Hello lovely IMBBians,
October is about to end while “Sweet November” is just about to come. Delhi and Islamabad coincidentally share similar weather. The days are getting colder. In fact winter is almost here and we have pulled out our blankets. The fall calls for a change in our CTM routine too.
I have always loved products from St. Ives; their scrubs,lotions,body wash etc. Just a mask from their range was left. Now , Who wouldn’t love to have a Paraben free, dermatologically tested and cruelty free mask in her vanity ? So, when they launched this Oatmeal Scrub cum mask, I was more than happy and excited to try it. Here is my review on the same.
From America’s #1 Scrub brand*, this new dual purpose formula combines oatmeal extract with 100% Natural Exfoliants. Use as a mark to nourish dry skin or as a scrub to smooth away dullness.
– 100% natural exfoliants
– Sulfate free
– Dermatologist tested
$3.9 for 170 gms. Made in USA.
My take on St Ives Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub+Mask :
Starting with it’s packaging, like most St Ives scrubs, this one also comes in a really soft and squeezable, flip open plastic tube. It is white in color with regular St Ives prints and patterns printed on it. It carries all the details like the ingredients list, claims, directions etc. It is light weight and travel friendly.
Inside the tube comes the white scrub with medium consistency. It is not thick or runny and has tiny brown exfoliating particles. The texture is creamy and richly infused with gentle exfoliating particles. The ingredients list reveals they are of walnut. The scrub is gentle and mild for everyday use and suitable for sensitive skin. It has a pleasant scent of cocoa butter. It also claims to be formulated with Oatmeal extracts, glycerin, honey and walnut shell particles. On touching, it feels being formulated with rice rather than oats as it is really fine. The application is easy and mess free. It does the scrubbing job well by removing dead skin from the face without being too harsh on skin. It is perfect for sensitive skin in harsh winters. The directions state that to use it as a mask, it should be left for 5-7 minutes before washing off. It dries really quick and within the time stated. It is easy to wash off.
The results as a mask aren’t too overwhelming but neither disappointing too. The product seems good for reducing white heads and black heads from pores. Earlier, I had shared an oatmeal face pack for white heads on IMBB; so this one can be used on a busy day. The mask adds a bit of freshness and visible glow to face which adds life to the skin for a day or two. It takes away dry patches and flakes. It makes the skin a bit tight so a moisturizer might be required after using this. This is an ideal product for combination skin. Oily skin might feel this mask to be insufficient to absorb the oil. Dry skin might have to moisturize generously after it’s application.
Pros of St Ives Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub+Mask :
• A gentle exfoliating product for everyday use.
• Will suit sensitive and combination skin.
• Formulated with natural ingredients.
• Contains walnut shell exfoliation particles, oatmeal, honey and glycerine.
• Works wonderfully as a scrub, removes dead skin.
• Leaves skin tighter and cleans pores off white heads.
• Pleasant cocoa butter fragrance with creamy texture and ideal consistency.
• Convenient and travel friendly packaging.
• As a mask, leaves skin feeling tighter, smoother and glowing.
• Unclogs pores and non-comodogenic, so acts against acne.
• Free of Parabens.
• Dermatologist tested.
• Easily available and pocket friendly.
Cons of St Ives Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub+Mask:
• As a mask, it didn’t live up to my expectations; the skin isn’t as soft, fair or regenerated as I had expected from this product.
Final thoughts on St Ives Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub+Mask :
Girls, take it as a gentle everyday scrub with some added benefits of mask rather than considering it as a total replacement for your favorite face mask. As for me, I am still happy with the exfoliation meter of the product and will continue using and repurchasing it as long as it is available. Have a great day beautiful!
As a scrub: 4.9/5
As mask, 4/5
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