ESPA Refining Skin Polish has a slightly fancy name, but it is basically a face scrub from the ESPA range of spa products. I've been lucky enough to have several mini tubes and pots of this from various sample gift sets from hotels. It costs £25.50 for a 55ml jar, or £13 for a 15ml jar.
The skin polish is a very pale cream colour, and although it is fragranced, it is much fainter than the other products in the range that I have used. The moisturiser and spafresh which I've been particularly keen on have a lovely strong floral spa fragrance. The skin polish is scented with this as well, but it is more subdued. That's not a problem though - the skin polish gets rinsed off, while the spafresh and moisturiser scent my skin.
The first time I used ESPA Refining Skin Polish, I emerged from the bathroom and declared that I had just had the best face wash of my life...
I use a very small amount of the skin polish, considerably less than with other scrubs - smaller than pea-sized. I started doing this as it is an expensive product, I only had small sized pots and I didn't want to use it up quickly - but I discovered that this small amount was all that I actually needed.
I massage the skin polish over my face, paying particular attention to nose, chin and forehead. The sensation is different to any other scrub I've used. While most scrubs tend to be quite creamy with larger exfoliating beads, the ESPA skin polish has lots of tiny beads which feel a bit sandpapery as you rub them over your face. In addition, I find that the cream aspect of the skin polish is very much secondary to the exfoliation - to the point that it feels a bit like I'm rubbing my face only with water and exfoliating beads.
I was amazed the first time I used the skin polish. It felt fantastic - my skin felt smooth and soft and thoroughly exfoliated. It was a better result than I'd ever had from a scrub before. I've now got into the habit of using this skin polish no more than once a week, in order to make my little pots and tubes last as long as possible, but a few months ago, when I had a spell of particularly problematic skin, I used it daily for a week or two, and I found that my skin stayed in the same great condition as it was after the first use.
Since I started using this skin polish, I've discovered the Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It, which is a brilliant scrub. The ESPA skin polish is a bit better, but the Soap & Glory one is £7, so much cheaper. For that reason I think I probably won't buy any ESPA Refining Skin Polish once I finally run out, but I do absolutely love it and would definitely recommend it.