Scrub your way to sensational skin with Lush and St Ives

Say hello to brighter, cleaner skin this year with these face and body scrubs!

Take a look at the four scrubs I use in my weekly skin routine that have been helping me keep my skin in tip top condition.

In the winter you are blasted by hot and cold weather non stop and I don’t know about you but, this takes its toll on my skin. Depending on the weather my skin fluctuates between dry and oily and sometimes it’s both in different areas. As my skin has aged, hello thirties, I’ve developed a classic T zone issue that fluctuates depending on the season.

It’s taken me a long time to find products that really work across all the whole year and that don’t use any plastic beads. It’s been a real quest and I’m now using a combination of products new and old.

I use four different scrubs to target three key areas, and different products to target the body parts that are exposed to the elements. Not only do they do a great job of exfoliating but they also leave my skin smelling and feeling its best.

Body Scrub – Lush Magic Crystals

In 2018 Lush released Magic Crystals and it stole my heart. One of the staff at the Bournemouth store gave me a brilliant sized sample which allowed me to really test it out and I have been buying it ever since. I love this product for three reasons.

  1. The exfoliating element is Epsom salts. They are big and grainy and my skin feels really well exfoliated afterwards. I like a really gritty exfoliator and this does the job. I think the salts are good for cuts and spots as I can always feel it stinging and then they always clear up really quickly. It leaves my skin buffed, polished and radiant.
  2. It smells like sweet mint. The scrub is full of a fresh mint infusion and it’s one of my favourite scents leaving you feeling clean and fresh. It also tingles my skin, has anyone else felt this or am I just imagining things? I like that I can still smell it when I’m dressed and walking out of the door.
  3. It’s bright purple. It never fails to make me smile and it goes all pink when you wash it off. Kids shouldn’t be the only ones to have fun shower products!

My top tips for using magic crystals is to dunk yourself under the shower and then turn the shower off. As the product is quite runny I find I use way too much of it leaving the shower running and I don’t get the full effect of all that purple exfoliating goodness.

Hand Scrub – Lush Salted Coconut Hand Scrub

This Salted Coconut Scrub is one of my latest discoveries as I was given a sample before Christmas. My hands were so dry and rough after a weekend outside that my skin just wasn’t recovering with moisturisers alone. I went and spoke to the team in the Southampton store and this is what they recommended. And, dannnnnngggg Lush what a recommendation that was. After two scrubs my hands were back to normal and it had removed all the dry dead skin the winter weather had caused.

Again it’s a chunky scrub, but I wouldn’t say it’s harsh. It does smell like salted coconut but, if I’m being honest and you’d asked me what I thought it smelt of before I knew what it was, I’d have said Play Doh! You know the moulding clay for kids that has a very distinctive smell.

My top top for this is to use it once a week and to use a good hand cream or oil on your hands afterwards.

Face Scrubs – St. Ives

Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

I have to thank my friend Nadia who recommended this to me in 2014. I started using this then and haven’t stopped using it, it is the best face scrub I’ve ever used – I love it and take it everywhere!

It’s fresh apricot smell and the exfoliating quality is derived from crushed walnut shells – yay for no plastics. It is a gritty face scrub without being abrasive and I tend to use this three times a week, and sometimes more or less depending on the season. My skin never feels tight or uncomfortable using it and it comes in a sensible sized bottle so it’s not empty after two uses.

It keeps my skin clear and I always look fresh faced and glowing after using it. I can’t rave about this product enough and now even my boyfriend uses it. It must be as good as I say it is for him to start using it – I struggle to get him to use anything on his skin! St. Ives I don’t know what I’d do without you – you’ve rescued my skin on more than one occasion and you’re a firm fave in my beauty books!

There’s no filter on these images so you can see the consistency of the scrubs!

Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub

Just before Christmas I was browsing Super Drug for presents and I found out that St Ives has several versions of the scrub I love! When I saw the Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub I had to buy it to see if it was as good as the apricot scrub.

My verdict – oh yes it is! It’s certainly a different type of scrub though. The smell is light, citrus and fresh in a different way to the apricot and the exfoliating element seems to be softer and finer. From the ingredients I can’t figure out what the exfoliating element is, whether it’s the peel of the fruit or hydrated silica – it feels like a very fine sand. The consistency is a little more refined than the apricot and offers a more moderate exfoliation.

I’ve found that I haven’t been able to stop myself using it and over the two week Christmas period I used it every single day. As it’s slightly less gritty I’ve found it a lovely scrub to use daily, it suggests on the packet that it is used 3-4 times a week though, so I might be using it incorrectly.

After I found out there were more scrubs in the range I visited the St Ives website and discovered an oat and green tea version too but, I haven’t seen these in the shops. If you see either,  let me know where you found them as I’d love to give them a try too.

Have you tried any of these scrubs before? If so, what do you think? What is your favourite face or body scrub? I’m always keen to try new types and would love to know what works for you and what you’d recommend.

Happy scrubbing! ❤️

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