Product Type: Olay body care
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Scratching The Surface
Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher
Member Name: savvyshopper6476
Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher
Date: 30/04/11, updated on 03/06/12 (126 review reads)
Advantages: Deeply cleanses, evens skin tone, minimises pores
Disadvantages: Thermal heat activation not particularly warming
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!
Summary: A facial scrub that delivers all that it promises