I first started using Olay Regenerist Thermal Polisher a couple of years ago, while searching in Boots for something to spend my £5 skincare voucher on. Although in my thirties I still get the odd spot and I get little 'bumps' under the skin on my cheeks, so I like to use an exfoliator at least every couple of days. My usual No 7 choice was out of stock and it was the sales representative who suggested this product as an alternative. I was immediately drawn to the thermal promise, having used self heating masks in the past and finding them really relaxing. I also liked the packaging, being a black tube with bright coloured pattern on and a contrasting white space in the middle with the description & brand name, the whole regenerist collection stood out on the shelf amongst all the other white and pastel coloured products.
The tube is 125ml and usually costs £7.99 from Boots, although I don't think I've ever paid full price for it, always purchasing when on promotion of with a voucher. (At the momen,t sept 2012, it's reduced to £5.99) However, I definitely think it is worth the rrp. It is designed that the tube can be stored on the lid, making the thick cream easier to dispense. The cap is fairly bulky and provides a stable base. The lid is easy to open and the tube is made of plastic and easy to squeeze the product out of - until you get to the very end! The diameter of the cap makes it difficult to get everything from around the sides and you have to try some fancy origami to fold the tube over. I usually just cut it open with scissors, although I can't reseal the tube, there is only really two or three more doses left and I just keep it in cabinet so nothing gets in to contaminate it.
The cream itself is quite thick and a surprising mauve colour, with little red 'micro crystals' strewn through. My main thought is that it definitely doesn't look at all natural! The smell is nice too, a bit clinical maybe but pleasant enough and not very strong. I wet my face with lukewarm water and gently rub a hazelnut sized blob around my face with my fingertips, trying to avoid my eyes and lips. The product instantly starts to warm which is a nice sensation, but it doesn't last very long. The crystals feel grainy but not at all scratchy. I then just rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
I love that there is no tightness at all after using this, my skin already feels moisturised. It looks better too, much brighter & soft with no redness or aggravation from the warmth or crystals. The blurb on the packaging says it gives the effects of a mini peel. I've never had one of those so can't really comment, but the name is good, I definitely feel like my skin has had a good polish rather than a scrub! My skin immediately feels better to the touch too and after continued use I notice that the tiny little spots I can feel under the skin on my cheeks have gone, they may not have been noticeable to others, but I feel much better about my skin now. I think it's gentle enough to use daily, but for me not really necessary as the results last so I use every other day, making the tube last longer - meaning even better value!
I wouldn't usually choose Olay skincare products as I'm a Clinique or Soap and Glory girl, but when I found myself with a few Boots £5 off skincare vouchers I thought I might as well give this product ago. The Regenerist range appears to be aimed at those with mature skin and I'm only in my early twenties, but I was attracted to the idea of an exfoliating face wash that heats up on the skin.
This cleanser is described on the front of the packaging as a self heating exfoliating treatment for the look of a mini peel with regular use'. The back of the tube gives more details: 'regenerates skin's appearance for a beautifully polished texture and renewed vibrancy....gentle exfoliating micro-crystals help polish away dry surface skin cells, revealing newer skin after rinsing'.
The cleanser is easy to use. You splash lukewarm water onto your face and massage a pea-sized amount of cleanser into your skin with your fingertips using circular motions. When the cleanser comes into contact with your wet skin it warms up, and the thermal effect can be prolonged by adding a bit more water to your fingertips whilst massaging it in. You then simply rinse the cleanser off and apply moisturiser and make-up as usual. The product is gentle enough for daily use and I tend to use it once a day, either in the morning or the evening.
Although this isn't the type of product I'd usually purchase, I really like this cleanser. I like how I can really feel it warming up when I massage it into my skin and it contains a generous distribution of exfoliating beads leaving my skin feeling smooth and squeaky clean. It has a subtle, pleasant scent and rinses easily off my skin without leaving any gunky residue. My skin appears clear after using it and the exfoliating effect definitely leaves skin looking radiant and renewed. Although I am not within the age-range of people to whom this product is marketed, I can see it being popular with users who have more mature skin.
The cleanser was an absolute bargain for me with my £5 voucher as it cost me just £2.99. It is sold in Boots for £7.99 (for a 125ml tube) and is often on offer (three for two or buy one get one half price) and I have seen it being sold cheaper in Superdrug and online. Nonetheless, £7.99 isn't too expensive for a cleanser and you only need to use a pea-size amount so the tube will last a good while.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this product, both to those interested in anti-ageing skincare ranges and to those with younger skin, as the thermal exfoliating effect will be enjoyed by people of all ages.
