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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

St Ives 'Fresh Skin' Apricot Scrub

St Ives | 'Fresh Skin' Invigorating Apricot Scrub (link) | £4.29* - Boots (link)


When it comes to facial scrubs, getting the perfect combination of creaminess, consistency and actual 'scrub power' is important.  It's quite hard to find a good 'all rounder', and it's also difficult to find the perfect blend for your skin type and needs.  I use scrubs/exfoliators all year round and they always remain an important part of my skin care regime - they get rid of all the nastiness, dead skin cells and dullness and just generally perk up your skin when it's feeling a bit worse for wear.  I swear by them to keep my skin looking clear, fresh and feeling at it's best.  If ever it's feeling a little 'clogged' or tired, or if I find I'm getting more blemishes than the norm or I have a little patch of pesky uneven/dry skin, I always reach for an exfoliating scrub to sort things out! Ok.. Prepare yo'selves for a bit of a rave...

St Ives is a brand I've been familiar with in the past.  I remember my mum using the exfoliators when I was at school and I often sneaked into her bathroom cabinet to steal a dollop or two (sorry mother!) I was recently re-introduced to them and can honestly say that this little scrub has been one of the best introductions to my skin care routine for a while.  Having recently got back off a holiday, my skin has been a little dry in parts and sun cream and muggy weather has meant a few more clogged pores than the usual. Well, this little tube of goodness came to my rescue (oo..a little skin-care superhero...whack a cape on it!) - I felt a difference in my skin from the first use.  Yes. The first use!  It instantly smooths and refreshes the skin and whilst it might take a while to see long term benefits, as soon as I washed it off, my skin felt a great deal smoother and softer to touch. It also smells amazing - honestly, this stuff smells good enough to eat - pass me a spoon! The signature apricot smell is just my cup of tea and I find I really look forward to using it purely for the scent - it's so refreshing. The exfoliating beads (which are 100% natural exfoliants - it's worth mentioning!) are just right for me - not too harsh but harsh enough to get rid of any grubbiness! It's definitely on the more 'dense' side - but the creamy consistency of the scrub means that it doesn't scratch the skin and it feels incredibly silky soft and even moisurising to apply and massage in.  It's gentle enough to use 3-4 times a week.  Oh, and did I mention that it's oil free, 'non-irritating' and contains 100% natural extracts? I have sensitive skin and this has been a dream to use - so the 'non-irritating' claim is one I really do agree with. Relief!

Overall, I really do love this scrub.  It's always a good sign when you actually look forward to using a product and I am definitely going to repurchase when this runs out.  I've even re-introduced my mum again! What I love about the range is that they do different scrubs for different skin types.  Fear not if your skin really is very sensitive, they do an extra gentle one. They also do one targeted towards 'blemishes and blackheads' and one to 'renew and firm' - so there literally is something there for everyone, of any age.  Even better though, you still get change from a fiver - so they don't break the bank and are just as good, if not better than higher-end scrubs I've used and you can pick them up on your weekly stroll through Boots.  You can view the St Ives range here and find one that best suits you and your skin type.

It's worth mentioning, if you're a fan of a good bargain now and again (like myself) St Ives can currently be picked up in Home Bargains for £1.99!

Have you tried St Ives scrubs? Are you a fan like me?!

25 comments:

  1. I have used this scrub for so long, it's amazing! Great detailed post as always!
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  2. This sounds amazing, I really should try some St. Ives products x
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  3. I have the St Ives blemish fighting scrub and its amazing! :) x

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  4. I remember stealing this from my mum when I was younger too! I haven't actually used this in years but it sounds really nice. Maybe I'll pick up another tube when I've finished the exfoliator I'm using at the moment.

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
    xxx

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  5. Oooo I have this too :)

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  6. I've been using the blemish control one and really loving it! xx

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  7. havent used this in years think i need to repurchase this for sure!

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  8. I haven't used a facial scrub for yonks! I believe I might have tried this too, it really is lovely! x

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  9. I have to say although these sorts of harsh exfoliatants are recommended I have always enjoyed using mine and like yours my mum says it's a product she used to use!

    Victoria

    FlorenceandMary.com

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  10. I sadly didn't get on with this, it made my skin really red and irritated. I had always heard really good things about them though, I'm probably in the minority :)

    Amy x
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  11. Im on the look for an exfoliator and this sounds really good, may have to get one :)

    Natalie xx
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  12. I used to use this all the time! I dont know why I stopped purchasing it actually.. I'll have to pick up a tube when im next in Boots!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  13. Ive wanted to try this for ages and i dont know why ive never picked it up at such a good price!x

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  14. heard such good things on this,might give it a go! x

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  15. I've used this in the past and absolutely loved it! Thanks for the great review!

    Alice X

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  16. I have the st.ives body scrub and I love it!

    BritishBeautyAddict

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  17. I used to use this all time, you've just rekindled my love for it! xx

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  18. Massive fan! Only thing is the price tag! Sometimes a cheap suger scrub works just as well. Love this blog though will be following!

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  19. I always come back here & there to this scrub ;) It's so dependable & it really works perfectly for ur skin for that smooth, clean feel afterwards! Great review!
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  21. I have really been like the St Ives Apricot Scrub range, i recently got the Invigorating version and it is so lovely on the skin :D i can really see it working for me which is amazing!

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    xx

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  22. Ahh, such a wonderful blog you have! So happy I found you ^^
    XO,
    Merrie

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  23. I use to use this at school too and just rediscovered if again, it's amazing for dry skin an really helps keep my skin soft and smooth Fab review xx

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  24. St. Ives is a really good skincare brand and I like its scrubs. I have used its green tea exfoliating scrub for acne and it works great on my acne breakouts however getting a professional skin treatment from http://www.cosmedocs.com/locations/oxford-clinic.php always pays off in the form of rejuvenated skin.

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