As much as I love trying and testing new products to find what works for me, it can be very hard on one’s bank account. Which is why, of late, I hardly ever buy anything without proper research. It’s the reason I love reading beauty blogs and watching copious amounts of reviews on Youtube. (It’s kinda addictive!)
I am very happy (my bank account is too), that I have final found a skincare range that seems to be working for me. I’ve been using these products for several months now and I’m very happy with the results. My skin and I are on the same page and it feels safe in the comfort zone of the same products each day. It just so happens that all my skincare products are from The Body Shop. (And no, this post is not sponsored by them, however I could clearly be a brand ambassador.) I guess I’m just kinda obsessed with The Body Shop. I love the fact that they are cruelty free; they use natural ingredients that smell so heavenly; they have products for almost all skin types, especially for my dry skin; and they always seem to have a good deal running, whether it’s 20% off or 3 for 2 deals (I’m love me some good deals!)
My skincare routine begins with a daily essential, Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash. I use the mini facial brush to work this into my skin using circular motions. The facial wash is a soft cream that is perfect for dry skin as it’s not too abrasive and is hydrating as it contains wheatgerm oil. The bristles on the mini facial brush are soft enough but also firm enough to really work the product into your skin cleaning all dirt and excess makeup. I use this combination both in the morning and the evening. (Okay, that’s a lie! Most evenings I’m too tired to wash my face and just use a Micellar water to remove my make up and sleep!)
After cleansing my face, it’s now time to get into all the creams, serums, oils and whatever else I cover my face in. Vitamin E Eye Cream is great for the thin, delicate area around my eyes that can sometimes get dry and tight. Through trial and error I’ve learnt that the tiniest amount of product goes a very long way. I use this around my entire eye area working it in gently with my fingers. It brightens up my eyes and soothes any dry or tight feeling.
Although the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil is supposed to be used for exactly that, overnight. I love the soft feeling of this oil on my face for a fresh, dewy look in the day. It absorbs into the skin and leaves my skin absolutely silky smooth and moisturized. Just a few drops does the trick as its slightly thick consistency holds onto my skin for long wearing.
After a few seconds to allow the Serum-in-Oil to settle into my skin, I apply a pea size amount of Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream. While the oil treats and nourishes my skin, this cream creates a protective barrier that keeps my skin looking great for hours. (Tried and tested!) It’s light and almost feels gel based, making my skin subtle and fresh. Again, a little goes a long way.
If I’m not using the Serum-in-Oil, I’ve recently added the Vitamin E Intense Moisture Serum. I was first skeptical of this at first because serums can sometimes sit on top of my skin and my make up just slip and slide on my face. But this product is light and thin, absorbing right into the skin almost instantly. What I love about this product is that it is ideal as a primer as it leaves my skin slightly tacky, which is great for foundation to sit on top of and stay in place all day.
The last product is the Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist. A family member recommended this product, and I’ve loved it so much. I’ve had some bad experiences with facial mists; some harshly blast product onto my face leaving my hair and clothes drenched, while others leak out and drip everywhere. This Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist evenly sprays product lightly on the face and feels fresh and moisturizing on the skin. I use this as a primer before make up as well as a setting spray for after make up, but I also use it if I’m going all-natural with my face to freshen up. Even though it can be used as a setting spray, it doesn’t feel like you are spraying super glue onto the face. Rather it’s refreshing and absorbs into the skin to make any powder products look like skin.
Recently, I’ve splurged on two face masks from the Recipe of Nature The Body Shop range. (That’s another lie, I bought one and my sister bought the other one. Family is budget friendly!) Although a bit pricey, I really do love them and the containers do pack quite a bit of product in them. The first one, Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask really packs a punch. It’s got not only charcoal that is said to draw out dirt and impurities, it also contains Tea Tree and Green Tea which both detox the skin and bring out the natural radiance. Great for that summer time glow! I apply this using a brush and after letting it dry it becomes a scrub as you wash it off. As it is quite intense, I only use this once a week so as not to dry out my skin and over exfoliate. It tightens my pores until they are basically invisible and my skin is soft and completely rejuvenated.
I alternate each week with the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask so that I am still putting enough moisture back into my skin. This mask has a very strange consistency as it doesn’t dry to a hard texture but rather sits on the skin like a thick gel. It feels luxurious and expensive after letting it sit on the skin for 10-15 minutes and washing it off. This product contains Community Trade Honey, Marula Oil and Olive Oil to give the skin a complete moisture surge. It also smells divine! Bonus points!
Chat to me in the comments and let me know any of your favourite skincare products from The Body Shop.
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