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For me one skincare essential is a good exfoliator as I really do notice a difference in my skin when I use it. However, while my skin can sometimes be dehydrated it can be also be sensitive so I need quite a gentle exfoliator. In the past I have used the St Ives apricot scrub for sensitive skin but after reading reviews of this scrub on Dooyoo I decided to give this a go and have never looked back.
This scrub in some ways is quite similar to other scrubs in the St Ives range but there is one big difference it is made with Olive Oil which gives the scrub quite a luxurious feel.
It comes in the standard top-down tube that most face scrubs come in so can be a bit messy (it's also important not to be over-zealous when squeezing the tube as you don't need much).
In order to use the scrub you just need to dispense a blob about the size of a 5p piece and massage it over your damp face - I find it easiest to use the scrub in the shower as there is less to clean up that way. You obviously have to be careful not to get the scrub in your eyes but once you have massaged your face you simply wash it off and you are done.
In terms of how the scrub smells it has a neutral smell but there is a faint creamy olive smell which is really pleasant.
***How does it feel on the skin***
The first thing I notice when I use this scrub is how creamy it feels on my hand which I like. The grains itself are fairly small and not at all scratchy on the skin (some people may find them a little too small and gentle but as I use it every other to every day it is perfect for my skin) and feels nice and gentle. Because it is such a creamy texture it smooths over the face beautifully. Once I have washed the scrub off my skin does definitely feel smoother and actually feels moisturised as I find the olive oil lingers a little bit but not enough to make it feel greasy in any way instead my skin just feels soft and smooth. However, while it does feel more moisturised than any other scrub I have used I do still put my trusty Nivea creme on after my shower but that is because water can be drying but on the few occasions when I haven't moisturised straight away my skin does feel really nice. I am now on my second tube (they last quite a long time once you get used to not dispensing too much) and I have never had a reaction to it so I find it gentle on my skin.
It also works which is the main thing as far as I am concerned last winter I found myself with really tight and dry skin but since using this I don't have flaky bits anymore and my skin has been relatively spot free (apart from the usual monthly breakout) it has also helped with the scarring on my skin as whenever I get a spot it seems to scar but this has reduced thanks to regular exfoliation.
At £4.99 a tube in Boots and Superdrug it's really good value and I find a tube can last several months so well worth the price in my books.
I don't get on well with the apricot st Ives scrubs as I've never really understood exfoliating your face with what feels like bits of grit. I've also had my doubts about how good this can actually be for your skin. The apricot one also left my skin feeling dry, tight and irritated, and aggravated any spots I had. I thought I'd give St Ives another chance as I had been reading about the positive effects of olive oil on the skin when I stumbled upon this in Boots.
It cost me £5 from Boots but I've subsequently repurchased from Superdrug for £2.50 as they sometimes have an offer on. The fact that I repurchased obviously says something about my opinion of this product.
I very rarely use a scrub on my face, much preferring chemical exfoliants, but the exfoliating particles in this scrub are not as harsh as others. They are small round balls that feel quite smooth, so you don't feel like you're scratching at your face. The consistency is very creamy and it doesn't foam up on your face (which is drying on the skin). Obviously it's not as harsh as the apricot version, but since my skin is very sensitive this suits me well. It doesn't leave your skin feeling dry or tight, but rather smooth and moisturised (although I still moisturise after I use this). I only use this scrub every now and then when I feel like my skin needs a thorough clean, and it doesn't break me out. It smells nice and clean and one tube lasts ages.
The effects aren't miraculous though - I think because it is very gentle it's not going to exfoliate to the same extent as the apricot one perhaps. But for my purposes, it works well.
I love the St Ives range of facial scrubs and have often used their Apricot version in the past.
However, on a recent bumble around on my lunch break after suddenly remembering I was out of any type of face wash, I found this when it was newly released - St Ives Moisturising Olive Scrub. Although on researching the price just now I can only find an equivalent called the Elements Olive Scrub - which appears for all intents and purposes to be a rebranding of the same product.
This comes in a stand-up tube which is based on its lid. It is easy to squeeze which pushes the product out and I like this style of bottle as gravity helps you out and you get the best pay-off of the amount of product you purchase.
It is RRP-ing at £4.99 although Superdrug currently have a better-than-half-price offer (26th April). Whilst I think at full price it is expensive, I must say that it has lasted very well and if you can get it on offer - which I have seen on various occasions - then I think it is good value.
It is marketed as a regular use exfoliating product. It should help leave your skin feeling moisturised and smooth and re-energised.
I really think it is. When dispensed you are presented with a thick, gooey, slightly creamy product. It is not loose at all - this holds its consistency when dispensed. I initially thought that St Ives had pursued a moisturising product at the expense of their other products' very good exfoliation qualities, as the scrub element seemed quite low in its presence.
Whilst not a particularly gorgeous colour, this product only has a light scent and isn't unappealing. It feels gentle and would be good for anyone who has issues with exfoliators being too harsh on their skin.
I would never not moisturise after using any kind of face product but this does not leave my skin feeling dry, the scrub particles are not harsh and never has my skin reacted or felt sensitive or been reddened by it.
Now, not wanting to gross you out guys but I have had a horrible cold this week and after sneezing more in four days than I think I have in the entire previous course of my life, my face is wrecked. My nose and upper lip have had so much tissue abuse that I resemble something from a Doctor Who episode and I feel grotesque. So if there was ever a time to test out whether or not the texture of this gentle product compromises its effectiveness at sloughing off dead skin, today was it!
I find that a very small amount of this product is more than sufficient - hence why my tube has lasted so well - and so I applied this in the shower, massaged around my face in a circular motion and then it washed off very well. It does not foam and does maintain its creamy texture, hence why I wondered if the exfoliator particles would be sufficient to do what I needed them to.
And so, post shower, moisturised in front of the mirror, I have to say this has performed really well! The gross skin traces around my nose and mouth are almost completely gone and those that remain would probably require some form of industrial sandblasting at this point if they were to truly be eradicated.
Whilst I can't say this product would leave me confident enough to without moisturiser I have to say that I do find it more gentle than a lot of exfoliation products and for that reason I will continue to buy this - when its on offer. I am impressed that a formula can be so creamy and not feel like its working but at no point in using it have I noticed residual dry skin, so I can only say that it works. Its not the most luxurious product but for a high-street brand, if you can get this at less than the retail recommended five English pounds, then this is a really good effort from St Ives and dare I say it, more pleasant to use than their harsher Apricot equivalents.