Having a decent face scrub is key when it comes to following a good skincare regime. Unlike cleansers which are to be used daily, face scrubs on the other hand can be used 2, 3 times a week depending on your skin type and quality. Having a good face scrub will really make a difference to your overall skin’s appearance and health. They are ideal for issues such as acne, blocked pores and dull complexion. In most cases, a cleanser alone cannot really address these issues so it makes sense to add a face scrub to the mix.
For this post, I will review the St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub. I have used other products by St. Ives and from my experience, have had positive results. This particular type of face scrub from St. Ives has 8 different products ranging from Coconut and Coffee to Avocado and Honey. I’ve used 3 so far, but the Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange has been by far my favourite.
The face scrub doesn’t come in a box, you simply get it in the plastic tube. The white, pink ‘lemony’ colour on the design has a refreshing look to it. Probably one of the reasons I purchased this product from the many on offer. At the time of writing this review, the product retailed at £5.65 from Boots. It comes in 150ml. You can also buy from other retailers such a Amazon.
What it says on the product…
“Polish away little imperfections with a delicious, citrusy scrub infused with 100% natural pink lemon and mandarin peel extract. This face scrub has a moderate exfoliation level for radiant skin. Use it 3‐4 times a week for beautifully polished skin that glows.
Ideal for dry or sensitive skin types. Dermatologist tested. Paraben free. Non-comedogenic.”
I was looking for something that isn’t too abrasive. For example, the St. Ives Apricot Scrub did help with removing blackheads but I found the grit too hard and it dried out my skin and made it coarse. Instead, I wanted a slightly gentle scrub, but one that would be effective at getting rid of the dirt. I found the Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange was the right one for me. The grit is fine to medium and works well on my normal to dry skin. It has the right level of exfoliation to work its magic. Even those with sensitive skin should be fine.
The main reason for switching from my usual face scrub was due to the fact my skin started getting a little dull. Maybe it was because of the weather or stress. Therefore, I was looking for something to brighten my complexion and give it some glow. I was also looking to reduce some of the roughness and make the skin smoother.
Even though it mentions on the product that you can use up to 4 times a week. I prefer to use it about 2 to 3 times a week as it suits my skin. The 4 times a week may be an option for those with really oily skin as the texture is not too thick and it won’t dry out the skin.
It is the second stage of my skin care routine – after using a cleanser. I apply and massage for a good minute or so, especially around the forehead and nose area. Lathering up is effortless and it washes off very easily.
By far this has to be one of my favourites. Believe me I’ve tried and used many! Firstly, the smell. With all the products I use, it is important that it smells nice. I find a pleasant smell not only makes me feel good, but it absorbs and lingers on me throughout the day. The gentle fruity smell is just amazing! It’s not overpowering but subtle enough for you to notice. The best way to describe it would be to say its like a fresh spring flower fragrance that just makes you fall in love with the product instantly.
If you’re looking to make your skin radiant, this is definitely the one to go for. Like I’ve mentioned the other St. Ives face scrub helped with blackheads and cleared my pores but this Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange really put a glow and radiance to my face. It gave me a healthy bright tan look. Even after using it for only two weeks my friends and family instantly noticed and would ask me what I am using.
The face scrub doesn’t dry out my skin, cause breakouts or react badly. I’ve had a few experiences in the past where the product didn’t go well with my skin. Here no complaints. I believe this is because the grit is mild and not so abrasive which makes it much kinder to the skin. Also after finishing off with a moisturiser, it makes my skin really smooth and soft.
Price-wise it’s very decent. £5.65 for a 150ml face scrub that actually gives you good results is worth the money. I bought mine a couple of months ago. I use it regularly and it is still going.
Not too many downsides to this product. However, those with really rough skin might find that the scrub doesn’t exfoliate enough. It is much milder compared to say, the Apricot Scrub. In this case you may not notice improvements to the texture of your skin, for example, it won’t make it smooth.
I found it didn’t unclog and clean my pores well enough. I suffer from blackheads around my nose. Even after massaging the scrub on this area for quite some time it didn’t really remove them.
I really loved the smell as this was clearly one of the reasons for liking the product. However, the fragrance is achieved through artificial ingredients. For some this has caused their skin to react not so well and they have seen breakouts. While others have experienced their acne worsening after using this face scrub. If you’re one of those or you just prefer your skincare products to have little or no smell at all then you may wish to stay away.
Even with the negatives, I still like this product. I normally alternate between 2 or 3 scrubs depending on the issue with my skin. When I’m looking to brighten and give my skin a glow this is the product I turn to. Overall, it’s a thumbs up for me.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section. Has the St. Ives Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange made a difference to your skin?