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A Blemish Fighting Scrub? No!
St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub
Member Name: tigger1992
St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub
Date: 30/03/12, updated on 30/03/12 (52 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, scent, packaging, makes my skin smooth, soft and clean
Disadvantages: Difficult/uncomfortable to remove/rinse off, harsh on my skin, does nothing to blemishes/spots
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
Summary: I will not buy again :(