I was at Asda recently when the Nspa skincare range caught my eye. Probably because there was an offer on – two for £8! Most of the products were priced at around £6 or £7 so that’s practically buy one get one free! So I picked out a few bits. I’ve never used anything in the Nspa range before but it has caught my eye before.
It’s exclusive to Asda but doesn’t have Asda written all over the packaging, it looks more like an independent brand – and the best thing is, it’s all cruelty free, they don’t test on animals.
I like that each product is labelled with a number indicating at which step of the cleansing ritual it should be used. Products named one should be used to cleanse; number two should be used to exfoliate; three to ‘treat’ the skin (condition and replenish the skin); and finally products labelled with a four are used to moisturise.
I mainly focused on products labelled for steps two to four as I already have cleanse products that I like and use regularly.
The first thing I noticed about all of the products I tested was the gorgeous smell. They all smell quite gentle and delicate but lightly spiced, almost reminding me of gingerbread men!
The first product I tested was the Hot Cloth Polish which is part of step two. It’s creamy in texture and made of cocoa butter blended with almond oil and ginseng. You pump once or twice into your hands and then massage into your face using small circles. Drench the muslin cloth (comes with the polish) in hot water, wring it out and then wipe away the polish from your face. My face did feel nice afterwards and it’s gentle enough for everyday use.
The Skin Glow Mud Mask is also part of step two and offers a deeper cleanse with Kaolin clay and charcoal to draw out dirt and impurities. You only need a thin layer applied to the skin and then you let it dry for about 15 or 20 minutes before washing off. When I applied it, it stung the skin underneath my nose so be careful if you have sensitive skin. My face felt really good after this and the other great thing is that it can be used as a spot treatment, which is good as I still get the odd stubborn one.
Next up, or step three if you will, was the Deep Hydrating Facial Oil. I hadn’t used a face oil before and wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, presuming it’d just make my skin feel really greasy. But it made it feel so, so soft! You only need to use a couple of drops, warm them up between your hands and then massage into your face.
Finally I used the Ultra Hydrate Clean and my skin was singing afterwards.
All these products were such a bargain and felt and smelled lovely. I think my favourites are the mud mask and the facial oil so I’ll definitely be getting those again.