“ Brand: Sanex / Exfoliating / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Exfoliates, „
This is a good and fair product from SANEX but in comparison with other brands that produce DERMA care this unfortunately struggles and lies helpless in its wake.
I purchased this due to it's brilliant care for skin and especially for its care for sensitive skin but my main concern was, at the time, the fact that I over did it in the sun last Summer, I caught a few extra rays with all the excitement of the sun in the sky for more than a few hours, although I felt I protected my skin with sun care I always worry about exfoliating my skin once its been exposed to the sun due to the irritation and slight discomfort it can cause so I was hoping this would help.
The shower gel was effective and I found it to be cooling on the skin, it definitely didn't add any discomfort but I found that the 'EXFOLIATION' aspect just didn't work or as effective as I hoped it would be. It was thankfully gentle and I worked it into my skin for the effect as I was confident that SANEX product wouldn't cause the skin to kick off yet it wasn't that much of a difference compared to the rest of the range.
If I were rating this on just the shower gel alone that would get 5 hearts but on the exfoliation aspect it's sadly a three.
Again... I know, I know, BOOTS do great price, I'm sure there's a better price out there but £1.89 for 500 ml is brilliant, prices however my friends can and do vary.
This shower gel from Sanex claims to keep skin healthy producing renewed and smooth skin everyday. The gel is an exfoliant and contains micro beads.
The bottle is 250ml and is regtangle in shape. The bottle itself is frosted, you can see the gel through it however, which is green. The lid is blue and operates via a push-down bit on the top.
The gel is pale green and contains lots and lots of tiny little blue beads. They remind me of particles of sand, except that they are not as harsh on your skin! I haven't been using a shower puff for this and find that I need two squirts for my body as it lathers up quite well. I think there are a good number of the beads in the gel, you can really feel them when rubbing this into your skin. It washes off easily and leaves behind no trace.
There is no real smell to this product, it does smell of something but not anything I can put a name to, it just smells of unfragrenced shower gel. Although I would prefer it to have slight hint of something to it, I presume this has been done to limit the number of ingredients and for this reason I do not mind.
This dermo-active gel is supposed to actively work with the skin and is dermatologically tested. It is also gentle enough for daily use. I have sensistive skin so for this gel to not irritate my skin shows that the above claims are true.
I do believe also that the claim it gives of renewed and smooth skin is true. Since using this product my skin appears to be slightly less cracked and dry as it was.
I am nearly at the end of the bottle now but because I have a few other gels to use first, will not be purchasing this again soon. But I will certainly consider it in the future when I run out of shower gel.
I have no problems with this at all apart from the tiny problem that because of the nature of the lid, sometimes the gel sticks to the outside of the lid. But who really cares about that when you are in the shower?!
The 500ml version of other versions of this product on www.boots.co.uk cost £3.19 so this size must be about £1.99.
The Sanex range of toiletries is well known for being kind to skin. I do have sensitive skin and use most of the Sanex products. I was very keen to try this exfoliator as I cannot use most of the other exfoliators on the shelves.
The Sanex dermo exfoliate comes in a 250 ml bottle. It comes in a see through bottle (which may appear green due to the colour of the gel coming through the bottle) and a blue lid. The lid is well designed as it has a very good grip so you can open the bottle easily, which is good as it gets slippery when it gets wet.
This exfoliate is able to be used daily to renew and smooth skin. The gel itself is green in colour and has micro beads which are blue in colour.
It is a delight to use. It does not feel abrasive and your skin feels great and smooth afterwards. It also looks a lot nicer. It also stops ingrown hairs from forming. It also helped my daughter who had small spots on the top of her arms. After using for two weeks they improved alot.
The smell is pleasant too. It has a fresh flowery smell to it.
The gel is dermo active so it actively works with your skin. My skin felt all round healthier.
It cost £1.79 available from supermarkets and chemists.
Sanex is a shower gel that I have often used simply because the first time I ever saw it, I was on tour with an orchestra in France and Germany. It seems to be a universal product available internationally although I assumed that it was slow to come to the UK because I never really saw much of this product line until the early 1990's but realise due to You Tube adverts that Sanex was available as far back as the 1970's!
From time to time then I have used Sanex as a back up shower gel simply because it is so cheap to buy and because it largely carries the promise of what it does. Considering that most shower gels cost around £1-99 for a 250ml bottle, I've found that on average Sanex in 500ml bottle versions come in at around £2-87 and £3-00 depending on supermarkets. There has to be something wrong with it, right? After all you're paying less for double the amount of gel...Ah but wait! Pharmacies are forever reducing the cost of Sanex and 500ml bottles can often be purchased on a BOGOF format (Buy One Get One Free,) which can be a lot more economical. I recently purchased two different versions both 500ml at the cost of £2 on the BOGOF feature at Superdrug. I returned the week after and bought another two bottles just incase the offer runs out!
However if you are into the bargains then you will have already bought your shower net puff or a sponge suitable for use with shower gels...
