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Zoe Raymond|Fitness & Yoga|Beauty & Fashion

St. Ives

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Always love a workout in Nature! Reaching out for St. Ives Bodywash which is a brand that is made with nourishing and refreshing ingredients and is 100% Natural. The brand knows that girls don’t want to put harsh chemicals on their face and body, which is why St. Ives is important for every face and body cleansing/care routine!
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 St. Ives have 3 main ‘formats’, scrubs (made with 100% Natural exfoliants), Lotions (made with 100% Natural moisturizers) and Body Wash (made with 100% Natural extracts)! If you didn't know, St. Ives is also the number 1 scrub in the USA! Here's the bodywash range that comes in 4 different variants! Pink Lemon & Mandarin, Oatmeal & Shea Butter, Apricot and Sea Sealf & Pacific Kelp!
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I couldn't decide which to use first cause they all look so good and smell so fragrant! I decided to start on what was most important to my skin. Apricot, because my skin was a little dull after I was back from 2 week long trip to Korea. I have not exfoliated for more than 2 weeks.
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#1 St. Ives Apricot Exfoliating Body Wash
Smooth & Glow
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Did you know that Apricot is a natural exfoliator? St. Ives surely lives up to their brand by using Eau de' Naturale ingredients! St. Ives Apricot exfoliating body wash not just exfoliates but also awakens radiant skin!
I never knew Apricot had so many beauty benefits, for skin, hair and health!
Some of the skin benefits include:
  1. Maintaining skin elasticity! Extremely important especially to women haha! Apricot extract helps in maintaining skin clarity, suppleness and elasticity!
  2. Apricot oil is also great for dry, irritated skin because of its high content of essential fatty acids and vitamin A. Its moisturizing properties keep your skin cells hydrated and counteract any drying effects associated with exfoliating your skin, thus providing you with a healthier and softer skin surface!
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I love the scent of fruity baths so the apricot variant is one of my favorites.
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The beads are hardly visible to the naked eye because they are so minute! What I like best is that the beads are gentle on my skin!
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Taking it out to the yoga school!

#2 Pink Lemon & Mandarin Exfoliating Body Wash
Even & Bright
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My favorite bottle is Pink Lemon & Mandarin Exfoliating Body Wash! Firstly, it caught my eye instantly because it is of my favorite color, PINK and I always love lemon. Be it in my food, drinks, air freshener, but your skin love lemons even more! Lemons have an amazing range of beauty benefits!
Some of my favorite benefits include:
  1. Because lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production!
  2. Blackhead treatment: It may sound too good to be true, but because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne. Just slice a lemon, and squeeze the juice on your face. Your blackheads will start to fade before you know it.
  3. Teeth whitener: Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse. It's way cheaper than going to your dentist's office!
Here is Women's Health article on 11 beauty benefits of Lemon!

My favorite point of using Pink Lemon & Mandarin Exfoliating Body Wash is that the combination of citruses is very refreshing! I love to use this wash especially in the morning because of this- a morning wake up call wash. It lathers well and if you are not a fan of sweet scented washes, this is not sweet at all, all you can smell are crisp lemons and citrus fruits!
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#3 St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Wash
Nourish & Soothe
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The scent of this variant is light and my Dad loves this variant best. I would say Oatmeal & Shea Butter would appeal better to both genders because guys may not like fruity scents as much. Like the name of this variant have said, Oatmeal & Shea Butter is very moisturizing to my skin. I can feel the softness on my skin after I have rinsed off the wash! And because I find this variant most moisturizing to my skin, I am taking it to the yoga school!

Frequent Bikram yoga practices can be harsh to the skin and my legs are especially dry. It is vital to keep my skin moisturized and soothed so I have been using St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter in school.
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Shea Butter is a skin superfood! I have read so much of the benefits of Shea Butter!
Shea Butter benefits are:
  1. Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
  2. Reduces Inflammation: One compound in Shea butter particularly, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne!
  3. Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction!!
You can read more on Shea Butter Benefits here!
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Love the smell of Shea Butter!

#4 St. Ives Sea Salt & Pacific Kelp Exfoliating Body Wash
Renew & Purify
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Last but not least, #4 St. Ives Sea Salt & Pacific Kelp Exfoliating Body Wash is mine and my Mom's favorite bottle for the obvious reason. Sea salt. Sea Salt is known to be one of the more popular ingredient for exfoliating scrubs! Whenever I go for massages with body scrubs, I would opt for the sea salt option!
  1. The mineral content in Sea salt have long been appreciated for their rejuvenating effects on the skin. It helps in keeping the skin moisturized and revitalized!
  2. It can also help in the detoxification of the body by flushing out toxins from the pores, while also aiding in improving blood circulation.
More benefits of Sea Salt here!

Pacific Kelp is no stranger in beauty products too! This mineral and antioxidant rich seaweed is incredibly nourishing for the skin!
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If you are a fan of luxurious washes but do not want to pay a hefty price tag, especially for daily wash usages, St. Ives Sea Salt & Pacific Kelp Exfoliating Body Wash will be a good option for you. This wash helped me particularly in achieving significantly brighter skin after about 5 days of usage.

What I did and you should is to gently rub the skin in circular motions with St. Ives Sea Salt & Pacific Kelp Exfoliating Body Wash. This action will help in removing dead skin cells, also known as exfoliation! The longer these dead skin cells lie on the surface of the skin, the harder they get. Layers of dead skin cells can make the skin look dry and flaky; exfoliation with a salt scrub reveals the moist, radiant skin hidden underneath! Wait no longer if you are looking to attain a brighter complexion!

St. Ives Body Wash range:
  1. Is made with 100% natural extracts and exfoliants!
  2. Naturally brightens your skin!
  3. Nourishes your skin from the outside in.
  4. Has 4 very different flavors, each has its own unique ingredients and benefits! Definitely 1 will make it to your favorite!
I hope you find this post fun to read! I have highlighted the wide benefits of each product's unique ingredient and how it would fit into your lifestyle, skin type and flavor or scent preference!

You can purchase St. Ives from all Guardian, Watsons, Cold Storage, Giant, Fairprice and even Redmart!

St. Ives is running an instagram contest! All you have to do is to share your favorite natural remedy and why it makes you happy! It can be an old family remedy which your Mom or Grandmother shared with you which will benefit us all!

Upload your photo on Instagram, #StIvesSG #StIvesNatural #feedyourskin and 10 winners will walk away with an exciting St. Ives hamper!!
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