When it comes to pampering yourself at home, you can't go far wrong with the Sanctuary Spa for face and body products. Affordable, easy to find on the shelves in Boots and with a huge selection of products to choose from, they're always a brand that I know I'll find what I need from whether its a mask, a scrub or something to relax in the bath with.
This year, I feel as though working constantly has really caught up with me and I'm starting to learn my lesson; I need to dedicate some time every day to myself and to chilling out.
I love nothing more than taking a bath or a shower, using products that I love that get my skin looking its best, reading my Kindle and getting an early night. The latter doesn't tend to happen to often but I am getting better at it.
A lot of the products that I have been using in the bath and shower recently are by Sanctuary Spa and they're suitable for all skin types. Today I'm going to tell you all about them so that if you want to pamper yourself at home too then you can do!
The Sanctuary Spa Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser has now made its home in my shower where I use it every time that I shower to clean my face whether thats just to freshen up after the gym or to remove my makeup and pamper myself after a long day.
It is a cream cleanser which is my favourite type to use and it works wonders at removing makeup as well as cleansing the skin. The cream itself contains a mix of essential oils and lots of natural ingredients; think Beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut, camomile and jojoba oil, which all work together to create a nourishing, softening cream that leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth after use.
To use it, I simply massage it all over my face, even on my eye lids as it doesn't sting, and then I polish it off my skin using the muslin cloth that came with it. The muslin cloth is thicker than others I've used, very high quality and does a great job at helping to remove the cleanser and impurities from my skin whilst lightly exfoliating my skin too. I've also used this cleanser plenty of times with my Magnitone Barefaced (review here) cleansing brush and it works perfectly well with that too.
The cleanser has a herbal scent to it; not too dissimilar to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, which is more or less a pricier version of this cleanser and to be honest, they do pretty much exactly the same thing. The herbal scent isn't my favourite however it is only on the skin for a short amount of time and the cleanser works so effectively at removing dirt and makeup that I can overlook the fragrance.
When I feel as though my skin needs a little pick me up, I like to apply the Sanctuary Spa Beauty Sleep Face Mask before I go to bed. Its designed to restore the skin while you sleep and while I've used restorative masks in the past, they've always been ones that you leave on for 20 minutes before washing off.
I've heard about overnight masks in the past (mostly about the Origins overnight mask) but I still think that they're fairly new to the market and this is the first mask of its kind that I've tried.
It comes out of the tube as a jelly that applies effortlessly to clean, dry skin on the face, neck and décolletage. It has a bit of slip to it but it isn't runny at all so it smoothes onto the skin and stays there, drying slightly and then it starts to sink into the skin. The formula is fabulous because you can literally apply it, wait a few minutes and then go straight to bed, safe in the knowledge that its not going to mark all of your pillow and bed sheets.
While you sleep, the mask is absorbed into the skin, giving it a boost of hydration and anti-ageing goodness. In the morning, my skin does look visibly enhanced. The mask was created so that it didn't need to be washed off however I do feel as though I can feel a little bit of the product on my skin the next morning, plus I always wash my face in the mornings anyway. Once I've washed my face, my skin does look and feel softer and smoother and it looks hydrated and plump which is a great benefit of it, especially now that my skin is sun kissed from my holiday.
What I love about this mask is that it is completely clear. When you first apply it, it does leave a shiny appearance on the skin but as it starts to absorb, it goes matte. This makes it an absolutely fabulous option for taking with you on long haul flights where the air con can really dry out the skin because you can apply it and know that you're not going to look a total plonker sat there with a bright white, black, blue, whatever colour mask on!
I'm really impressed with this mask, not least because it means that I can kill two birds with one stone by sleeping and wearing a mask at the same time, and I can't wait to see the long term results from using it.
Another way that I love to pamper myself is with a good ol' body scrub.
If you're a regular among these parts then you'll know the grittier the better for me when it comes to scrubs and you can't get much more abrasive than the Sanctuary Spa Ultimate Salt Scrub which comes in this gorgeous jar.
I either apply this to my skin when its dry or when it is damp but either way, I always have dry hands to build up the most friction against the skin and I sit on the side of the bath rather than in the water itself.
If you're looking for a hardcore scrub to really slough away the dead skin cells then this is it. This exfoliator contains dead sea salts which are the exfoliating particles that resurface and smooth the skins texture, as well as coconut, jojoba and sweet almond oils which are what moisturise the skin.
After buffing it into my skin in circular motions, I rinse the scrub off with warm water and then pat dry with a towel. It leaves a light oil on the skin that continues to moisturise it. My skin looks perfected, hydrated, soft and smooth after using this scrub and since it is so moisturising, there is no need to apply a body moisturiser after using it, in fact, I'd advise against it. If you love the signature scent of Sanctuary Spa products then you'll love the smell of this scrub and I'm pleased to say that the beautiful sweet scent does linger on the skin after use.
It is absolutely brilliant for getting rid of a build up of dry skin before going on holiday so that you tan better and its great for removing the last bits of fake tan too. It reminds me so much of the Elemis Lime and Ginger Salt Glow (review here) which I adore, except that the Elemis scrub is a little drier in formula and more than three times the price, so if you're looking for a more affordable version then I would HIGHLY recommend the Sanctuary Spa Ultimate Scrub. It is the ultimate, indulgent pampering treat.
I like to use Ultimate Salt Scrub once every week to two weeks because it is so effective and indulgent. In between, I tend to top up with the Sanctuary Spa Air-Whipped Soufflé Scrub which is a lighter, more gentle way to exfoliate the skin.
This one combines ultra nourishing shea butter, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil and cotton extracts and whips them together to create a light, whipped formula. Within the soufflé are rice particles and jojoba beads which is what makes this a body scrub.
I like to apply this scrub onto my skin once I've had chance to soak or stand under the water for a while but like with the other scrub, I'll apply it with dry hands and out of the direct flow of water to increase its abrasiveness as it is very gentle. It does a good job of exfoliating the skin and leaving it feeling soft and smooth, not to mention smelling incredible too as this scrub has that signature Sanctuary Spa fragrance that I know and love!
Out of the two, the Ultimate Salt Scrub is my favourite because I find it to be more high performing but this one is great for those who sensitive skin who still want to pamper themselves at home.
Sanctuary Spa products are available to purchase directly from their website here and from Boots online and in store. There's currently a buy one, get one half price offer on at Boots which I'd urge you to take advantage of if you like the sound of any of these products as they're affordable anyway but with that deal, they're even better!
I'm so impressed with the products I've tried, especially the Beauty Sleep Mask and of course, the Ultimate Salt Scrub which is just as good as the Elemis Scrub and at less than a third of the price, I'll most certainly be repurchasing it!
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