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I have used one or two of the Body Shop vitamin C facial skincare products in the past, and when I was in the store recently I spotted a gift set containing four vitamin C products selling for around half of the full price. So of course I couldn't resist.
One of the products in the pack was the Vitamin C Microdermabrasion. Now, to me, microdermabrasion is just a posh way to say a face scrub, but at £13 for just a 75ml tube, I would hope this would do more than just an average scrub!
A bit of a gem
According to the Body Shop website, this product contains fine exfoliating micro particles and crushed garnet stones to remove dead skin cells and reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion. It is advised to use this no more than twice a week.
This product has an off white, creamy texture and is full of tiny little particles than you can see as soon as you first dispense some. You only need a tiny amount of this - a pea sized blob is ideal - as it spreads thinly over the face. Although the particles in this are tiny, you can really feel them scrubbing your face as you apply this, and although I don't have sensitive skin I do tend to go easy with this! It is very easy to apply though, and I use small, circular, upwards motions with my fingertips to apply this to my whole face before washing off. As an added bonus, this has a nice citrusy fragrance to it, although it is quite subtle and not at all sickly.
This washes away very easily, and as soon as it washes off you can feel that your skin is soft and smoooth. And after drying my face, my skin does look healthy and fresh.
Fresh and smooth
Overall this is a really good exfoliator that I enjoy using. I only use it once a week, as it does feel a little harsh to me, and I would say this is not a good choice for very sensitive skin. It has a nice fresh fragrance, making it a nice one for use in the mornings in the shower, and it really does leave my skin feeling fresh and smooth.
This is pricier than other face scrubs I tend to use, and I am not 100% convinced that this scrub is that much better if I am honest. However, what really does help justify the price for me is that I need so little of this, and I am only going to use it once a week, so I am sure that the tube I have so going to last me many months. And it is one I would consider buying again.
The Body Shop constantly seems to have sales and special offers so do keep an eye out in store and online to see if you can get this a touch cheaper as then I would say it would be well worth it!
I love facial exfoliators and as I was already a huge fan of the Body Shop Vitamin C range I had to try the Microdermabrasion. It can be brought from the Body shop stores or online and costs £13 for a 75ml tube at full price but is currently on offer for £9.10 on the website.
The packaging is bright orange in keeping with the rest of the Vitamin C range and it is very easy to squeeze out just the amount you need from the tube. It smells lovely and like the rest of the range has an orange/citrus scent.
The Microdermabrasion is supposed to "remove dead skin cells leaving skin soft and smooth as well as brighter and more radiant and improving texture and tone".
The granules contained within the Microdermabrasion were much smaller than I had expected and indeed much smaller than many other facial exfoliators and I found I had to put a bit of effort into get any results.
After use my skin does feel softer and smooth and slightly more radiant. However I find my skin needs plenty of moisturiser after use. I also felt that I needed rather a lot of product to achieve any result and so I found my tube did not last as long as I would have liked- especially considering the price.
I also feel that it is a much more gently facial exfoliator than many others on the market, and that some of these which are also much cheaper are more effective such as the Aapri Apricot scrubs. For this reason I would not buy again - as the Aapri range gives a stronger exfoliation and smoother finish at a fraction of the price.
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Due to my positive experiences with using a couple of products from The Body Shop's Vitamin C range, namely their Energizing Facial Spritz and Facial Cleansing Polish, a few months ago I decided to make a purchase of their Microdermabrasion, which is marketed as a weekly home spa facial for those people suffering with dull skin. I've used the product over a couple of months with this review discussing my thoughts.
I really wasn't sure what to expect from a product carrying the name of microdermabrasion, which is a new concept for me, particularly as my beauty routine normally involves the regular use of run of the mill exfoliators. As I was extremely familiar with using the Facial Cleansing Polish from the same range, I was interested to see how this product would compare and whether the results would be considerably improved. I suffer with T-zone skin, which is oily on my forehead and nose with areas of dryness on my cheeks. Despite my regular use of carefully chosen facial products, my skin often appears a little tired during the colder months especially as I am pale skinned and in need of a little colour to provide me with a healthy glow.
