This week I took the Sanctuary Spa Lotion for a spin. Here's what I thought...
This lotion is often used as the final step in facial treatments at the Sanctuary Spa hQ in Covent Garden, London. Designed to preserve the life of a facial, this lotion illuminates as it hydrates and claims mega-radiance boosting capabilities! I love the subtle dewy, glowy look - some of my fave celebs who do it very well, casually and dressed up, are shown below. Time to see if this product can help us achieve it too!
At first glance the Sanctuary Spa packaging is exactly what you'd expect from an iconic spa. Clean, crisp and bright - the pretty pale green box conceals a white tube of the lotion with silver text. When it comes to my bathroom decor, it fits my innocuous sensibilities perfectly; I'm a monochrome and neautral loving kinda gal, quite literally wearing an all black and white outfit as we speak. Enough said! Pride of place on my bathroom shelf will be willinging awarded!
Out of the tube, the lotion is very light and silky feeling. This certianly isn't a nourshing lotion that'll penetrate really deep into skin. Instead, it's a milky hydrator that will add moisture to the surface levels for a dewy glow, which is perfect for a lotion for day wear.
The thin texture is also great for smooth all over your face to make the most of the SPF 15 included. Sometimes, I find the thicker the lotion, the more sparingly it applies, which can make any sun protection included a little redundant. Even though this is a big tick against the Sanctuary Spa lotion, I'd still apply a sunscreen underneath, rather than rely on it (or any other moisturiser or makeup) to block all rays. The milky consistancy makes this a great moisturiser to apply pre-primer/makeup as it sinks in fast. (Tip: you should always wait for your moisturiser to 'dry' before applying your primer, and so on, for the best results!) In fact, the lotion is so milky, it tried to run down my hand when I was snapping it - cheeky!
A small squirt is all you need; a pea sized amount of the lotion will go far. As I've been suffering from oily skin and too much shine lately as a result (boooo!) I applied only to my forehead and around the eyes/cheek area, leaving my t-zone bare for an oil-control lotion instead.
The lotion applies really smoothly - just like the texture indicates. Perhaps the spa-quality of the product influenced my application technique, but I found myself massaging the product upwards, into my skin, rather than quickly rubbing it on (as usual!) You can instantly feel the hydrating properties - inclusions of red bush tea to combat free radicals, and algae and papaya extracts to balance moisture in the skin seem to really do their job. Even my hands feel softer now after testing it out.
Once it sinks in (super quick) the lotion feels fine to wear - just like most other light moisturisers, you can't feel it sitting on your skin - which is another tick in my books. The fine particles which add the luminous quality are really evident in a non-glittery way. See the results on my hand (in the sunshine) for how glowy it is! I applied my primper and makeup over the top and the base was perfect - no clumping or patchy issues. I even found another use for it when I got to the end of my routine; my stick illuminator is a little dry, so a rubbed some onto my hand, added a dab of the Sanctuary Spa lotion and thinned it out for easy and dewy application to the tops of my cheeks and temples.
I really liked the Sanctuary Spa lotion, one of my favourite item's from the May box. So much so, I even gifted a tube to my sister, who has amazing skin (unfair!) but is suffering from a little winter dryness, making her complexion seem dull (to her - I think it looks fine!) But I know she'll get great use out of it by simply applying it alone, without any makeup on top. If you're blessed with great skin too, the lotion is the perfect option to add a little glow on 'days off'. I know I'll be using it on my upcoming trip OS to battle dull and dreary jetlagged skin - and at 75mls a tube, it'll pass any security restrictions! Score!
Have you tried the Sanctuary Spa lotion? Or perhaps one of their other products? What did you think? Next best thing to a spa treatment? - Lauren