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Gigi here! Time to come clean, literally and figuratively.  I know what you’re doing, just like the rest of us—displaying an expensive container of an exfoliant in your guest bathroom so that guests will think, “How does she afford that?”  Meanwhile, you stockpile an arsenal of St. Ives’ Apricot Scrub.
This warm, muggy season can be unduly harsh to skin.  Moisturizers which may work wonders for you throughout the rest of the year can cause problems.  Sunscreen is a blessing, but several have comedogenic components.  Add to that perspiration itself: it can serve as a breeding ground for lovely bacteria (picture the green characters from the Mucinex ad) or, if your complexion is quite dry, exacerbate that problem.  Dermatologists suggest washing your face several times daily.  I love outdoor activities.  Where to conduct my toilette?  Push livestock aside and use their water troughs?  Beg off from a game of volleyball to cleanse with a flowered parasol over my shoulder?  I think not.
The answer is clear—exfoliate daily, perhaps twice.  St. Ives became known for its “Gentle Apricot Scrub” (nicely priced at about $4.79).  This admirable company created some smooth moves; the ingredients include Jojoba Beads.  Not only do these make short work of lifting imbedded impurities, but the beads are uniform in size.  Other natural scrubs incorporate uneven pieces of walnut shell and seeds, which can damage rather than benefit.
St. Ives has branched out into more Apricot scrubs—“Invigorating,” “Blemish and Blackhead Control,” and “Renew and Firm.”  Evidently they haven’t dealt with Megheads before.  We read labels and analyze ingredients before we throw both caution and dollars to the wind and succumb to marketing ploys (of course, I jest).  What does tend to happen is that four formulas can cloud anyone’s judgment; rather than stand in an aisle and study, it is easier to buy all.  St. Ives knows this, so allow me to give you a “head’s up” before you shop.
The “Invigorating” scrub has no offensive ingredients, and the tube boasts of pure Swiss water and botanicals for moisture. The particles are larger than those of any other scrub.  If you want to keep your skin glowing like that of Stylemama’s beautiful daughters, you may want to avoid this. Smaller equals better.  It has the same enticing fruit scent of its forerunner, but rub in with utmost gentleness and avoid approaching eyes.  Problems with parched hands, legs, elbows, and/or feet?  Skin is basically skin, so do your body a favor and apply here as well.
“Blemish and Blackhead Control”
has smaller grains but includes Salicylic Acid, as Angie recently described.  It is the most merciful and effective treatment for adult breakouts; if your skin is sensitive at all, skip it.  My marketing mind tells me that this product could have been combined with the “Invigorating” one; then again, profit margins would be less.  Wait—they’re not thinking about money, are they?
“Renew and Firm” touts “gentle Alpha Hydroxy.”  St. Ives’ version incorporates finer beads of this from fruit extracts and Vitamin C, and so it may be easier to tolerate than other sources.  I am sensitive to little and handle it well.  Old cell layers are shed and leave you looking luminous.  But many women will find that accompanied by redness and burning.  Careful before trying this product!  Several ingredients moisturize, but I cannot locate one that specifically firms.  Allow another crème to do this for you.
I feel terrible dissing anything St. Ives creates, but less is often more.  If you don’t hear from me, it’s because the St. Ives police have arrested me, and I’ve exercised my right to remain silent . . . cease applauding, please!

What do you ladies think about St. Ives?

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