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There are few things more depressing than having teenage spots and wrinkles, it's really not fair. I bought this product because it claimed to treat spots immediately and make an immediate improvement. The container is very convenient, it fits easily in a handbag so it's available to use at a moment's notice. It is applied by roll on which is extremely simple and controllable, and it's clear, so nobody know need know you've applied it. Does it work? It certainly makes the spot feel better. It's very cooling. I can't say I noticed an instant reduction in redness. It claims to have anti inflammatory and antiseptic effects so speeds the healing processing. It did seem to dry the spot out more quickly than letting nature take its course. It is quite an expensive product considering the size of the container. Having said that you don't need to use much, so unless you have loads of spots, in which case you might want to choose a different product altogether, it should last quite a while. Good for people who want to treat the occasional spot. At least you feel like you are doing something.
I'm technically still a teenager, so I am still subject to the joys of teenage skin now and again. I tend to breakout out all at once rather than a couple of blemishes, so I needed something that could eliminate spots quickly and simply - excuse the pun! *Packaging* Inside the cardboard box, the thin tube is about half the size of a toothbrush, with a green lid and green and blue design on a white background. I like how it is consistent with all the other products in its range concerning design, which is very aesthetically pleasing. The screw on cap hides a metal roller ball, which is more hygienic than plastic dispensers but can hurt when rolling over sensitive spots. The slight gap in the rim of the roller ball allows for exactly the right amount of product to be dispensed onto the ball, so it isn't too thick or to thin when it is applied. It is designed to be easily transportable and accessible. *Product* The actual liquid is quite thin, but not so thin it runs off your face. It can be worn under make up during the day because it doesn't leave a film over the skin and genuinely dries clear. The simple spotzapper has 4 spot fighting ingredients, zinc pca which absorbs excess oils, chamomile to soothe skin, witch hazel which tones and tightens pores and lavender which calms and soothes redness. It also has a natural antibiotic to fight the bacteria in a spot. I apply this after cleansing and moisturising at night, and by the time I wake up, any redness has gone down and my skin doesn't feel sticky, but there is no reduction in spot size or quantity, so it does reduce redness in 4 hours, but not size. It does recommend re-applying until the spot is gone, but I have used this over the space of 2 weeks and nothing has happened. The metal roller ball helps to soothe sore or red spots, but doesn't eliminate them. *Price* I got this as part of a 3 for £7 offer at ASDA, but alone it retails for around £3.58 at the supermarket, which is a bit pricey for something that doesn't work properly. I personally wouldn't buy this product for that amount, and definitely wait until it is on sale. *Overall* I don't think I'd buy this product for my skin again, but for anyone with relatively red or sore spots, I'd recommend it. The price is a bit much for selective skin efficiency, but on sale it is worth it. It's a shame because the rest of the Simple spotless skin range are very good and the fact they have natural ingredients is a bonus!
I am a big fan of the Simple skincare range, which I've used since the age of twelve. I have really sensitive skin and this range is one of the few that I can use without my skin going red and itchy. Simple was first introduced with the aim of creating skincare suitable for sensitive skin, without perfume and colour. The first product was colour and perfume free soap, released in 1960, while the cleanse, tone and moisturise routine was brought out in 1978. Simple was never one of the trendier brands, but in the last couple of years I've noticed that it's undergone something of a resurgence - I'm always seeing the brand advertised in magazines or in-store, and they've revamped their range with a new look and a number of new products. Not bad considering they're over 50 years old. I'm familiar with the Simple display in stores such as Boots, Superdrug and Savers, so I knew this Spotless Skin Rapid Action Spot Zapper was new when I spied it on my first exploration of my local Savers store. It was priced at just under £4, in line with other products in the range, and the green and white colouring fitted in with the rest of the brand. As I have sensitive skin but still suffer from the odd spot, I knew this product would fit in with my skin and my skincare regime. I hadn't had much luck with spot products in the past, but hoped that this one might be effective as I do like the Simple brand. The Spotless Skin Rapid Action Spot Zapper is a targeted roll-on which claims to show results in just 4 hours. Simple describe it as "a perfect blend of spot fighting ingredients and natural antibacterial goodness". It's designed to reduce spot irritation and size without irritating the skin, described as being tough on spots and gentle on the skin - perfect! The product contains 4 Spot Fighting Ingredients: zinc PCA, which absorbs excess oils; chamomile which is a skin soothing anti-irritant; witch hazel which tones and tightens pores; and lavender which calms and soothes redness. It also contains one natural antibacterial: phytosphingosine, which apparently helps fight spots and blemishes. Like other Simple products, the Spot Zapper contains no perfume and no