“ Brand: The Sanctuary Spa / Type: Exfoliator / Subcategory: Polish „
How I found it
I have been looking for a really good facial scrub or polish for a while and the ones I had seen in the shops seemed to be the pearl ones, which I find don't really do much for my skin. So I was in Boots one day and they had an offer on the sanctuary products that if you spent over £10.00 you would get the Sanctuary Spa 5min Thermal Detox Mask for free. I thought this was a pretty good deal considering that the mask costs £10.20 alone. This is when I found the Sanctuary Warming Micro Brasion Polish.
Well let me start with the packaging. It comes in a lovely pink box with silver edges, which is a different to the picture above. It looks very sophisticated and I think it gives off an air of elegance in my bathroom. Inside the box is a white tube with silver writing on the front and red writing on the back, it is a very simple design but I like it.
Now for the product. The cream inside is white and creamy and thick and you can't really see the granules. I dampened my skin first and then applied the cream. The instant it comes in contact with your skin you feel the warming sensation and as you rub the product into the skin, you can feel it warming a little more and you can feel the granules. The granules are not too harsh but are the right type of grain that is good for a skin like my which is very dry and flaky. You are then meant to leave the product on for a few minutes to let the heat draws out impurities. I tend to leave it on for about 2 minutes but I find it doesn't stay warm unless you keep rubbing it into the skin. While I leave it on my skin, I find it has a lovely smell. The smell is a gentle floral smell and isn't to over powering. After I rinse it off I find that my skin is a lot smoother and it now has a wonderful glow to it. I use it twice a week as recommended and have been using it for about six months and have only just started my second tube. I find this to be an excellent product and would recommend this to anybody with dry, flaky skin.
Price and Availability
It costs £11.99 in boots, but can vary depending on where you buy it. On the high street it is available in Boots and Debenhams and online it is available on the sanctuary website, also Debenhams, Boots and EBay.
Came across this product whilst aimless wandering around in Boots looking at the offers...so glad I bought it! The product feels and smells amazing when you first put it on - the exothermic reaction releases heat on your skin which feels really nice , the particles are not harsh yet do a remarkable exfoliating job.
I am 39 years old and have some really uneven skin tone , texture , and enlarged pores in the cheek area thanks to teenage acne leaving scars . There is always a kind of permanent redness/tone to my cheek area , and the enlarged pores are very noticeable .
From the first day of using this product I notice it had a wonderful effect of calming and evening the skin texture.I almost couldn't believe the improvement in my skin straight after the first use.
Every time I would put my powder or foundation on I would notice that it would ' sit' on tiny dry skin areas and end up looking like I had dotted my face with pin prick sized dots of foundation - but with a single use of this my skin texture smoothed out immensely, my large pores are barely visible now, and there is hardly any uneven skin tone. I really look forward to using this product , it's made me feel so much better and more confident about my damaged face and I actually find the smell very nice , like being in a Spa. Will def purchase again , and I don't see myself stopping using this product anytime soon - I actually look forward to using it ! I use it at night before bed , have been removing with a muslin cloth , and then applying a moisturising night cream before bed. I hardly recognise my own skin in the morning...has done wonders for me.
Since my youngest daughter came out of nappies a couple of years ago I hardly ever use Boots any more, so when I found my advantage card lurking in my purse a few weeks ago, I was eager to know how many points were on the card. To my surprise there was nearly £25.00 worth of points that I had totally forgotten about and so I decided to splash out and treat myself to some products I wouldn't normally buy. I had been suffering from bad skin and felt it looked dull and tired so I headed straight to the face care range and soon settled on this microbrasion product from Sanctuary. It wasn't massively expensive for what it was, as you pay an awful lot for any treatment remotely similar at beauticians and it was price at £9.95. At the time there was also a 3 for 2 offer on Santuary so as an average over the 3 products it did work out cheaper.
The product isn't in the usual orange and white style of Santuary products and looks more expensive and high end than it is. In a fairly plain looking box with simple writing and a sleek tube it certainly looked the part, but did it work? Well yes it did actually! The polish heats the skin almost instantly upon application and works to smooth and refine tired looking and creped skin. I found it also smoothed my skin after a few weeks application and my uneven patches felt less erm uneven!