Available in 250ml, 500ml and 750ml, there are primarily four versions of Sanex that can be seen on shelves across supermarkets and other pharmacies such as Boots who stock the same brand. In thrift type pharmacies such as Semi Chem and Superdrug it makes sense to look out for the smaller 250ml pack which also contains a free net scrub if you're into your bargains. This is very handy for people who are about to travel, or if simply you like those kind of net scrubs. More about this net scrub in a little while as all will be revealed! Cost of the net pack is usually £1-99 or slightly more above £2 for the special edition net pack with a small bottle of the white shower gel type cream.
One of the problems that early Sanex bottles had was the simple fact that they were wide and tall; currently although the bottles in general have been improved with narrower diameters, they are still too tall and fat, so in terms of storing the 750ml version, be prepared to stack it somewhere in your bathroom or leave it on the shower floor. These bottles are simply humungous but do last on average between 5 and 8 months depending on usage. I've even kept one 750ml for a whole year.
Nowadays Sanex are still priced cheaply; their current 500ml bottles are still priced from £1 to £2 but whilst their latest line up of "Dermo Protection," looks like shower gels, they still cannot be upturned or reversed with a hook to hang onto a shower rail, which is really annoying and begs the question, "why call it a shower gel," when it's not been properly designed for use in a shower? Think I'm being pedantic? LDL's cheap 23p shower gel has a hook so why can't Sanex? Their smaller 250ml bottle however has one but the smaller 250ml can be difficult to find unless it comes in the special edition net scrub pack and the price escalates in lieu of the bigger bottles.
There are four versions of Sanex of which I have used, and still use as a back up shower gel when my premium gifts have run out, or simply when I just want a decent shower that is quick and easy to do.
1. Dermo Protector: A white shower cream as opposed to a gel designed to cleanse and protect. I've never really found it has a protecting slant but it does leave my skin feeling properly washed.
2. Dermo Purifying: A clear shower gel, thicker in consistency. Leaves my skin feeling soft.
3. Dermo Sensitive: A yummy peachy looking shower cream which is actually pretty decent.
4. Dermo Exfoliate: A green gel in a light green plastic frosted bottle, designed to obviously exfoliate and moisturise; has tiny grains of exfoliating beads running through it.
Generally I have found that the scent on most of Sanex shower gels is virtually the same; bordering from being at first, extremely under powering and if you have used Cussons Wheat germ shower gel in the past you'll recognise a very similar shower gel kind of a smell. It's not overly impressive so don't go thinking that the bargain price you see this product advertised at is priced according to smell. If you haven't sampled Wheat Germ before, then be prepared for a woody, pine like fragrance which is very understated. Dermo Exfoliate however has a strong and fresh imprint of Evening Primrose when it's in actual use. It can be off putting at first if you are looking for a wow factor the moment you lift the lid and give it a sniff - and that's where the pine slant may well remind you of Cussons Wheat Germ. However the shower experience is completely different in terms of what it does on my skin.
You see, the emphasis largely placed on the existence of Sanex is the fact that all products are soap free, dermatologically tested, ph-balanced and equate to repair "damaged" skin by what the company state "replacing a protective layer of natural ingredients designed to protect skin." Infact according to the company, the shower gels can be used on all skin types and they are all designed to keep skin healthy. In all the years I've purchased Sanex, not one of their shower gels or creams have left my skin dry after use.
Firstly unlike some of the other shower gels I've used, I find that Dermo Exfoliate fails to foam up unless you use it with a sponge or a net puff. Indeed, it is the use with a net puff that would stand to reason when using this very method of scarring your skin softly getting rid of dead skin cells. Of course you can't see them; they're not going to crawl up your legs and bite you on your nose! It comes across as a disappointment early on if you just apply the gel to your body in the hope that by using the naturalness of your palm to apply the gel all over that it will foam up into a rather lovely foamy, luxurious feeling mess. Apply to the net puff however and it does lather up extremely well, doing the job as intended and gives your skin that added exfoliation technique anyway. I also find using a net puff tends to keep the product longer thus you only need a small amount to go a long way. My skin literally throbs with Dermo Exfoliate as any shower gel should do with the use of a net scrub, but my skin also shines nicely and it feels very smooth and soft once I've rinsed all the suds away. Certainly in terms of softness I'd put this along with one of my more favourite (and higher priced) shower gels under the Neutralia range but the scent of the gel dies away at the end of each shower session - a great pity. Used with a soft sponge, Dermo Exfoliate creams up very well again and gives a lovely soft and fresh, almost vibrant and clean feeling after all it has been rinsed away off my body.
One issue that I must point out about Sanex is that they are constantly updating their product range. Although no longer viewable on their website for example, Dermo Exfoliate still exists in the shops whilst the older Purifying version seems to have been replaced with a Dermo Moisturise shower gel and if you like Baby powder scents, you'll love the Moisturise version!
Primarily then if you can't shower or bath with gels and potions which contain soap, this is the product for you. However it doesn't have a very long lasting fresh appeal and the design of the shower gel bottles in general, I find especially don't sit well for practical use. If it's a soap free gel at a cheap price you need, then consider Sanex. For healthier skin you can feel and see Sanex takes some beating. Made by the people who brought you frozen cakes! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
Sara Lee H&BC UK
Slough SL1 4AU