I first tried this product when it had just come out, over three years ago. I had a voucher from Boots that included Olay products and at the time, this product was less than £5 as it was an introductory offer so effectively this was a freebie.
Olay Regenerist Daily Thermal Skin Polisher is a self-heating exfoliating treatment that scrubs and softens leaving your skin feeling smoother than a babies backside!
It comes packaged in a 125ml expensive looking black tube with a flipped top lid and costs £5.99 in Boots. It has a lovely foil effect around the middle of the tube which shines different colours in the light, this is what first attracted me to this product as it looked special.
The packaging claims that with regular use of this product you will achieve the look of a mini peel and your skin will look "polished and vibrant". The contents of the tube are self-heating once applied to the skin and Olay advise this is due to the water-activated formula.
The Skin Polisher is a very light lilac colour with a slight scent, it's constancy is a bit paste like. You need only a pea sized amount that you'll smooth into your face and neck after wetting your face with water. As the product touches your skin it starts to heat. I was sceptical at first thinking you wouldn't really feel any heat from this product but i was wrong, it gets nice and warm and its a lovely comforting feel on your face. You should gently work the product over your face and neck rubbing the product in a circular motion. You can feel the small grains in the product and it's a slight abrasion that really feels like it's working on removing dirt and grease from the surface of your skin.
After patting your face dry, this product leaves your skin feeling amazing. I can honestly say I haven't used any other product that leaves my skin feeling this soft. As it exfoliates,you don't have to use this daily, I tend to use it about once a week to give my face a nice deep cleaning scrub and it feels like it removes the top layer of skin pain free! That's why I think this product claims to leave you with the feeling of a mini peel.
I have very sensitive skin and a lot of products sting and burn my face especially around my eyes and it can be really sore and uncomfortable but this one doesn't affect me negatively at all. It can be a little pricey at £5.99 a tube when not on offer but you only need to use a tiny amount so it's totally worth the price in my opinion. Unlike a lot of cleansing products out there this one really does live up to the manufactures claims and therefore gives you faith in the brand.
This product has been dermatologically tested and is suitable for all skin types, it contains alcohol so be careful using it around your eyes. I have accidentally got some of this in my eye once and it was very painful probably due to the little scratchy exfoliating beads!
I would highly recommend this product, I'll certainly continue to buy it as I couldn't be happier with the results and think its worth every penny!
Thank you for reading
Throughout my late teens and early twenties I took the youthful complexion of my skin for granted. When it comes to our complexions we are not all created equal and during my life my skin has endured all manor of ailments including spots, blemishes and enlarged pores on the apples of my cheeks, possibly the worst of all skin conditions not to mention a battering from the elements. Now in my mid thirties those tell tale signs of aging are beginning to appear and as prevention is better than cure I decided rather than just conceal with cosmetics I would attempt to tackle my skin problems head on. Let the battle commence.....
For ten years I had remained loyal to my usual face scrub until I tried a tester of Olay's Thermal Skin Polisher, part of their Regenerist range that includes serums, creams, cleansers and a dermabrasion kit amongst others all designed to help achieve flawless looking skin and combat the inevitable signs of aging. At the high end of the high street cosmetics and skin care products, Olay easily relieves the strain of burgeoning notes in the purse so it was a relief that Boots were selling a 125ml tube of the Polisher for under a tenner (£7.65 to be precise). A hefty outlay for a facial scrub although thankfully one tube lasts me a little over five weeks, thus working out to around 22pence per day, a small price for the results I have achieved.
--- The Polisher ---
The polisher contains micro crystals that effectively rejuvenate the skin by means of exfoliation. Available in a 125ml recyclable squeezy tube that makes dispensing the polisher incredibly easy to control except towards the end of it's life when the tube becomes aerated and the contents harder to extract. Personally my preference would be a pot where all contents can be effectively reached as opposed to a tube where (unless you decide to cut into it) will always have usable contents that can not be accessed and there for wasted.
Pale purple/lilac colouring with a soft, almost sweet scent, slightly reminiscent of lilac that's incredibly subtle, really no more than a hint which is a definite plus in Olay's favour as I absolutely hate strong scented products on my face. The polisher is dense and thick with a rich but soft, creamy consistency with the exception of the micro crystals which provide the source of exfoliation.
