No matter how worn out I am after hustling all day long, I tend to indulge in an intricate skincare routine before I hit the sack. And primarily, yes, it helps take off all the grime off my face making my skin look fresh and clean. But for me, it's a lot more than just that. It is an act of self-care. It is a time in the day, or rather the only time when I blow off some steam and hit the reset button on life. A habit inculcated during lockdown—I relied on my regimen to escape the madness unfolding outside and escape for a bit from reality. Following a routine religiously ultimately paid off with my skin over the last two years clearing up considerably (which is important).
To be honest, the results were gratifying and a total game changer. It has helped me prioritise the health of my skin and make efforts toward healing pertinent issues. When my skin is healthy and devoid of any underlying concerns, it exudes this unparalleled radiant glow which no glow stick can ace. That is why I was stoked when I found that I will be reviewing St. Ives’ latest range of skincare products (because it’s St. Ives, OBVI). Their brand ethos resonated with me and as far as the offering is considered, it is as good as the word that has been doing the rounds. Keep reading for my honest take on their latest offerings.
St. Ives Tea Tree Pimple Clear Face Wash Cleanser
Never though zapping a zit would be this convenient! Yes, I tried the Tea Tree Pimple Clear Face Wash from the range and am happy to convey that the offering is superlative. The formulation is powered with the goodness of the dynamic duo (tea tree and salicylic acid) a.k.a hero ingredients for treating acne and even acne prone skin. It is a well known fact that one of the reasons for acne seen amongst people is the clogging of pores due to excess sebum production and impurities. Salicylic acid is a star ingredient when it comes to eradicating oil pockets and dirt from the epidermis and thus preventing bouts of acne. The product is a strong amalgamation of all that and more. It’s also non-comedogenic and a must-have for those who want to combat zits and keep their T-zone oil-free.
Your skin can tend to look extremely beat and washed out from time to time. This usually occurs due to the accumulation of dead skin cells on the epidermis. The excess build also hampers the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture. As an end result, the skin starts looking dehydrated, patchy and uneven. Enter the Tea Tree & Walnut Pimple Clear 3 in 1 Face Scrub by this new range, which addresses concerns on multiple fronts to help you achieve a healthy glow.
St. Ives Apricot Smooth Skin Face Wash Cleanser
If you are someone who has a combination skin type, an extra greasy T-zone and areas around your lips get super dry and flaky, then this cleanser that packs the power of apricot and salicylic acid will help. This wonder product brings the best of nature and science together, adroitly diminishes the excessive build up and administers even skin complexion. The face cleanser sits in a transparent bottle with a pump on the top that allows you to dictate the amount of product drawn. The exquisite gel-like consistency and the divine fragrance of apricots is definitely the cherry on the top. Team it up with the apricot scrub.
St. Ives Watermelon Hydrating Face Wash Cleanser
A good dose of hydration is of paramount importance for the skin, on the reg. Lack of moisture leads to the skin looking dry, dull and also gives leeway to early signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. This all-star concoction of watermelon and hyaluronic acid is all you need to keep such concerns at bay by administering moisturisation at multiple levels. Hyaluronic acid is ideal for retaining moisture in the skin, making it firm, taunt and glow from within. Use it prior to the scrubbing with the Green Tea & Bamboo Blackhead Clearing 3 In 1 Face Scrub. All of the offerings from St. Ives forgo usage of parabens, sulphates and animal-cruelty and are dermatologically-approved.