Product Type: The Sanctuary Bath & Shower
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The Sanctuary Salt Scrub Bar
Member Name: redhead78
The Sanctuary Salt Scrub Bar
Advantages: Smells lovely, gets rid of dry skin patches, eases itching
Disadvantages: Only the price
After reading some positive reviews on here, and being partial to a bit of Sanctuary every now and then, I decided to invest in one of their salt scrub bars to see if it would aid in our neverending battle against my husbands psoriasis.
Being a Sanctuary product it is available from Boots stores or their online shop, although it obviously isn't one of the more popular products in their range as I had to trail round 3 shops before I actually found it. You can, however, get it ordered in for you if your local shop doesn't have it in stock, to avoid the delivery charges when ordering online.
The bar costs £5.50 for 200g which is quite pricey for what is, effectively, a bar of soap, but Boots usually have a 3 for 2 offer on the Sanctuary range so I never get anything at full price. Obviously, £11 for 3 bars of soap is still quite a high price, but if it helps my husbands skin I thought it would be worth it, and we've spend much more than that on other products in our attempts to heal him!
The bar comes wrapped in a frosted plastic wrapper with the standard Sanctuary branding on it, but to be honest we threw the wrapper away as soon as we opened the soap so I can't really tell you anything more about that aspect of it, other than that it was easy to open and get into, much like a bag of peanuts!
The salt scrub bar is a deep orange colour with flecks running through it and is about the same size as an average bar of soap, so fits nicely in the soap dish attached to our shower fittings and is easy to hold as it also fits nicely into the palm of my hand. When you hold it it does feel ever so slightly gritty to the touch, but not in a harsh way so it doesn't make it feel uncomfortable.
I tend to use this scrub bar every other time I shower and alternate it with an actual body scrub, my husband uses it every time he showers. I use it by rubbing it onto my shower puff and then rubbing it over my skin, my husband by rubbing it onto his flannel and then onto his skin. When I use it I can straight away feel the little particles of sea salt rubbing over my skin and I tend to concentrate it most on my heels, ankles, elbows and knees, where my skin gets driest, rather than using it as a soap. It feels lovely to use and really makes a difference to any patches of dried skin I might have at the time. My ankles, particularly at this time of year when it starts getting colder, get really quite bad build ups of dried skin and I have to use vast amounts of moisturiser to keep it at bay. Since I've been using this scrub bar, however, it hasn't been nearly as bad as normal and so I can just use a light moisturiser on that area rather than the thicker, more intensive one I normally have to use.
The biggest difference, however, has been to my husbands skin. He has many patches of red, angry looking skin covered in flakey, scaley dried skin which cover a lot of his legs and back. he has suffered with psoriasis for as long as I've known him and so I'm always trying new things to try and ease his suffering as they cause him a lot of itching and scratching, so much so that our bed sheets can often be spotted with blood where he's scratched himself in the night. We've tried many things over the years and whilst some things can work for a while at easing either the itching or the redness nothing has ever healed his skin fully. Exposure to sunlight seems to have the biggest effect but living in wet and rainy Cumbria means that's usually in short supply!
Anyway, since he started using this salt scrub bar (approximately 7 weeks ago now) he immediately noticed a difference in the feel of his skin. The patches of psoriasis are much less flakey and scaley and the scrub really seems to work well in getting the top layer of dead skin removed so that any ointments or lotions he applied afterwards can actually get to the skin underneath and so work more effectively. Previously, he would sit on the sofa on an evening and scratch at his legs all the time, but since using the salt scrub bar he hardly ever scratches at his legs, and usually only just before he has his nightly shower meaning that it's been nearly 24 hours since he last used the scrub.
He also uses other products on his skin to try and help so I can't say with 100% positivity that it is this bar that is making the difference, but the big changes he has seen and felt started immediately after he used it the first time and have continued since so I would be willing to bet a lot of money that it is this bar that is making the difference. It contains Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Sea Salts and the first two of these ingredients are known to help with psoriasis. He actually takes Evening Primrose Oil capsules every day, although has been taking them for many months now and they don't seem to be making much of a difference. This leads me to conclude that it could well be the sweet almond oil that is helping so much and I'm now enouraging him to start using the Sanctuary body spray too as that contains some too, as well as jojoba oil, which is also supposed to help this skin complaint too.
Unfortunately for my husband, the thing he doesn't like about using this range is the fragrance. Personally I love it and it is the main reason I continue to buy so many products from the range. I loved it from the first time I ever used it nearly 2 decades ago, and love it still to this day. But my husband doesn't! He objected to my using it in the first place (oh shush, you needn't think I'm going to give up Sanctuary just because you don't like the smell, hubby dear!) and really doesn't like smelling of it himself. As it's quite a strong fragrance it lingers a while (although not as much as the body spray) and he thinks it makes him smell like "a tarts boudoir"! For me, though, having him smelling of the lovely, musky, somewhat spicey Sanctuary fragrance is just an added bonus!
We will continue to buy this soap bar (3 at a time!) as it not only helps keep my skin soft and dry-patch free but has really eased the itching my husband suffered from with his psoriasis. Whilst it is probably a combination of the things that he uses that is helping the most I really think that the fact that this gets rid of layers of dead skin enabling other potions and lotions to work more effectively is making a big difference and suspect that the sweet almond oil is also playing a part in the process. At £5.50 a bar I still think it's quite expensive, but if it helps clear my husbands skin up it will be worth it and it does last a decent amount of time. We're just starting on our second bar now so the first lasted nearly 2 months.
All in all I've been very impressed with this salt scrub bar and it gets a big 5 stars from me.
*I don't want to sound like I think this will help everyone who suffers from psoriasis as I know everyone's skin is different and different products help different people, but it really has helped my husband, so if you're a sufferer to, it may be worth a go*
Summary: A lovely salt scrub bar which has really eased the suffering from psoriasis symptoms