--- Olay's Promise ---
Olay claim that using the polisher as part of a regular skin care regime will provide the same effects as a cosmetic mini peel, a costly and invasive procedure designed to remove several layers of skin, thus dramatically reducing and/or removing imperfections providing a more even skin tone. The gentle exfoliation invigorates and refreshes the skin as well as deep cleansing the pores and is gentle enough to be used on a daily basis. Brave claims for the product to live up to.
--- Be careful ---
The polisher comes with the standard warnings to ensure safe use. Avoid contact with the eyes and lips and don't use around the delicate under eye area. May cause skin irritation (for sensitive skin it's probably best to try a tester patch before full use) and of course keep out of reach of children.
--- Buffing To Perfection ---
Before I use the skin polisher I always remove all my make with soap (I know it's a sin) and facial wipes. Olay's directions for use are fairly standard to other high street scrubs. Dampen the face with warm water and massage a hazelnut sized blob into the skin in circular movements for a minute or so and then rinse thoroughly. I finish my scrubbing ritual with a couple of splashes of cool/cold water as I've heard it helps to close pores. I find application easier by dividing my face into four sections (both cheeks, forehead and nose to chin) concentrating on buffing only one area at a time to ensure my whole face fully receives the treatment.
The polisher creams really well on contact with water providing a rich, velvety cleansing lotion without an overwhelming lather providing that all important moisture whilst the crystals can be subtly felt working on the skin in whats best described as a very faint scratching sensation that's almost non existent. A painless and far from uncomfortable process that sounds cruder than the reality of the task actually is.
Olay's polisher is a great introduction for those alien to skin scrubs as the exfoliating process is incredibly delicate. I have used other scrubs in the past that were inappropriate for daily use due to their abrasive nature causing extreme sensitivity or leaving my skin smooth but dry and in desperate need of hydration.
Designed to be self heating, the polisher supposedly offers a thermal effect, the name suggesting that on skin contact the product will provide some form of warmth or intense heat to help penetrate and deeply clean pores. At best I have experienced an incredibly mild warming sensation when the product initially comes in contact with my skin and nothing that lasts more than a couple of seconds and certainly not intense. No great disappointment if I am being honest as the last thermal exfoliator I used was a few years ago by a brand at the top end of the cosmetics and skin care manufacturers and apart from the repulsive, strong scent the product contained it actually burnt my skin and finally I gave up using it.
--- The Results ---
I have been an Olay convert for a couple of months now, since using their Daily 3 Point Treatment Cream and even if I had not obtained a sample of this skin polisher I would still have been tempted to purchase and try thanks to the great results I have received from their cream. On my first use I was not convinced that Olay had got the balance of the micro crystals verses cream lotion quite right. The buffing process, subtle as it was didn't feel as though my skin was being thoroughly cleansed but the affects after I had rinsed and patted my face dry contradicted my initial feelings.
My skin was left with an incredibly soft texture and my complexion looked brighter. My skin felt very hydrated and moisturised without feeling greasy, although I did (and still do) continue to moisturise after every use. After a couple of months of near religious use, morning and night there has been a significant improvement to my complexion. Less prominent blemishes have started to disappear and my skin tone has began to even out. A few fine lines, particularly on my forehead are less noticeable and those unsightly open pores appear to have reduced. In general my skin appears healthier although I'm not about to give up wearing make up just yet!
Would I recommend this skin polisher? Absolutely. It's no miracle cure and results of course will vary from person to person, dependent on the skin type of the user but Olay's skin polisher does deliver great results managing to cover the most important aspects a good facial scrub should contain. Deep skin cleansing, leaving the complexion bright and refreshed and the skin hydrated whilst all the while managing to remain gentle enough to use on a daily basis. It's a very definite five stars from me!
The first time i used this it was in a Christmas present, with other skin care products, and i just had to buy some more, ive been using it religiously ever since, im hooked! It claims to be gentle enough to use everyday, and it really is. You can pick this up and boots or superdrug for just over £7, however, boots has an offer on at the moment so you'll get £2 off, and for just over £5 its a bargain.
