I don’t know why, but I have a very strong urge to start this post with, “hi gurlfriend”, which, I mean… who says that anymore?! So I decided to start it by telling you that I wanted to instead of actually doing it, which satiates the urge but is less weird… or not. Probably not. Actually, I think I know why I had the urge. Because ‘gurlfriend’ was a thing back when I was a teenager. An acne-riddled teenager, to be exact. Which brings us to today’s topic – the St Ives Face Scrubs!
I know we’ve all been there, in the middle of the St Ives Apricot Scrub craze: it was the scrub that everybody talked about, we bought into the hype and scrubbed our faces religiously with it. Ahhh… takes me right back. I haven’t used a St Ives face scrub for many years now. Did you know that they actually make a whole range of face scrubs now? Well, I didn’t until I got these in the mail! 😛
I remember liking the apricot scrub, but I also remember a period of time when I hated it. I didn’t know a lot about skincare back then and how some scrubs are too harsh for the skin, so I was really excited to try them all out now that I’m older and wiser 😛 well, in terms of skincare, at least. After trying them for about two months, there are some that I like, and some… not so much.
I didn’t think I would but I really ended up liking this St Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea scrub. The texture of this feels more like a “sugar scrub”, but with very, very fine exfoliating particles. It’s very gentle on the skin as there aren’t any of the huge, harsh scrubby bits like some of these do. It gently exfoliates all the dead skin and unclogs my pores, especially in my nose area. It makes my skin feel smooth and look bright. I don’t think it actually “clears” blackheads that are already there, but it does unclog your pores and helps to actually avoid getting blackheads, which is better.
If you like a gentle scrub and want something that can clean out and unclog your pores, you might want to give this one a go!
Eh, this one was a meh one for me. I feel like the scrubby particles are too fine and don’t do much for my skin. I find that after using this, there are still dry patches of skin, especially around my cheek area. However, the thing I dislike most about this is the scent. It smells so strongly of the lemon which kind of reminds me of dishwashing detergent.
I’d skip out on this and go for the Green Tea one instead. The particles in the Green Tea one are actually smaller but it’s a lot more saturated with them so it scrubs more effectively.
This one is super gentle and smells SO good. The scrubby bits on this one are just right – they’re not too coarse and not too fine. I like using this one when my skin feels like it needs a little pick-me-up. It scrubs off all the dry patches on my skin and doesn’t feel harsh on my skin. It makes my face feel smooth and look bright after using this.
This is my absolute favourite out of all of them! The main thing I love so much about this is the scent! It smells heavenly – a yummy mix of coconut and coffee. It smells like coffee cream. Also, I really like the texture of this scrub. It’s less harsh compared to the apricot ones, and it has a nice creamy texture. My skin feels super soft and smooth after washing away the scrub, and it also looks bright and glowy.
I think this one is a good one to get if you want a physical exfoliant but you’re not sure what to get. It’s a nice middle ground when it comes to texture and it smells so yummy!
Mmmhmm. Exactly as I thought, this scrub is way too harsh for my skin. I remember liking this scrub because of how gritty it felt, cause young and foolish 😛 me thought that the grittier, the more dead skin it takes off. Which is true, but it’s not necessarily a good thing. The scrubby particles are so coarse and actually hurt my skin if I use more than light pressure to scrub my face.
I really wouldn’t recommend using such a coarse scrub on your face. The coarseness of the scrubby bits might cause microscopic tears in your skin that allow bacteria to enter, thus causing more breakouts. It stings a little when I apply my next skincare steps, which I believe might be because of the microscopic tears. This is just way too harsh for my face, but I save it and use it to scrub my elbows and knees (which it does a fantastic job at!).
This acne control version of the St Ives Apricot Scrub is pretty much the same texture as the Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, except it has added salicylic acid which is supposed to help with acne. Again, I just wouldn’t recommend using something so harsh on your skin. When you have acne, the skin is already inflamed and using such a harsh scrub will irritate your skin further, causing more inflammation. Also, the microscopic tears that I mentioned earlier, is a pathway for bacteria to enter and cause more breakouts.
I avoid using scrubs this harsh on my face ever, and use it as an affordable body scrub instead!
I feel like there’s only so much you can say about face scrubs… but face scrubs are also something that depends on you. Some people may like the super gentle ones, and some may like the coarser ones. It all depends on what you like! So I thought I’d show you a picture of all the textures of every single one of these scrubs compared! I’ve arranged them from finest to coarsest, so you can decide which one would suit your skin better. If you have sensitive skin and want to try these, I’d definitely recommend one of the ones in the top row though. The coarser ones would be way too harsh on sensitive skin!
I still prefer my chemical exfoliators (this Korean one is my absolute favourite for acne-prone skin), but these are nice to have. If you’re a fan of physical exfoliators, these might just be what you’re looking for! They’re very affordable and (some of them) are very effective. If I had to pick, my favourites from the range would definitely be the Coconut & Coffee and the Green Tea one!
When was the last time you used a St Ives face scrub? Have you tried these? If so, which one was your favourite?
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