As a teenager, St Ives Apricot Scrub was one of the first exfoliators that I ever tried. I remember receiving a sample of the Apricot Scrub with a magazine subscription and was amazed by the wonderful smell and great product. Years on, I found myself looking for an exfoliator better suited to my now ageing skin.
While doing a bit of shopping recently, I spotted a tube of St Ives Ageless Skin Apricot Scrub and decided to give it a try. It used to be called Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub, but appears to have been renamed. This scrub differs slightly from the original Apricot Scrub, as it contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and smaller exfoliating particles than some of their other scrubs, yet it still manages to leave the skin feeling wonderfully smooth and soft.
This gentle scrub is suitable for sensitive and ageing skin and also contains apricot extract, so it still has a wonderful apricot aroma. The scrub comes out of the squeeze tube as a surprisingly thick paste, but a little goes a long way and a pea-sized amount is sufficient to do my face and neck.
St Ives Ageless Skin Scrub is paraben, phthalate and sulphate free. Please take note of the warning on the package, as the use of AHAs can cause the skin to be a bit more sensitive (exfoliating removes old skin cells, revealing the new skin underneath). It is recommended to use sunscreen daily when using products containing AHAs.
A little additional information: AHAs are often found in products claiming to reduce wrinkles, signs of aging or to improve the look and feel of skin. They are often used in chemical peels. Try not to exfoliate more than one or twice a week, as this can lead to skin irritation and dryness.
This product is definitely on my list of favourites!
St Ives Ageless Skin Scrub is available from selected department stores, supermarkets and pharmacies.