Philosophy Microdelivery & St. Ives Apricot Scrub

A Product Review & Comparison

I have to say that I’ve been more than loyal to St. Ives Apricot Scrub over the years. I’ve been using it since I was 14 years old (that’s a whopping 13 years) and I’ve been one of the biggest cheerleaders for this brand since the beginning. It has done wonders for my skin over the years keeping it translucent and radiant. With all that said, there is absolutley no way that I could be biased on part of the “new kid” on my block…or could I?:

Lately, I’d been noticing the texture of my forehead was becoming a little, well…rough. At first, I thought that maybe I wasn’t using the Apricot Scrub as often as I should for my aging nearly 30 year-old skin so I increased my usage from the usual twice a week to three times a week. Even after 3 months, there was no improvement. In fact, my skin was starting to feel a little dryer than usual. And it wasn’t that the roughness was all that noticeable when I looked in the mirror but to the touch, my forehead had a rough texture.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was when a friend took a close-up picture of me with his DSRL camera. What did I see? (Thanks for asking.) Grand Canyon-esque pores across the bridge of my nose & on the apple of my cheeks and a strip of sandpaper across my forehead. All else looked pore-fect so what was up with this area?!?! Oh boy! I was officially on the brink of making an appointment with the dermatologist for a microderm abrasion treatment.

Searching for solutions perusing Sephora over the weekend, looking for a new exfoliator, I came across a few notables like Ole Henrikson’s Sugar Glow (which smelled absolutely DIVINE) and Bliss’ Pore Perfecting Facial Polish. I sampled both on my hand and I was almost ready to make a decision between the two. Then along came Philosophy’s Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash and after the hand test, I made a beeline for the register.

Recommended Use:
St. Ives: Apply quarter-sized amount to damp face and neck and scrub in circular motion. Rinse well. Should be used no more than 3 times a week or it will cause dryness.

Philosophy: Apply quarter-sized amount to damp face and neck, scrub for 30-60 seconds. Rinse. Can be used daily. (I have chosen to use it every other day).

Assessment:
St. Ives: This scrub is very grainy with granulated walnut shells and cornmeal as the key ingredients. It is invigorating as the bottle reads but it’s too abrasive for everyday use. Very effective in sloughing off dead skin to reveal glowing skin underneath while the apricot oil adds moisture. However, as I stated before, it didn’t do anything for my recently inherited enlarged pores and the mysterious rough patch on my forehead.

Philosophy: It also doubles as a peel with citric acid and with the exfoliating properties of rice bran and diatomaceous earth (a sand-like mineral from the earth), refreshed, baby soft, moisturized skin and tighten pores are revealed. This formula is gentle enough to be used everyday & can also be used on the décolleté. This exfoliant is alot less grainy than St. Ives and in my hands, it feels like a moistened fine sand. It was much gentler but far more effective even with just one use.

I fell in love the minute I patted my face dry and got up close in the mirror. The results were instant and my face was as smooth as a baby’s bottom. That sandpaper on my forehead doesn’t stand a chance!

Price Comparison:
St. Ives: During my starving student days, I was always grateful that St. Ives was so affordable. At just $3.79 for a 6oz. bottle, this wonderful scrub is completely budget-friendly! Using a quarter-sized amount three times a week lasts me about a month and a half.

Philosophy: Since I’ve been a fan of Philosophy’s Gingerbread Man Body Scrub for some years now, I’m no stranger to the pricing. Everything that I’ve ever purchased from this brand has been of the highest quality and produced the best results. The Microdelivery Facial Scrub definitely follows suit and I’m willing to pay a few more bucks to keep up with my no longer 20-year old skincare needs. The scrub comes in 4 sizes: 4oz ($15), 8oz ($25), 16oz ($37) and 32oz ($55).

As I’ve just purchased this product (8oz), I’m not sure how long it will last using a quarter-sized amount every other day. I will be sure to update!

The Verdict:

So long St. Ives! I am now one happily-converted-passionate-about-skincare-Microdelivery loving gal!

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