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.
Overall I am pleased with the effectiveness of this facial scrub; however, i DO NOT use this every day mainly because it is very abrasive. I would not classify it as "harsh," but the exfoliating beads are very coarse compared to some other facial scrubs (i.e. Olay Pore Minimizing cleanser & scrub, Clean & Clear deep action exfoliating scrub, and C&C morning burst detoxifying facial scrub)...I have used each of the aforementioned examples faithfully during the past three to four years and have been impressed with each as far as daily usage with variety, but for St. Ives apricot scrub I use this ONLY once a week or so depending on what my skin needs. I have relatively normal skin with occasional oiliness around my nose and chin area so I rely on the St. Ives to give me an intense exfoliation after days of build up and it works amazingly! I just finished washing with it and my face feels incredibly clean, smooth, soft, and refreshed. This is also a good product to use when doing a steam facial. Scrub with this first before your steam treatment to remove all the dead skin, oil and dirt...(steam), then follow with a good deep cleansing cream cleanser (C&C deep action), rinse with tepid water, splash with cold water, and, lastly, moisturize with your favorite oil free hydrating formula. I can almost guarantee you'll notice the difference in your skin within a couple weeks. This scrub is definitely something to have in your skincare arsenal, but it's important for you to know what works best for your skin type and use the products wisely. So, I give St. Ives Apricot scrub two thumbs up because it stays true to its claims...nothing more...nothing less.
Oh my gosh, this gave me broken capillaries!
Being the lazy girl, I needed more face wash but couldn't drive myself to get some. I decided to use this on the regular as I thought my skin is really resistant to every product. Within two weeks, I was sitting by a bright light and could see little red veins that looked like broken capillaries trying to emerge. Oh no!
I stopped using this on my face immediately. Yes, it took care of zits, but the exfoliating shells were just way too harsh on my facial skin. Women, don't use this if you want your skin to mess up in the long run. I am full of sads now :(
St-Ive's Apricot Scrub lives in my shower. It's the perfect scrub for rough patches of skin, it exfoliates beautifully before shaving and it smells absolutely lovely. On my face I use it twice per week, leaving my skin glowing and fresh!
Unfortunately the packaging makes it worthlessly difficult to squeeze out the last bit - But for the price, I'll get over it.
I love this scrub! It makes my face feel so glowy, fresh, and clean. It also helps on my neck and chest where a lot of dead skin builds up.
Yes this product is a bit harsh but it works great for me. My skin is very dry and I need something like this to help me out. I actually ran out of this a few weeks ago and I was out for about a month and I couldn't figure out why my skin was so dull and flakey. When I finally got to the store and repurchased I realized it was because of this. It makes my skin so much brighter. Definitely great for those with super dry skin. Probably not so much for oily skin.