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I am not one to turn down a bargain, and recently my local Sainsburys have been having some good reduced items in their bath/shower/toiletry aisle. After grabbing some Johnson's wash for 25p and a Radox smoothies for 75p I later that month picked up a 250ml Sanex shower cream for only 50p! I don't use it all that often, as it is more for my other half but on the odd occasion I have it's been good!
Sanex shower cream comes in a rather plain bottle, transparent to see the white shower cream inside with a dark blue flip top lid. The front is very simple, with the brand name across, and picture of a drop of cream landing in a puddle. It is explained it is for very dry skin and the dermo protection is to hyrdrate and contains skin natural moisturisers. Personally I didn't buy it for myself as I don't really suffer from these too bad, but my other half does and it's now his favourite!
The smell is lightly fragrant, not too girly or perfumed so it is quite neutral and can be suitable for men and women - and it reminds me of the smell of a dove soap bar were it to be encompassed in a shower cream! The consistency is really thick and creamy, and the colour is white. As it has a little hole in the top under the flip top lid it is really easy to squeeze out onto my shower puff and it lathers up naturally and creates an amass of pleasant smelling bubbles.
The shower cream is designed to have a "3 shower complex" (according to the back!):
1. Protection - improve your skin's natural protection barrier
2. Moisturisation - For soft and well moisturised skin
3. Rebalance - restore skin's natural balance
.....so how does it live up to these claims?
In terms of improving my skin's natural barrier it is quite hard to say! I don't have particularly thin skin but I do think this leaves my skin feeling healthy and not stripped of it's only supple properties. Whilst I have suffered from eczema in the past, where my skin was thin from itching and using steroid creams, I feel like this is really gentle on my skin and doesn't irritate and so is a good formula with nice washing properties also. In terms of moisturisation, after showering this does not leave my skin feeling super dry and unnourished although I do still need to moisturise with a body lotion after regardless of the claims this makes! Restoring my skin's "natural balance" is also hard to give an opinion on, but like I said I do not feel as though it is harsh and taking anything away from my skin whenever I shower with it, so guess it must be doing a good thing!
Overall I really like this shower cream, and my partner who does suffer from dry skin has said that it's been brilliant for him so this is another plus. For only 50p of course there is no way I wouldn't recommend this! It smells nice and soapy, but unisex so is for everyone and it is good for giving our skin protection and moisturised even during showering. Gets 5 stars from me!
No matter which other shower gels I try due to them being on offer or receiving them as gifts there's one that I always go back to and always have a bottle of in the airing cupboard and that is Sanex Dermo Protector. With very few exceptions I find that most shower gels perform similarly and long ago gave up expecting any of them to miraculously change my skin in any dramatic way. So now my expectations of a shower gel are pretty basic - does it get my skin clean and leave me feeling fresh and does it smell nice? I've tried a couple in the past which have actually made my skin feel softer and more moisturised after use but as I'm not willing to pay Molton Brown prices for an every day shower gel I rely more on body lotions to achieve this affect rather than shower gels nowadays.
I first discovered Sanex many years ago when, as a schoolgirl, I went on a foreign exchange and the Spanish fanily I was living with used it. I ended up using it too and absolutely fell in love with the smell of it so that when I came home I made a concious effort to search it out. Nowadays it is much more readily available and you can usually find it in most supermarkets and places such as Boots, Bodycare and Superdrug. Prices vary wildly, however, so I always buy mine from Bodycare where a 500ml bottle costs just £1.95. In Boots you'll pay £2.85 for the same bottle and in Tesco, surprisingly, it would cost you £2.99, so it is definitely worth shopping around. Considering that most branded shower gels you find on offer are usually reduced down to around the £1 mark for a 250ml bottle, the price of this is quite good I think and, obviously, with it being a much bigger bottle it lasts a lot longer so I always feel like I'm getting better value for money.
The Sanex shower gel comes in an opaque white plastic bottle with bright blue contrasting lid and branding on the labels. The labelling states that it is "dermo active 3" which apparently means that it protects, moisturises and rebalances your skin. The reverse label also gives further information on ingredients used, contact details for the manufacturer (something that surprised me as it's made by Sara Lee! Isn't she the chocolate gateaux woman??) and, importantly for me, that the bottle can be recycled after use. Something Boots could do with learning from in regards to some of their own shower gels!
The shower gel bottle stands on its bottom and has a blue flip top lid on the top. It's a very sturdy bottle as is the catch on the flip top lid so I never have any worried about leakages or spills, but having it on the top does mean that you have to stand it upside down when you get to the end of the bottle so that you can get the last bits out. This isn't too much of an issue however as the lid is flat on top so it stands upside down easily and, as I said, the lid fits snugly so there are no leakage issues. Because it comes in larger than average bottles for a shower gel I do have slight issues with holding it securely, especially with wet hands, as the bottle is quite wide (about 4 inches), although the design has changed slightly over the years so that there is now an indentation halfway down with little grooves in it, making it much easier to grip if you manage to get your thumb in the right place.
