ESPA Optimal Skin Challenge & ProCleanser Review

In celebration of the recent addition to their Optimal Skin range – the ProCleanser – ESPA have recently challenged Bloggers to transform their skincare regime by sampling their ProCleanser and ProSerum, and to share their experiences online.

The routine is supposed to strengthen skin, promote healthy, youthful, radiant looking skin, and offer instant, as well as long term results. As a busy mum who’s more than used to disturbed sleep and early starts, my interest was piqued; this definitely sounded like something I need in my life, and so I was super excited to take them up on the challenge!

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About 3 weeks ago this gorgeously packaged bundle arrived on my doorstep (NB: more companies should use metallic, coloured jiffy envelopes – it makes for much more exciting post!) and I eagerly opened it to reveal my trial kit. Read on to find out more about the Optimal Skin range and most importantly my verdict.

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ESPA’s recently launched Optimal Skin Pro-Cleanser* (100ml, £30) is a Tri-Phase multifunctional gel cleanser. Simply put it’s a cleanser, exfoliator and mask in one, harnessing botanicals such a Moringa seed extract to cleanse, Jojoba spheres which gently exfoliate, and Pumpkin enzymes to dissolve dull cells, revealing a healthy glow. Multi-purpose products such as this triple action cleanser get my thumbs up. No messing about with 3 seperate steps, this fit right in to my hectic morning routine!

The exfoliation the cleanser delivers is gentle but effective, and I love the way the Jojoba beads melt into a silky oil. It is at this stage you can leave the cleanser on the face as a mask, laying back to enjoy the gorgeous scent while the Pumpkin enzymes get to work providing even more exfoliation. Afterwards a quick sweep of a muslin cloth, flannel, or hands is all it takes to remove all trace of the ProCleanser. All that’s left to do now is enjoy clean, soft, radiant skin.

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To follow the cleanser is the Optimal Skin ProSerum* (30ml, £48). Described as a ‘super serum’ and treatment oil combined, it contains potent botanical extracts including Tumeric, Rose Hip Oil, White Lupin, Kalpariane Seaweed Extract, Sunflower Seed, Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil (phew, that’s some list and I’ve not even finished!) which all offer beneficial properties to help protect and strengthen the skin. This ticks a few of my boxes already as I’m a big fan of facial oils, and of Rose and Patchouli essential oils, which this contains. Once again this slotted in easily to both my AM and PM beauty routines and the silky, light texture of the oil was readily absorbed by my combination skin – not an oil slick in sight.

Having tried a few products from this luxury spa brand already I had quite high expectations of these products and I must say I was not disappointed.  They definitely delivered on their promises and to boot were thoroughly enjoyable to use. After use my skin instantly feels softer and hydrated. Slowly I can also see a brightness returning to my skin that seemed to have diminished in recent years. I will definitely be putting both products on my wishlist and hoping someone generous like my husband buys them me for Christmas (hint, hint). Or failing that I’ll have to buy them for myself!

Have you tried the Optimal Skin range from ESPA?

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Right now ESPA have an offer where you receive a complimentary Limited Edition Mandarin Lip Balm (worth £10) with every full size Optimal ProSerum. Explore the ESPA website and full product range here.

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