You may have heard about St. Ives Apricot Scrub in the news lately as its parent company is being sued over its formulation. All of the estheticians of the world collectively rejoiced, as this is a product that many people use and believe helps their skin when in reality is doing much more harm than good. The scrub uses crushed walnut hulls as an exfoliant, which have sharp edges and can cause microscopic tearing in the skin. These abrasions can then let bacteria into the skin, which can cause acne. Exfoliation is important, but it is key to make sure that your exfoliant isn't doing more harm than good. You want to look for a physical exfoliant that has perfectly circular beads to ensure that it isn't abrading your skin. Another good option is using a chemical exfoliant, which has no danger of causing these tears (but you still don't want to overuse it!). We recommend our Retinol Scrub/Mask, which has perfectly spherical jojoba beads to exfoliate the skin and also contains retinol to chemically exfoliate the skin. It can be used as a scrub alone or left on for about 5-10 minutes as a mask to intensify the exfoliation.
For all skin types. This scrub is a powerful cellular turnover scrub with Retinol (Vitamin A) and jojoba beads to clean, soothe and polish the skin. The retinol encourages the breakup of blackheads and clogged pores, jojoba beads gently exfoliate dead skin cells, while kojic lightens age spots and blemishes left from scars.