Why isn’t apricot scrub good for your face?
Who doesn’t love the smell of the famous St. Ives Apricot scrub? Everyone. I’ll even admit it, I used to use it as well, until I went to Esthetician school. What I learned horrified me.
Apricot granules tend to have rough, almost triangular edges. When apricot scrub is applied, it can actually injure the skin causing micro-tears which can lead to damaged pores and deep scarring. Isn’t skin care supposed to prevent this from happening?
What is a better alternative to use instead?
For this reason, it is best to stick with microdermabrasion performed by an Aesthetician or use a mild exfoliant that is designed specifically for facial skin, like my personal favorite, Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. It packs a one-two punch by cleansing and exfoliating in one step.
What is AHA/BHA?
Murad’s AHA/BHA is a combination of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (glycolic and lactic acids) and Beta Hydroxy Acid (salicylic acid) which exfoliates the dead skin cells while deep cleaning the pores. This perfect combination promotes healthy, beautiful skin for both combination and oily skin types and can be used 2-3 times per week. Over using AHA/BHA increases the likely hood of drying out the skin and can result in an increase in oil production leading to acne.
Dry and normal skin types are encouraged to use AHA/BHA 1 time a week to maintain the perfect pH balance of the skin.
But I love the smell of the apricot scrub.
Still love the smell of your apricot scrub? The smell brings back memories of the 90’s for me and although I don’t use it on my face, I have found another area of my body that it’s perfect for. Use it on your feet instead, it will remove rough, dead skin, leaving your feet as smooth as a baby’s bottom!