I’ve been using the Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion Scrub for two months now so I thought it was high time I weighed in with my opinion on it.
I picked this up as part of the Body Shop’s Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price deal across make up and skincare. I bought the Brow and Liner Kit (£10) and this scrub (£12) for a total of £17. Not cheap but they’re both likely to last a long time so it doesn’t seem too frivolous *looks shifty* hehe…
In the previous few weeks I’d had a mad passionate skincare affair with Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream with Microbeads. I even posted despairingly when my 15ml sample size was finished. The Clarins refiner is probably the best microdermabrasion scrub I can imagine, and it seems to give supernaturally good results. However, it’s very much a premium product at £24.50 for just 50ml and I wanted an alternative at a lower price.
I’d previously had great results with Boots No.7 Total Renewal Microdermabrasion Exfoliator (£11 for 75ml) and I might have repurchased that but the offer at the Body Shop made theirs cheaper and new things are good things after all!
If you’re not familiar with Microdermabrasion, it’s really just a posh word for exfoliating with very small bits (usually Aluminium sand). Unlike classic scrubs made with salt or husks or other large grits, the tiny bits are at higher density in the cream so they cover more of your skin at once, and remove smaller pieces, giving an overall more efficient and smoother end result. The small bits, despite usually being milled to be a particular shape, are sharp compared to classic scrubs and therefore it’s easily possible to overdo it and end up sore. Most microdermabrasion scrubs recommend that you only massage it in for a short time, and you only repeat a maximum of once a week.
If you follow the directions, microdermabrasion is wondrously effective and leaves skin beautiful. Like a dull skin complete-game-changer. For me with dry, occasionally sensitive skin, I’ve found it is much more tolerant of microdermabrasion scrubs than classic scrubs which tend to bring my skin up with redness or inflammation. In fact, after skincare products with AHA disappeared off the shelves and before I discovered microdermabrasion, I didn’t think exfoliating was something I could do.
As you can see from the ingredients list it’s got the usual mix of natural ingredients (Diatomaceous Earth which is microfossils, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea butter) and artificial ingredients (Aluminium sand, emulsifiers, buffers and preservatives) that we usually find in Body Shop products. Since they’re in order of quantity, I’m quite happy with the ingredients list here, seems like a quality mix.
So.. What do I think of it?
It works and does exactly what it is supposed to do, exfoliates and reveals brighter skin. It smells gorgeous, a mix between the smells of citrus, slight hint of clay face mask smell, and a nice generic “quality skincare smell” which is almost essential in any product around the £10 mark. Although not quite as luxurious and gentle as the Clarins one, it does its job and comes in orange packaging to boot which always makes me excited to use something!
I have two tiny negative points about it and the first is the more important, it is easier to overdo it with this one than with the other two scrubs I’ve mentioned and if you get carried away during the scrubbing process, you can come away with a bit of a flushed/sore look. This is more down to overlong scrubbing than the product itself, so the trick is to go easy! I also find I don’t need it every week, more like every ten days which is good really as it means the tube will last longer.
The second is that some face washes come with humectant ingredients that make it feel like your skin holds on to the water you use to rinse it off. Skin doesn’t truly come away with water stuck to it, but humectants feel that way. Both of the other two scrubs have this effect but this Body Shop one doesn’t seem to, and although it is a gimmick I miss it a bit.
These two points are really minor and I’m really pleased with this product and the results. I’m already a convert to microdermabrasion but if you’ve not tried it yet I think this scrub definitely has a shot at turning you into a convert too.
What’s your favourite exfoliator? Have you tried Microdermabrasion, what do you think of it? Let me know in the comments! xx