Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub has too many negatives to make it a worthy option for your skin. Abrasive ingredients like walnut shells and cornmeal are natural, yes, but their irregular, rough edges can tear skin, creating problems you wouldn't have if you had chosen a gentler scrub. A great scrub (which this isn't) should gently reveal the glowing skin beneath old, dull skin and serve as an extra cleansing step, not damage skin.
The other issue this scrub presents is its fragrance and fragrant ingredients that can irritate skin with each use—as if the roughness of this scrub wasn't hard enough on skin!
Research shows the gentlest (and most state-of-the-art) way to exfoliate is with a well-formulated AHA or BHA product. If you prefer a traditional manual scrub—and many people do—check our Best Scrubs list for far gentler options.
- Makes skin feel temporarily smoother.
- Feels overly abrasive and the natural scrub particles can tear into skin.
- Regular use can create problems such as making oily or sensitive skin worse, not better.
- Strong fragrance poses further risk of irritation.
St. Ives At-A-Glance
Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.
For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, visit www.stives.com.
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