In keeping with the Vitamin C range, the packaging of Microdermabrasion is of a fresh and appealing bright orange and we are presented with 75ml of product, which is contained within a sturdy plastic tube that firmly sits on its flip top lid. Whilst the word microdermabrasion suggests that the product could possibly be a little harsh, it was the ingredient inclusion of vitamin C rich Amazonia camu camu and Community Trade shea butter that were the deciding factors for my purchase.
However, the claims do not differ from any exfoliating products that I've used where we are advised that by using we will remove dead skin cells, improve skin texture and tone, achiever brighter and healthy looking skin, which is soft and smooth to the touch. Whilst the directions for use, which are printed in the tiniest of text on the reverse of the tube, are basic and simple to follow, we are advised that the product is not suitable for those with sensitive skin and should not be used more than twice per week.
The lid is easily opened and closed and due to its robust hinged section, it is firmly attached so is unlikely to snap after a few uses. Identical to the directions for using a normal exfoliating product, the skin should be damp prior to use and I easily dispensed a very small amount similar to the size of a 5p piece. The cream coloured product displayed tiny brown coloured particles whilst offering a consistency similar to that of an exfoliator. The texture was creamy and infused with tiny exfoliating particles, which I learned are crushed garnet stones. When making a comparison with a normal facial exfoliator, I found Microdermabrasion very similar although the micro exfoliating particles were significantly increased.
It is the scent of the Vitamin C range that totally won me over when I first began using the products and Microdermabrasion does not disappoint with its authentic refreshing zesty aroma similar to that of freshly squeezed oranges. The product is both easily applied and spread and identical to that when using an exfoliator, I used gentle circular motions as I massaged it into my skin paying particular attention to problem areas such as the lower outer edges of my nose, forehead and chin. A very slight lather was produced and after working the product into my entire face, it was easily rinsed away with warm water although I found that the gorgeous aroma also disappeared, which was a little disappointing. I was initially a little apprehensive about the appearance of a little oil in a few areas, but this soaked into my skin quite rapidly.
Whilst I cannot admit to the exfoliating properties of Microdermabrasion differing from any other products that I've used, the shea butter offered considerable moisturisation and as a result, I did not feel the need to apply a moisturising product after using. My skin felt silky soft and smooth to the touch as well as offering a radiant and healthy looking appearance. Whilst a few areas offered a little redness, this soon disappeared and it is due to this reason that I prefer to use exfoliating products during the evening so that any redness can disappear over night.
Overall, I found this a very favourable product and I enjoyed using it although I didn't feel it to be that different from The Body Shop's Vitamin C Cleansing Polish other than it providing additional exfoliating properties. The fragrance works well with this style of product and as a result, is very appealing and suited to both men and women. Despite the product offering an increased number of exfoliating properties, I cannot report of them being scratchy or causing any irritation to my skin and I will definitely repurchase although not at its full price of £13, which I feel is rather excessive. At the time of writing, The Body Shop has discounted the entire Vitamin C range where you can pick up this product for just £6.50, which I believe represents excellent value for money.
I recently went a bit wild on a Body Shop splurge so you can expect a few reviews in this area!! Since my holiday, the skin on my face has been a bit dry and has begun to peel in parts and so the Vitamin C Microdermabrasion caught my eye.
What does the product do?
It is essentially an exfoliating product which aims to remove the dead and dull skin cells from the surface of the body. It promises to leave the skin feeling softer and smoother, while allowing the complexion of the skin to become brighter and more radiant and overall improving the texture and the tone of the skin.
How do you use the product?
You need to wet your face and neck and then after dispensing some of the product into your hands, you need to massage it into the skin using a gentle circular motion, avoiding the eye area. After a few minutes the product can be washed away thoroughly and you should follow it up with a good moisturiser. Exfolliants can be quite harsh on the skin so you shouldn't use this product more than twice a week.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a bright orange bottle which looks quite expensive. There is some extra information given about the product on the tube and it has a flip top lid on which it can stand. The product can be bought from your local Body Shop or from its online websites and it will cost you around £12 for 75ml.
