“ Brand: St Ives / Type: Exfoliator / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I've not had a great history of St Ives face scrubs before, as I didn't get on with the Apricot scrub (I found it too gritty). I was quite reluctant to try this but, as it was on offer, I decided to give it a go.
The packaging claims to use fine mineral crystals (derived from sand), chamomile and vitamin E to gently revel younger looking skin, and it is suitable for everyday use - I was quite skeptical reading this because I know face scrubs can be quite harsh, but I needn't have been. The fine grains don't seem to take too many layers of skin off, and it leaves the skin underneath soft and hydrated.
I find the fine grains make it easier to use this in specific areas - on your forehead, on the nose etc, if you didn't want to use it all over the face, and it doesn't tend to get in your eyes either.
I find that I don't need to use a lot of this product to get results - a blob barely the size of a 5p piece is more than plenty, so the bottle lasts for ages. Also, the fragrance isn't strong, which is a massive plus for me.
I sometimes mix this with my usual facial wash to get a bit more 'foamability' and to give it a bit more of a face wash experience - if I don't mix it, I usually give my face a quick wash with my usual facial, just for mind piece of mind, to know my face is definitely clean (not always needed though, purely my own routine).
I was very impressed by this product, and I've recommended it to friends and family, I've also stocked up to make sure I won't run out anytime soon. I've seen this in Superdrug and Boots and it can be a little bit more expensive than other face scrubs, but you don't need to use as much, so is quite cost effective.
For people who read my reviews on a regular basics will know that I take very good care of my skin and have done since I was a young woman, I am of my mature years now and so I like to take extra special care of my skin because it is becoming much thinner, it is still in good condition and I rarely get any very bad blemishes or spots but recently I have been under a little stress and so my skin has become a little tired and I have found it has needed just a little extra attention, so when I spotted this product I thought I would give it a go because I buy the exfoliating scrub in the same range, since I love that one I thought this one would be suitable for my skin too.
I bought it a while ago for only around £2.50 for 125ml, it was half price at the time and so I thought I would buy it and give it a go since I like the St Ives exfoliator. I have only just recently began using it around 2 weeks ago. It comes in a tube, it is very attractive to the eye and is a nice pale Turquoise colour with a flip lid. The writing on the front is quite nice too with a picture of what looks like glass stones. It says in the right hand corner it is new, I have not seen this one before and so it probable is a new product, not one that has been improved.
Inside it is a white gel with a slight perfume fragrance to it, it is a thick texture and quite rich and soft. Inside the gel there are tiny beads, kind of the same as an exfoliating scrub product but the beads are much smaller in size. It is easy to apply to the face, first it is best to dampen the skin on the face then all that is needed is to wet the hands first, then squeeze a small amount onto the wet hands and gently work into a creamy lather, I find it does not lather as I expected it to from the directions on the back of the tube, I first thought it would be all soapy etc but it was the opposite and just a small lather effect but a nice one and just enough to do the work. After it is worked into this lather all that is needed is to just gently massage it into the face area and to make circular movements around the face without going near to the eyes. It feels pleasant on the skin and is not too abrasive as you would first imagine because it is a Microderm-Abrasion product and these products can tend to be a little harsh but this one is perfectly fine on the skin. The beads do not feel rough on my skin, I can feel the tiny beads while working the gel onto my skin. The gel tends to just lay on the skin and becomes a little drier. After around 30 seconds or so of gentle massaging it can then be rinsed from the face. It is very easy to rinse with no problems at all. The beads can be felt on the skin all the time the product is being used, I particularly can feel them working more when I rinse it from my face and I at this point I think it is when the beads are working the most.
When patted dry I find it does leave my skin feeling smooth but it does feel very dry, I do have a dry, sensitive skin and so this feeling is not a problem for my combination. I just then use my moisturising cream and my skin feels soft and smooth again. I have had no irritations or any problem with my skin since using it. It is a gentle product and not at all harsh on the skin as I first imagined it would and I was pleasantly surprised how gentle it actually turned out to be for my skin.
I find this one is a gentle gel and I have had no irritations at all while using it, I do find that is no different to the exfoliating scrub in the same range and the results have been just the same in my opinion, I thought this one would have been a different kind of product with slightly different results but I find I could have had the same results using my usual exfoliating scrub in the same range.
I was quite sceptical when I bought this one because I have read and heard lots of stories about using Microderm- Abrasion products etc and how careful you have to be as they can be quite powerful products on the skin but because I trust and use St Ives products all the time, I thought this one was worth a go. Microderm-Abrasion treatments are designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines on the skin and to improve the texture of the skin and so I will keep using this one until I finish the tube and see if it helps to reduce them and improve my skin in the future but I cannot comment on if it has or not because I have only been using this one for around 10 days or so and for twice a week, so not many times to know if my lines will improve or my skin is in a better condition than it usually feels at the moment. I am lucky enough to have good skin but I am sure if you have a skin that needs improving or you are just at the age when you feel you are needing to start using this kind of product, I think it is worth a try. You can never start too young to start a daily, beauty routine in my opinion because it does pay off in the later years in my opinion.
