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I don't suffer from spots that often any more but when I have a breakout they can be quite bad and I'm always keen to get rid of any spots quickly. A couple of years ago in a bag I received when re-enrolling at uni was a voucher with a Tea Tree sample and a voucher for 50% off the Tea Tree range at The Body Shop. The voucher was running out about twelve months ago now so I decided to go and make the most of the voucher as I like the Tea Tree products whether I'm suffering from spots or not. I bought quite a few different bits and pieces, some I'd used before and some I hadn't. One of the things I'd never used before was this Blemish Gel, which retails at £6 and is available from The Body Shop in store and online.
==The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel==
The gel comes in a 2.5ml plastic tube, with a screw top lid, which when you pull it out has a little sponge on the end which you apply the gel with, it's a bit like a lip gloss. The packaging is great as it's only small and I usually keep mine in my make up bag. The application process is easy and the packaging makes it really convenient to use, if I feel or see a spot coming it's easy to apply the gel early on. I've found the application is so easy I often don't even need a mirror, if you know where the spot is it's really simple just to dab a little gel on.
The first thing you notice when applying this product is the smell, it's a very clean and almost medicinal scent which a lot of people don't like. Although it isn't the nicest of smells I don't mind it so much as it does have such connotations of cleanliness for me. As mentioned above the gel is applied with the little application sponge and is clear, although it's described as a gel in my experience it's more liquid than I was expecting, but this is no bad thing. When it's applied to the face it goes on clear and you can't even tell it's on, it doesn't leave any residue or stickiness which I would associate with a gel. I find that if a spot is particularly bad the gel can sometimes sting a little when applied, it's not painful just a tiny sting, I often find this reassuring though as I feel like it's doing its job for some reason! The gel is said to soothe the skin and give you a clearer complexion, and I've found it does exactly that. Redness is reduced soon after application and rather than simply drying spots out it gets rid of them. If the gel is applied before bed I usually find by the time I get up spots are either completely gone or very visibly reduced and it's stopped me feeling conscious about my skin on many occasions.
I've always had brilliant results from this gel and really would recommend it to anybody who suffers with spots, be it on a regular basis or just infrequent breakouts. I wish I'd of used this gel when I was a teenager and had spots more often as it really does work and gets rid of spots quickly making me feel a lot better about the way I look and not worrying about constantly having to reapply concealer. Although the price may seem a little high it lasts well and is usually on offer, having said that I would buy this time and time again at full price, it's that good!
I bought this little tube of tea tree gel spot treatment around six months ago. I bought it mainly because the sales assistant in my local The Body Shop store was full of praise for it and also because I liked the small, neat tube which I thought looked very convenient. Unfortunately I have been quite disappointed with this product and it has not been anywhere as good as I had expected.
'''Price and value'''
At £6 for 2.5ml, I feel that is very over-priced. I had assumed that I would only need
to apply quite a small amount for a few days, however I actually ended up having to use it for well over a week before my (fairly small and minor) spots had cleared up and by this point, the tube was pretty much empty. I don't think that the product is very good value at all - had the quality and results been better then I'd have been happy to pay this price but unfortunately I felt very let down and ripped off.
This spot treatment comes in a small green tube which reminds me a bit of a lipgloss tube as it has a screw-on lid with a wand attached to it. The wand has a foam applicator on it which is a fairly good size and it absorbs the product so it's mess free and you don't need to use your fingers to apply the product which is good as it avoids the transfer of dirt and germs etc.
The spot treatment is very easy to apply and when using it I will dab it onto my spots and let it sit on my skin - it doesn't absorb and it doesn't need rubbing in. It isn't as thick as I had expected and it is quite light and doesn't clog my pores or feel gloopy on my skin. Because it does leave a shininess on the areas of skin where it has been applied, I apply it at night.
It could also be applied in the morning and covered with make-up, but personally I prefer to apply it before bed. The spot treatment smells really strong and just like tea tree but with a strong edge to it. This made me a bit wary of how much I applied as I didn't want to over-do it and irritate my skin, so whenever I apply this I make sure I only apply a couple of dabs of it to each spot.
As I don't get spots very often (luckily) I have only used this spot treatment a few times in the six months since buying it. Most recently was at the beginning of last month - I had around four spots on my chin, and oddly enough one under my chin. The ones on my chin were all quite small and not painful, though they did look ugly and red. The one under my chin was bigger, redder and really sore.
I applied this spot treatment onto each spot and within a couple of days the redness had reduced a little. After a week, I was disappointed that the spots had not yet dried out or significantly reduced in redness, and by this point I decided to use some pure tea tree oil alongside the gel as it just wasn't doing the job. After a couple of days of using tea tree oil as well as this spot treatment, the spots had cleared up a lot - they'd dried out and were no linger red, and the particularly sore one had almost healed.
'''All in all'''
I'm not very impressed at all with this spot treatment as it really didn't help very much with clearing up my spots and I had to resort to pure tea tee oil. I think that it's expensive not strong or effective enough and I wouldn't buy it again.
This blemish gel is exclusive to The Body Shop (TBS) and is part of their best selling Tea Tree range designed for spot prone skin. This product retails at £6 both online and in TBS stores. Anyone who has read my previous Body Shop product reviews will know that I never pay full retail price for anything from TBS, there is almost always some sort of promotion be it 3 for 2 instore, an O2 priority moments offer or an online discount code. Please do shop around as that little bit of research prior to purchase can save you a fair bit of money.
The gel is supplied in a small tube which holds 2.5ml of product, that doesn't sound like a lot but a little goes a long way and even with regular use this tube will last a month or two. It is unmistakeably 'Tea Tree' in design and is in keeping with the rest of the product range. It has the leafy emblems, rich green colour scheme and The Body Shop logo.
The tube screws open to reveal an applicator similar to that of a lipgloss applicator, but for heavens sake don't apply this in the wrong place-it doesn't taste nice! The applicator is an effective way of applying an appropriate amount of product directly onto a blemish. It is easy to dab onto the affected area and I like that you don't have to use your fingers and thus you can avoid making the problem area worse. It is a nicely designed package that has all the usual warnings, use by dates and information associated with skin care products.
The gel is a nice thick consistency and goes onto the skin clear. The consistency helps it to stay in place and the lack of colour means no one need know you are wearing it. I usually apply this product after toning and before moisturising. I find that it doesn't leave my skin sticky and I can apply make up with no trace of it being visible. The active ingredient in this product is Tea Tree which is a natural antiseptic and works to reduce redness, remove bacteria and clear skin without over drying. I find that this product does all of those things brilliantly and I think this product is worth £6 of anybody's money. As with most Tea Tree products there maybe the occasional stinging sensation but I find that is more when applying to slightly open blemishes , another downfall to Tea Tree is the smell. It isn't the nicest of fragrances, it has a strong antiseptic smell but the scent doesn't linger on your skin and I actually find the medicinal scent to be quite clean and refreshing.
Overall this clear gel is a great way of dealing with problem skin. I find it's handbag friendly design so convenient and I love that it clears my skin without creating dry patches. It is cooling and soothing and it works.