Recently I have been loving trying out new skin routines. I’ve splurged on different moisturisers, creams, and serums to help combat the inevitable change in skin combination, often experienced this time of year.
I, for one, really struggle to get my skin under control as the seasons change, so having a skin routine that works all year round is something I have been desperate to find.
Last month I actually took the plunge and purchased the renowned Charlotte Tilbury ‘Magic Cream.’ Oh, my good god. This stuff is what dreams are made of. Since using this product, my make up has not budged from my face and my skin has been full of life. But at £70.00 a pop, this is something not everyone can afford to stock up on regularly, and I wouldn’t say it’s a makeup or skincare necessity. It just works a treat, but what moisturiser doesn’t?
To keep on top of my everyday skin routine, I thought I’d try out some of the Body Shop products. As most of their products are natural, and Body Shop is a company that is also firmly against animal testing. Their ethos is one that I can fully support, and I’d heard so many good reviews, I decided to take the plunge and try some out
I spoke to many people regarding the best products to use. However, we all have very different skin combinations, so I felt it would be best to talk to someone who knew the products inside and out. Lucky enough for me, one of my cousins works for Body Shop. Therefore I had access to all the products and got to try and test the ones that worked best for me and learned which ones I should try to avoid.
Typically, I wanted to go with the popular choice, which is the ‘Tea Tree’ range. But Laura informed me that this range was better suited to people with oily, spot-prone skin. My skin is more on the dry side, but I do occasionally get an oily T-Zone, so she recommended the Vitamin C collection.
Rather than purchase the entire range, I decided to buy the essential products to replace the ones I would generally use, morning and night. After trying all the products, I settled on my three favourites from the Vitamin C range and I got a sneaky extra too.
So let’s get into the nitty, gritty, ins and outs of the products I bought and how I use them in my routine.
Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish.
The first product I decided to buy was a face wash. I picked up the Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish, which retails for £11.00. But fortunately for me, there was a 25% off sale on all products, so I got this little beauty for £8.25.
For me personally, I do think this is a tad bit on the expensive side for an everyday face wash. I usually use the Simple Kind to Skin moisturising facial wash, which is excellent for sensitive skin. But this retails at £3.49 from most drug stores or supermarkets.
Though I do find that the Vitamin C wash is a far better product. Most of the time, if you are using a facial wash every morning and night, your skin can become dull and dried out, so it’s essential to use a product that revives your skin. The Vitamin C wash puts moisture back in your skin so it doesn’t become lifeless, which is a recurring problem with a lot of facial washes, this time of year.
Not to mention, this entire range smells PHENOMENAL. I really wish that we could smell blog posts because, honestly, this product, like the whole range, smells so citrusy and fresh.
Overall I’d rate this face wash an 8/10, as the pricing is a bit iffy for a product that isn’t deemed high end and for something you use every day.
Vitamin C Skin Reviver.
The next product I invested in was the Vitamin C Skin Reviver. This is basically just a moisturiser that I use every day and every night, after my face wash. This product really just adds that extra moisture into the skin and keeps it silky, silky smooth. YES, I needed the double silky.
I picked this skin reviver up for £12.95, which is a bargain in comparison to the high-end moistures I usually use, like MAC and Charlotte Tilbury. It will definitely become a staple in my skincare routine because the finish it gives is perfect for creating a super sleek bottom base for your everyday makeup looks. Flawless make upstarts with a flawless canvas, and this product couldn’t get better even if it tried. 11/10.
Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel.
I’ve never tried anything like the last product I picked up from this range, so it fills me with so much excitement to tell you all about it. I decided to try out the Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel, which is basically like dermaplaning in a bottle but at a fifth of the price.
This peel is unlike anything I have ever used, and I love it almost as much as I love my dog. All you do is massage the peel into your face and watch all your dead, dry and old skin clump together and fall off. I mean, who doesn’t love gross sh*t like that? It’s almost like watching those Dr. Pimplepopper videos, you know when it’s so gross but gives you so much satisfaction?? It’s just great.
Body Shop sells this product for £18.00, which yes is pricey, but there is nothing like this on the market at the moment, and the results are amazing. My skin hasn’t felt this soft since I left the womb. When I picked this up, it was on sale for £13.50, and because it was a product I had been wanting to try for a while and had heard sooooo many amazing things about, it was even more of an excuse to try it.
I use this twice a week as part of my deep cleaning routine and the night before any big event just to make sure I have an immaculate base for my make up. I wouldn’t recommend using this every day purely because it will remove natural oils that keep your skin fresh. But, twice a week is perfect for staying on top of any breakouts and just helping combat dull skin.
I’d rate the peel a 9/10, there really isn’t anything like this product.
Himalayan Charcoal Mask.
As I spent over £30.00 on these products, I got the option to try a face mask for an extra £10.00, rather than the regular retailing price of £17.00. I decided to go for the Himalayan Charcoal Mask, which aims to purify the skin, leaving you with a goddess worthy glow.
I’m a massive face mask enthusiast, and I typically use the Charcoal Simple Sheet Masks once a week. I tend to pick these up from my local Superdrug for only £2.99. Sheet masks are great because they are hassle proof. They create no mess and leave your skin feeling super hydrated. I would really recommend Simples sheet mask range, especially if you regularly travel as they are so easy and compact.
Up until a few weeks ago, I had never tried a clay mask and thought they were extremely overrated. But this Body Shop favourite really changed my perception. It is so easy to use. All you do is take a little bit of product on a clean, flat foundation brush and paint the mask onto your skin. I leave it on until almost all of the product has faded from a dark grey to a light grey, then wash it off with warm water.
It has left my skin feeling so soft, so clean, and it really helped take a lot of the redness out of my skin, which is AMAZING. I use this once a week and you can get between 12-15 uses out of the jar, so you definitely get your money’s worth with this product.
I really love this mask and would highly recommend it to people, like me, who are wanting to make the leap from a sheet mask to a clay mask. Overall I’d rate it an 8/10, purely because it can leave a little mess when you’re washing it off. But its totally worth it.
I hope this little insight into my skin routine and my favourite Body Shop products has helped you all out. Until next time…