Okay, so, your ment to use daily, and splash your face with water (the heat is activated by the water) and apply a pearl size amount to your skin, it says to massage into the face using yout finger tips. and to go in small circular movements, and then rinse. When i followed these instructions i found i didn't feel there was enough on the skin, so i used probably twice the size of a pearl, and this felt much better. This feels amazing when massaging into the skin, it heats up much more than i was expecting and i loved the feeling. This seems to have small bits in it which you can really feel working to help cleanse the skin, rubbing at any blackheads you may have.
It claims to give effective cleansing down to the pores and give the look of a mini peel with regular use, and i really think it does what it claims. Not only does it feel lovely to apply, but i really was very happy with the results. I had a lot of blackheads on my nose, and i used this 3 times before they were all completely gone! It left my skin glowing! Before i used this i never left the house with out foundation on, and now foundations more of a going somewhere nice, or particularly bad skin day thing. I love this stuff.
£7 may seem like a lot, since cleansers can be picked up for very little, but the 125ml bottle will last you a while, and i think you'll be glad you spent the money. I almost never seem to get spots or dry skin anymore, and my blackhead problem is a thing of the past. A faultless product.
I've used many exfoliators in the quest to find one that really suits my skin and really cleanses it at the same time, this one is the closest to perfection that I have found so far.
At the age of 25, I do not have many lines, however now is the time to start protecting my skin and so Olay is a fab place to start. This exfoliator claims to be like a mini-peel with regular use. I have noticed after a few uses that my skin is brighter and clearer and smaller lines seem to have fade. I do only use this product once a week so I would imagine that if used regularly, it would definitely make a difference. Also this is suitable for all skin types, which is very rare. I have combination skin and it evens out all areas.
The product is very gentle on your skin, some exfoliators do sting or hurt but this one is very gentle, as the title suggests, gentle enough to be used daily if needs be. The product heats up as you apply it to your face or can be warmed in your hands before applying, this is a very nice touch. If you wish to make a facial out the experience, you can also add a little water to the mixture and massage into your skin for a while longer, rather then just washing off as usual.
Although the product is very gentle, it certainly does it's job. My skin was baby soft after using, especially once I had moisturised after and looks much fresher. Brilliant after a late night!
The product can be bought from Boots for around £8.00 for 125ml, if used once a week, this will easily last a couple of months so good value for money. I believe you can buy this on Amazon for around £4.00, bargain!
Olay Daily thermal Skin Polisher is something that I have used on and off for around 18 months now.
It is not something I'd usually buy but every now and again I'll get one of those £5 skincare vouchers from Boots, and this is one of the products that you can get quite cheaply with them (I think I paid 99p last time, making it £5.99 normally).
Olay Thermal Skin polisher is a self heating exfoliating cleanser, and claims to give the look of a mini peel when used regularly.
The cleanser comes in a chunky 125 ml flip top tube; it is a very pale purple in colour and is a reasonably thick consistency.
Applying it, you can feel small exfoliating particles; they are very firm and massage the skin well, while also being gentle enough to be used on a daily basis.
I tend to use a strong exfoliator a couple of times a week to 'top up' the work of my usual cleansers, with this one I don't have to as it is more than enough to keep dry and flaky skin at bay.
After 15 or so seconds of massaging in the cleanser, you will notice a slight 'warm' sensation; this sensation will increase until it is quite intense! It is just a feeling of warmth on the face, a little like the feeling you get when sitting too close to a radiator!
I don't particularly like this feeling, although it is an encouraging feeling as it is always nice to feel that your beauty products are actually doing something!
I do find that the 'thermal' aspect of the cleanser limits its use though - as who wants to feel intense heat on their face in the middle of a warm summer?
I find that I only use this product as it starts to feel colder in the evenings (hence the date of this review!), I then put it away in the drawer when summer appears. I don't mind doing this though as the product is good for 12 months, so it will last through the summer while not in use.
Overall, I enjoy using this product; I sometimes find the heat uncomfortable, although I'm the type of person who doesn't like facials and face masks, so please don't take this comment as an indication of its strength. A friend who also bought it loves the 'warming sensation', so it's a personal thing and what may be uncomfortable to me may be luxurious and calming to you.
I find that the cleanser cleans and exfoliates my skin well; it leaves it fresh, clean, and smooth. In the long run, I find that it gives my skin the youthful appearance that it should (but doesn't usually!) have. It gives my skin a healthy glow and, although I've never had a mini peel, I would say that it may actually live up to its claims.
