08.13.2013
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St. Ives
Apricot Scrub Invigorating, for All Skin Types
Rating
6 fl. oz. for $4.29
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:08.13.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Apricot Scrub Invigorating has too many negatives to make it a worthy contender in the facial scrub category. Walnut shells and cornmeal can be too abrasive and tear skin. Unlike this scrub, a good scrub should gently reveal the glowing skin beneath old, dull skin.

Research shows the gentlest (and most state-of-the-art) way to exfoliate is with a well-formulated AHA or BHA product. We’re proud to say that Paula's Choice makes several brilliant exfoliant options for a variety of skin types, or if you prefer a traditional manual scrub, check our Best Scrubs list on Beautypedia for far gentler options than this antiquated product.

Claims

Deeply cleansing formula with 100% natural exfoliants that gently exfoliates, removing dull skin cells to instantly reveal smooth, radiant, healthy skin.

Ingredients

Water, Juglans Regia Shell Powder (Walnut), Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Zea Mays Kernel Meal (Corn), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Acetate, Ceteareth-20, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 60, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Fragrance, Phenethyl Alcohol, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Limonene, Linalool, Methylisothiazolinone, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca Fruit Extract (Apricot)

Brand Overview

St. Ives At-A-Glance

Strengths: A couple of water-soluble cleansers, a gentle microdermabrasion alternative; some good, inexpensive body lotions; excellent hand cream.

Weaknesses: Overly abrasive scrubs; ineffective anti-acne products; dated moisturizer; overall, the facial-care products are substandard, even if they are inexpensive.

Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.

For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, call (800) 333-0005 or visit www.stives.com.

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The Beautypedia Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula Begoun herself.

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