If there’s one facial scrub I have repurchased over the past couple of years, it’s this one by St. Ives. The brand itself is talked about as having some of the best facial scrubs in the high street/drugstore, but I always found myself not quite agreeing with the critics. I tried their scrub for blemished/oily skin and it was far too abrasive to the point of being painful for my skin, and their scrub for sensitive skin was an improvement but still uncomfortable although bearable. So, when the olive scrub was restocked and back on the shelves, I was very happy and I kept this in my stash waiting to finally get used in my routine. You can find this in Boots and Superdrug in-store for approximately £4, although for some reason it’s not appearing on either of their websites at the moment, although I have seen this product in my local stores recently.
Starting off with the packaging, I like the iconography on the front with the olives and olive branch. The product claims to use natural exfoliants and oils, and the images on the front really enforce that. The product is contained inside a tube, which you squeeze to dispense the product, and from my experience the cap hasn’t opened up or broken, which is a plus.
The scrub itself is unlike the others I’ve tried from the Apricot line in that the exfoliants and the cleanser itself are remarkably gentle on the skin. The exfoliants themselves are quite big but I don’t find they scratch the skin, and partnered with the cleanser, makes it so gentle that you would be forgiven for thinking this was a standard cleanser rather than a scrub. A little goes a long way with this product too, especially because the cleanser itself does take some effort to wash off. It’s for that reason that I only use them when I shower since it’s easy to get the exfoliants stuck in the hair line, and the cleanser to not wash completely off, so showering when I use this means I wash off every bit.
Because of how gentle the product is, I agree that you can use this regularly. I think this would be great to use before a mud mask to clean off the dead skin and then use the mud mask to clean out the pores, and it would work as a great pairing this way. I wish I could vouch for this from experience, but I usually apply mud masks just before I shower as the water warms up since it opens the pores as it works, then I can wash the mask off before it dries. However, I am tempted to try this a few times and maybe write about this at a later point. (Now I’m just blabbering… awkward…)
What I love about this scrub is how soft my skin feels afterwards, and it doesn’t feel over-dried or over-exfoliated. My only concern is making sure you wash off the excess when you’re done, since the cleanser is somewhat thick and if not washed off properly could clog pores. Obviously it’s not designed to stay on the skin. But other than that, it’s a really nice scrub and one I alternate with an oil balancing one as and when I need it.
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