I am impressed with this product. I don't go out of my way to purchase it (mainly as I'm a bargain hunter and would rather wait until I can get it £5 cheaper, lol), but I do like to have a tube on hand at all times.
I'm not prepared to withstand the heat of it in summer, but do use it quite a lot in winter. I find that it really does benefit my skin and leave it a lot healthier looking; this is quite a feat when considering the effects of the winter months - the bitter cold of outside and artificial heat inside.
I would highly recommend this product, it is well worth the money (£5.99)... although do try and pick it up for 99p if you can!
This daily use product has transformed my daily routine. Its so easy to use and the results are truly great. The Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher comes in an easy to use squeezable tube and can be bought for around £7.49 for 125mls.
Its often on offer though and there have been times when I have been able to pick this up for just £2.49 a tube which is a real bargain.
The way the product works is that you massage a small quantity of the product onto your face and then splash with a little water. The water causes a reaction with the contents of the tube and causes the wash to become warm on the skin.
A self heating wash is an odd sensation at first, but once you become used to the product you will never want to go back to ordinary face washes. You can use this self-heating exfoliating treatment every day as part of your skincare routine. You can even use it in the shower.
With regular use you can achieve the look of a mini peel without the worry of getting the timings right. It really does leave the skin feeling smooth and clean, whilst nicely nourished, with an improved feeling of circulation to the face, which gives your skin a more even and clear skin tone.
It only takes a few days use to really see the improved glow you can get with this product. Its really so very easy to get a noticeable difference very quickly. 5 stars from me for this, its a great daily wash.
I absolutely love this product. My mum bought me it as a birthday present and its THE best facewash/ scrub I have ever used I think! I usually use boots No.7 Gentle foaming fashing wash every morning and this every night. However I noticed how bright my skin looked after usuing it, so decided to strt using this in the morning instead. It has a lovely scent, not too overpowering, and heats up like a clay thermal face mask. It definitely smooths my skin, and although I usually dont suffer from many spots, it has brightened my complexion. The only donwside to this product is that the tube makes it quite hard to get the last bit out of it! A review I just read of this product made me notice what a bargain it is! Boots give out vouchers allowing you to get £5 off this range.... making it only 99p!!! Will DEFINITELY be buying some more this week as I have just run out!
I have to share my experience with you on one of the best skin beauty treatments I have ever found.
Proctor and Gambles' Olay Regenerist Daily Thermal Skin Polisher is a self-heating exfoliating treatment that I can only describe as "a full facial in a tube".
The product comes in a 125ml expensive looking black tube with a flipped top lid and costs £5.99 in Boots. However, I was lucky as I paid only 99p for mine as when you spend over £10 in Boots you are frequently provided with a £5 voucher redeemable against a number of beauty products; one of which is Olay Regenerist products.
The manufacturer claims that with regular use of this product you will achieve the look of a mini peel when your skin will looked "polished and vibrant". The contents of the tube are self-heating and Olay advise this is due to the water-activated formula.
The Skin Polisher is a shade of lilac with a light smelling pleasant scent and resembles the consistency of toothpaste. You need only a pearl-sized amount that you apply to your face after splashing with tepid water. As the product touches your skin you experience the most wonderful sensation as your skin gradually starts to heat. As you gently rub the product in a circular motion over the surface of the skin you can feel the tiny sand-like particles working their magic.
If the warmth starts to subside you need to simply add a little more tepid water and the wonderful sensation will start all over again. I tend to use the product for about 3 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water and dry my face with a towel.
The only way I can describe the way my skin feels after using this product is the wonderful clean and fresh feeling you experience after drinking a glass of cold water once you have cleaned your teeth. Your skin will feel so magnificently fresh and totally invigorated.
As I have extremely sensitive skin I have experienced many problems with facial peel type products as I have reacted badly to the chemicals and believe I ended up doing more damage than good! However, I have had no problems whatsoever using Olay as it is not harsh on my skin and I really feel I am helping my skin in naturally removing the "dead" layer. I have been using this product every evening for almost a year and whilst I experience the occasional spot, my skin feels totally refreshed and clean. I cannot speak highly enough of such an in-expensive yet effective product and am absolutely thrilled with the results. In my opinion, the manufacturer's claims are 100% truthful, as the results will evidence.
This product has been dermatologically tested and is suitable for all skin types. Due to its' alcohol content you need to take extreme care around the eye and lip areas. I haven't listed the product contents in this review due to the fact there are so many!
