This scrub is medicated with 2% salicylic acid, but it will have no effect on your acne because the product’s pH is too high. Even if the pH were within an efficacious range, salicylic acid is mostly wasted in rinse-off products; it is best left on skin, but you don’t want to leave a scrub product on your skin. This scrub’s abrasive action is supported by detergent cleansing agents. As long as you don’t expect this scrub to clear your skin, it is a good option for normal to oily skin—just be sure to not use it over acne lesions, because acne cannot be scrubbed away.
This body scrub with skin-soothing green tea and 100% natural exfoliants gently fights blemishes and reduces redness & irritation caused by acne. It was specially developed to treat body breakouts such as those on your back, shoulders and chest. Rich, lathering formula leaves skin clear and calm.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%) Other: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Phenethyl Alcohol, PPG 2 Methyl Ether, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragance, Camellia Sinenis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Green 5, Bentonite, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum (Brown Algae) Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Yeast Extract, Yellow 10, Yellow 5, Red 4, Red 33, Blue 1 Lake
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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