#TBT: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

#TBT: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

Washing your face likely first became a chore in junior high, whether you needed to deal with dreaded acne or to remove the makeup you secretly applied to woo the boys. By 15 or 16, a major upgrade was in order for your shower shelf. Enter: St. Ives Apricot Scrub. This drugstore steal felt like a spa indulgence for your face, leaving it fresh, bright, and wonderfully soft. Nowadays, it’s obvious that the original gritty paste is a bit too harsh, although a reformulated and repackaged variation of the original does exist.

Exfoliating is crucial to dissolve dead skin cells, promote cellular turnover, and prepare your skin for other active products like serums and moisturizers. Try these updated scrubs for junior high-soft skin:


Used two to three times a week, M-61 Supersoothe E Microdermabrasion Scrub ($42) will leave your visage as smooth as a professional spa treatment.

One of the most calming and soothing exfoliators on the market, Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant ($67) is also all-natural.

If you prefer a chemical to physical exfoliator, try Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask ($42). Harsh and drying ingredients are replaced with amino acids and almond extract to purify and balance.

A summertime savior, Drunk Elephant JuJu bar ($28) has thermal mud and bamboo powder to brush away debris and impurities. TIP: Apply this soap with your hands, not directly from the bar, for a more gentle application.

Don’t let the price of Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub ($8) fool you. This product is among the best to shed unwanted skin. Plus, it smells delicious!

If fragrances tend to bother your face, try First Aid Beauty Facial Facial Radiance Polish ($24). It has Shea nut shell powder and willow bark extract to buff and polish, but is unscented to avoid irritation.

No matter what your favorite exfoliator is, be sure that you aren’t using any formulas with microbeads, which are absolutely horrible for the environment.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

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