Ingredients and scent:
The product contains rich beeswax, jojoba and wheatgerm which all together smells devine but subtle. I always feel slightly non trusting of facial products that stink to high heaven even if the scent is nice. I like products to smell natural and this most certainly does. With marine earth used as a fine polish, it acts as a natural exfoliant so slightly rubs at the dead skin cells.
How and when to use:
To start off with you need to use this product about 3 times a week. I used mine every other day for around 10 days and then at this point I had started to see an improvement in my tone and uneven patches and so reduced this to twice a week. I sometimes might only use this now once a week but I think after seeing the effects of it, it's important to continue with it as a part of skincare regime and will continue to use it regularly. To apply, you first need to ensure your skin is make up free, cleansed and slightly damp. You should then apply a small dab (you don't need much) and in circular motions rub gently onto the face, but particular apply to the T zone. No need to leave it on for any period (despite it's nice warming feel!) and you can wash away with warm water or remove with a damp face cloth. The product doesn't dry the skin, but at this point I always apply moisturiser. I coincide the use of this product with the Santuary Stop the Clock moisturiser which has an SPF of 15 and is reasonably price at around £15.
The effects of this product are noticeable and within a fairly short time period too. As I mentioned, I noticed a difference within around 10 days, although I could feel the effects and softness of my skin immediately after the first application. My skin felt rejuvianted and soft and I would absolutely recommend this product.
I bought this because I was having a pamper evening and thought it sounded like a proper treatment type product, rather than just a face scrub. It is enjoyable to use and does smooth out the skin like it says. I will be using it for the next few weeks to see if it lives up to the hype.
Price - £12.25 for 100ml, so it is not a cheap product. Thankfully a little is all that is needed so I think it would do at least ten applications. It isn't recommended for daily use, so using only a few times a week would make the product last longer. I do think this is slightly overpriced though.
Packaging - As I mentioned in another review, the sanctuary spa range, doesn't stick to their distinctive orange packaging, instead it is more classically packaged in plain boxes and tubes. This comes in a pale pink box with silver edging, it does look nice, but i would prefer the packaging to be a little more striking. The tube inside is white with silver lettering and looks quite elegant.
Application - You apply this to a damp face and in small upward circular motions. When you first apply it you can feel the product heat up but this only lasts seconds. It says on the box that after its applied you should 'relax while the heat draws out impurities..' but to be honest the heat had gone by the time I had finished applying the product to my face. It felt nice to apply and didn't have much of a smell. The box recommends to rinse with warm water or a cloth. I would use a cloth as I felt it allowed me to 'polish' the product in more and ensure it was all washed away properly.
Performance - After removing the product my face felt clean, smooth and fresh. It was a little tight, but I consider that a good thing. My skin didn't feel dry and did look a bit clearer. The box say this is a "youth boosting facial.....dramatically refine and smooth the skin" I am not sure about the youth part, but my skin did look smoother and it had helped with patches of drier skin around my nose. I am looking forward to using this again to see how it goes.
For now though I will say its a nice little product - an ideal treat for a little pamper session, but don't expect miracles.
I'm afraid that I didn't get on very well with this product at all...
I've always wanted to try a microdermabrasion treatment, but like most people I can't really afford a salon version. So, I thought I'd find a home version and give it a go instead. I quite like Sanctuary products so when I saw this I thought 'why not?'.
I followed the instructions and yes, it did indeed warm up when I rubbed the product into my skin, however that sensation didn't last and seemed a little gimmicky to me.
After I washed the product away and patted my face dry, I felt an immediate tightening and prickling of my skin. I know that sometimes, this is a good thing as it usually means the pores are closing up, but in this case, my skin just felt very dry. Even after I toned and then applied moisturiser (more liberally than usual), my skin still didn't feel right - dry and powdery.
I ended up using the product 3 times in total (just to give it a chance) and with the same results each time, I ended up throwing a nearly full tube away.
When I purchased 'The Sanctuary Spa Warming Microbrasion Polish' I wasn't particularly looking for this type of product. I was buying a Sanctuary cleanser and there was a 3-for-2 offer on all Sanctuary products. I was flicking through the boots website when I came across this item. It sounded good so I thought I would give it a go. The cost was £9.78 for a 100ml tube.
