Skincare DON’T: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

In this post I review the popular St. Ives Apricot Scrub and give recommend two products that are much better alternatives for your face.

I know a lot of you probably have this popular scrub in your shower right now. I’m not going to tell you to throw it out {much as it kills me} but I don’t want you to use it on your face anymore. Why? It’s way too abrasive for your delicate facial skin! It’s made up of pulverized walnut shells. These shells are harsh, jagged, and irregularly shaped and can cause a whole host of problems. Every reputable dermatologist and esthetician can back me up on this one. They can scratch your skin, causing micro-tears and leave you prone to redness, sensitivity, thin skin, increased oil production, irritation, and breakouts. Not looking so good now is it?

I know a lot of you like to feel like something is working, you dig the gritty texture and I get that. But scrubbing is strictly for floors. If you’re craving a powerful exfoliation that removes dead, dull skin build up you don’t have to resort to the Swiss Alps.

If you prefer a physical exfoliant, manmade polyurethane beads or crystals are the way to go. You want a physical exfoliant to be smooth, round, and uniform in size. This will get the job done without leaving your skin raw {think rug burn, not cute}.

Bottom line, not all exfoliators are created equal. To that end, I really love Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant and Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Face Cream.

Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant uses rice bran powder in conjunction with salicylic acid, and papain enzyme to gobble up dead skin cells leaving you look fresh and radiant with scrupulously smooth skin.

Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Cream utilizes the same magnesium oxide crystals used to blast away dead skin and imperfections during a microdermabrasion treatment in your dermatologist’s office. Except you’re in the comfort of your own bathroom achieving an excellent exfoliation at the fraction of the cost of traditional microdermabrasion. Exfoliation is imperative, and the quickest way to achieve noticeable improvements and results. I know it’s easy to play favorites, but give my suggestions a whirl and let me know how you like them.

As for your St. Ives Apricot Scrub? Use it on your feet, much more appropriate. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. [...] using is working to scrub away dead skin cells. A word on physical scrubs, please don’t ever use this. The second group prefers a chemical exfoliant, a product that utilizes alpha hydroxy acids to [...]

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