I just want to start this post off with, if you use, and love your facial scrubs, then please don’t take it personally. I’m a huge advocate of if it’s working for you, crack on. This is just my reasoning why I’ve left the face scrub life behind.
Now this hasn’t always been the case. I used to live off the tight, sensitive feeling scrubs used to give me, even the controversial… St Ives. *hides*.
Now after a scrubbing of the face, your skin feels extremely smooth and tight, nice right? Hmm, this isn’t due to it gently taking all the dead skin off the surface and that’s that. It is said to cause micro tears to the skin, that can eventually make your skin sensitive to even the most gentle of products.
I have noticed as I’m older, zooming into my face with that god awful side of the mirror, you know what I’m talking about, I can see the broken redness which I’m almost certain was caused by the over use of facial scrubs.
Acne is the main target for facial scrub products. But such aggressive motions to the surface may have a tendency to make angry skin, even angrier. It’s a load of bs marketing.
Most face scrubs are made from ground down shards of things like walnut, pumpkin seeds and in countries which it’s allowed, small plastic beads, yikes.
Your face skin is another world of different from the thicker, less absorbent skin on your body, so treat them differently! It is so easy to get blood circulation to the face by simple massaging techniques such as lymphatic drainage, tapping or finger pressure, (and psst… you don’t need a jade roller either). And taking away the dead skin with chemical exfoliation with forms of acids such as lactic, glycolic and salicylic acid is so much less abrasive on your precious face.
”But my face doesn’t feel as good if I haven’t used a scrub”, well you haven’t found the right alternative then have you? Your face feels amazing after using something like a walnut scrub, but this is only instant results as the blood has risen to the surface to give you that ‘wow’ glow, and the other ingredients which would be included such as glycerin, a hydrating agent, tones down the harsh things it’s actually doing to your skin. Think about the results which will show in the future. Constant dragging of little bits over the face will take it’s toll, fine lines and wrinkles will appear earlier, as will uneven skin tone and redness due to over sensitisation of the skin.
Chemical exfoliants are included in a ‘My Collection’ post. Click here. Where I include different forms of exfoliation, (there is one ‘physical’ option, but that is in the form of an enzyme powder, not a scrub). There are many forms and strengths, you have to choose what is best for your skin. Acne/blackhead prone? Salicylic. Oily/combo skin? Glycolic. First timer/sensitive skin? Lactic. These are just a few examples and not a concrete diagnosis, just what I have learned in my time, do your research, just please part ways with your facial scrub.
”If scrubs like St Ives are so bad, why are they so famous/popular?”. Teens. You say to a teen, going through puberty maybe, will do anything to get their skin nice and clear, rid their insecurities, that a product will be great for their acneic skin, and is also piss cheap, they’re gonna buy it.
Ok, I’m not just pinning it down to them, I do know of adults using too, this is just the target audience for brands like this. I feel like the majority of us will say we indulged in St Ives as a kid, if not, some other granular product.
Doing research for this post, I spotted St Ives recommends oily folk use it EVERY DAY… EVERY. DAY. WTF!? That’s too harsh, please if you’re doing this STOP. There is so much stigma around oily skin needing to be stripped of every moisturising droplet it’s providing the skin but this is so not the case. Moisture is key to keeping that skin barrier in top condition, this will wear it down to every ounce of it’s being. God my face hurts just thinking about it.
Another misinformation we get off scrubs, is that they will ‘extract’ blackheads, they might take away the gunk and flakes lying on the very surface of the skin, but I’m afraid blackheads need tools and a professional pair of hands. Alpha and Beta hydroxy acids for example however, work far better than any scrub will, this is down to absorbing deeper into the stratum corneum, and softening the sebaceous filaments where the blackhead forms, thus gradually ridding of them.
If you’re sat reading this thinking shit, I have a face scrub at home, guess I have to throw it in the bin now… no! Use it for your body or feet. When I made the decision to stop using facial scrubs all together, I had almost a whole big bottle of St Ives left, it smells lovely, so I pair it with an exfoliating mitt and go to town, working on my dryer areas such as elbows, knees, my keratosis pilaris and the heels and balls of my feet. Waste not want not right?
I just want to clarify that I am not in any way an expert, or a derm, you can take this advice, or leave it. This post is all down to personal experience, and switching my form of exfoliation has completely changed my skin for the better.
Let’s keep St Ives as a beautiful holiday destination instead of putting it on your face shall we?
What’s everyone’s thoughts? Has this changed your views or are you going to keep scrubbing away?
Let me know down in the comments or via Instagram!
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