I am a longtime fan of apricot scrubs, which I find to be a less expensive and equally effective alternative to pricey pore-cleansing strips for getting all of the unsightly gunk out of my pores. I decided to try St. Ives Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub because I figured, while I'm cleaning my face, why not go ahead and tone and firm the skin on my face at the same time? That said, I was skeptical that the product would have any noticeable effect on the appearance of my skin. To my surprise, however, the sleep-deprivation-induced circles under my eyes were visibly reduced after consistently using the product for a week. The scrub was also equally as effective at cleaning out my pores as other scrubs have been, and it has the same refreshing apricot scent that I have grown to love. It is also reassuring to know that the product is made with 100% naturally derived exfoliants and is free of parabens and phthalates, so I am not harming my skin with repeated exposure to damaging ingredients. I have noticed that the added skin firmness begins to fade if I go a few days without using the product, but as long as I use it consistently, it produces great results.