Hello glowing cheeks! St Ives Oat Scrub and Mask

Well don’t you scrub up well? 😘

If, like me you’re obsessed with a good scrub, like the cult classic St Ives Apricot scrub, then you’ll be pleased to know there’s many more in that family of products.

After discovering the Pink Lemonade & Mandarin Orange Scrub in Superdrug I then stumbled across the Oat Scrub and Mask in Home Bargains of all places!

Here are some thoughts on the St Ives Oatmeal Scrub and Mask

First of all, my purchase from Home Bargains came as a dual pack, the original Apricot and Oatmeal in this cute little make up bag all for the bargain price of £2.99. Get in my basket, you beauty!

As I’ve got a little older I find that my skin has got more oily and is more effected but the changing of the seasons so my skin care routine has had to change a lot. I’ve always looked after my skin, and my Nan introduced me to Clinique’s 3-step system from the age of 10. While I still use that system, I’ve found I like more products to cater to the various fluctuations I now experience.

Some days my skins is very dry and on others it can be very oily. It often depends on the weather, the season, how much time I’ve spent outside and lets not forget those pesky hormones! Having a variety of scrubs for those differences is really useful so my skin care routine is more tailored to my needs and my skin is being cared for in the right way.

After having found two in the St Ives range, which I now use regularly, I knew I really wanted to try the Oatmeal offering too. However, I was a little concerned if I’d have the need for a third! I was happy with my two and my current skin care routine but I knew I had to try this one to see if it was just as good as the others.

While it’s a lovely gentle scrub, perfect for everyday use, it really comes into its own as a mask. Leaving it on for a good five minutes leaves the skin feeling soft, clean and fresh. Its texture really sticks to the skin and you have to wash it really well to make sure it all comes off.

The consistency is less sandy or grainy as the others in the range and therefore the exfoliation level is much lower. It sits somewhere in-between the sandy polishing effect of the Pink Manderin and the tougher more abrasive Apricot scrub.

While I’m sat here writing this I’m actually smoothing my cheek as I have just washed the mask off. I think what’s quite nice about it is that it smells amazing but once washed off the smell isn’t overwhelming. There’s nothing worse than being left with a sickly perfume smell on your skin that you can’t get rid of.

My skin looks a lot brighter after using this scrub too, like a layer of dullness has been removed, which always makes you feel great and gives you a little boost.

The make up bag was also a welcome addition, little bags like these are always useful when you’re travelling, going to the gym or carrying things in your handbag!

Apparently there’s more scrubs in the range, according to the American St Ives website there’s a coconut and coffee scrub, an avocado and honey scrub and a green tea scrub. However on the UK St Ives website only the green tea scrub is advertised. I’ve never seen it in the shops though but I’m determined to find it, if you see it let me know! I’d love to try the American ones, they sound right up my street, they also have an amazing range of products that I’d like to try too.

Anyway back to this face scrub, I’d recommend trying this one if you’re looking for something gentle or something that doubles up as a mask. Do you have any other scrub, body or face recommendations? I’m always up for trying something new and my skin really improves when I’m regularly exfoliating.

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