Travel Friendly Cleansers
I’m always up to try new skincare, and was excited that I was asked to try some of the new products from the St. Ives brand. It looks like they’ve recently added several new products since the days of using their Apricot Scrub in my teens. You know, back in the day when it came in the peach tub? Fast forward to today where they have multiple scrubs in different exfoliation levels, sheet masks, and the coolest thing yet — their cleansing sticks.
St. Ives Cleansing Sticks come in three options, but all are made with 100% natural coconut oil. I was a bit surprised to hear that coconut oil was in all the cleansers because that’s usually something I avoid putting on my skin. I was always under the impression that coconut oil was great for my body, but not for my acne prone face. However, curiosity always gets the best of me when it comes to skincare and I was compelled to try them all and see if they were worth keeping.
What makes these cleansers a bit different is that they are in stick form — like big fat lip balms! Which I actually like because you can toss one in your gym bag and never worry about a mess. I can also keep it near the bathtub without worrying that my toddler will squirt it all over the floor, and it stays secure in it’s study packaging and screw top cap. PS, they are also bacteria resistant which is a huge plus since I know people freak if they have to double dip into a product more than once.
All you do is just wet your face, rub the stick all over, and lather it up with your hands! I personally found that rubbing them into my eye brows helped get the lather going and getting a bit more cleanser on my face. I think all three versions lathered up and rinsed well and they all left my skin feeling great. I didn’t have any trouble getting my makeup off — even when it was pretty budge-proof eyeliner! I’ve only been using them for about a week but I can report that no pimples have cropped up since using these cleansers and I’ve been using them multiple times a day.
All three versions offer a different benefit based on their formula:
Cactus Water & Hibiscus hydrates and softens.
Matcha Green Tea & Ginger detoxifies and refreshes.
Apricot & Manuka Honey removes impurities and helps your skin get a healthy glow.
Out of all three, I enjoy the Matcha Green Tea & Ginger one the most — but love them all! You can find St. Ives products at your local CVS and Target. The cleansing sticks run about 7.99 each.