Product Type: Garnier Bath / Shower
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Garnier Skin Naturals Bodytonic Sugar Scrub
Member Name: dahlin
Garnier Skin Naturals Bodytonic Sugar Scrub
Advantages: Nice scent, effective, reasonably priced
Disadvantages: Will run out quickly if you're using it on your whole body
Garnier Bodytonic Sugar Scrub is part of the Bodytonic range designed to smooth and tone skin, and is available from most good health and beauty retailers. It's usual price is £7.14 for a 200ml tube.
Why I Bought It
For ages I've been searching for a body scrub which would do everything I required it to. Not only do I need a scrub to smooth my skin, it also needs to be effective enough to tackle the areas on my legs which are extremely prone to ingrown hairs, and the ingrained dirt which seems to amass on my forearms as a result of my job. I have actually found a couple of scrubs which met these requirements but unfortunately they were far too expensive for me to use regularly, and so the search continued. I initially chose this scrub simply because I had spotted it on a half price offer in Superdrug along with other products in the range.
The scrub comes in a large squeezy plastic tube, with a flip-top lid upon which it stands. The bottom half of the tube is transparent allowing you to see the yellow scrub inside and meaning you can always easily see when the tube needs replacing. The flip-top is convenient for use in the bath or shower, is easy to open even with wet hands, and fastens securely.
The front and back of the tube holds all the information you would need before using the product, including directions, ingredients and general product information.
Garnier claim that this scrub 'contains a unique mixture of sugar, exfoliating particles and natural fruit extract (apple)', which 'eliminates dead cells on the surface, removing impurities whilst respecting the skin and leaving it feeling smoother and more toned.'
Suitability & Warnings
Garnier products are dermatologically tested to ensure that they are safe for use on even sensitive skin. Please remember however that this does not mean that you cannot have a sensitivity to the product, and it is always advisable to test for sensitivity on a small area before using the product, particularly if you have sensitive skin.
Apply 3 times weekly on damp skin, lightly rub the scrub into skin in small circular motions focusing on the roughest zones. Rinse, dry, and apply a body lotion or cream.
The scrub itself is a fairly thick yellow gel full of large sugar grains which are not really noticeable to look at but give it a very dense gritty feel. Also visible within the scrub is a sprinkling of tiny red particles which I can only assume are the 'exfoliating particles' mentioned earlier, but they seem rather redundant in amongst all the larger sugar grains.
The scent is a very fresh and zesty lemon scent which is quite strong but not overpowering. It smells pretty natural and, unlike a lot of citrus scents, does not remind me in any way of toilet cleaner or other citrus scented cleaning products.
Applied to damp skin the gel spreads easily and quickly turns to a thick creamy lather which feels beautifully silky on the skin. As I massage the scrub into the skin the sugar grains are very noticeable and they do feel quite sharp and scratchy but only to the point of feeling like they're exfoliating really well, rather than being painful or irritating. The scrub rinses off easily leaving my skin feeling clean and fresh with no grains or greasy residue left behind.
Obviously how long the tube will last will depend on how large an area you are using it on as well as how often you use it, but to give an idea of how far the scrub will go I find an amount about the size of a 10 pence piece is enough to do a half-leg
This scrub certainly lives up to it's claims of giving an immediate smoothing effect. My skin is left feeling so silky and smooth you would never guess that it had ever been rough, dry, or otherwise unhealthy. A lot of scrubs leave my skin feeling quite tight and in need of moisture, but this leaves it feeling soft and hydrated.
The area on the outside of each of my calves is for some reason extremely prone to ingrown hairs which can be uncomfortable, itchy and even painful, as well as unsightly. Most scrubs, even if they leave my skin feeling really smooth, are not effective in tackling these areas, but this one absolutely is. After using the scrub regularly for a couple of weeks the majority of ingrown hairs had disappeared, and less new ones were appearing. I've now been using it for a few months and whilst I'm not completely free of ingrown hairs the amount I'm now getting is barely even noticeable. The marks and scars I had from previous ingrown hairs have also pretty much disappeared.
My job involves handling things which are often thick with dust and grime, which leaves me with black dots all over my forearms, where the dirt has got into the hair follicle. Normal cleansers don't touch this, and neither do many scrubs, but this one is extremely effective and seems to simply lift the dirt straight out of the follicle with no effort at all.
Whilst I didn't buy this scrub with it's toning effects in mind I've been very impressed with it's effects on my wobbly bits. My skin is pretty firm generally but I do have some cellulite on my thighs, but this scrub seems to have a slight tightening effect on the skin, leaving it feeling a little firmer as well as smoother. I didn't think it would have any long-term effect but I do believe my thighs are now looking smoother and a little less dimply after using this regularly. It's not a miracle cure but it has made a difference.
All things considered this is certainly the best scrub I've used. It's super-effective and is much cheaper than other scrubs of the same quality, so I'd happily recommend it to anyone looking for a good body scrub.
Summary: A brillianty effective body scrub