I used this on my face in my early 20s but I think it's too abrasive for me now. It did exfoliate my skin and help keep it clear. I now use it as a body scrub, especially for my chest and shoulders and upper arms. I absolutely love how it makes my skin look smooth and gives it a nice glow. When I wear strapless tops people always compliment on how nice my skin looks. The tube is less messy than the jar. But it leaves a grainy residue in the sink or shower after rinsing.
It's true you really shouldn't use exfoliators that have shell in them, but I live life on the edge lol.
I adore this. I really do. For a while I stopped using it since I had bought an expensive scrub and wanted to get my money's worth. What a mistake! Anyway a few days ago I noticed how clogged my pores really were and decided and needed to exfoliate badly. So I picked up some apricot scrub, I always go for the tub. My only gripe is they added a very sweet perfume, which is nice and all but I don't know how my skin will react to it just yet.
Anyway my skin cleared up after a few uses and my makeup goes on so much smoother. Why do I always stray?!
I used to use this as a teenager but since learned in beauty school not to use any scrubs with ground up nut shells. It contains walnut shell powder. They scratch up your face. You may not see it with the visible eye but its not good for your skin. I love Cliniques scrubs and/or baking soda!!
Great scrub! For the price, you can't beat it. I use it in the shower everyday. At the end of my shower, I pat my face dry and then apply it. I found it works much better this way vs. applying on a wet face. I've repurchased over & over.
I purchased this in Gentle and Invigorating. The gentle has a lot less scrubby bits in them, yet manages to be great at sloughing off dry, flaky skin. I much prefer it to the invigorating, as it is quite harsh on my skin and I don't have very sensitive skin. But after smoothing on a small dollop of this scrub all over damp skin, gently massaging it around my face and rinsing off with warm water, my skin is smooth to the touch and so soft. When I applied my moisturizer straight after, it sank in immediately. It'd be a good idea to apply moisturiser afterwards, as this does dry out your skin. But for those of you will extremely sensitive, aggravated, itchy skin, I'll recommend Dr. Hauschka or Trilogy (if the latter is available in your country).
I really like to use this as a scrub on my legs before shaving, and on my feet as well. I feel that it is too rough to use on my face, but these other uses for it are great. Especially as a foot scrub--I really love it for that! I like to buy it in the tub--more for your money!
So...not so great for it's intended use (face), but good for other things! :)
after trying this product many, many times throughout my preteen years and then my later teen years, i have finally accepted the fact that i will always be disappointed with it. all it manages to do is irritate my skin, and inflame existing breakouts...even when using the "sensitive" formula. i've known people who swear by this scrub, but i'm tempted to think that they must have naturally "good" skin to have seen any positive results from regular use.
Horrible, horrible product! I used this back when I was in my preteens and it was extremely taxing on my skin! The particles in the scrub are sharp and rough, which could damage one's skin severely and cause premature sagging. It is not recommended to use this when you have breakouts because it will only spread bacteria and make the problem worse. It's best to find an exfoliator that is not abrasive.
I have dry, sensitive skin that is acne-prone. Because dryness is what causes my acne, I need to exfoliate my face regularly to help keep my skin clear. Because my skin is sensitive, I can't use a chemical exfoliant (such as AHAs). St. Ives Apricot Scrub works just fine and doesn't cause any adverse reactions on my sensitive skin. However, it's not exactly a luxurious experience. The granules, which are ground-up walnut shells, do the scrubbing. Massage gently; don't scrub or you'll scratch your face. Then it seems to take forever to rinse it all away. As others have suggested, moisturize immediately after. That will help soothe your skin and heal any scratches you may have accidentally inflicted. If I can find a better scrub that doesn't require so much effort, I will switch without question. But in the meantime, this will do for my weekly exfoliation.
This is very harsh and broke me out. At least it was cheap!