It was too harsh for my sensitive skin. It made my skin smooth but red and irritated. The granuals are too rough and large for face. So now I am using it as a body scrub and it is great. It makes my legs and arms smooth and glowing and body lotion absorbs better after using this. I would recommend this as a body scrub rather than facial scrub.
I love this facial scrub - been using it I don't even know how long! I've tried many other varieties of scrubs and this is my fav low $ value one(others I've tried include Avon which has tiny tiny exfoliating beads and made my whole neck break out in red splotches; Clinique 7 Day scrub which is my fav but it my more expensive; MAC many yrs ago, it was a little tingley and too expensive; etc.).
I suggest not rubbing too hard b/c the exfoliating beads in this one are rather large and grainy so just gentely rubbing it in should do it for you. I use about 2xs/wk and mostly in the shower as opposed to the sink. I find that it gets rid of all or most of the dead skin aroudn my nose (esp during allergy seasons!) and my cheeks which tend to be dry. I ALWAYS follow it up with moiturizer though which I think is a necessity! highly recommend you try this out - i think they sell little trial sizes at the ds!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product! it makes my skin feel so good! I put it on, rub it in a bit and get in the shower (so the sand doesn't clog up the sink!). I put it all over my body, and i can do this twenty-five times and the jar doesn't run out. I recommend NOT buying the tube of it though, because when it is close to finished it is really hard to get it to come out. Other than that, I LOVE IT! It is inexpensive and gives you so much for so little. I love all St.Ives products, but this is definitely my favourite.
I really have mixed feelings about this. I loved it at first, it made me feel smooth and radiant. But that was just the point: "feel". I would touch my face and it would feel as smooth as a baby's bottom, but when I look in the mirror my face would look all dry and I would have all these white spots where my skin was sorta peeling. I really don't understand it at all.
But then it's so cheap, I like the smell, and the dry-lookingness wasn't anything a bit of lotion and toner couldn't heal. I didn't particularly love or hate this product (actually I'd say I gravitate more towards love since its so cheap) but my sister hates hates hates it because it would make her break out like crazy. But then, not sure if its because this product alone as she tends to forget to put on moisturizer a lot.
Love it! Makes my face feel smooth refreshed and clean. It doesnt dry me out or make me oily. I feel like my face looks radiant after I use it, but thats probably just wishful thinking. I tend to get realllllly bad breakouts on my chin only, and this seems to keep me clear better then anything i have used (including medicated stuff from the dermatoligist and pro active.) It smells nice too.
It's true, the exfoliating particles are extremely abrasive, but they are pretty effective in renewing your skin. I use it a couple times a week and it does a good job. Although I have noticed that my face is a bit shinier than before I started to use the product. I thought my Olay exfoliater was a little abrasive, but after using this product, I can't even feel the Olay one anymore! Yeah, I wouldn't recommend this product for long term use because it seems as if it might do some damage to your skin if you use it too often.
I used to use this long ago, but then I switched to the gentle version and my skin is much happier. This does make a nice body scrub, but it is too harsh for delicate facial skin.
It is really cheap and smells pretty good, but I wouldn't use it on my face again.
This product doesn't seem to scrub away dead skin so much as it scratches up the healthy, smooth patches of skin surrounding it, which leaves me with more flakes than I began with. Afterwards, my face feels mildly raw. Based on that, I can't imagine rubbing the particles in this scrub onto your skin is very healthy for it. I won't be using this again.
This is my HG body scrub. I do not use it on my face because I find the grains too big for facial skin. As a body scrub, it's perfect. It leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth. I use this around 3 times a week to keep my skin soft and feeling clean. Great product and wonderful price, which is a bonus.
I use this scrub everyday. It's definitely better than the St. Ives apricot scrub for sensitive skin. If I skip using it for one day, I find that parts of my face start peeling.
St. Ives changed the fragrance of this scrub a couple of months ago, which means the ingredients have also changed. The chemicals and preservatives now outnumber the amount of natural ingredients (e.g., chamomile). The new fragrance smells more refreshing and is typical of what a shampoo smells like IMHO. But with what other reviewers are saying about the toxic chemicals of this product, I'm starting to get scared about using St. Ives on a frequent basis.
Still, I give this scrub a five because it's readily available in stores, is cheap ($5 CAD at most), and it doesn't irritate my skin (at least for now). St. Ives apricot scrub is my current HG but if I find something that uses more natural ingredients and is just as cheap, then that would truly be my holiest of the HG.
Ingredients for the PREVIOUS formula: AQUA, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT/NOYER), GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, ZEA MAYS, COAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, PRUNUS ARMENIACA, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS, PRIMULA VERIS, SAMBUCUS NIGRA, CETYL ACETATE, CETEARETH-20, POLYSORBATE 60, SODIUM CHLORIDE, CARBOMER, TRIETHANOLAMINE, ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL, SORBITOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).
Ingredients for the CURRENT formula w/ new scent: WATER (AQUA/EAU), JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SHELL POWDER, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) KERNEL MEAL, COAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETYL ACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CETEARETH-20, POLYSORBATE 60, ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, METHYLPARABEN, CARBOMER, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, SORBITOL, SAMBUCUS NIGRA FLOWER EXTRACT, PRIMULA VERIS EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) FRUIT EXTRACT, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).