08.13.2013
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Naturally Clear Apricot Cleanser Blemish-Fighting
Rating
6.5 fl. oz. for $5.49
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:08.13.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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.

Claims

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.

Ingredients

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)

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 Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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