St Ives Facial scrubs review

April 7, 2012
St Ives Microdermabrasion and Apricot Naturally Clear Facial Scrub
St Ives Microdermabrasion and Apricot Naturally Clear Facial Scrub
As we’re coming out of the miserable weather, it’s time not only to de-layer our wardrobe, but also to reveal new, brighter skin.
Despite extolling the virtues of good skincare, one thing I’ve fallen foul of is establishing a good exfoliation routine to help fade blemishes and encourage new skin cell turnover.
I exfoliate less because I have heard that if you get the occasional spot, exfoliators tend to exacerbate the problem, by stimulating the skin.
However, my skin has recently been going through a better phase (phew!) so it seemed like a good time to bring on the facial scrubs to give my skin a new lease of life.
I figured that to make my foray into facial scrubs, St Ives wasn’t a bad place to start.  My sister bought two St Ives elements scrubs, Olive and Microdermabrasion.  She’s had no complaints, so I thought I’d give St Ives a try.

A tale of two face scrubs

I tried two facial scrubs from two St Ives ranges – Microdermabrasion, from the Elements range, and Naturally Clear, from the Apricot range.
Both scrubs are very different and complement specific skin types – the Microdermabrasion sort of pays homage to the trend for skincare products which offer deep exfoliation, ideal for dry or ageing skin.
Microdermabrasion’s consistency is similar to that of The Sanctuary’s Salt Scrub, only the tiny exfoliating grains are a lot finer.
Meanwhile the Naturally Clear Apricot scrub is for oily/blemish prone skin and is more reminiscent of a classic scrub I used to use, Cyclax’s Apricot scrub.  Naturally Clear has fewer, but larger, exfoliating beads compared to Microdermabrasion and is much more creamy in consistency.
I tried them both for a few weeks each, using each about 2-3 times a week.  I felt that the Microdermabration provided a deep all-over exfoliation, while the Naturally Clear Scrub seemed to remove surface oil and dirt, and it’s larger but fewer beads worked into the areas you massaged but didn’t disturb the layers beneath the surface skin.
A blob of Apricot Naturally Clear Scrub
Apricot Naturally Clear Scrub

St Ives facial scrub – my favourite

Of the two, Naturally Clear is perhaps the one I’ll use more regularly, as it suits my skin type and I absolutely LOVE the apricot fragrance.  It’s too early for me to note long-term fading of blemishes, but I’ll do a recap via this blog or a tweet with any updates.
On the other hand, my sister, who has dry and sometimes sensitive skin, preferred the Microdermabrasion, as she found that the finer grains did a more thorough job of exfoliating her dry skin.  She also felt the larger beads of the Naturally Clear scrub were a little harsh on her more delicate skin.
So I guess this goes to show that St. Ives’ facial scrubs aren’t offering a one-size fits all solution, but a more tailored exfoliator for whatever end of the skin spectrum you’re at.
Plus with a whole host of scrubs from Invigorating (for normal skin), Gentle for sensitive skin, Blemish Control and Renew & Firm, there really is something for everyone.
St. Ives Apricot Scrubs are available from Superdrug, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and selected supermarkets and independent chemists nationwide.  RRP is £5.10.                                 
St Ives Elements range is available from the same stores with an RRP of £5.49.  

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