It may seem like I use and focus on a lot of higher end products- especially for skincare- which I guess is true, but there is one drugstore product that has been in and out of my routine for the last 8 or so years. That is St Ives Blemish Fighting facial Scrub.
I’ve dabbled in Origins Modern Friction, but at £33 a pop I just cant quite justify spending that much on a scrub, especially when the St Ives one is just as good and 8x cheaper.
Now some of you beauty aficionados are probably saying “oh no I don’t use St Ives because it’s too rough and causes micro tears”. I’m not sure how much of this is factually correct as I don’t have access to a dermatologist unfortunately, however if it is your personal belief that this is bad then that’s fine.
St Ives Blemish Fighting facial scrub is described as the following:
“Effectively lifts away surface oils and dirt that can lead to blackheads and blemishes
Contains more than 85% naturally derived ingredients, including Swiss glacial water and Swiss botanical
All St. Ives formulas are dermatologist tested in Switzerland
Helps prevent blackheads and unclogs pores
Promotes healthier-looking skin in just 7 days.”
It contains salicylic acid to help prevent breakouts and it’s also formulated without parabens and phthalates, which is is good if you are fairly conscious of paraben free products. I definitely think the average consumer is becoming more aware of these things and are now looking for products that don’t include them.
The scrub itself is quite a thick creamy consistency so you don’t need a lot. It has an apricot scent but also has quite a soapy smell to it as well. It’s quite pleasant though.
It is quite a rough scrub I will admit if you’re not used to it, so definitely a light hand is needed, otherwise you may indeed end up with sore skin.
It recommends you use it 3-4 times a week- which I think may be excessive- especially if you’re using it along side other exfoliators in your routine. So I tend to use it 2 or 3 times a week, when I feel my dead skin (yuk!) needs sloughing off. After my skin feels lovely and soft and ready for moisturising.
All in all I love this scrub, it helps to get rid of the tiny bumpy spots I get on my forehead and it’s cheap, effective and lasts a while. It will definitely always be a staple in my beauty arsenal.
St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub can be purchased from Boots for £4.29, Superdrug for £3.99 and supermarkets for £3.60