colour. It has been dermatologically tested and approved. The instructions state that for best results, you should apply the product directly onto spots when they first appear, repeating application until the spot has gone. It is designed to be easy to use and portable. Inside the cardboard box, the Spot Zapper comes in a tube a little larger than a lip balm tube, with a green lid and green and blue writing on a white background. The information on the tube is basically the same as the information on the cardboard packaging. Unscrewing the lid, I was surprised to see that the rollerball seemed to be metal. I wonder if this is to prevent the spread of germs - perhaps it is more hygienic than plastic. It was very easy to use it to dab some of the clear gel onto my skin. I'm pleased to report that I didn't experience any skin irritation now or at any time, which is what I expect from the Simple brand. Some spot treatments can be harsh and dry the skin out, but this one didn't at all. I've used the gel on a few spots I've developed over the last few weeks. I find that it is cooling and doesn't feel at all unpleasant on my skin. I tend to apply it overnight, so I can't test the four-hour claim, although I don't think it would be a problem to use this during the day as it is clear and doesn't dry to a film on the skin. My least favourite spots are the ones that are raised and red, as these are the ones that really stand out on the skin, particularly on skin that's as pale as mine! I'm pleased to report that this product seems to be effective on this kind of spot. In the morning after use, I can see a real difference in the spot - it has gone down a bit in size and the redness has much reduced. The spot itself doesn't vanish overnight, but is usually gone in a couple of days, and is much easier to cover up in its reduced state. Other spots also seem to clear up a bit more quickly when using this product, although it's harder to judge. Not only this, but the product didn't have any sort of adverse effect on my skin: some spot products can make my skin slightly red or dry it out, but other than the positive effect it had on my spots, it didn't have any effect on my skin. I think this Spotless Skin Rapid Action Spot Zapper is a really great product. It claims to reduce spot irritation and size without irritating the skin, and it does exactly that. Okay, so it isn't a miracle worker, and it won't get rid of spots overnight - but I've never come across a spot treatment that does. A good product that I will certainly repurchase.
Despite being 25 I still get the occasional spot however my skin isnt so bad that I would need to use a special face wash / moisturiser designed for spotty skin. So when I saw this Simple spot zapper it looked like a good idea for targeting individual blemishes. I've never fancied trying these spot sticks before as I worry they will be too harsh and actually damage my skin, but I trusted this one as Simple products have always proven to be good for sensitive skin. ***Packaging*** I bought this from Boots for £5.49 which seemed quite pricey for a Simple product. The gel comes in a squeezy tube with a screw lid and then a metal roller ball which distributes the gel as you roll it over your skin. The packaging is slightly different than the usual Simple bottles - it has a bright lime green colour with blue writing. This looks a bit harsher than the usual basic packaging, however made me think that this product must mean business, so it didn't put me off. ***What the bottle says*** "Whatever your age, zap spots and see results in just four hours¹ with the NEW Simple Spotless Skin Rapid Action Spot Zapper from Simple, the UK's No.1 Facial Skincare brand. Formulated with no perfume, no colour and no harsh chemicals, this handy, targeted roll-on visibly reduces spot redness and size without irritating the skin. It's tough on spots, but gentle on skin, even the most sensitive." ***My Experience*** I started by using this in the mornings just after moisturising. The gel comes out quite easily and just the right amount. It takes about 20 seconds to dry which is great if you are in a hurry to put makeup on and go out. The gel is completely clear and doesn't seem to have much of a smell. The metal roller ball is so cooling, there is no need to store the tube in the fridge etc as no matter where it is kept and how warm it is, the metal is always cold particularly when combined with the gel. This has a really soothing effect and made my spots look instantly less red. When the gel dried my skin still felt moisturised, and it didn't have the tightening/drying effect that I expected. Therefore everything went well when applying it, however the long term results were disappointing. I used it for around 2 weeks every morning and saw no results. So I then began to use it every morning and night but still saw nothing. Any spots I did get did eventually dry up and went away, however this happened at the usual speed and I didn't feel the gel helped them clear up any quicker than usual. When I stopped using it I didn't miss it and felt my skin was exactly the same without it. I was really disappointed with this as I had really high hopes of the product. I concluded in the end that Simple had focussed on making the product suitable for sensitive skin, however in doing this had also made it ineffective as the ingredients must not be strong enough to have any effect on spots. ***Overall Opinion*** Overall I don't think this is a terrible product as it didn't make things any worse, and I did find its short term soothing effects very useful but I don't feel the price tag is worth it just for this. I have given it a low rating because the most important promise that it will zap spots just doesn't happen.