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The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash
Advantages: Works well - Kind to sensitive skin - Helps to combat dryness..
I suffer with problematic spot outbreaks and other skin issues such as blemishes and dryness. To combat some of these problems, I regularly use skincare products that contain Tea Tree Oil. Whilst said products are undeniably effective in assisting to combat spots and blemishes, there is no denying that they can often have an adverse affect on my skin, causing it to dry out, with the odd patch of unsightly dry skin being noticeable on my cheeks and forehead. This is something of a difficult issue to overcome, mainly because my skin is very dry anyway, so the addition of slightly harsher products in my everyday skincare routine really takes its toll at times.
These issues led me to seek out an alternative facial cleanser product to use on alternate days to my other two offerings, both of which contain Tea Tree Oil. I felt my skin was extremely dry, in need of nourishment and care to restore some of its natural moisture, that felt somewhat stripped away by other products I had been using to cleanse my face and treat spots/blemishes.
I ended up purchasing some products from The Body Shop, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash." The current price for the 100ml tube is £8 and you can purchase both in-store, or online at The Body Shop's website @ www.thebodyshop.co.uk, though postage costs will usually apply here.
The packaging for the product is fairly simplistic, though this is an observation rather than a criticism, and I have found no issue or difficulty with using the tube. Comprising of a rather flat tube made of robust plastic, the product is presented in pale pink tones that suit the name and concept of the product down to the ground. There is a plastic 'flip up' cap on top of the tube and I have never experienced any difficulty with opening or closing this, even though I have limited strength in my hands. Similarly, I have had no difficulties with dispensing the Facial Wash from its plastic packaging, finding all aspects of the product easy to use by myself.
The Facial Wash itself is a sort of cream, although it is probably best described as a lotion, as it is thinner and glossier than your average cream product. It is a pale pink colour, with a high sheen to it and it looks nice enough. There is a faint aroma present as the product is dispensed from the tube, and I find this to be similar to that of a baby lotion product, but with a delicate sweetness at its core. I find the aroma is pleasant enough, and although it is present during the use of the product, the scent does not linger particularly long after rinsing and drying my face.
The product is very economical - surprisingly so, actually - with only a small blob being required for each use. This of course makes the purchase price of the tube feel more economical than first anticipated, and I can confirm that the tube has lasted me for around two months, which is more than acceptable as far as I am concerned. I think that a little really goes a long way with this particular Facial Wash and I find the cleanser will spread easily and thinly over my face and neck, without much effort or fuss. This makes it the ideal product for use first thing in the morning when I am not at my brightest..!
To use, I simply moisten my face with lukewarm water and apply the Facial Wash. The addition of warm water makes the lotion-based cleanser slightly diluted, of course, and this means it spreads easily over the skin's surface, taking a mere moment to smother my face. The lotion feels wonderfully soft and gentle as I had hoped, offering a 'calming' sensation to my dry, sensitive skin. After massaging the Facial Wash onto my face for a few moments, I simply rinse it off with clean, warm water, and at this stage I find that the Facial Wash doesn't 'cling' to the skin too much, rinsing off easily and quickly. I always finish my cleansing routine by splashing cold water over my face to close my pores, and during this final stage I find my skin feels rather rejuvenated, but without the familiar 'tingle' of slightly harsher cleansers that I use regularly.
After use, I always apply a good quality moisturiser product and it is at this stage that I am really able to witness the results obtained from using the Vitamin E Facial Wash. Firstly, I cannot believe how much softer my skin feels, and in particular this is noticeable over my cheeks and forehead, which often feel 'tight' after I have used a cleanser product, as if screaming for the application of some cream or moisturiser. Instead, the Vitamin E product leaves skin feeling softer, refreshed, and MUCH more nourished, with the usual tell-tale tingles and tightness nowhere to be found.
Secondly, skin is left spotless and completely cleansed, free from any grime and natural oils, but without feeling 'stripped' of anything or even feeling particularly 'scrubbed' as it were. This allows for a more gentle approach to be enjoyed in terms of cleansing, as I can't confess to particularly liking the sensation of having my face scrubbed into oblivion. True, I do use such products regularly, but this is more out of necessity in my bid to overcome my problematic skin, rather than choosing such products based on their appeal. Instead of any harshness being experienced, I am left with 'hushed' skin instead, that is subtly softened and with an ever-so-slight healthy-looking 'glow' to it, apparently keen to display its appreciation and gratitude.
As for the irksome dryness and in particular those patches of dry skin that are often noticeable after overly-harsh products are used on my face, I have found that these have subsided considerably since I began using the Vitamin E Facial Wash every second day or so. True, I have not noticed them vanish altogether, but certainly they have decreased in their size, considerably so. I have found too that one particularly troublesome dry patch on my forehead has benefited greatly from the addition of the Vitamin E products that I have incorporated into my skincare routine recently, with it losing the usual dry, itchy feeling that is often present at night time after I have washed and moisturised my face. Its appearance too is much improved, and I have no doubt that the Vitamin E Facial Wash had a part to play in this success.
I have absolutely nothing negative to report about this wonderful Facial Wash and its apparent suitability for my dry, sensitive skin has inspired me to try out other items from elsewhere in The Body Shop's Vitamin E Range, which is fairly large. For those consumers who, like me, suffer with easily-aggravated, dry, sensitive skin, I would really recommend giving this nourishing product a try out. It has allowed my skin to feel calmer than it has in years, and it's benefits are obvious from the first few uses too.
Summary: An excellent Facial Cleanser from The Body Shop.