When using this shower gel I do much as I do with all other shower gels and just squeeze the bottle to release a 50p piece blob onto my shower puff. I then give it a quick rub under the flow of water and use the shower puff to wash my body with it. This gel really does lather up quite nicely, giving lots of soft foamy bubbles rather than big ones and feels nice as you move it over your skin. The consistency is just right in that it's not so thin that there's any danger of it just dropping off into the bottom of the bath nor is it so thick that it makes it hard to work into your skin.
My absolute favourite thing about the Sanex Dermo Protector, though, is the smell of it. To me it's exactly what a shower gel should smell like - it's nice and clean and fresh and light and when I'm using it it feels really refreshing and uplifting. I suppose it doesn't hurt that the smells reminds me of living in Spain either so to me it's a very summery fragrance and always brings to my mind the prospect of getting skin clean and refreshed after a hot day in the sun.
As to its claims of protecting, moisturising and rebalancing the skin can I confirm any of them. Yes my skin looks and feels healthy enough when I use this shower gel, so I suppose that's the rebalancing part coming into affect and although I moisturise my skin further after most showers with a body lotion of some kind, I don't feel like I absolutely have to do this, it's more because it's part of my routine. If, however, I'm in a rush and don't moisturise my skin I don't notice any negative affects (apart from the usual drier areas on my knees and ankles) so I would say it's averageley moisturising but definitely nothing special. As for the protection claims, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be protecting my skin from so I'm not going to pretend that I understand that part! So, overall, whilst it does treat my skin kindly and never has any adverse affects on it I don't believe it to be any more moisturising or cleansing than other shower gels I've tried.
All in all this is, and has been for a while, my go-to shower gel. It performs more than adequately on my skin, leaving it feeling clean and fresh and doing everything that I've come to expect from a shower gel. It can't perform up there with the premium brands such as Molton Brown but I think it more than holds it's own against the Doves and Niveas out there. It isn't especially highly moisturing but neither does it dry my skin out and when I use it my skin does look and feel healthy. For me, though, the best bit about this shower gel is the smell. It really is divine and gives a really clean fresh element to every shower I have, and the smell, more than anything else, is what will keep me stocking up on Sanex.
This shower gel makes me skin fell and smell really clean.
I use it on a daily basis and find it does not dry out my skin at all. It lathers really easily and has a creamy consistency which is easy to apply when in the shower. My skin feels fresh all day and often I do not need to apply body moisturiser after having showered using Sanex dermo protector shower gel.
The 500ml bottle that I bought looks a bit clinical and may be more suited to a hospital ward than a contemporary bathroom. However put it in your bathroom cabinet and no one will know what keeps you smelling so fresh.
It is a real bargain find, I bought mine for less than £4 for a 500ml bottle. This amount easily lasts for about 3 months when I use it most days.
I would recommend it for anyone wanting a clean not fussy smelling shower gel to keep them fresh all day.
sanex dermo protector shower gel.
Ive been usuing this shower gel for quite some time now, and am lucky sometimes to purchase it on special offers, but that only happens occassionally and i usually end up paying around four pounds for the 500ml bottle.
Because i like using this particular brand and to be honest havnt changed from it since using it, i do find that it is very good for cleansing your skin without irriating it at the same time.
It is good because it acts as a protector for your skin improving your skins natural skin protection barrier. It is also good for giving your skin good moisturisation, i find that this product leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and also my skin ends up lovely and soft too.
It also helps to maintain your skins natural balance, which as you start getting on in age is quite a good thing really (well im not 21 anymore) thats for sure, so appreciate all the help i can get.
It is a specially formulated shower gel for people with sentitive skin. I tend to buy the larger bottle and find that you dont have to use that much it is a clear liquid and does larther but not too much. I love the smell of this one, its fresh and clean smelling although fragrant a little sort of like fresh ness bottled.
It does not contain any soap or colourants, which is why i find that it does not irritate my skin at all.
I love this stuff and have been using this for quite some time and although a little pricey when not on special offer because you dont have to use so much of it it works out ok in the long run.
I think it is lovely and wouldnt change to any other brand as i am so happy with not only the way it washes using a little, but also the way that it leaves my skin feeling.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
I don't know what it is but the name 'Sanex' sounds a bit too clinical for me. The name does not excite me at all... But it is only shower gel after all so is the name so important - probably not.
