy and like it would easily snap if dropped or over-used.
Though nothing special the tube looks nice enough and is not something you would be ashamed to have on display in the bathroom. All the information you would need about the product is written on the tube, including a product description, directions and ingredients.
St. Ives claim that this 'deep cleansing Apricot Scrub for oily or blemish prone skin effectively lifts away surface oils and dirt that can lead to blackheads and blemishes'. It uses 100% natural exfoliants and Salicylic Acid to fight blemishes, revealing clearer looking skin. It also contains vitamin-rich apricot extract, Swiss glacial water and nourishing Swiss botanicals to leave skin softer and smoother.
Suitability & Warnings
The scrub has been dermatologically tested to ensure that it's safe for use on delicate facial skin. However, Salicylic Acid is a pretty strong ingredient and can cause irritation and dryness for some people, and is not really suitable for dry skins.
Moisten face with water, dispense product onto fingertips and massage gently over face. Rinse with water and pat dry. For best results use 3 to 4 times per week.
The scrub itself is a thick white creamy textured substance packed full of lots of grains in different shades of brown, which make the cream appear more of a creamy brown colour. The grains are not uniform in size, as is to be expected of natural exfoliants, but all are smaller than a grain of sugar.
The scent hits me as soon as I dispense some of the scrub from the tube. It's a lovely fresh apricot scent with a creamy background, which is strong and very noticeable, but not at all overpowering.
Applied to damp skin the creamy texture of the scrub allows it to spread quite easily, but the grains don't seem to follow quite so well meaning I need to use more than I would have first thought in order to thoroughly scrub my whole face. There is no suggestion on the tube as to how much of this you should use, but I find I have to use quite a lot more than the pea-sized amount suggested with most scrubs.
The grains are very noticeable as I massage this onto my skin and at points they do sometimes feel a little scratchy, but not to the point of being uncomfortable of irritating. I can definitely feel the exfoliating effect on my skin and it feels like it's getting deep into my pores to clean thoroughly.
I find that generally this scrub rinses off very easily, but somehow when I rinse it off I often find the cream ends up going in my nose and I find on looking in the mirror that it's still clinging just inside my nostrils, which is not very pleasant!
As soon as I rinse this off my skin feels amazingly smooth, even in areas that usually feel a little bumpy or rough. It doesn't make my skin feel dry or tight as is often a problem with face scrubs, instead my skin feels soft and hydrated. I also noticed straight away that the dirt in my clogged pores, particularly on my nose, was looking a little loosened. So far so good.
After using it regularly 3-4 times a week as suggested I did find that my skin was feeling a little sensitive and over-exfoliated in places, so I've since stuck to using it a maximum of twice a week and have not had the same problem since.
Having now used this scrub regularly for a little over 2 months I've noticed a big difference in my skin. My pores, particularly in problem areas like my nose, are looking much less clogged and more refined, and I suffer with far fewer blackheads than I did previously. I also feel my skin looks more even and generally healthier than it did before, and is just getting better all the time.
Well in all honesty I think I've finally found the blackhead-busting, pore-refining product I've been searching for all these years. I've been very impressed with the results so far and will happily continue using it, firmly believing that there will come a time when my pores simply won't be noticeable at all anymore. And to top it all off it's so reasonably priced I'll always be able to afford to use it regularly. Fantastic!