I would highly recommend you try this product as you will be amazed by the fantastic results. If you do, I'd love it if you could post your comments against my review as I'm interested to know if you will feel the same as me.
I hope you have found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
This product from the Olay regenerist cleansers range is the first exfoliator that I have seen that is self-heating so I was very curious to try it, especially as the advertising hype centres largely around the claim that with consistent use, over time this product can give the skin the appearance of a mini facial peel which would be fantastic if true...
This pale pink cream comes in a 125ml tube costing around £7.50 (although can be bought cheaper on line) and contains micro-crystals that help to lift off dead skin cells, thereby giving your skin a rejuvenated (according to Olay). Many exfoliators do this but the difference with this product is that firstly, it is also self-heating once it comes into contact with water and secondly, it is gentle enough to use everyday.
As most of you will be aware, heat helps to open pores and this then allows the product to give a deep down clean. I would recommend though either toning after use or splashing your face with cold water to return pores to normal size as if left open will be a magnet for dirt, leading to unwanted blemishes!
This skin polisher does leave your skin feeling very soft and clean and the micro-crystals are very gentle which is excellent, particularly for more mature skins and those with more sensitive skins where you don't want a product to be scratching or damaging your skin. However some people like to have an exfoliator that IS a little more harsh so they can feel it really working - if you are one of those, this product is probably not for you. They say to use a pearl size amount but I tend to find I need more than that to cover my face adequately.
If used regularly it does help to keep your skin looking fresh but I wouldn't say it leaves you looking like you have had a mini peel. I have had one of these done at a salon and these tend to also smooth out fine lines and fade blemishes and marks. This product does not, in my opinion, do this but I would buy it again because the heating effect is so nice and it doesn't leave your skin feeling tight or dry after use which some exfoliators can, although I do still moisturise after using this.
I did find after a while that the cream congealed slightly around the top of the lid and I had to take the fliptop lid off and clean it out to allow the product to come out easily again.
A nice product.
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Armed with one of those Boots offers for £5 off a beauty product, I opted for Olay Daily Thermal Skin Polisher at £7 49- so I paid £2.49 for the 125mil tube.
I think the best thing about this skin exfoliator is that it is self heating, feeling the heat as you massage the cleanser on your skin, well it just feels that you are getting a really deep clean. Which is why it heats up, the heat opening the pores to enable a deep clean.
Now I don't know about you, but in the past I have bought exfoliators that can only be used periodically. The result is I often forget to use them. This product has the added bonus that it can be used every day- so it is on the shelf in the shower, so that my skin gets great deep cleansing every day.
You just splash your face with tepid water and squeeze out a peanut size portion of the cream. As with most products you carefully avoid the eye area.Use your fingertips to massage the cream around your face. You will feel the heat and the microcrystals working. Then add more tepid water and the treatment carries on- lovely. You rinse it all off using more water and pat your face dry.
You will be left with fresh and clean skin and the more you use it the better your skin will feel. Until it is as smooth as can be.
After use you should do your normal tone and moisturizing routine.
Because you need so little and you only use once a day it lasts for ages.
Now I will be honest, I like the effect this product has on my skin, and I was tempted to buy it because of the Boots offer, but personally I prefer a more natural product so for that reason alone, I doubt I will buy again. I just hope I find a natural product that works as well.
As Boots are kind enough to give out £5 skincare vouchers every now and then I often feel obliged to make use of them (clever marketing!) and try out new products or save money on ones I'd buy anyway. It gives me an opportunity to try out products outside my normal repertoire.
So with voucher in hand I found the Olay range and found Olay Regenerist is included. This particular product promises to 'regenerate the skins appearance for a beautifully polished texture and vibrancy'. Apparently achieving the look of a mini peel with regular use.
It's a self-heating exfoliating treatment, so, as a product it should help in opening the pores, allowing for dirt to be cleared effectively. The product contains micro crystals which should assist in a fairly gentle exfoliating treatment, ridding the skin of dead cells and helping to clear blocked pores.
The packaging, a sort of huge and wide toothpaste tube, details application as being a pearl sized blob on the fingertips an used in circular motions will achieve the desired effect. In use I've found that a 50p sized blob in my hand is sufficient to give my skin the kind of scrub it needs instead of the namby pamby pearl faff but even then, the thermal effect is pathetic. There's a vague warming sensation.
