I just can NOT use this Scrub. I've tried this one and the one with Salicylic Acid & I get an insane amount Pimples EVERY TIME I use either. It is way too rough even with a gentle hand and it very over fragranced. I will never understand the hype in this product.
My HG for scrubs! I love the scent. The product does what it's supposed to do for a great value! And it's great for sensitive skin as well! Love it <3
I bought this a long time ago but did not use it regularly because i found it too harsh for my dry sensitive skin. However, I started using this recently for my body and found this works really well. It has a lot of exfoliating beads but the texture is very creamy, so my skin is kept really hydrated and soft. However, I am not a big fan of the scent. It is pretty artificial to me. Nonethelss I will repurchase due to the low price point and effective exfoliation.
I have been using this product since high school and it's been 16 years now.The packaging might have gone through various changes but still the same good old facial scrub.
My skin is of combination type but back then i used to have pimples all over my cheeks.After a month of using this with twice a week usage, It gradually starts significantly reduced , maybe the scrub removes the dead skin that was culprit of my pimple issue.
Now i use it allover my body too since it's not expensive.
I'm so sad right now. This used to be one of my favorite scrubs until I read about the damage it really causes your skin. To be honest my skin looks so nice and polished ever since i've been using this. However I have noticed that my pores have actually gotten bigger rather than the product's claim to "minimize pores". So on the lookout for a new exfoliating cleanser now *single tear drop*. Goodbye my love. We were just not meant to be.
Update: I've been off this for 2 weeks now and switched over to a cleanser with glycolic acid. OMG what a huge difference that has made for my skin. My pores have shrunk so much and my skin is much smoother and clearer. I won't edit the above review because that is how I felt at the time but now I will never go back to St Ives scrub. Maybe I will try their cleansing pads or products without the walnut shell exfoliating agents.
For the love of God ladies, don't use harsh apricot seed particles on your face! It gives you micro-tears that later develop as visible, larger pores. Stick to the new technology of microbeads for exfoliation, or if you prefer more natural stuff, sea salt or sugar. Any esthetician will tell you - stay away even if you see good results now, you'll regret it later!
Good once-in-awhile scrub. I can't use more often than twice a week or else it breaks me out TERRIBLY.
Okay for days where you just feel sweaty and icky and just want a decent scrubbing cleanse.
HAVE to agree with the reviewer below me this will DESTROY your skin! Way too harsh, oil production overdrive after use! Aggravated skin, deepens acne scars as it tears the broken skin! Just terrible, stick to chemical exfoliants or a muslin cloth/clarisonic, something much much less abrasive.
THE WORST THING FOR YOUR SKIN!!
As per the other comments this will destroy your skin as it did to mine. I started using this when i was 15 when i starting breaking out and thought it was helping but it was causing scarring, more acne, blackheads and cystic acne. Because it scrubs so much its pretty much tearing up your skin, then your skin makes more oil to heal it causing more pizza faces. I wish i knew sooner not to use this.
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.