I’m sure everyone knows what I mean when I say that the winter completely dries out my skin, it doesn’t matter how much coconut oil I use or heavy duty moisturizer my skin is still always dry. That’s were exfoliating comes into play, it’s such an important part in any skin care regimen but especially during the winter months.
I prefer a harsher exfoliator, I know most people tend to use a less grainy formula but for my skin, the only way to truly get the dry skin off is to use something harsh. Another very important key factor to me about an exfoliator is price. I’m all about saving money, some would call me cheap and y’know what? I’m okay with that so I’m always looking for the best cheap dupes for most products; below I’m going to talk about four different exfoliators, two actual drugstore brands and two dupes for them. I’ll rank them 1,2,3,4 to which one I liked the best and which was my least favourite.
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub- This product is a fan favourite. It’s the first exfoliator I ever bought and for the price you can’t beat it! You can find it at the drugstores but I get mine at Walmart because it’s the cheaper of the places coming in a $4.57. I love the smell of this product, very fruity and I love the exfoliating little particles in it. The ingredients actually state that the exfoliating parts are walnut shells. Keep that in mind if you or your spouse is allergic to nuts. Mind you, mine is but the walnut shells don’t bother him but just something to watch out for. I find this product gets most of my dead skin off but doesn’t leave my skin feeling too dry afterwards which some exfoliators can do.
Equate Apricot Scrub- So this exfoliator is the off brand of the St. Ives one mentioned above, only it’s the Walmart brand. I can’t find it online to post a link or price but I think it was around $3.50 when I bought it. I found that this scrub was more grainy than the St. Ives one so I actually prefer it more just because it’s a little more harsh on my skin. I compared the ingredients and they are almost the same. This one uses walnut shells too so keep that in mind with this one too.
Freeman Beauty Facial Creamy Scrub Apricot- This scrub would be perfect for someone who doesn’t like anything harsh, it’s super soothing and doesn’t have large exfoliating particles in it. It smells amazing too, which is always a plus in my books. I tend to use this more in the summer months when my skin just needs a little polishing but nothing too harsh, just a little perk up. I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who has super dry skin just because I don’t think it will get enough of the dry skin off. You can buy this at drugstores but once again I get mine at Walmart for around $5, I’m not sure if this sell this version any though because they have been re-branding and marketing their product.
Dollar Tree Apricot Scrub- his one is the cheapest of the group only 1.25$ at the Dollar Tree or just 1$ if you live in the USA. I really liked this exfoliator, it made my skin super soft afterward but I did find that it was a little slimy on the face after I washed it off. For the price you can’t go wrong either the only problem is living in Canada we only have the Dollar Trees on the West Coast so with me living on the East Coast it’s impossible to get unless I’m out West or go to the states.
1- Equate Apricot Scrub
2- St. Ives Apricot Scrub
3- Freeman Beauty Creamy Scrub
4- Dollar Tree Apricot Scrub