Trib tested: St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads

| Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 11:45 a.m.

I jumped at the chance to test St. Ives' new scrub-free exfoliating pads for more than one reason. Sure, it's that time of year when my face dries out from being in the sun so much, but I was also interested in finding out how well a nonscrub was going to exfoliate. St. Ives claims the product will reveal fresh, smoother and more radiant skin in just seven days ... and they're right.

The smooth pads are approved for daily use, so I dove right in. My skin felt very smooth and fresh after just one use. The scent is very soft; nothing like a typical cleansing pad. The only drawback (which could be a result of user error) was that I found small areas of dry skin around the perimeter of my face when I was finished exfoliating. I was extra-careful during my next use to wipe the pad away from my skin, rather than just stopping at my chin or hairline, to prevent that.

If I may offer a word of caution, though: Be especially sure to use sunscreen. I was so happy with the way my skin felt after a week of use that I had already decided the reasonable $4.99 price tag was worth keeping the scrub-free pads in my beauty mix. Then, I got further verification for how well the product works. After spending six hours on a sunny day at local baseball fields, my nose was as red as a beet. The pads do such a good job of removing layers of old, dead skin, they left me with fresh "baby" skin (as I like to call it) ... and baby skin should not be so exposed to the sun.

-- Melanie Wass

Apricot Scrub, it isn't. St. Ives' Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads offer a kinder, gentler alternative to its signature scrub, which I used in my teen years, but quickly abandoned because it was too abrasive for my sensitive skin.

I loved the smoothness and refreshing feel of the pads, and was hopeful the exfoliant would live up to its promises that my skin would feel fresher and younger after a week.

That wasn't the case. The exfoliating pads left behind a residue, which twice forced me to wash my face again after about 15 minutes. It made my skin burn on several occasions. And, perhaps coincidentally, I suffered an unusually bad breakout after several days of using them. I'm sure some who want to avoid gritty exfoliation will enjoy this product, but I'll be going back to my trusty Clinique scrub.

-- Jill Leonard

I have long appreciated the quality of St. Ives beauty products and their very reasonable pricing. Its Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads are another fine example.

The pads are very thin -- it takes a bit of pinching to get just one. But they are well saturated with the magic potion. One is plenty for my face, neck and decolletage -- all areas that could benefit from a little TLC. A few days treatment was enough to see an improvement in my complexion -- smoothing some rough spots, brightening the drab and shrinking pores.

I had no adverse effects to a daily treatment regimen. And plan to continue using them. Perhaps my winter-weary arms and back of my hands will benefit, as well, from a lactic-acid exfoliation? This product is priced right to spread it around.

-- Sally Quinn

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