Whether it’s currently living in your shower or you swore by it back
in high school, everyone has had a love affair with St. Ives Apricot Scrub
at some point or another. It’s easy to see why—it makes your
skin feel baby soft, and what can beat the satisfaction of scrubbing your
face clean? And at $4 a pop, one would wonder why even use anything else.
Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because it is!
Aesthetician Vanessa Hernandez explains, “The main ingredient in
this scrub is walnut shell. The abrasive texture creates microscopic tears
in the top layer of the skin, which then increases future redness and
inflammation. It also contains sulfates which are drying and irritating,
and several ingredients that are comedogenic, which means it clogs pores.”
These tears are virtually invisible—which is why you
think your skin is in good shape—but all it takes is the visual of the
surface of your skin being covered in microscopic cuts to get you to throw
out your beloved apricot scrub.
For those of you who refuse to quit cold turkey, the good news is you can
still get some use out of the rest of that tube you own. Rather than subject
your face to even more damage, use the scrub on rougher areas of the body
like knees and elbows.
What do you think of St. Ives Apricot Scrub? Will you continue to use it?
Let us know in the comments below.
SpaDerma has several gentler facial scrubs with great benefits!
- Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub combines a gel cleanser wtih environmentally
safe beads to polish you skin.
- PCA Gentle Exfoliant is a light and creamy exfoliating cleanser.
- Revision Skincare Finishing Touch uses ultra fine pumice and sand to
brighten the skin
Originally featured in The Zoe Report on YahooBeauty.com