1 Apr 2016
Spring Skincare Shake Up with The Body Shop
Spring cleaning isn't just limited to your wardrobe and that dusty cupboard under the stairs, so come the change of seasons (and the lighter evenings I've been dreaming of for months - yay!) I like to make sure I'm giving my usual routines a good old clear out and revamping anything that isn't quite doing the job for me. I picked up a few things to start refreshing my skincare back at the start of March, but now that it's finally feeling more like Spring it's time for a complete overhaul.
On a surprisingly sunny day in Glasgow I headed along to the Butterfly & The Pig for some of their ever-so-delicious afternoon tea, and more importantly a date with The Body Shop at Home to chat skincare. I've had a fair few run ins with The Body Shop's skincare in the past, and it's always been a safe choice for me. So many of my staple products are by The Body Shop, such as their Camomile Cleansing Oil and just about all of the Vitamin E Range. Spending an afternoon getting to know more of their offerings and chatting with the super knowledgeable consultant, Claire, left me itching to try so much more of what was available.
I've been raving about the Vitamin E range for what feels like years, but it seriously works. Having used pretty much every product from the range and loving just about everything I'd tried I was really excited to see the new, repackaged range. I've got both the new and old style of packaging for the Cream Cleanser, Hydrating Toner and the Sink-In Moisture Sleeping Mask and have to say that the new packaging is just beautiful. It's simple, and I love how it references the original Body Shop packaging yet still looks modern and sleek.
Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the product itself is still the same old goodness that I've known and loved for years now. They're moisturising, soothing and the added wheatgerm oil which Claire told us will help with redness and rosacea. The Vitamin E range suits all skin types and helps protect against external pollutants such as UVA/UVB rays, cigarette smoke and general city life. It's no wonder I am obsessed with this stuff.
Check out more of my thought on the Vitamin E Range here: Moisture Serum, Serum in Oil, First Impressions
The Drops of Youth range had been on my radar for a while, having been raved about by bloggers, YouTubers and Body Shop lovers alike, so I was really excited to finally try some for myself. I may be able to pass for a twelve year old, but I'm starting to become a bit more conscious of anti-ageing skincare so that I can hopefully maintain my "youthful looks" for years to come.
As well as loving good skincare, I also love fun little extra features, which is why I was enamoured with the concept of the Bouncy Sleep Mask and it's memory-shape texture. It has a super light formula, designed to be left on overnight, and boasts a punch of Edelweiss. Not only is Edelweiss the focus of a tune from an ever-so-popular musical, it's also a powerful force in anti-ageing. This mask has a bit of a sticky texture, which I'm not a massive fan of, but it's super hydrating and leaves my skin feeling refreshed without weighing it down.
I needed a new serum in my routine, so the Youth Concentrate and Eye Youth Concetrate were welcome additions to my stash. Both aim to leave skin feeling refreshed, looking smoother and in overall healthy condition. They're not greasy, don't leave a horrible sticky residue and help emphasise the benefits of the rest of my routine. I'm also a big fan of the rollerball applicator for the Eye Concentrate, which adds to the impact of the product by bringing a soothing, cooling experience to help de-puff the eye area.
Being a fan of the Origins Gin-Zing moisturiser I was excited to try the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, which seemed to me like the perfect dupe but with an extra-potent boost of Vitamin C in comparison. In a similar vein to my other much loved products, it's got a lightweight formula that still does the job when it comes to hydrating. I'm loving it as a daily moisturiser so far, and I'm already noticing a more glow-y complexion so I'm looking forward to seeing how much of a difference continued use makes. It supposedly works wonders for dull, tired & grumpy skin - which leaves me wondering if it works on dull, tired & grumpy people too...
I'd always thought that tea tree oil would be super drying for my skin, but I've been proven wrong. This tiny little vial has helped soothe my skin in a way I never expected, helping to clear up blemishes without irritating my skin. A tiny drop makes such a difference to even the angriest of spots, so I know that this little bottle will last for a very long time.
I don't know if it's worrying or sensible that I get excited by new skincare, but I do love some new beauty bargains! Parties with The Body Shop at Home boast lots of special offers which you can shop from the comfort of your own home with your friends - it makes a great get together with a bit of a difference. Home shopping parties have been a thing for a while, but not many people seem to know that you can have them with The Body Shop too! Trying out their newest launches and the good old favourites from all of the ranges sounds like a pretty good night to me...
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