Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion
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The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion
Advantages: Very effective, smells delicious, wakes up your face in the morning!
Disadvantages: Can be too harsh for sensitive skin, fairly expensive if you don't like it.
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!
Summary: Really effective exfoliator to brighten and refine the skin