When it arrived I wasn't too sure what to make of it. It comes in a white tube, pretty boring packaging compared to some of the Sanctuary stuff. The instructions tell you to use the product on a clean damp face. The polish itself is a grey colour, and the smell is quite indescribable. It is definitely not perfumed like other similar products. It isn't a horrible smell by any means. I rubbed the polish on to my face in a upwards circular motion, as instructed. This had an immediate warming effect which feels lovely. I then simply rinsed it off.
After use, my face was a little pink but this soon died down. I then used my normal moisturiser, although instructions do tell you to use one containing an SPF.
The difference in my skin was visible immediately. My skin looked full of colour, hydrated, more plump.
I have been using the polish every 3 days or so for the past 8 weeks and I love it! My skin feels so smooth. I would definitely recommend this product.
My skin rotates between dry, greasy, dry and greasy and normal in the course of every month, but last month it seemed EXTREMELY dry, and I had the effect of my skin peeling off in the worst patches.
So, off I went to Boots to find a remedy. I moisturise often, so I decided the best course of action would be to find a really good exfoliator to slough off the peeling skin, and hopefully reveal glowing, non dry skin underneath. What attracted me to this one in particular was the warming element - I've always loved warming face masks.
Anyway, I got home and tried it out. It smells beautiful - bizarrely it reminds me of decorating, paint or glue... but it's nothing like those smells, just really lovely, warm, inviting fragrance. The warming effect is immediate, and intensifies as you massage it into your face. It's a real pleasure to use, very gentle feeling - I hate it when an exfoliator feels too rough, or leaves you all pink, sensitive and sore. It washed off easily, and my skin immediately felt smoother. I then popped on some moisturiser, and the next morning my skin felt beautiful. No more dry patches or flaky skin, just soft and smooth.
I have been using it about twice a week for the last 5 weeks or so, and can say that it has definitely had a positive effect on my skin. It's much smoother (I've especially noticed that make up goes on easier), and feels less dry without all that flaky skin hanging on! It's not so good on my greasy days, especially if I'm spotty, because it can inflame them further, but I still use it trying to be careful to avoid any broken skin.
I still have my original tube, and it's about a third full, so I think one tube will probably last about 2 months, which to me justifies the price of just under £10.
I first used this product in the run up to my wedding.
At the time I was 5 months pregnant and suffering from serious skin problems and 'teenage spots' caused by the ever increasing hormones which were taking over my body.
I had a series of not nice rash like spots under my chin which I knew weren't going to look pretty in the wedding photography and I knew I had to do something about it.
I came across this microbrasion polish in my local boots. It was in The Santuary range so I knew I would pay over the odds but thought it was worth it as it was for my wedding. In fact I did only pay around £10.00 for this for a 100ml tube, and of course picked up a few advantage card points with this purchase too. I think you would agree that this is a fair price compared to what you might be expected to pay in a beauty salon for a microbrasion skin rub treatment. I would say you could probably get abou 10-15 washed from 1 tube = BARGAIN!!
On first inspection I thought the packaging was a little plain and ordinary - this is unusual for The Sanctuary as my eyes are normally caught by their bright orange packaging. It came in a long, white, cardboard box with silver outline. The inner packaging was much the same in a plain white tube - not particulaly exciting!!
The Sanctuary is well known for the smell of its products. I usually find them tangy and exciting but this was a little different. The smell was so gorgeous i had to stop myself from eating it - Instead i just stood in the shower and sniffed at the tube to take in the scent. I can't fully explain the smell to you, but it was a very gentle and relaxing smell and very fresh, like a woodland smell. I sometimes find smells of products can cause heaadches for me but this was not a problem.
The instructions on the packaging were very clear, explaining that you must first cleanse your face and then massage the polish into you skin in a circular upwards motion. As I appiled the polish I could feel an exhilarating warming feeling on my skin and i instantly felt fresh. The polish contains some sort of grit which exfoliates your skin whilst the warming action opens your pores and draws out the toxins. The feeling as you rub the poilsh in is really pleasant, please be sure to avoid your mouth though as it doesn't taste particulaly nice.
This product is made 100% of natural products including beewax, bambo and kaolin amongst others making it suitable for all skin types including sensetive skin.
This product can be brought from most good boots stores and also on boots online and can also be found in some other good retailers.
I would really recommend this product to anyone as it dramatically smooths and softens the skin and makes it look and feel lovely. It is extremely uplifting and many people have commented on my skin since using this and at how youthful it looks. Happy polishing
Opens pores to remove dirt and dead skin for a more radiant, healthy glow /