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*Why did I pick this up?*
My skin is usually normal/combination but I have gone through a phase of oiliness which has resulted in having a few spots on the chin area. I picked this up from Boots a few weeks ago, although have seen it available in most major stores like the big supermarkets and chain pharmacies also. I spent £3.99 as they currently have all Garnier stuff on offer at a third off. Usually this is £5.99.
*Using the product*
As you can see this comes in a squeezy tube, which stands up on a lid. It is generally easy to squeeze the wash/mask out of the tube and as the texture of the face/mask is quite quick it doesn't come out too quickly. I do sometimes have to wash to the tube after use however as even if just a little bit of excessive wash/mask comes out it
The product is marketed towards people who have or are experiencing oily skin prone to imperfections. Two of the major ingredients are -
Salicyclic acid - good for getting spots under control
Zinc - which is supposed to help reduce oilyness in the skin
You can use this product in three ways. As a wash, scrub or a mask and on the back of the tube the manufacturers give clear instructions on how it is used in these different ways.
As a wash - (recommended daily) apply to wet face , massage and rinse thoroughly.
As a scrub - (recommended daily) massage the scrub in a circular motion, focussing on t-zone
As a mask - (recommended once a week) apply on your face, leave for 3 minutes then rinse with water
I have used it in all three ways -for the past few weeks. I use it daily as a wash - 3/4 times a week as a scrub and twice a week as a mask.
I have found that as the texture of the wash is very thick and has little grains in it, it is quite difficult not to automatically use it is a scrub when you are massaging your face so I do give it a little bit of a scrub at the same time. You only need a few pea sized amounts as a wash ad due to the white clay in it, it does tend to go a long way.
As a scrub I have found it very gentle, as the grains in it are very small. Therefore if I wanted a powerful exfoliator (say before applying tan, or tinted moisturiser) I don't think this would do the trick. But as a scrub you can use a few times a week it it easy to use.
I find this product easier to use as a mask overall, as you just need to smooth it all over your face and then wash off. You do have to use a lot more than you would just if you were using as a wash and you do have to be careful to ensure you wash your face thoroughly to get it all off, but you get that nice fresh feeling as you can feel your skin tightening slightly after a few minutes. You can also still feel the grains of the scrub so you still get a slight exfoliation. Fresh!
For the time I have used this I have found that and actually looks clean after use (I get that slightly flushed look)! Also my skin does feel very soft probably due to the exfoliating properties. A little warning though is that I have to make sure I moisturise twice a day with this (usually I only moisturise once, in the morning) - to make sue that my skin does not get overly dry. The spots on my chin have cleared up nicely and I feel like I have a brighter complexion than usual generally.
*Other important stuff*
The product does have a little bit of a minty smell to it - although this is not too overpowering and doesn't linger. It is quite a pleasant smell - on looking at the ingredients list there is menthol in this so that may explain it.
*Would I recommend*
For people who have or occasionally get oily skin with imperfections definitely yes (I would not recommend for people with dry skin for the obvious reasons it would over dry your skin). However I do not feel that the usual rrp is fair at £5.99 and whilst I will buy this again, only when it is on offer!
I will start with the numbers. Every time the 3 in 1 is on sale I buy it. Due to this currently in the overflowing cupboards in my bathroom there are three bottles of 3 in 1 (one open two unopened-I don't know why in Australia they're only about $9 anyway). It takes about two or three months of, on average, every third day (twice a day when my skin is punishing me for being born with overies/liking ice-cream, which when you think about it are often unanimous) to go through a bottle so effectively that means that I have bet about $13 (AU) on the fact that I will still love this product in August. That is how much I love 3 in 1.
Actually talking about the product the scrub and wash are okay, they work but they're nothing extraordinary. The magical results lay in the mask (I pretty much only use the mask but use the scrub and wash options as I wash the mask off). It takes between two and six minutes to dry which is time you'd be spending in the bathroom anyway so it's not like its a really time demanding goo, I tend to use it while I'm washing my teeth and moisturizing. It also smells great, if a little like cucumber dip, and feels amazingly fresh afterwoulds.
But the real magic is in the results, obviously. The second you wash off the mask (as I said I wash it off in circular motions often with an exfoliating cloth thus using it as the wash and scrub too) you'll notice how amazingly smooth your skin is (to give you a visual it's what I imagine Gwethith Paltrow experiences every day). Next as you stand up from the skin and blink into the mirror you'll notice that your skin has just returned from its very own skin holiday all refreshed and wonderful. Pours disappear, like literally vanish, skin tone evens, blackheads vanish and your face will feel tighter and much snappier (sadly 3 in 1 is not actually magic and thus those infuriating pimples will still be there, though you will find they're less red).
If you use it on your body (chest/back/arms) you'll find much the same results.