I am still very happy with the results this one has given my skin and it is a nice product but I would buy it again in the future but only if it is on special offer at the time I need to buy one. I do recommend it if you are thinking of buying a exfoliating scrub as the results are very good and it gives me all the results I expect from this kind of product.
If you are sceptical of using a Microderm-Abrasion product as I had been when I bought this one, then this one will be fine and nothing to worry about at all, it is safe for the skin and one that is a good quality and value for money product in my opinion.
I give it 5 stars.
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Thank you for reading my review, I hope it has been of some help in your choice of buying this one.
I have always been a fan of St Ives Apricot Scrub, it's the face srub I have been using for many years now. As I was running out I went to Superdrug to get more. It always seems to be in the Buy One Get One Free offer.
As luck would have it, it wasn't on right then but they did have a 3 for 2 across the range. I was grabbing a handful of them when I noticed some new lines I had not seen before. I decided to branch out a little and bought this, the Micro Dermabrasion bottle as part of the 3 for 2.
It costs about £5 so, a bit more than the usual one but I thought it may be worth it.
The first thing that struck me was the appearance, I love the look of this. The bottle is a very mixed bue / green colour, turquoise I suppose, with a white strip around the middle with all the information on. It promises to 'reveal younger looking and refined skin.' I'm not that old yet so not too worried about the younger skin part, mostly I want it to get rid of dead skin, make my skin look fresher and so on.
There's also a nice picture of some turquoise crystals on the front and a flash saying New. It says it is 'gentle enough for frequent use' but that could mean anything depending on how you interpret it so doesn't contribute much. I wouldn't bother using it myself more than once or twice a week.
The smell of the product is lovely. It's very gentle and fresh; the tube says it contain camomile so I wonder if it is that or not. Together, the look of the product and the smell of it, makes it seem much like a spa kind of product.
Inside the liquid is the palest of turquoises. To feel it initially and to look at, it doesn't look as it it has anything in, ie. it looks smooth, but as soon as you start rubbing it on your face with warm or hot water you can really feel those crystals in there, teeny tiny but very rough. Using this for a few minutes made me feel as if I had really given my skin a good 'work-out'. It was a bit drying so I had to use moisturiser afterwards, but I find that with all such products anyway.
I will continue to use this as a variant of the Apricot scrub and also see how the other one I bought works. So far though, so good.
Wow dooyoo was fast with my product suggestion this morning , think it must of been about an hour after I suggested it.
St Ives Elements Microderm -Abrasion costs around £4.99 for a 125ml tube, but Tescos apparently has it on offer, any 2 for £6 until 3/8/10. So it might be an idea to snap this up if you can find it. I purchased this in Superdrug, it can be found online but for some reason it seems to have disappeared off the shelves. Maybe it's not popular in a small town like mine, shame really it's a good product even though it's pricy.
The idea behind the product is to gently reveal younger looking, refined skin using fine mineral crystals, chamomile and vitamin E. It is suitable for everyday use. It is dermatologist tested and has 100% natural extracts. It does not contain animal ingredients and has not been tested on animals. It has been formulated without parabens and phthalates.
Minerals: plays a major role in healthy cell generation, turnover and protection.
Chamomile: plays an important part in enabling a calming effect on skin, ensuring it conditions and moistures your skin.
Silica (sand): soft, not too gritty properties enable it to be used as a gentle natural exfoliant.
Vitamin E: helps to fight signs of aging by reducing lines and wrinkles and ensures you skin remains balanced moisture wise.
Like with all facial scrubs you splash water on face and dispense a bit of the product on to fingertips and massage over face. Avoid direct contact with eyes (if this occurs then flush thoroughly with water). It mentions for best results, it should be used daily.
The appearance of the product when dispensed reminds me of washing powder clumped together but with a slight gel appearance to it. I can't really comment on the smell as it light and not really noticeable or maybe my nose is blocked. No chemical smell to it though and it's not over powering in any way which makes it fantastic to use and does not put me off.
The product lathers well on the face and give the face a gentle scrub, there are no sharp bits involved, it's not even harsh on the skin which is perfect with my sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling and looking well cleansed, smooth almost like your skin has been polished. Moisturising well after this treatment is important as skin begins to dry up. Although it recommended using this product daily I would use it every other day as there are chances of over doing it and making your skin over dry and maybe causing more damage, in other words you could end up change your oily/combination complexion to an over dried one instead.
Overall its good product and does what it says