New into Boots this month is the brand Afterspa, and they got in touch and asked me if I’d like to try their line, having a look over their products I said yes after seeing a few things which piqued my interest.
Cleansing Puffs (£6)
I was really curious about the Afterspa Cleansing Puffs as I feel like I haven’t seen anything like this in years, I remember using something like this in my teen years and haven’t even seen them since. These come in a pack of two and are an oval shape and made of a polyester material. These are probably not the best for those with really sensitive skins as it’s quite an aggressive little performer and not one I can find myself using daily.
It’s described as being perfect for removing dead skin cells as well as unclogging pores. You can use this on it’s own to exfoliate, or with a cleanser, it has quite an intense scratchy texture so I find a creamy cleanser a nice nourishing counterbalance for this. This exfoliates and resurfaces the skin well, but like I said it’s quite rough and isn’t for the faint-hearted. The shape of these does make it easy to reach different areas with it’s egg type shape with one end that’s significantly smaller and get into smaller areas.
Facial Micro Scrubber (£6)
The surprise favourite out of the three was the Facial Micro Scrubber. This is a sponge in the middle, with a flannel texture which has a soft grittiness to it. I find the effects quite similar to the cleansing puffs, in that it smooths out the skin an removes any signs of dry and flaky skin, but it’s much less harsh and better for more frequent use thanks to the comfortable sponge which sits in the middle.
This is really good little tool for scrubbing away any really stubborn eye makeup too (despite it’s not it’s intended use!).
Magic Makeup Remover (£5.50)
You may remember I reviewed something similar from W7 a few months ago and this one is very similar in terms of performance. It works incredibly well at removing makeup without any cleansers or product and is a great step to use prior to the exfoliation products, using the cleansers with the exfoliators instead. I think these are great for people who have really sensitive skins, as it’s a way to go completely product free for makeup removal.
This cloth is slightly softer than the one I had from W7, the microfibre feels shorter and almost more like a velvet which is very nice to use. I will say it’s not really any different performance wise to any of the ones I’ve tried and is slightly smaller than my W7 one meaning I get less uses out of it before I need to wash it.
One thing I really like about the cleansing puffs and the micro-scrubber is the packaging. These come packaged in a soft plastic casing, with a suction pad on the inside that clips on top of the packaging allowing them to hang up in the shower, or beside your sink to keep things tidy.
Now I know what you’re thinking – no one wants to be letting these sit in water whilst they drain out, but there’s holes at the bottom to allow everything to dry out quickly and the excess water drip out. I’ve been keeping my eye on what happens with this and despite the UK’s crappy summer they seem to be dried out as quickly as they would be if you left them fully exposed.
Overall I think the Afterspa range has a lot of potential and it’s nice to see this kind of a range making it’s way onto the highstreet. I personally don’t think I would repurchase the cleansing puffs again, I think they’re for a very specific person who likes something harsh, as well as someone who needs heavy exfoliation. I am however a big fan of the other two items that they sent over and I’m looking forward to seeing more of what this range has to offer.
Do you have any skincare accessories you like to use?
Afterspa Items sent for review, but review is based on my experience with the product.