This week’s review is over a face scrub I’ve been trying lately: St. Ives’ Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub. I have been a fan of St. Ives products for years, and I normally reach for their famous apricot scrub, but when I saw that this one claims to even skintone and brighten dark spots, I had to try it. As someone with a lot of freckles and acne scars from years of horrible skin (and picking- I know, I know! I’m so bad!), I had high hopes for this product. Did it live up to my expectations? Read on!
First impressions when I picked it up at WalMart: the packaging is pretty, and I thought the pink lemon on the front looked cool. I flipped the top and OMG, the smell was devine! I love tart, fruity flavors and this scrub smells good enough to eat- for me, at least.
As soon as I got ready to wash my face that night, I pulled out my new scrub and excitedly squeezed out some product. The formula is very creamy; the exfoliants in this scrub are teeny tiny little beads, so you can’t even really feel them until you start spreading the product across your face. The formula was very gentle, and when I was done, my skin felt fresh and rejuvenated.
It’s been a few weeks now and I can honestly say that while my skin tone does look better overall and the dark spots appear to be lightening, I don’t feel this product exfoliates as well as others I’ve tried, even from St. Ives. I feel like the exfoliants in this need to be a little bigger so they can get the job done. Maybe it’s just me but I actually LOVE the way the apricot scrub “scratches” my face; it feels like it’s really getting the dead skin gone. I don’t really get that feeling with this scrub.
Even though St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub doesn’t exfoliate as well as I wish it would on its own, I will continue using the product, maybe with my facial cleansing brush. My skin looks and feels a lot better overall, and I’m in love with the scent of this product. I wish they’d bottle it so I could use it as a body spray (hint, hint, St. Ives!).