This product is readily available in most chemists and supermarkets, prices do vary from shop to shop but it can normally be picked up for around £2.70 a bottle. It is part of the Sanex range which also includes deodorants, bath gels and handwashes. Sanex is a Sara Lee product and is produced in the EU.
The shower gel has been formulated to 'keep skin healthy' and promises to protect, moisturize and rebalance. It is dermatologically tested, ph balanced and soap free.
It comes is a whopping 500ml white squeezy bottle with blue lid, again nothing exciting plain and simple. The bottle has a flat base so it can easily be left standing upside down, making it easy to get every last bit out of the bottle. The gel itself is white and is a little bit on the runny side. It does however lather up well using either a flannel or sponge. It has a slightly strange smell, quite hard to describe - it's like a clean pine sort of smell that I can't help but feel may be more suitable to a 'bathroom cleaner' than a shower gel.
That said it does the job, it is gentle on the skin. It cleans well and doesn't dry your skin and as the bottle is so large lasts for ages.
If you are looking for a basic shower gel that is suitable for the whole family this could be worth a try. But if like me you like a bit of luxury in your bathing products I would give this one a miss.
In reviewing this product I completely understand that each person's skin is individual and that different products work best on different people. However being a fairly known, common brand and being so internationally available I really expected more from this product. Sanex is reknowned for being gentle on sensitive skin and for helping skin which is prone to eczema and other irritations. Despite not being attractively packaged as such this was a principal selling point for me. Yet to be honest I was not impressed. Not only is the bottle chunky and quite boring but the smell is fairly unpleasant and almost stale smelling. Further to this, you can buy double the size botle for half the prize in other European countries where I usually stock up. I do not think it is value for money in the UK market, unless you occassionally get a buy one get one free offer. This tends to be the only time I buy it. Finally, despite frequent purchases in a desperate attempt to see an improvement to my skin, I really dont see a dramatic effect. My skin is not noticably smoother, softer or less irritating. Infact I have tried other products which arent so 'skin friendly' which seem to work better. All in all, although I would love to recommend this product, I don't think I would.
This shower gel bottle is absolutely huge! It comes in a 500ml bottle which, as I am using it at the minute, is lasting ages- definitely over a month with some to go and thus is good value for money retailing at about £2.75 a bottle. (I purchased mine at half price in Boots so was a bargain!)
It is easy to squeeze the product from the bottle, though is fairly heavy to handle (due to the volume) when beginning use. It has a dispenser on the top of the bottle, my preference in the shower is a dispenser at the bottom of the bottle for ease of use and so every last drop of gel can be used- thus for me I think this is a disadvantage but I think this is more down to personal preference.
I am not a huge fan of the fragrance of the gel, for me it is a little bit clinical but it lathers well in hands or when using a sponge and definitely left my skin feeling clean.
Sanex dermo protector shower gel
With most people in the house preferring a shower to a bath, i have to keep a good supply of shower gel constantly available. I don't like to always get the highly perfumed stuff because this gets me no thanks from the male contingency in the house, so products such as this are handy.
WHAT IS IT?
This shower gel has been formulated for normal skin, and with dermo essential ingredients, it will reinforce the skin's natural defences to offer 3 benefits to keep skin healthy:
* Improves skin's natural protection barrier
* Moisturises skin
* Restores skin's natural balance
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
This shower gel comes ina 500ml plastic bottle withall the information on the back. The bottle itself is quite plain being white with a blue cap and writing, whcih kind of gives the impression of it being gentle and mild.
To get to the shower gel, I flip open the lid and give the bottle a bit of a squeeze. The gel itself is white and quite thick, and whilst I can't put my finger on the smell, it doesn't smell at all floral, more clean and kind of pine than anything, but I'm probably completely wrong on that!!
It does lather up easily so not very much of the stuff is needed, making it great value and long lasting.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
The shower gel is widely available and costs around £2 for 500ml so if you use a loy of shower gel this represents great value.
Sara Lee (thought that was cakes), Slough.
The website, www.sanex.net has lots of information about the products, including shampoos, shaving products, creams and body care lotions.
This shower gel serves us well as an everyday good value product. It lathers up easily and after cleaning with it, skin smells clean and fresh. The only problem I find if I use it too often is that it can be quite drying, so plenty of moisturiser is needed afterwards. However, others in the family who use it don't appear to have this problem so it's clearly my ageing skin. It is my shower gel of choice when we go on holiday because one bottle does us for a week, meaning lighter cases and it manages to clean off all the lotions and potions- no drying of the skin on holiday though because of the creams I use.
It's not a "special" shower gel and won't make you feel pampered but it does what it says it will without a high price tag
Thanks for reading.
