Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Best Drugstore Beauty: St. Ives Facial Exfoliators

St. Ives, a drugstore staple, is famous for its Apricot Body Scrub. The company also makes facial exfoliators, and at least two are top-notch. Timeless Skin Daily Microdermabrasion ($7.99 suggested retail) will exfoliate all but the most sensitive skin gently and effectively. Fresh Skin Moisturizing Olive Scrub ($7.99 suggested retail), is a bit more moisturizing.

St. Ives advertises that both products are gentle enough for daily use, and someone who suffers from oily or combo skin or frequent blemishes might want to try using one of these every day or every other day. If you have sensitive skin, once or twice a week should be just fine (and massage in gently!).

Timeless Skin Daily Microdermabrasion is formulated with fine mineral crystals to scrub and lots of ingredients to soothe, including chamomile, vitamin E, glycerin, and jojoba esters. Olive oil sets The Fresh Skin Moisturizing Olive Scrub apart from its sister scrub. Otherwise, the ingredients are fairly similar.

To use either, just moisten your face with water and apply the product with your fingertips, massaging gently over your entire face. The mineral crystals can be rough if you massage too vigorously. Definitely keep it out of your eyes.

I think I bought mine at CVS, but you can find St. Ives products at many drugstores and supermarkets - also at Wal-Mart and Target. You can also buy St. Ives online at Drugstore.com and Amazon. I found the best price today at Drugstore.com.

The company's commitment to nature is serious, and I like that.
  • No parabens or phthlates
  • Natural ingredients: exfoliants, extracts, moisturizers, and vitamins
  • Never tested products on animals and no animal ingredients
  • Sourced from environmentally sustainable vendors
  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • Customers are encouraged to recycle empty containers
All this for less than $8!

Photos courtesy of St. Ives


Anonymous said...

I've been looking for a facial exfoliator with moisture, and love the many uses of olive oil - Can't wait to try tis - Thanks! -Bari

Charlestongirl said...

If you go today or tomorrow, ask you CVS rep for a Friends & Family coupon. Or, just go to Rite Aid this coming week. St. Ives is on special starting tomorrow.

Unknown said...

I use the St.Ives exfoliators since 2005 the apricot Renew & Firm and works on me and I recommend to all my friends and my son its 18 and he use the black blemished apricot scrub, the best natural exfoliant.