“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Moisture Lotion / Subcategory: Moisturiser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes, „
I purchased the Sanctuary Spa Brightening Facial Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF15 on a shopping trip to Boots last month. I had previously tried this product in the mini travel-sized format and had been impressed enough by it that I was tempted by the full-size version. Once I discovered that you also got a free gift (a full-sized tube of their Thermal Detox Mask) with purchases from the Sanctuary Spa range, I decided to go for it. I have never had that much brand loyalty in terms of facial moisturisers and I had got a bit bored of the one that I'd just finished, so it felt like a good time for a change.
* Packaging and Science Bit *
The packaging of the Sanctuary Spa Brightening Facial Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF15 makes it look like a fairly luxurious product. It comes in a rectangular mint-green box edged with silver. Inside the box is a simple white 75ml squeezy tube with a flip lid at the base. The text on the tube is in silver capitals, giving it a very clean and professional look. It promises a 'brightening facial' effect, giving you 24 hour hydrating protection for lasting radiance. On top of that promise, it also offers SPF15 skin protection, something that I increasingly find myself looking for in a daily moisturiser. According to the blurb on the back of the tube, this product allows you to 'enjoy the pampered relaxation and visible results of a spa facial at home'. This all sounded very appealing and like the kind of product that I was looking for - after all, who wouldn't be attracted by the ideal of lasting radiance, pampering and 24 hour hydration?
Now, on to the science bit. This product contains antioxidant red bush tea to protect against damaging free radicals, and moisturising algae and papaya extracts to balance hydration levels within the skin. It also contains 'radiance boosting particles' to even out and illuminate the skin. According to the back of the tube it is naturally fragranced with plant extracts and essential oils. It is dermatologically tested and paraben free.
* Application *
The directions on the back of the tube say that to achieve that 'at home facial' effect, you should smooth a pea-sized quantity of the lotion between your palms and press them on to your face. You then gently pat or smooth the lotion on to your skin. It can be used as a radiant base for make-up or on its own. To be honest, I tend not to follow these instructions as it feels more natural for me to squeeze the small amount on to my finger tips and massage it into my face in small circles. Anyway, as a working mum with two under 5s, I need to make sure that my morning beauty routine is quick and efficient - there isn't really time to be giving myself a facial every morning.
* Results *
Application method aside, I have been really impressed by the performance of this moisturiser. It comes out of the tube as a pale-yellow creamy liquid which is easily absorbed by my skin. It takes a little bit longer to fully absorb than some of the moisturisers that I have used, but I really can feel the hydrating effects for a prolonged period after applying it. It is certainly a product that makes my skin feel soft and smooth all day without the temptation to apply more moisturiser because I feel like it is starting to dry out. Worn without make up, I feel that it makes my skin feel very soft and almost cushioned against the elements. I am not 100% convinced that it makes my skin 'radiant' but it does make it look 'better' and gives it a slight glow. I honestly believe that I would only get a genuinely radiant effect from spending hours in a spa and even then I'd probably need just a little bit of blush / bronzer to give me true radiance. Under make-up my skin feels smoother and application of foundation is easier. I do usually use a primer on top of this product, but on the days where I haven't used one, it has been fine and I haven't really noticed a difference. The key thing for me is the 'smoothness' that I feel on my skin after using this product - it feels soft, cushioned and there is no greasy residue at all.
* Price *
The Sanctuary Spa Brightening Facial Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF15 costs £13.27 at Boots, although it is currently part of the 3 for 2 skincare offer across the store. For me, this represents reasonable value for money as I feel that it performs at least as well as most of the high-end skincare brands that I have tried.
* Summary *
Overall the Sanctuary Spa Brightening Facial Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF15 is a product that I would recommend and will definitely be purchasing again. I wouldn't say that I have found my 'perfect' moisturiser as I am still far too much of a cosmetics junkie to stick to just one product, but it is a product that comes pretty close to my ideal. It provides great long-lasting hydration, has that all-important SPF and makes my skin look and feel better. Now, if only it could give me that true radiance....
If you've read some of my recent reviews you'll know that I recently bought a few mini sized skin care products from The Sanctuary range, which were on offer at 3 for 2 in Boots. The third and final review in this series is for the Illuminating moisture lotion with SPF-15.
When it comes to face cream I admit I am not particularly loyal to any brand and like to try new offerings when I spot them. The Illuminating moisture lotion comes in a pastel green tube, which stands on a white lid. As explained above I opted for the travel-sized tube, which contains 15ml of the product and paid £2.55 for this. However it is also available in a larger 75ml tube, currently priced at £10.27.
The back of the tube has a bewildering list of ingredients, which given the size of the tube are a little difficult to read! If you're interested I suggest visiting The Sanctuary website at www.sanctuary.co.uk for further details. The tube states that the product has been dermatolgically tested which may be an important consideration if you have particularly sensitive skin. I was also pleased to note that this product does not contain parabens and is also not tested on animals.
For the purposes of writing an informative review (and to satisfy my own curiosity) I visited the website to find out more about the ingredients that went into this product and the special qualities that are claimed about them. According to the website the lotion preserves the glow of a facial and protects the skin. One of the key ingredients is antioxidant red bush tea to protect against damaging free radicals. It also contains algae and papaya extracts to moisturise and balance hydration levels with the skin. Radiance boosting particles even and illuminate skin for a lasting, dewy finish. I was pleased to note the SPF-15 protection this cream offers, as many face creams on the market lack any form of protection from the UVA/B rays of the sun.
I have been using this cream for just over a month now and have now got about ¾ of the way through the tube. I apply this in the morning. Squeezing the tube releases a light yellow coloured liquid that has quite a runny consistency. I apply a few dots onto my face and neck and then blend in. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily this was absorbed and at how light it felt on my skin. There was no heaviness like I have experienced with some creams in the past where I can feel a layer of cream on my face the whole day.
The cream also had a pleasant citrussy smell which when scanning the list of ingredients can be identified as due to Bermagot fruit oil. This is quite a light smell and not at all over-powering. Smell is quite an important consideration for me and I am unlikely to buy a cream again if I don't like the smell, regardless of how good it is for my skin!
The cream left my skin feeling very soft to the touch, moisturised and without any greasy sheen. After a few days use I did notice that my skin looked brighter and healthy. I don't have particularly sensitive skin but some creams I have used in the past have caused me to break out in spots. I am happy to report that this was not the case with this cream.
Overall I am really pleased with this. I cannot think of anything negative to say about it! Out of the three products that I have reviewed in this range, this is the one that is most likely to end up in my basket again. Recommended!