Naturally Clear Apricot Cleanser Blemish-Fighting

by St. Ives   Naturally Clear
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$5.49 - 6.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
8/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Naturally Clean Apricot Cleanser Blemish-Fighting contains salicylic acid, tea tree extract, and cornmeal to make it a cleanser/scrub. The salicylic acid won’t do a thing to fight blemishes because it is rinsed from the skin too soon and the amount included is too small. However, if used gently, this has merit as a cleansing scrub for those with normal to dry skin. Note that using a topical scrub over acne lesions is not a good idea. Acne cannot be scrubbed away, and scrub-like ingredients can irritate already inflamed lesions, prolonging their stay when the objective is to heal them.

Deep cleans and fights blemishes without drying. This cleanser, with natural microbeads and apricot extracts, controls oil and fights blemishes without over drying the skin.

Water, Stearic Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glycol Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Titanium Dioxide, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal (Corn), Salicylic Acid, Laureth 23, Urea, Fragrance, Mica, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Phenethyl Alcohol, PPG 2 Methyl Ether, Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, Red 30, Methylisothiazolinone, Prunus Ameniaca Fruit Extract (Apricot)

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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