Drugstore Discovery Of The Week: St. Ives, Still The Scrub We Love-------
Like most teenagers, the skin-sloughing power of crushed apricot seeds started my obsession with St. Ives. Its cult-favorite Apricot Scrub was one of my first skincare loves: in addition to leaving my face soft and glowing, its name suggested a kind of lavish, Alpine spa experience. I’ve long since graduated to glycolic peels, enzymatic exfoliants, and other high-tech treatments that help strip away dead cells to reveal brighter, dewier ones, so when I heard that the tried-and-true brand of my youth was introducing a new lotion packed with alpha-hydroxy fruit acids, all of my old feelings came flooding back. St. Ives’ new Naturally Smooth Body Lotion builds on its expertise in exfoliation with a creamy moisturizing formula that multitasks as a skin-finisher. The easy-to-use pump bottle comes with the promise of “younger-looking” skin in just seven days, which, while a bold statement, is also a pretty accurate one. After slathering it on, morning and night, for a week, I can’t really say that my arms and legs looked like they did when I was 15, but they were baby soft, and I even saw an improvement in some little bumps that often plague me on the back of my arms and thighs. Skincare crush, back on.
St. Ives Naturally Smooth Body Lotion, $4.97, at Target stores.