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Refreshing and zesty
The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion
Member Name: alyson29
The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion
Date: 02/02/13, updated on 02/02/13 (85 review reads)
Advantages: Smells stunning and leaves skin feeling clean and fresh as well as soft and smooth
Disadvantages: Not that different to the Cleansing Polish from the same range
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.
Summary: An excellent product for carrying out a home facial treatment