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Despite constantly promising myself not to add to my toiletries collection until I've used all of my opened products, a shopping spree on The Body Shop's website last year resulted in me buying far too many items. I've been following a strict beauty regime for the past 30 years where I will cleanse, tone and moisturise my face on a daily basis and when I stumbled across the Aloe Gentle Exfoliator I simply could not resist, particularly as I have had positive experiences with using other products from the same range.
I would describe my skin type as T-zone where I suffer with oil on my forehead and nose and dry patches on my cheeks and whilst this exfoliator is marketed for those consumers with sensitive skin, I felt it would be perfect for my needs. We are provided with 75ml of exfoliator, which is contained within a sturdy plastic tube and in keeping with the other products from the same range, it offers a refreshing pastel green. In addition to having achieved positive results from the other skin products from this range, it is the Community Trade aloe vera content that attracted me to all of my purchases. Over the years I have used quite a few skin care products containing this miracle plant, particularly as it offers highly beneficial soothing and healing properties.
Whilst I am fortunate not to suffer with spots, a few pores situated beneath my nose are slightly enlarged and as a result, are prone to blackheads. I am perhaps a little obsessive when it comes to skin care although not as much as when I was in my teens where I would use the harshest of products to excessively remove the oil, which left me with other problems such as extreme dryness and slight burns on the surface of my skin. These days I am far more careful and purchase products specifically designed for my skin type and I use exfoliators a few times each week to remove any grease and grime, which has embedded into my pores.
The tube neatly sits on its flip top lid, which is both easily opened and securely closed. The pure white exfoliator is easily dispensed and resembles the consistency of that of a hand or body cream. I must admit being slightly disappointed with the lack of fragrance as whilst I appreciate that aloe vera carries very little scent, I am unable to detect any fragrance whatsoever. The grains offer a texture similar to that of table salt and are fairly sparse, which is what I had expected, particularly as the product is marketed towards those with sensitive skin. However, when gently applying the exfoliator all over my skin, I find the exfoliating grains to be sufficient, as whilst they are gentle, I feel assured that they are ridding my skin of any unwanted dry particles as well as lifting away any grease and grime. I find that I only need a small blob to cover my entire face and despite using the tube for a good couple of months I still have a fair amount remaining.
The product is easily rinsed away with the aid of warm water and I cannot speak of any sticky or oily residue remaining. Due to the aloe vera content, the surface of my skin feels silky soft and smooth without any traces of dryness, which can often be the case with some brands of exfoliating products. However, I prefer to complete my beauty routine by applying some moisturiser as otherwise the skin on my cheeks will feel a little tight and uncomfortable, particularly during the cold weather that we are currently experiencing. In addition to using exfoliators for thorough cleansing, I favour the fact that they rejuvenate the skin and offer a healthy appearance. It is recommended that the exfoliator be used once or twice a week and with regular use I am able to keep my skin in tip top condition.
The exfoliator should be used within 6 months of opening with the tube being recyclable once empty. You can purchase The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator either online or in store where the 75ml tube will cost £9, which I consider to be far too expensive. However, I only make online purchases on those occasions when I have a 40% discount voucher. If I were to rate this product on its performance it would receive 5 stars from me, but I feel it necessary to remove one due to the price.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.