Thursday, 11 September 2014

Not worth the hype? Sanctuary thermal detox mask

Don't you just hate it when products don't live up to the hype that surrounds them? it doesn't necessarily mean that they're bad products but they just don't fulfil your expectations for them which is exactly what has happened to me with this product... it just isn't all that great. I feel bad for writing bad reviews and there's controversy within the blogging world as to whether you should or shouldn't write bad reviews... I personally think it's okay as your review may help out other people when it comes down to deciding on a product.

I will start off by saying that the sanctuary 5 minute thermal detox mask retails at £10.50 for boots so it's not the cheapest mask on the high street and it's a thermal mask which means that when you start to rub it into your skin it heats up which opens your your pores and gives your skin a deeper clean, it's supposed to rebalance your skins oil levels as well as purify the skin leaving it clearer and silky feeling... I personally felt nothing like this, for me it kinda just did nothing. I expected this mask so heat up and then cool down into a clay-like finish, granted it isn't a clay mask but I still expected it to dry and set but instead it has a wet consistency and finish on the skin and doesn't dry at all which doesn't feel purifying in the slightest, and it doesn't feel as thought it's drawing out any impurities. With other masks such as the una brennan tea flower mask and the origins active charcoal mask once they're washed off I instantly see results and my skin looks clearer and healthier but with this I saw no results at all, I have persevered time after time but I just haven't seen any change in my skin when I use this and I generally don't like how it feels on the skin. I normally like to relax in the bath with a facemask on and watch pretty little liars for a while but do not try that with this mask... it will just drip off your face and melts. I personally feel that there are better masks for a fraction of the price It may just be me and my preferences as I know that others such as fleur de force love it.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this mask because I do feel that there are better options on the highstreet that give brilliant results, I will try and use up the tube to get my moneys worth but I have my doubts that I will see any further results

Have your tried this mask - what are your thoughts on it?


  1. I have the complete opposite experience with this mask! I bought one of the sachets to test it which was £3, so super expensive for what you get, but it was totally worth it. I'll pick up the full size soon since it really cleared up my skin and made it look much brighter!

    Dina xx

    1. I wish I got those results when I use it! I don't particularly have bad skin at all, I just like to use a mask weekly to clear it out but this just didn't do anything for me which is disappointing because so many people love it! xx

  2. I do really like this mask, but like you I would prefer it to dry. I was shocked when I found out that it was a gel consistency!

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty

  3. I haven't tried this but i'm not really into masks which don't dry, I can never tell whether they're ready to come off!

    Jade x
    Beauty Butterfly | UK Beauty Blog