31 October 2013

Product Review: Sanctuary Spa Firming Youth Serum

I am at the age where anti-ageing products are a must, and my skin is benefitting greatly from using serums as well. Here are my thoughts on the *Sanctuary Spa Firming Youth Serum;


What They Say:
"This firming serum is a crucial stage in the Youth Boosting Facial and delivers a specialised wrinkle-reducing complex that helps strengthen and promote collagen synthesis. Over time the skin looks visibly firmer and lifted, whilst an active shown to lessen muscle contractions reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A blend of antioxidant vitamins and green tea help protect the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated, supple and looking youthful."

RRP: $29.99 (30g) – Available from Priceline

What I Say:
I have recently tried a few other products from Sanctuary Spa, including the Crème Soufflé, Essentials Salt Scrub, and Youth Boosting Facial Warming Micro-Brasion Polish, and as all have been amazing products, I was looking forward to testing the Firming Youth Serum as well.

Sanctuary Spa is from the UK, and realised that the brand has been around for over 35 years through a Spa in London’s Covent Garden, although the actual Sanctuary Spa Range wasn’t actually launched until 1998…. And I was in fact living in London in 1998 and did spend a fair bit of time in Covent Garden, so that is possibly why the brand did initially sound somewhat familiar to me.

I also love the fact that Sanctuary Spa is against animal testing and the products are free from parabens.

The Firming Youth Serum comes in a white pump bottle with silver writing, which is simply yet stylish too, although the white bottle means that you cannot see how much serum you have left in the bottle. And as always, I love that it comes with a pump, although that is simple and easy to use, dispensing just the amount of serum you need without wastage.

The serum has a slight floral scent, which is gentle and quickly fades once the serum has absorbed into the skin.

The actual serum is white in colour, and unlike other serums it has a consistency like a very light moisturiser. It absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving if feeling soft and smooth, and without leaving the skin feeling greasy. It is quite moisturising, but I still feel the need to use a moisturiser on top. But in saying that, having combination skin, I can imagine that the serum would be sufficient for my skin during the warmer summer months where my skin tends to a bit greasier.


Some serums tend to be too greasy on my skin, especially during the day, and consequently mean that my makeup won’t stay put for very long. With the Firming Youth Serum that is not the case making no difference to the longevity of my makeup.

Sanctuary Spa claims that over time the skin looks visibly firmer and lifted, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle will be reduced.
So how did the serum fare after using it morning and night for about a month?

One of those things that always worry me when using new moisturisers and serums, is that it will make my skin breakout, but I am happy to say that has not been the case.

As for making my skin looking firmer and lifted, and my wrinkles and lines reduced, I must admit that I do not feel I have seen any major results. I however do feel that my skin is more moisturised, which in itself makes the skin look more firm and less lined as nothing makes lines and wrinkles stand out more than dry skin.

What I Like:
  • That it is lightweight and absorbs quickly into my skin
  • It doesn’t make my skin break out
  • Suitable for use both morning and night, and works perfectly under makeup
  • Nice gentle floral scent
  • Sanctuary Spa is against animal testing and the products are free from parabens

What I Don’t Like:
  • It is reasonably priced for a serum
  • While the white bottle is simple and stylish, it is impossible to see how much serum is left in the bottle

Overall, while I did not see any major results in the appearance of my lines, wrinkles and expression lines, it is a lovely serum, and my skin has thoroughly enjoyed getting a moisture boost, without my skin feeling drowned or congested. This serum perfect for those with combination or oilier skin types while those with drier skin probably won’t find it sufficiently moisturising.  
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you ever heard of the Sanctuary Spa products? Do you ever use serums? What is your favourite serum?


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