It sometimes seems that the cosmetics/personal care industry has decided that sensitive skin is the prerogative of women, but that's clearly not true. I'm a forty-something bloke and I'm not sure if my wife would describe me as 'sensitive' - but my skin certainly is. I have to be really careful with things like shaving foam, soaps and even deodorants: all too often they bring me out in a very sudden rash that looks terrible but usually passes within an hour or two.
I'm personally (as well as dermatologically) sensitive about this because my training work involves standing up and talking to a roomful of people, and having a face that looks like a Hawaiian pizza because I've used the wrong stuff in the shower is therefore even more of an embarrassment. For that reason, I must have tried dozens of shower gels over the years - and this is the one that really does work for me.
Squeeze Sanex dermo-protector onto a wet flannel or sponge and the first thing you'll notice is that it comes out of the bottle fairly quickly and is perhaps just a little bit runnier than you'd like: it's not really a problem, just an observation.
You'll also see that it's pure white, because it contains no colouring agents, many of which can cause skin irritation. There is a subtle, distinctive and not at all unpleasant aroma: clean, ozone-like and reminiscent of the smell you get at the seaside - it's neutral enough to be fine for all the family. Sanex dermo-protector lathers up quickly, goes on smoothly, rinses off easily and I've never had an adverse skin reaction with it. If you want the ingredients list and other technical details, you can find them at www.sanex.co.uk , so I won't repeat those here.
Cost, availability and packaging:
Sanex dermo-protector is a bit over £4 a bottle if you pay full price and is widely available from most major supermarkets and high-street chemists. Many retailers discount it and Superdrug sometimes have Sanex on BOGOF (buy one, get one free), which makes it terrific value for money. I tend to keep a couple of bottles in stock, so that I can hold out for those kinds of offers.
The 500ml bottle helpfully has the word "Sanex" clearly embossed in large Braille characters, and the big bottle is better news for the environment too, as ultimately there's less packaging per litre. On the downside, the bottle is not particularly nicely styled, does take up quite a bit of space (especially when you're travelling), and there's no provision for hanging it up - but these are very minor niggles about a superb product that really has helped improve my skin condition.
I wouldn't be without it.
The bottle for this is a little bulky and does not look massively attractive on your bathroom shelf, but it is actually a really nice bubble bath. It is a moisturing bubble bath containing vitamin E, which is supposed to help for dry skin.
I do suffer with ezcema so am always looking for products suitable for my skin, and this seems to do the trick. The liquid itself looks a bit suspect when you squirt it into the bath, but it bubbles quite a lot, and smells quite nice. It has a sharp smell, but I find it really refreshing.
It is supposed to protect your skin, moisturise and rebalance the skin. I do find that it does leave my skin feeling quite soft, but it does dry out again within a couple of hours. I think in order to maintain the softness you would have to use it with some sort of baby oil or strong moisturiser afterwards.
That said, it smells good, it cleans really well and it does seem to suit my sensitive skin, so definitely worth a try for the money (as it is relatively cheap!).
- Price and Packaging -
Bought in my local 'Home Bargains' store for just £1 for a 500ml bottle which is a big bargain as it's currently in Morrisons for £2.69.
This shower gel is packaged in a predominantly white plastic bottle with a blue top section. This section has a press down section at the top to show a small hole from which the gel is dispensed.
- What is promises / What is it? -
~ Specially formulated to help skin stay naturally protected.
~ Reinforces skin's natural defences.
~ Keeps skin healthy.
~ Dermatologically approved.
~ Suitable for all the family.
~ Suitable for all skin types.
- My Experience -
I rarely use shower gels due to a lack of one (a shower) at the moment at home but on my summer visit to Italy I used a few gels, this being one of the bargains I took over with me.
~ The Smell
This gel has quite a strong soap-based smell to it despite it's claim of being soap-free. It's a good unisex gel which means that it cuts down on having to pack separate his and her shower gels!
This is a white gel and it has to be said that it resembles a cleanser or moisturiser more than a bog-standard shower gel.
~ Does it lather?
This is best used with a flannel or sponge to create a substantial lather or foam. If applied with only your hand and a bit of water there really isn't much lather to speak of.
For the price I paid, this is a good shower gel. It cleans, lathers and most importantly doesn't dry out my skin at all. That said, I don't have incredibly dry skin during the summer months and am fortunate not to suffer from eczema so I'm not sure whether it would be suitable for those types of skin conditions.
It lasted two weeks, used up to twice a day so on average this only cost approx 7p per day for a good clean - not bad at all!
- Other Sanex Dermo Shower Gels -
Your skin has its own natural barrier to ensure it stays healthy / Everyday cleansing can weaken this natural protection, leaving skin vulnerable to irritation and dryness / Sanex Dermo Protector helps reinforce the skinãs natural defences /