No matter how much I venture away and try the expensive and extravagant skin care brands, I always find my way back to my drugstore products… and you know what, they work best for me! I am going to let you in on two of my best kept secrets for clear, blemish-free skin, Queen Helene Oatmeal & Honey Scrub and St Ives Apricot Scrub. Many of you may have already heard of one or both but just in case you haven’t stay tuned…
- Gently removes the dull surface layers to reveal your healthy complexion
This is my favorite scrub of all time by far. It is very gentle and does not contain large or harsh particles. It is very moisturizing and it smells divine. Makes me want to eat it! It is quite inexpensive and costs about $3.99 USD for 6 ounces. Not bad at all. Most importantly, it does what it says. I have been using this scrub consistently every morning and sometimes at night for the last six weeks or so, and it has really improved the condition of my skin. As you may remember, back in early Winter I had a really bad experience with the Clinique 3 Step System and it broke me out terribly. I had been using different products from LUSH afterward and they were helping to clear up the blemishes left behind, but not fast enough for me. I still had a lot of blemishes on my cheeks and my chin. Well after using this scrub for six weeks, the blemishes have cleared tremendously. My cheeks are totally clear and my chin is almost there. My chin is tough because that is usually where my hormonal breakouts show up. I was also suffering with breakouts on my forehead as of recent because of my bangs and this scrub also helped to clear that up, this Oatmeal & Honey Scrub along with the St Ives Apricot Scrub and good old Witch Hazel. After using the Oatmeal & Honey Scrub my face is left feeling very clean and moisturized with no residue or dry patches. The only bad thing I can say about this product is that it is very hard to find in my area.
- does what it says
- Hard to find
- Exfoliates to prevent blemishes and cleans pores
I have been using the St Ives Apricot Scrub on and off since high school. The difference being they did not have the Blemish & Blackhead Control formula back then, which wasn’t a problem for me as I didn’t have any issues with my skin in high school. Ironic isn’t it. A big difference I’ve noticed in the product from then and now is the texture. The particles were smaller back then and a bit less harsh. With that being said, if you have sensitive skin this product is not for you as the large particles are pretty harsh. It would probably do more harm than good. Also if your skin does not react well to Salicylic Acid then this is not for you either as that is the active ingredient (See ingredients here). Now on to the good stuff before you get turned off, I still love this scrub. I am back to using it every other night, every night if I’m dealing with a break out and it has really helped a lot with clearing breakouts and older blemishes/acne scarring, and keeping them away. I use a small amount mixed with water and gently cleanse my entire face in circular motions. It exfoliates really well and gets rid of dry patches and blackheads. It is not drying at all, at least not for me. This scrub is also very inexpensive at about $3.99 USD for 6 ounces.
- exfoliates well
- fights acne/ clears scarring
- clears blemishes and black heads
- not drying
- larger walnut shell particles are a bit harsh
Both Queen Helene Oatmeal & Honey Scrub and St Ives Apricot Scrub hold a special place in my skin care arsenal. If you are in need of a gentle everyday scrub to keep your skin glowing and clear, the Oatmeal & Honey Scrub is for you. If you need something a bit more heavy duty to clear up breakouts/blemishes, then the St Ives Apricot Scrub is for you. If you are anything like me with combination skin that is troublesome occasionally, then you definitely need both.