Why is St. Ives Apricot Scrub Terrible for Skin?
I used St. Ives Apricot Scrub for the longest. There are several reasons why I loved it. 1. It left my skin soft and squeaky clean. 2. It was cheap. However, when I stopped using I found that I would have severe breakouts! Here's why...
St. Ives Apricot Scrub uses walnut shells as the exfoliant agent in the scrub. Harsh exfoliating agents like walnut shells can cause micro-tears in the delicate skin of the face, leading to inflammation, redness, blackheads and more. Part of the problem is that the pieces of shell have jagged and uneven edges, which can act like small daggers on the skin. And the walnut powder doesn’t dissolve or change shape as you use it like salt or sugar scrubs do when mixed with water on skin. So when I would take a break from using it, all the dirt and bacteria would settle in those micro-tears. This is what would cause the acne.
Exfoliation has been a long-debated topic in the area of skincare, especially in the healthy beauty community. It helps your skin cells turnover and regenerate, plus it helps your skin shed dead cells that can clog pores, cause dryness and prohibit your high-powered serums and treatments from working. So where’s the balance? Can you get a deep exfoliation without damaging your skin? Absolutely, which is why we have three alternatives for you to try. All of which can be found at your local Target for less than $10!