Aroma and Consistency
The product has a zesty, zingy aroma that is just like orange and lemon juice which I had expected with from the name of the product and also from the colour of the bottle. It is very refreshing and awakening in the mornings and unless you have a particular disliking for oranges and lemons, the fragrance shouldn't bother you. The product is a sheer creamy colour and it has the consistency of a gel. If you look carefully, you can see the tiny black particles just like grains of sand which perform the exfoliating action.
The scrub is packed with exfoliating particles and you can feel them clearly on your skin. They are hard but you can control the exfolaiting action according to the pressure at which you massage the product onto your skin. The particles don't hurt and the product feels comfortable on the skin although it does feel slightly tingly but it doesn't sting. The product didn't irritate my skin or feel too harsh. When it comes to removing the product, I use a damp flannel to remove the majority and the rinse away the rest and it's a simple and quick process.
This doesn't make my skin feel tight after use although I still find the need to moisturise but it does make my skin a little red although this dies down after a few minutes. Once my skin is dry, it does feel really silky soft and smooth. It must do a good job of clearing out the pores as it doesn't cause any new blemishes to form on my skin. All of my dry patches have gone and my skin does look in a better condition and more radiant than before. The results last a few days but I still wouldn't use this more than once a week as I think it would strip my skin and leave it feeling dry.
As long as you don't apply too much pressure when using the product then this is a great scrub for removing dry skin and leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth without being painful. It makes the skin appear healthier and in a better condition from the first use. Although the product is pricey, you don't use much of the scrub with each application and it's only used weekly so I don't anticipate this running out anytime soon.
The Body Shop's Vitamic C range is for people who would like to have radiant skin. It's great for most skin types but is specifically targeted to those with dull skin. I have fairly normal skin, but I do tend to have dark circles under my eyes due to a long term illness (lovely I know). This being the case, the Body Shop's Vitamin C range has been a favourite of mine for a few years now.
The Microdermabrasion wash was one of the last products which I tried. Having fairly ok skin with few blemishes, I didn't fancy it. However, on speaking to the girl in the shop, I decided to give it a go while it was in a skin care offer.
~~~ Packaging ~~~
All of the Vitamin C products are in orange packaging. They changed the packaging last year from a solid orange colour to an orange gradiated pattern on each item. The Microdermabrasion wash comes in a tube which stands on the lid, allowing the product to always be ready for use.
The packaging is recyclable and states that the product should not be kept for longer than 12 months after opening. I have to admit, if you have poor eyesight the information on the back of the tube will be difficult for you to read, it's tiny! It gives directions and includes a list of ingredients and tells us that it contains community trade shea butter from Ghana - always good to know.
You get 75ml in the tube which is a decent amount and a tube lasts me about 10 months.
~~~ The Product: Texture, Smell ~~~
The product is a cream like consistency and it feels like it has lots of very very fine particles in it. This is what helps it to remove the dead skin cells. It's not like the many exfoliating washes you get which have quite large particles in them, the particles in this are finer than sand and highly concentrated within the product. The website states that it contains "exfoliating micro particles and crushed garnet stones" ooo fancy! You can certainly tell from the texture of the product that it is going to be good at removing dead cells. You can also tell that it has quite a lot of moisturising butters in it - particularly shea butter. This is great because whenever you exfoliate you really should moisturise to help to restore the skin's natural barrier.
I love the smell of this product. It's a bright, zesty, sweet - but not sickening - orange scent. It's very summery and great to wake you up in the morning.
~~~ The Product: Directions for use ~~~
It is recommended that you use Microdermabrasion from the Body Shop only once or twice per week as it is quite a strong abrasive and is not suitable for sensitive skin.
Wet your face and then squeeze a little blob about the size of a 20 pence piece onto the palm of your hand. That's all you need. Rub it all over your face; be sure to avoid the delicate skin around your eyes as this really is quite a harsh abrasive. You can concentrate on problem areas like you nose, chin or forehead by using the palm of the hand and rubbing in small circular motions.
