Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sanctuary Spa 5 Minutes Thermal Detox Mask Review



Sanctuary Spa 5 minutes Thermal Detox mask is a self-heating charcoal mask for deep cleansing and purifying skin. Charcoal based products are everywhere nowadays. This is my personal favourite and it works exactly what it claims. It is a self-heating mask to open pores and draws out the impurities trapped in pores. It leaves skin very soft, clean and supple. Skin doesn’t feel dry or tight whatsoever.

It is very gentle on skin since it has beeswax, almond oil and glycerine. It also contains xanthan gum which I believe gives this mask a very gummy texture. That’s why it is recommended to be used on damp skin as on dry skin it is not spreadable. It also has dimethicone and I don’t understand why it is required to be in this mask and what could be the benefit of it? I tried to search about it but couldn’t find anything online. Therefore, I will call it a mystery ingredient.
Main ingredient is Zeolite, which is famous for detoxing skin and body. Zeolite is basically the lave after it cools down and turns into charcoal.


Sanctuary spa 5 minutes’ thermal detox mask comes in a plastic squeezable tube. I like the packaging for mess free application as it sucks the access product back inside the tube. However, in cold weather it is nearly impossible to get the product out of tube. Then I wish, it was available in a jar. The texture of this mask is very weird. On dry skin It is very stretchy like gum but on damp skin it melts and spreads like a butter.


Application process is fairly simple and easy. After removing makeup, damp your skin and then massage a thin layer over face and neck. Once it comes in contact with skin, it instantly gets really warm. But this sensation doesn’t last very long. After 30 seconds skin feels normal again. Leave it for only five minutes to detox skin. It doesn’t get dry like traditional clay or charcoal based mask. Then Rinse it off with warm water. I prefer to use wash cloth to remove the mask. It comes off easily with warm wet wash cloth or muslin cloth. Every time I use it, I can see an instant difference. Skin looks more clear and healthy. It leaves skin very soft to touch and smooth. It is also very tough on blackheads.


I found this mask much better than Origins charcoal mask because Origins ones irritated my skin really bad. My skin is slightly sensitive to clay or mud based products. But thermal detox mask never gave any issues. And I have been using this mask for years. It is very economical in comparison to other charcoal masks too and delivers the same results, in some cases, better results.

It is available at Boots. A 100 ml tube costs £10 but you can get it on offer. If you want to try it before committing to a full size product, it is available in a sachet for one time use. 

A bit of warning though. If you do not deep cleanse your skin very often, you will experience a bump or two after first use. Besides it is pretty common with any deep cleansing products as they stimulate skin cell and pull impurities to the surface. If impurities are deep in tissues, they will end up in a form of blemish. However, it is not something to be worried about. After a couple of uses, you can get clear and glowing skin.

I hope you have enjoyed this review. Leave your comments below and tell me what’s your favourite charcoal based product?


In the memory of my brother

17 comments:

  1. This sounds interesting I haven't used a self heating mask in a while. I might try the sachet first, thanks for mentioning that.

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    1. Sachets are perfect for trying new masks.

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  2. Love the colour of this! (weirdly). Might have to give it a try as I love trying out new face masks.

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    1. LOL. It has interesting colour. Not blue, not grey :)

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  3. Nice review! I might have to get this for my wife to try at some point.

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  4. Oh I have a clay mask that has same color and feels the same on skin but I never saw what ingredients it has, this one sounds really interesting too.

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  5. I love self heating masks! I didn't know about the deep cleanse can cause spots if you haven't got clear skin. Makes sense though!

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    1. It happens to me often after taking facials and using clarisonic after a while.

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  6. I've never used a self heating mask before, but I've heard mixed things about them. I love the packaging of this one, but the mystery ingredient makes me a little nervous.

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    1. Yes it is weird to add silicon in mask but I don't see it effecting my skin by any means. I think it gives more slip to the mask. And as it only stays on face for 5 minutes, I don't think it will make clog pores as well.

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  7. It is not a bad price either and my skin always has blackheads arggh my skin needs this thermal mask immediately x

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  8. Not tried a self heating mask before but it sounds great, might just have to get this

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  9. Haven't tried this ever but it sounds like an incredible mask. Need to try this out. Nice review

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  10. I have never tried a charcoal product. This sounds awesome, it sounds like it makes your skin feel amazing. Kaz x

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  11. I need a good purifying mask. Must try this one, love charcoal!!

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  12. Ooh, that self-heating mask sounds lovely! Nothing better than a bit of pampering. x

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  13. Hearing a lot about charcoal masks so would love to try this :) x

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