We reviewed Thalgo Freshness Exfoliator (£26 for 50ml).
This exfoliator is packaged in a delicate and simple blue box. The tube itself is white with a blue lid and blue lettering. Upon opening the tube there is no particular aroma and the exfoliator itself is a bright white cream.
What’s in it:
The product contains polyethylene micro-beads to exfoliate the skin, and menthol, which provides a feeling of freshness. It also contains red algae extract, which is supposed to revitalise skin, and grapefruit extract to tone it. It doesn't contain parabens, mineral oils, GMO or artificial colouring.
The instructions tell you to apply it once or twice a week to a damp face, massaging gently in circular motions with your fingertips and to rinse thoroughly afterwards. The exfoliator feels like soft sand on your skin, which means that it is quite a pleasant sensation as you rub it in. A little cream goes a long way, so you don't need more than a few dollops to cover your face and neck.
The product claims to freshen the skin, which it certainly achieves through the coolness of the menthol. My skin also felt softer afterward using the product. The next day my pores were a little tighter and my skin slightly fresher; but in a gentle, non-dramatic way.
The cream itself feels delicate and luxurious and you're also paying for the brand, so one would expect it to be relatively expensive. However, this is offset by the fact that one tube will last you quite a while – as you're only using a few dollops once or twice a week.
I think I would buy this product again, as I enjoyed how fresh and cool it made my skin feel. This product would suit anyone who'd like to introduce a little luxury into their skincare routine every now and again, without a hefty price tag.