Two weeks ago, I was having a mild breakout (PMS, anyone?). It wasn’t really that bad though, but they came in numbers. I couldn’t use my usual facial scrub, thinking that it would only worsen the zits. But then, I was also apprehensive of not scrubbing my face at least once a week. This made me look for alternatives, and that’s when I picked up St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub during a quick visit to Watsons.
This dermatologist-tested scrub can actually help to clear and soothe your skin as well as reduce redness. An active blemish-fighting ingredient fights the flare-ups, while 100% natural exfoliants encourage healthier, clearer skin.
I’ve already tried the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot variant before, so I wasn’t hesitant to try this one out, especially because the former also did well on my skin. The green tea variant is an acne medicated exfoliating scrub intended to help soothe red skin and clear breakouts. It contains salicylic acid, which is a known treatment for acne.
My dermatologist warned me before that I am allergic to salicylic acid. St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub only contains 1% salicylic acid, so I thought, hey? What are the odds anyway? If I breakout, then my derma could tell me“I told you so!”
Well, the good news is, I did not. In fact, it made my skin even better. It did calm the redness after every use and the appearance of the zits improved after four usage (twice a week) . I know it healed my zits because I didn’t use any other spot treatment. Do note though, that my breakout wasn’t that bad. Think of mini red pustules. In addition to healing my zits, I noticed that it also keeps the oils at bay. My skin feels clean but still remains supple and moisturized.
|You can barely see the micro-beads.|
Another thing that I like about this is that, the beads/scrub are finer than the apricot variant. The latter has bigger beads, which sometimes hurt my skin. But for this one, I can barely feel the beads, which is good because I know it’s not creating micro-tears on my skin. It’s also a joy to wash my face with this because it smells sooo good! It smells like green tea with hints of floral notes. Think Jasmine. It smells so fresh, I think I’m already addicted to it.
WHAT I LIKE:
– Cheap at 68php a pop (1 oz). The bigger one, which I believe is around 4 oz, only cost 180php. Still cheap,
– Contains natural extracts such as Camellia Sinensis, which is known to be a natural astringent that fights pimple-causing bacteria. It also contains Europea (Olive) leaf extract that is known to have anti-bacterial properties,
– A little goes a long way,
– Has fine beads that gently exfoliates the skin,
– Calms redness and heals minor zits,
– Keeps oil at bay,
– Refreshing scent,
– Available in leading department stores.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE
– I got the smaller tube just to road test the product. Unfortunately, this one comes with a twist cap, which is not my kind of thing as it tends to slip from my fingers when wet,
– Some may find the scent overwhelming,
– Skin might react to salicylic acid, so even if it only contains 1%, it’s still best to do a patch test.
I think I might replace my usual facial scrub with this one since it did help calm the redness on my face. I also like how my skin feels after washing and how it helps in controlling my facial oils. Did I say I was addicted to the scent? Please, if you happen to pass by Watsons, get a whiff of its fragrance and tell me I’m not kidding.
TO WHOM DO I RECOMMEND?
To oily-skinned/acne-prone ladies who are looking for a gentle exfoliating scrub without breaking the bank.
WILL I REPURCHASES?