Sanctuary 5 minute thermal detox mask | Review


A couple of weeks ago Lucy and I wandered into Boots to pick up a few things we needed and whilst meandering through the isles I came across the Sanctuary 5 minute thermal detox mask - which might I add I didn’t actually need, per say. However, I have super oily skin which results in a lot of blocked pores - nice - and so always have my eyes pealed for good, at home face masks as I don’t have the budget to have a facial every month, unfortunately. 

I hadn’t really heard anything about Sanctuary before besides the fact it’s an expensive spa in Covent Garden so I bought this product blind, without reading any reviews beforehand - which I never usually do.

The description on the back of the tube claims ~

“The warmth of this self-heating mask helps to open up the pores so the charcoal and kaolin clay can help draw out the impurities from deep within the skin. As well as purifying, the mask also rebalances the skin’s oil levels to clarify, cleanse and leave the skin with a silky touch, essential oil of myrrh helps to sooth and calm.”

The mask itself is very thick - so its essential your skin is damp when you go to apply it or it won’t go anywhere - and doesn’t particularly have a scent to it, though the scent it does have isn’t unpleasant. The product is a light grey colour and when first applied to the skin has a nice warming sensation - this disperses after a minute or two - but does feel very plastic-y. Unlike other clay masks this one doesn’t set which I like for the masks that do set are hard to wash off and you can’t move your face - which to me is very frustrating - but it does mean you can’t take a nap without making a mess. I apply this to damp, pre-cleansed skin and after about ten minutes wash it off with warm water following up with my regular skin care routine of toner, moisturiser etc. 

I’ve been using this product twice a week and so far and what I noticed when I first started to use it was a few spots started to appear. Now, I used to have very acne prone skin but have managed to keep it under control with medication so, when I first noticed I was getting a few spots again I knew it was this product for I hadn’t changed anything else in my skin care routine. However, as this is a detox mask it’s designed to draw out the impurities in your skin, meaning any breakouts that occur are relatively normal. Obviously breakouts are undesirable but if in the long run my skin was clear and less oily I was willing to give it a fair shot and so kept on using it.

A few weeks into using it and I can say that my skin is definitely smoother and clearer. However I still have many blocked pores around my nose and chin area but wearing makeup everyday doesn’t help in that respect so I doubt I’ll ever have completely unblocked pores. I haven’t noticed my skin being any less oily throughout the day either. Overall, a good budget buy but not a miracle worker - but what can you expect for £10.50?, currently on offer for £7 in Boots.

Have you tried anything from the Sanctuary brand before?

~ Jade xxx

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