My most favorite product! Also, my boyfriend's, too. I've been using this stuff for years and recently got him in on it. I hated what my skin was doing in high school and this is the product that saved me. Because it's been my go-to product for so long, I can't really say much about recent changes I've seen in my skin from it. But I can say that I have noticed a definite improvement in my boyfriend! His skin isn't that bad, only the ocassional small breakout that would last a few days. One particularly bad one caused my to give him some of this and it cleared up within a few days! He's been using it since and hasn't had anymore breakouts like that. He says it worked wonders for his blackheads, too. I noticed some bumps and redness on his shoulders and suggested using it there, too. When I use this in the shower, after gently massaging it on my wet face with my hands, I just rub the leftover stuff on my hands onto my shoulders. I've never had a breakout there since I've been doing that and it seems to be working for my boyfriend so far, also. :) We are both VERY happy with this scrub! Obviously, the soft fruity smell isn't too much for a guy. And I've found that if you accidentally get it in your mouth, it doesn't taste bad. It doesn't make my skin feel oily afterwards, nor does it dry it out to the extent of needing extra moisturizer. In fact, I often use this after my other cleanser that would otherwise make my face feel tight, because this replaces the moisture in my skin in a nice way. We've gone through one tube already together and have two on the go now ((one says "Fresh Skin" and one says "Naturally Clean" but as far as we can tell they are exactly the same)) will be repurchasing for sure!!! That's ten lippies from both of us. :D
EDIT: To people having problems with this stuff being too "harsh" - don't scrub the crap out of your face with it!!! The trick is to apply gentle pressure and let the product do the work! If you are still having trouble after that, do yourself a favour and buy the sensitive version that has less of the crushed-up walnut shell.
I do not have acne nor blemish problems, though I get a few pimples or whiteheads. I thought this would do the trick on my face but had the opposite effect on me. It caused me to get even more pimples and bumps. I have more pimples on my upper back so I decided to try it there. It worked and felt great when I was scrubbing my back with it. I have seen results from it but if I were to lose this product or run out I may not repurchase it. Maybe I don’t know yet.
I love this scrub so much!!! I am prone to getting dry patches of dead skin on my forehead and nose in the winter and this helps so much!! Leaves my skin feeling extra soft in such a short amount of time! Definitely recommend it for anyone struggling with dead skin.
I like this stuff a lot. It's great for getting all the dead skin off my nose and makes my face feel super smooth. I know people think it is too harsh for skin, but there doesn't seem to be any evidence of this being damaging over the long term if used correctly. I used this in the shower, once or twice a week, gently rubbing all over my face (but avoiding the eye area), with great results, and the 6 oz tube lasted me for over two years of inconsistent to regular use. It also smells nice and leaves my dry skin feeling moisturized. I bought Aveeno's daily scrub after cashing this tube and the beads are so small and smooth that I feel they don't do anything. I am going back to this after I've finished my tube of Aveeno. It's a great, classic product.
Some of the reviews mentioned it has cancer causing ingredients in it. Not sure what those are but it does get a 5 on the skin deep database ("moderate" ingredient concerns), although the first 10 ingredients are mostly natural and pretty non-toxic. Not sure why it needs to contain sodium laureth sulfate, though, so one lippie off for that.
I love this stuff...if you have sensitive skin, then it's probably not going to be a product that you'll like. However, for my combination skin..nothing works better for keeping my skin clear! I gently rub it in circular motions on my wet face while in the shower and it keeps those little annoying flakies away, makes my skin smooth, and keeps break outs to a minimum. I've used it for YEARS because it's cheap, and it works!
Pros - smells great
- really cheap and its on special many times
- oil free
- convenient packeging
Cons - leaves a residue which made me break out ( not good for sensitive acne prone skin )
This is terrible. It has cancer giving ingredients and harsh chemicals. In a few days - good in a few months or years- eww.
If you self-tan, this is a great, inexpensive product for pre-tanning exfoliation. I buy this in a jar for around 5 and change. You get plenty of product for all-over exfoliation. The product is creamy but oil-free. The fine particles do a great job smoothing down rough areas. It rinses clean away but can be a little bit of a pain to remove from the shower stall. Highly recommend this one if you need an inexpensive fake bake exfoliator.
Now that winter has just ended, I'm sure that a lot of people have problems with dry skin since the harsh cold weather really takes a toll. So I wanted to try a new solution for skincare because I had bought my other skincare set a few summers back, when my skin was a little more oily. I have always heard good things about St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It has won awards before in Allure. I have been using it durring the winter months for years (and even summer time too). It does an excellent job of getting rid of all that dry, flakey dead skin that builds up and can even clog pores, in the winter months. I will also use this in the summertime if I get a really bad sunburn and my skin starts peeling. I also use it before i use any self tanners, as it provides a smoothe and clear surface for application.
So I buy this scrub at Walgreens, however you can find it at any drug store or big box stores like Target and wal mart. The price is right around $4 for quite a big container of scrub! It is a 6oz squeeze container that is very easy to use, and caps on very tightly. I love that this scrub is made of all natural ingredients. The exfoliating beads are made out of walnut shells, and the scrub smells delicious!
Another thing I love is that the exfoliating beads are very densely packed, unlike some other scrubs that have very few beads, and you have to rub a handful of grains over your entire face. This means that a little goes a long way. You should definitely be careful with how much you use. The exfoliating beads are not so harsh that it hurts to rub on your face, yet they do the job well. I haven't found the scrub to be drying at all unlike some of the others I have tried. After using this scrub, my face feels really smooth and lovely, which is what I was really looking for. My face really just feels a lot freer without dead skins cells weighing it down. I also use this in my arms because I have a mild form of eczema with tiny little red bumps, and I exfoliate my arms every other day, to get rid of the dead skin, and allow my moisturizer to really soak in and soothe the areas on my arms. I have also used this on my legs, chest, feet... all over the place right before I apply a self tanner, or go get spray tanned. This helps make sure you arent streaky with uneven patches everywhere.
Overall, this product smells wonderful, and is always a great value as well. I can't attest to any acne treatment properties because I do not really have acne, nor is this the correct scrub for acne. However I will say this- dead skin can clog pores, which can cause acne. So I think its very important for people to use a scrub reguarily, for that glow. If you are looking for a scrub spicifically to get rid of acne, St. Ives has another apricot scrub for that- its almost identical to this, only it has a formula in the scrub- that tingles and has a formula in the scrub to heal and treat blemishes and blackheads.
Lastly, this is a great product to have, regardless of who you are because it is so multi dimensional and can be afforded by everyone. I think its important, no matter who you are to have a scrub- of whatever kind you prefer, as a part of your daily skin care regimen. This product works as good as any other, so I am giving this product 5 lippies!
I used this a couple years ago back when I was in high school and I really liked it. The beads aren't gentle but I liked that because I felt like it was doing something. Right after every use my skin felt really smooth and soft.
Other than that, it did nothing else for my skin. I was fun to use, but I eventually stopped using it because I didn't need it.
I won't use it now because my skin is way too sensitive after using retin A. Plus I prefer using more natural products. The ingredients in this scrub are not the best to say the least.
If you don't have problematic skin and you're looking for a scrub to smooth out your skin you can try this one. It's nothing spectacular, and I've used better, but it does the job, and leaves your skin nice and soft
If you have sensitive, problematic, or acne prone skin this isn't the best and I would try something with less harsh ingredients and softer beads.