Now I'm going to get all sciency. Garnier, bless them, don't want to scare you by pointing out that it's not the pummis stone, zinc or even the white clay that makes this product so fantastic. It's the salicylic acid. ENT freak out! It's not bad for you (well it is if you're planning on bathing in straight acid but the percentage in the stuff you're putting on your face is so minute fleas couldn't locate it). There are plenty of other products out there with this magical acid, Boré has one, Clean and Clear has one, and yes they work and more or less as well too. Bit 3 in 1 is the only product, I've found, to use it in a mask which is where it really comes into its own (yes you can just leave the other products on for a few minutes-it works) also 3 in 1 is the only one that stings like a b*tch but doesn't actually send you blind for several minutes when you get it in your eyes, tastes only slightly yucky and smells amazing (imagine walking into a big clean white office in a fantasic pair of shoes and being CEO, now imagine that's a smell, that's how 3 in 1 smells).
Pretty much my only gripe is that it's not animal friendly but I'm not going to steal a star because that's a criticism of Garnier in general not just 3 in 1.
I have owned one of these Garnier 3 in 3 products for over a year now. I first bought it a while ago when looking for a replacement for my neutrogena wash and mask combo. I decided this might be an even better deal because it claimed to be 3 different things in the 1 product and therefore better value for money.
The product is part of the pure a range from the Garnier brand and so has this distinctive turquoise and white colouring. The design is a basic squeezy plastic bottle with a frosted plastic flip lid. The design is nothing special but the plastic does feel very durable and the application hole is a good size.
The product itself is a white coloured thick paste which has lots of tiny blue coloured exfoliating beads in it. The beads are quite small but because there are lots of them in the scrub this makes it feel quite coarse. If you have sensitive skin then it might be a little too rough but if you like a thorough scrub then this is a good one. There is no real smell to it, it's pretty fresh and feels nice when applied.
The product basically claims to be a wash, scrub and mask all in one. As far as I can see from using it though there are only really two possible functions. It can be used very easily as a scrub and if left to dry for around 5-10 minutes it also works well as a mask (and a scrub when washing off). I just can't really see how it could possibly be used as a wash without it just being an exfoliator because of there are so many beads in it. Even if you water it down it is still a scrub and not a wash.
That said, it is a lovely exfoliator and mask. I've had mine for over a year and use it probably once or twice a month. It lasts a very long time, is kind to my skin and leave it feeling really soft and supple.
This scrub costs roughly £4 for a 150ml tube which is a pretty good price for a decent face product.
Overall, this is a nice scrub/mask for a good price and will last you for absolutely ages!
I should probably start of by talking about my skin type. My skin tends to be more on the dry side, but with an oily forehead and chin, that often includes my nose during the summer months. I wouldn't say my skin is all that sensitive but it does have a lot of redness and is prone to breakouts. Therefore my skin is far from perfect. And with all my half-used tubes of scrubs and washes, I thought it was about time I actually find a product that works. I say works, I mean a product where you actually feel like it's doing something!
I saw Garnier's Skin Naturals Pure 3-in-1 on an advert, and I was rather intrigued. A wash, scrub and mask all in one? What doesn't sound good about that? I was even more impressed when I picked up a tube from the shelf of my local supermarket, and began to read the copius amount of writing on the back. This product clearly states that it was tested on imperfection prone skin. For me this is important as so many products claim to do wonderful things for your skin, so you hastily buy it, use it, and then... Disappointed. I don't think many products mention exactly what kind of people they were tested on. I think it's important as a consumer that a product targeted towards people with imperfection skin, was actually tested on imperfection prone skin. Although this only consisted of 57 people, it was over a period of 4 weeks, so I feel like I can believe it's statistics that little bit more.
So how does it work? Well basically the idea of the product is that you use it daily as a wash (simply apply to the face then wash off) to help keep your skin clean and clear. Also use it as a scrub, paying particular attention to areas that are prone to shine, I.e the T-zone. And then less often during the course of a week, to use the product as a mask. The thick texture of the product means you can easily apply it to the face for this purpose. The directions say to leave this on for a few minutes before washing off. I usually leave it on until the product has dried, and it's still comes off just as easily. The product contains pumice, a natural exfoliant , to help reduce excess sebum. (86% of people after the study agreed) Also white clay as the mask to even out skin tone. (To which 91% agreed) The product doesn't have any strong or unpleasant smells, nor is it harsh on the skin. It's simply a nice product to use. It also lasts quite a while thanks to it's generous size, and only costs around ￡4/￡5 depending on where you get it. But it is usually available in any supermarket, Boots, Superdrug etc. Plus if you buy it at either Boots or Superdrug, you'll earn points to spend on other products. Or, if you have enough points already on your Advantage/Beauty card, you can get it for free!
So we know how it works, but does it work? For me I really feel like I'm getting value for money with this one! Which really is something I can't say about most products I've tried. Everyone is different so not everyone will get the same results. I've used this product on and off over the past year, but I do think it's a very good product that is value for money and actually lives up to its claims. After using for just a few weeks I really noticed a difference. My T-zone didn't feel as oily as it did, and it was still the middle of summer. Also using the product as a mask had reduced the look of redness on my skin significantly. These were the two main things I was looking for from this product, so I was happy to see results so quickly. Something you do notice from the very first use however, is how smooth and soft it makes your skin feel! As for any spots, I didn't feel like this did anything to make them worse, it didn't break me out whatsoever. I'm not sure if it helped to get rid of them as I use other products for that, so I can't comment on that. All I know is it didn't give me any more.