In anticipation of this review I also tried it in the shower this morning and with the steam and warm environment I found the thermal effect was exacerbated and actually of use, opening the pores and giving a better sense of being cleansed. Although, the exfoliation is still poor compared to other products.
The product is a nice smelling lilac goop with a consistency and appearance much like conditioner. I like the smell and I can still identify it several hours after my shower but without a moisturiser today my skin feels a little too dry. It does recommend using other Olay products like moisturisers after this one but then don't they all. I don't use Olay moisturiser anyway.
There's the usual glut of ingredients, alcohol is in there which is odd in my opinion as it dries the skin. Glycolic acid is in there which is meant to be a good thing for declogging pores. There are two parabens, the much maligned preservatives of products. There's also limonene and linalool which are of note to some.
I'd argue that it doesn't do much of what it says on the packaging, it's not bad as an overall facial wash product but again, I've used better.
On the bright side, when you've only paid 86p instead of £5.86 it's not bad at all.
According to Superdrug.com this facewash:
"...is a micro-crystal formula that works away dry and dead skin cells to reveal brighter looking skin and a healthy glow."
I only actually discovered this product today and I'm writing a review on it already becuase I believe it really is that good! I've used it twice today; once this morning, once this evening.
As a basis of comparison, apart from the spots my skin has been fairly unaffected by pregnancy. It's a combination of normal and dry. However, the facewash belongs to my best friend and her and her Mum have different skin types to each other and me (I believe hers tends to be quite dry, whereas her Mum's can be normal to oily), and they both quite like it. So on that note I would assume that it's suitable for all skin types.
ANY SPECIFIC INGRDIENTS?:
Also according to Superdrug.com (which it probably says on other websites, this just so happens to be the one I'm on) the key ingredient in this facewash is -glycolic acid-. This is also a main ingredient of mini-peels and so the facewash is supposed to make your skin feel like you've had one of those done - wouldn't have a clue to be honest so can't say whether or not they have successfully acheived this!
DOES IT WORK?:
It's called a thermal face polisher for a good reason. When you apply the product to your face (in the same method as with any other facewash) it starts to heat up, making your face feel like it's being really deeply cleansed. And polished as it has "bits" in - I don't know what they are but you get bits in a lot of facewashes that are supposed to buff and polish your face and they seem to work. I give credit to these particular bits because they're smaller and less scratchy than regular bits, and also wash off much easier. The only thing I can flaw my regular facewash for is the fact that no matter how much I try to make sure I've washed all the bits off I'll find a bit in my ear the next morning!!!
I prefered the evening wash to the morning wash. When I wash my face in the morning I prefer a much fresher feel and where this did leave my skin feeling incredibley fresh and cleansed I didn't feel very awake. But when I used it this evening I felt like that was it - ready for bed! (Even though I still had to go home...) It's scent/perfume even has that kind of bed time smell, it's difficult to explain!
VALUE FOR MONEY?:
I am a fan of the Olay range. In the past I've used their daily facewash, their moisturising facewash, eye creams and general face creams and enjoyed using all of them. As far as value for money goes, even though it's a little bit out of my usual price range, I will definitely get myself some. I think it's too good to use as a daily facewash and would be better as a once a week thing. 1: To make it last longer and 2: It's a little more luxurious than regular facewash and I enjoy once a week spending the morning on fully scrubbing down, moisturising, masking and toning!
These are online prices so they may vary from instore prices:
*Boots £5.34 (was 7.34 don't know if this is a limited time offer, or if it applies in store)
I have been using this product for a few years now but not on a regular daily basis. I tend to use it as aweekly treat for my face as I find that it can be a little bit drying on my skin especially across the top of my cheeks.
The product comes in a really nice tube - black witha pink shiny label. The cream is a really interesting purple colour. You need to make sure that your face is wet when you apply to the cream, as it is the interaction of the cream with teh water which makes the heat. It really is quite warm when that initial reasction takes place. Its not an uncomfortable heat but the sort of warmth you would get from a hot water bottle. You then need to wash the cream off.
I find that my skin does feel really soft and smooth. It does say that you can use it on a daily basis but I found that my skin became too dry when I used it on a daily basis. So I need to use plenty of moisturiser after using teh product.
The tube is fairly well designed but I find that if I haven't used it for a couple of weeks then it does get a bit blocked at the outlet as the cream goes hard - but it is easy to remove with a cocktail stick - and it will teach me to remeber to take it on holiday with me!