What Not to Use on Your Skin

January 12, 2017

Their online directions for using their products: Squeeze a dime sized amount of scrub onto your fingertips and massage onto damp skin. Spread in small circular motions, applying gentle pressure to wake your skin’s natural circulation. Work all over, right up to your hairline and onto the sides of your nose. When you’re done, rinse and pat dry with a clean towel.

 

My directions: Don't you dare. A better choice, by far, is to add a few tablespoons of sugar or salt to your favorite cleanser, mix it around in your hand for a few moments to soften the edges of the grains and, gently, massage it into your skin.

 

We're talking about St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub by Unilever, by the way.

 

Two women have filed a class action lawsuit against Unilever stating the scrub, which features crushed apricot kernels, is too harsh for facial use, produces micro tears in the skin which opens the skin to bacteria, and promotes premature aging by causing inflammation, among other things.

 

Read it here: https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/351890-st-ives-apricot-scrub-class-action-says-product-causes-skin-damage/

 

I concur with their assessment.

 

Exfoliation is part of the cleansing process. If our skin doesn't shed cells quickly enough to keep up with oil flow, the result is acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. As we age, trapped oil may not be as much of a problem as the appearance of aging skin as the turnover naturally slows down.

 

As a skin care professional, I typically recommend both chemical (AHA or retinol nightly, if tolerated) and occasional manual (adding sugar/salt to cleanser)) exfoliation for most people. Those with sensitive skin, which is both a type and condition, shouldn't exfoliate as often or as aggressively as those with oily, aging, or normal skin.

 

So, what specific exfoliation products do I recommend, other than sugar and salt? SkinMedica's retinols (up to 1% for those who have built up a tolerance), Differin .03% gel (now available at a drug store near you) for those with acne (it's not as effective on aging skin as retinol), and for those on a limited budget, simply adding PCA's Nutrient Toner can make a huge impact on congested and aging skin.

 

So, what should you do with that half used tube of St. Ives Apricot scrub? Use it on your foot callouses.

 

 

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