Overall this is a really good value for money product, that I'd recommend to anyone who has oily, reddened or uneven skin. I'd even say this is suitable for dry skin as mine tends to become dry very easily, and I didn't feel like it dried my skin out in any way. My skin would feel tighter than before I washed it, but not in an uncomfortable way, more like a tightened pores kind of way. Plus it would also feel more refreshed. I don't know if this would be suitable for uber sensitive skin but my skin is somewhat sensitive, (as in I buy products for sensitive skin, so not to make my skin's condition worse) and this doesn't irritate my skin at all.
I have a love/hate relationship with face washes and scrubs and am forever searching for 'the one'! My skin is combination, so anything too drying or too moisturising is a no go, and I am also prone to spots so have to consider that too. As this is a multi-tasking product I bought it thinking that if I don't like it as a wash/scrub I can just use it up as a mask every now and again.
It turns out that I've got on really well with this product. I've been using it for the past month or so in the morning and also at night after removing my make up. I've not seen a difference in the condition of my skin, but I'm happy with the way it feels and the fact that it hasn't aggravated my sensitive skin. After using this then moisturising my skin feels clean and smooth to apply make up. Similarly, at night I feel like it has really got off every last bit of make-up and it leaves my skin free to relax overnight.
The product itself is white with lots of miniscule exfoliating particles. The consistency is quite thick which is understandable given the fact that it can be used as a mask. It contains zinc, pumice and white clay which all have properties proven to purify, exfoliate and smooth skin. The wash/scrub element of this product can be used every day, but you are advised on the back to use the mask 2 - 3 times a week. It also says that if dryness or irritation occurs then reduce frequency of use. I thought this was a bit weird as surely it would be better to not use it at all in that case?! Fortunately I have not experienced either of these problems.
Overall I am happy with this and would consider repurchasing, although I am a long way off finishing this one yet.
This product can be bought in a variety of stores, including supermarkets and health and beauty stores like Superdrug and Boots. The RRP is £5.99 but it can be found a lot cheaper than this at certain retailers.
I was lucky enough to win one of these from the Garnier website, so I was looking forward to giving it a try as I'm a big fan of freebies! There are so many skin products on the market and it's hard finding something that actually works, and each product will work differently for different people, so it's usually worth trying something for yourself.
I'd describe my skin as mostly 'normal' with imperfections, as it's not really that dry or oily. It's annoying how I have more spots now than I did as a teenager, but I try to keep a daily skincare routine so I know I'm doing what I can to keep my skin healthy (unfortunately, nothing seems to want to make it clear and flawless!).
Garnier's Skin Naturals compromises of a range of products, including their Pure 3 in 1 scrub, wash and mask. It's described now as having a 'new formula' hence the design on the tube has changed slightly, but it still looks very similar. This comes in a 150ml tube that is quite easy to pick out on the shelf. It's white on top with the recognisable Garnier logo, and the other half is predominantly blue.
It's described as having 'triple mineral action' against imperfections and it's been tested on imperfection-prone skin. The product itself comes out white in colour with blue specs, which is presumably the pumice element for its scrubbing action. It's quite thick so it goes on well as a mask, though it does make it fairly difficult to wash off. Be prepared for a little bit of mess!
How to use and what it does:
Wash - 'To intensively purify'. The wash has zinc to purify the skin and potentially protect against imperfections before they happen as well as eliminate those you already have.
To use : Can be used daily on a wet face by massaging into the skin and thoroughly washing off.
Effectiveness : 89% agree it lives up to its claims. (Though it should be noted that only 57 volunteers tested this over 4 weeks).
Scrub - 'To unclog pores'. This contains pumice that acts as an exfoliator to help unclog the pores and remove dead skin cells.
To use : Can be used daily by massaging into the skin (using circular motions) before being thoroughly washing off. The difference using it as scrub I think it to massage more intensively, especially focussing on problem areas, like the t-zone.
Effectiveness : 88% agree it lives up to its claims.
Mask - 'To cleanse and mattify'. The mask is white clay that is supposed to have absorbing and smoothing qualities and is thus designed to help reduce shine.
To use : Can be used 2-3 times per week by applying to dry skin and leaving to dry for around 3 minutes before washing off.
Effectiveness : 91% agree it lives up to its claims.
Obviously you need to avoid the eye area, and if you notice anything unusual, like irritation over what you'd expect from scrubbing, then discontinue use.
I've found the product to be easy enough to use, just a little messy, and I like that it feels as if you're getting more for your money by being able to use it in three different ways. After use (either as a wash, scrub or mask) my skin does feel cleaner and smoother, plus a little less shiny. After using it does make my skin feel a little tight, so I always apply a light moisturiser. I've been using this for a few months now and the product does last a fair while because you only need to use small blobs each time. I can't say that my skin is flawless, but then again no product has had that sort of effectiveness despite my efforts to find one! I will say that it's pleasant to use and my skin does look in better condition, as my boyfriend has commented upon. It is a little pricey but because it lasts a while, feels good to use and can be applied in different ways to suit your needs I would recommend it.
Retails for around £5.99 (Boots).