Saturday, 7 August 2010

Review - Sanctuary Microbrasion Polish

When I read about the revamp of The Sanctuary's spa skincare line last month, I had just one thought. "Noooooo! Please don't let them have discontinued the beloved scrubby polish! NOOOO!"

It wasn't until I faced the prospect of losing it that I realised how attached I have grown to the Warming Microbrasion Polish from the Sanctuary's old line. It's been renamed and put in a pink box, but thankfully it still exists (or at least something very like it exists).

I'm not quite sure how the £2 price increase is justified (the old one cost £9.78 for 100ml, the new one is £11.99 for 100ml) or how it earned the extra "Youth Boosting" properties it now boasts in its new name, as the key elements of the product remain the same. But they are all very good key elements, as I shall explain below.

Firstly, the warming. When applied to the skin, the polish undergoes an exothermic reaction and gets very warm and tingly against your face. Warmth opens pores. It also feels nice.

Secondly, the scrubbiness. The scrub particles are silica, sourced from tiny bits of crushed shell-stuff from marine algae. I'm not sure that the marine aspect makes much difference, but these are the finest, most precise and most effective scrub particles I've ever had the pleasure of using. There's also some bamboo in there, but I'm not sure if it's actually crunchy bits of bamboo doing physical abrasion, or an extract that has some other more esoteric benefit.

Thirdly, the drawing out of grease, dirt and other demonic spirits impurities, thanks to the inclusion of kaolin. It literally drinks up all the bad stuff from your skin thanks to its chalky powdery nature.

Finally, the scent and the packaging. This stuff smells amazing - it's a very fresh, gentle, subtle herbal sort of smell that suggests medicinal benefits and friendly planty goodness in equal measure. I actually look forward to inhaling after I have applied this.

The results are noticeably smoother, clearer, brighter skin, clogged pores reduced, and blemishes calmed. Like all exfoliators, it does demand careful moisturising after use to avoid dryness, but this is pretty standard and goes for any scrub or microdermabrasion product.

All in all, I'm totally and utterly sold on this product and will continue to repurchase (despite the irritatingly big price-hike). Nothing else I've tried gives such an enjoyable, effective exfoliation experience.

(Wow, that was a lot of alliteration.)

Buy The Sanctuary Youth Boosting Warming Microbrasion Polish at Boots (it's often included in their £5 women's skincare tillspit offers) for £11.99 (*shakes fist*).

3 comments:

  1. Been using it for a few days days so far and really am starting to like it. I have an oily t-zone and some uneven skin / skin tone / redness on both cheeks due to teenage acne scarring ( i'm now 39).

    All I can say is that this product feels lovely and warm when the initial exothermic reaction takes place , I have sensitive skin and it's not at all harsh in terms of the exfoliating particles. Usually exfoliating makes my skin even more blotchy and red , but not this one - my skin has never felt softer or clearer , and my makeup has been gliding on effortlessly. I used to notice my mineral powder or foundation would settle into pores or on flaky areas and look horrible up close , but a few uses of this exfoliator has made me feel so much better. I feel that it's also doing a bit to control oily t zone too. I love this product and have seen a dramatic change in the texture and condition of my skin in just a few uses ...will def be getting this again when it runs out.

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  2. Brilliant product - I love it too , it's one of the most effective I've ever used , totally calms redness , decreases enlarged pore size and improves skin texture drastically.

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  3. It has had another price hike to 12.99.wonder if it is still the same.

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