That's it, now just rinse with water and pat dry. I always use a good moisturiser afterwards just to keep my skin healthy.
You might find that your skin looks a little bit red after use but this calms down very quickly.
~~~ The Product: Effectiveness ~~~
I find The Body Shop Microdermabrasion to be really effective in targeting patches of dry or uneven skin. It has an all over brightening effect and really helps to refine the skin. It can be slightly hard for sensitive skin and you should really try it before you buy it just to be sure that it will be ok for your skin type.
I use this about once a week and find that it keeps my skin fine and smooth. As with all skin products, it takes about a month of use for the full effect to be apparent as this is roughly the cycle of renewal of the top cells. I would say that using this product weekly should be enough to get excellent results.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
Vitamin C Microdermabrasion is available from Body Shop stores and online. It costs £12 for 75ml but there are often offers like buy two get a third free etc which would make it slightly better value. In saying that, I think the value is fine as it lasts about 10 months and keeps my skin brilliantly smooth and radiant!
Vitamin C Microdermabrasion is a highly effective exfoliating spa type treatement. When I use it, it feels like a real luxury product. This is because of the scent and the texture, it just feels expensive! I look forward to giving my face a good scrub. After using it my skin feels fresh, soft and radiant. It helps to improve the texture and softens my skin. I highly recommend this product for anyone who wants a luxury facial cleansing experience without the luxury price tag!
On my last visit to The Body Shop I spent a small fortune stocking up on perfume and skincare products and was offered a free gift set. The set that I chose contained products from the Vitamin C range, including this microdermabrasion scrub. I must confess that as someone with oily skin I've also been much more interested in the likes of the Tea Tree range and have never paid much attention to the Vitamin C range so the fact that this product even existed was a new one to me.
The scrub is a white colour and on first glance looks more like a cream dotted with minute black particles, rather than a scrub as such. Because the exfoliating pieces in this product are very small (hence the microdermabrasion aspect), the effect when massaging it across your face isn't as instantly noticeable as with an actual face scrub with much bigger bits but at the same time, it is obvious that you're using a scrub of a sort as opposed to just using a facial wash or similar. I find it very easy to wash this off my face, especially in comparison to a facial scrub that I use fairly regularly and which frequently takes me a good five minutes to feel that I've fully removed all of the scrub.
With weekly usage, this product claims to be able to improve skin tone. This intrigued me as I have oily skin which is very much spot prone and when spots do eventually see fit to vacate my face, they tend to leave what I like to call blemish fade marks behind which look like a spot but are just flat marks (rather than being raised-up like you'd usually expect spots to be). I use a blemish fade lotion from the Body Shop's tea tree range which is designed to tackle this very problem but which has been failing me of late. I wasn't convinced that this would have any better effect but seeing as it was a free gift, I couldn't complain if it did nothing for me.
I've been using this product twice per week (which is the most that you're recommended to use it) for around 6 weeks now and have noticed that my skin looks a lot brighter and healthier than before. Being oily and spot prone, my skin is often prone to looking dull but this has worked wonders in that department and makes it look a lot healthier for at least a day or two after using it. As I use it twice a week this means that my skin is actually looking better for most of the work, which is a big plus.
Because it's not as harsh a scrub as an outright facial scrub, it doesn't make my skin anything like as dry and tight. Although my skin is oily, it quickly feels uncomfortable after using most facial scrubs so I was expecting something similar here but I've been surprised at how kind this has been in comparison. That said, it does make my skin look a bit pink for a while after washing it off - a bit like when I've used a face mask - but I guess this is just because it's got rid of some dead skin cells and so on. It's not a sore-looking pink though - more like when you've pinched your cheeks so it's just the right side of flushed and if anything it actually makes my skin look a bit healthier than before even before it settles down.
While it contains shea butter, the packaging states that the product isn't suitable for sensitive skin and while my skin isn't particularly sensitive I can imagine this to be true. As I've mentioned already, using this product makes my skin look red and flushed for a good while afterwards and if my skin was of the sensitive kind I would worry that using this would aggravate it.
