Temple Spa – The Big Reveal & The Contourist
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A few weeks ago I reviewed Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream and explained why my opinion of Temple Spa had been changed for the better. Since then I was lucky enough to receive this Temple Spa skincare duo that I have been trying out for the past few weeks.
Temple Spa’s philosophy is all about treating your body like a temple, using relaxing and comforting methods like you would receive in a spa, and their products are designed to treat mind, body and soul.
Read on to find out how I got on with the skincare duo…
The Big Reveal is a glycolic resurfacing peel for your skin, it works in a flash to lift away dead skin cells and debris and leave the skin looking clear and radiant. It’s a clear gel with a bit of a jelly-like consistency and a very strong acidic smell, the active ingredient here is glycolic acid which lifts those dead skin cells.
You apply the gel to your face just like you would a mask, then allow it to dry which doesn’t take very long at all (the skin may start to tingle). Once the gel has dried on your skin you gently rub the product from the skin with your fingers and it comes off in little flakes taking the dead skin and grime with it. It’s best to do this step over a sink, to catch all the little flakes! I did find that some of the flakes attached themselves to the fine hairs on my jawline and around my hairline, but a gentle wipe with a damp cloth removes any stubborn patches.
After using my skin feels radiant and smooth, I’d say it gives very similar results to those of REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask which is one of my favourite face masks of all time, and skin stays looking radiant for days. The only downside is the strong smell which makes my eyes water a bit when I am applying The Big Reveal, and I’d suggest you avoid this product if you have sensitive skin or allergies as glycolic acid isn’t recommended for those with sensitive skin.
Overall I’d say that The Big Reveal is a great peel and I’d definitely purchase it in the future. I like the fact that it’s a bit different too, I don’t know of any high street brands that do a similar peel product.
The Contourist is a contouring sheet face mask that was only released at the start of March 2015 so I was one of the first people to get to try it! The Contourist aims to remodel, tighten and contour the face in just 20 minutes, which is a pretty big claim! But does it work?
On opening the sachet you are presented with a white fabric sheet mask soaked in a clear gel. The mask has holes for the eyes, nostrils and mouth, and loops that go around the ears, although I couldn’t get mine to stretch quite far enough to reach the ears, and I found that the eye holes were a bit too close together. The sheet mask should be applied over cleansed skin, then I recommend you have a lie down for 20 minutes to ensure that the mask stays in place – don’t open the door to anyone either, it’s not a pretty sight!
After wearing the mask for 20 minutes remove the sheet and throw it away, then massage any left over gel into your skin. I finished off by applying Temple Spa Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream into my skin for added moisture.
Temple Spa suggests that The Contourist is an ‘instant facelift’ and restores the ‘chiselled look of youth’…. I’m not quite sure it lives up to these expectations – whilst my skin did feel plumped immediately after removing the mask, and the wrinkle in between my eyebrows was less obvious and smoothed, the effect was only temporary and the next day my skin was back to its old self. I’d suggest that The Contourist is great to use before a big event or night out, but I couldn’t really see any long term benefits.
Out of the 2 products my favourite is definitely The Big Reveal, it has lasting results on the skin and it’s so quick to use…. much quicker than a full facial! It’s not cheap, but you only need a small amount to cover the face so I think that the tube will last quite a while.
The Big Reveal is priced at £40 for 50ml, available from the Temple Spa website or your local consultant.
The Contourist is priced at £50 for 6 sachets, available from the Temple Spa website or your local consultant.
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