Body scrubs can't be gone missing on my skin care routine because I'm an ultimate huge fan of it ever since! I always use it at least thrice a week (since I don't want to strip off my skin its natural oils) after cleansing my skin because I wanted the feeling it leaves me every time I use it - skin that's softer, smoother, firmer and more glowing. So after I finished up my Gluta-C Intense Whitening Body Scrub, I decided to give the America's Number One Scrub a try - St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. I've been using it for over three months already. And let me tell you, I still can't get enough of it! It's supposed to be a facial scrub but I don't mind using it all over my body.
I've used a whole plethora of body/facial scrubs before. One of those was the St. Ives Brightening Facial Scrub. I wasn't just able to post a review about it because I haven't started blogging yet by the time I was using it. So including another product from the same brand in my skin care regime didn't worry me at all. Anyway, just let me tell you how amazing St. Ives Apricot Scrub is!
The reason I bought it was because I've been long suffering from pimples/acne marks and large pores. And now, you can guess that I have oily skin hahah! I've read good reviews about it online so yeah, I tried it, after all, there's no harm in trying naman. To better tell the world that I'm really in love with St. Ives Scrubs, I even searched for their official website and eventually joined beauty forums and leave some love for St. Ives products through posting their own reviews LOL!
Just like what I've said, this scrub is the second one I've bought from St. Ives (the first is the St. Ives Brightening Apricot Scrub). Though the latter works well on brightening my face, it didn't help well enough in getting rid of breakouts and it's quite pricier. Fortunately, I was able to try their Blemish Control Apricot Scrub and it really works wonders for my skin! Though it helps in keeping oil at bay (and good news, it's oil-free), I don't think it did anything to minimize my pores after months of use. Guess I needed to use it quite longer to notice the effect.
The photo above probably shows how addicted I am with this scrub. Yey! It's half-empty already. Can't wait to try St Ives' other scrubs. Actually, I'm planning to buy their Green Tea line by the time I ran out of this scrub. It's just so sad that most of their product line aren't yet available in our country. I would also like to try their oatmeal scrub and I've been looking for it on beauty sections of supermarkets, department stores and Watsons but to no avail. I guess they just sell limited products in our country.
By the way, the tub as big as this retails for only PHP335 (price is increasing overtime). It's a pretty decent amount considering that you are getting a full jar with 10 oz amount inside. Also a little goes a long way so you can make sure that this will last you for quite a while.
Anyway, here's another good news! St. Ives's using 100% natural exfoliants with apricot seeds and walnut powders, so you need not to worry because it's environmental friendly. You also won't need to worry of the harmful chemicals other scrubs have since St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub is free from Parabens and Sulfate which can produce potentially serious health side effects. Better be careful what you choose for your skin nowadays.
Claims: This scrub deeply cleanses pores and stop breakouts before the occur. ALSO: For prevention of acne; for prevention of blackheads and acne-blemishes
Ingredients: Water, Juglan Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Cocamido propyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Cetyl Acetate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Ceteareth-20, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Phenetyl, Alcohol, Glycerin, Methylsothiazolinone, Fragrancem Titanium Dioxide
Directions: Clean the skin thoroughly before applying this product. Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer and rinse thoroughly one to three times daily. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two to three times daily if needed or as directed by a doctor. If bothersome dryness, or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.
Application: Oppose to the direction, I usually scrub my body three to four times a week ONLY as too much exfoliation can do harm on your skin. I also let it stay for about 3-5 minutes letting the active ingredients enter my pores. For better results, I mixed equal amounts of the scrub and honey together, making the scrubbing twice effective!
What I like:
- Keeps my skin soft, smooth, and moisturized
- Helps to reduce rough areas on your body
- Smells not too overpowering
- Non-drying (at least for me)
- Non-peeling (a least for me)
- Prevents breakouts
- Cleanse well
- Not harsh on my skin
- Works well on both face and body
- Has 2% Salicylic Acid
- No parabens
- No Sulfate
- Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
- Retails for only P335 for a 283 grams tub
- Available in all supermarkets/drugstores nationwide
What I don't like:
- Didn't think it works well in minimizing pores
- Limited product line in the country
Remember that we all have different skin types or may react differently to certain products. What works for me, may not work for you. It's better to check the product first if it suits you well and discontinue use when causes you irritation. Also, while using this product, apply sun protection as exfoliation may increase the risk of sun damage.
Have you ever tried St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub? Share it here with me! Happy blogging!
Disclosure: This blog has been updated as of 04/19/20. By this time, St. Ives revamped the packaging and named it St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub Jar but formulation is still the same.