As my tube was a free gift I had to look up the price and can confirm that it is currently £12 for a 75ml tube. I'm not sure that I would buy that much to be honest but I have found that I don't need to use very much at all and as it's not something that's going to be used every day, it's more cost effective than the price first makes it appear.
All in all, I'm quite glad I was given this as an option for my free gift. It's definitely made a difference to the appearance of my skin and has even gone some way towards reducing the blackheads and annoying crop of immoveable small spots on my forehead, which isn't something that it claims to do.
If you were ever a child with a big brother, you will have experienced the delights of going to the beach, all full of sandcastle-inspired joy, and then enduring 3 hours of having sand kicked in your face. Strange as it may seem, as an adult you may be prepared to pay good money for the experience. Truly, the marketing executives for the beauty industry are a gifted bunch.
For, as the more intellectually astute will be aware, microdermabrasion means nothing more than scratching your face with little things. I shall explain further: micro = from the Greek for small, derma = from the Greek for skin, abrasion = from the Latin for 'scrapey hurtiness'. In this case, the scrapey little things in questions are usually particles of sand or nutshell, rather than midgets, or the Krankies. Which is just as well, really. Rubbing a Krankie on your mush is going to be logistically difficult, as well as potentially hazardous.
So, rather than having to schlep all the way to Cleethorpes beach as the younger me did, you can now have the sand-in-face experience in your own bathroom, thanks to the clever folks at the Body Shop
As much as I love The Body Shop, one of my bugbears with them is that a lot of their scrubs and butters come in big round tubs meaning it's a pain in the bum to try and use them in the shower as you lose half the contents down the drain. This stuff is much more sensibly packaged in a flip top tube, which is just as well, because at 12 quid for a 75ml tube, it'd be immensely annoying to see it all disappear down the plughole.
The tube is a mix of bright oranges and yellows and looks rather cheerful and summery. Handily, it's one of those which stands on its lid, making it easier to eke every last drop out. The dispensing hole is narrow enough that you don't dollop out too much, but not so tiny that it's a bicep workout just to squeeze any out.
I use this when I'm in the shower, as it's much easier to wash it off than trying to do it over the sink. After cleansing thoroughly and making sure all traces of makeup are gone I apply this stuff with my fingertips, massage gently for a few minutes and then rinse it off. My face is average face-sized and I use a dollop about the size of a ten pence piece, which is more than adequate.
The first time I used it I was really impressed with how baby soft and smooth my skin was afterwards and although the effect hasn't been so dramatic on subsequent uses, it's still noticeably improved after use. I don't tend to get spots or blemishes very often and nor do I have any wrinkles (yet - eek!) but my skin feels much smoother and 'newer' after using this. Immediately after use my skin is usually pinkish and glowing from the abrasive effect and then once that settles down my complexion is definitely brighter. It's not a very long-lasting effect, though: a few days at work is enough to have me looking pallid again.
The packaging states that this shouldn't be used more than twice a week, presumably so you don't sandpaper all your skin off. Fresh and vibrant is a good look; giving the appearance that your visage has just lost a fight with a bandfacer is not.
This is a product which is designed for normal, adult skin. I don't think it's particularly suitable for anyone over 50, or for anyone under 18. Older skin has more wrinkles and may be more weathered, therefore this might provide insufficient exfoliation. Conversely, young skin is fragile and still developing so this could be too harsh and act as an irritant.
I'd always recommend slapping on a decent moisturiser after using this: it effectively strips away the top layers of your skin, so you would be wise to protect and care for the delicate new skin underneath.
~*~ And lastly...~*~
You might still have to go to Cleethorpes after all, as I'm not actually sure there's any sand in this. It certainly feels like there is, but the blurb suggests the abrasion is done by Amazonian camu camu (animal? Vegetable? Mineral? No idea). I suppose sand could be lurking in there somewhere but you'd need a chemistry doctorate and the patience of a saint to puzzle out the ingredients list. Never mind, though, Grimsby is just around the corner and who here hasn't always wanted a day trip there?