Oops, I did it again. I bought even more The Body Shop products I probably don’t need. Well, I did want to shake up my skincare routine a bit as I feel like my skin has almost got used to their tea tree products, and is craving something a bit more interesting to brighten itself up.
So, I decided to try a range that I haven’t used before – their Vitamin C products. This range appealed to me as it’s meant to be for ‘dull’ skin which I feel definitely describes my face with this recent cold weather we’ve been having.
The Body Shop Vitamin C range
I picked up two products from the brightly coloured selection – the cleansing polish to use as an everyday face wash, and the microdermabrasion product to use once a week.
The first thing that struck me about these products, other than the vibrant packaging, was the gorgeous orangey smell they have. It really does put you in a summery mood!
Both products have Amazonian camu camu (which a quick Google tells me is a type of tree that bears fruits that have the most amount of Vitamin C of any food in the world). Vitamin C is meant to help with preventing skin damage such as dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.
The cleansing polish also has aloe vera in, which is great for me as it’s mean to be good for sensitive skin. The microdermabrasion instead has shea butter, which is definitely also a thumbs up when it comes to keeping my skin moisturised.
But how did they measure up to expectations?
Let’s start with the cleansing polish which contains tiny granules to help scrub and polish your skin. I’ve used this daily for a week or so, and so far so good. My skin is left feeling nice and clean and refreshed afterwards, and it does a great job of buffering away dead skin without leaving my skin feeling irritated.
The only downside to this product is its packaging. For some reason, the lid really takes some work to get it closed. I have to bash it against the palm of my hand to get it shut properly, as it doesn’t neatly close like other tube products from TBS. It’s a small niggle, so I wouldn’t want it to put anyone off from giving it a go.
Next up, we have the Microdermabrasion scrub. This was not a product I had planned to pick up, but there was a deal in store that day where I would get 3 for the price of 2 on skincare products (I also picked up an exfoliating cloth). What I neglected to read at the time was that the product was not designed for sensitive skin. Damn it.
Nonetheless, I thought I would give it a go, just to see what it was like. It is very grainy and harsh on the skin when you apply it. Once I washed it off, my skin had gone bright red and really warm. I resembled a beetroot. I was a little concerned that the redness would not go down, but the next morning (I used the product before going to bed the night before), my skin was back to normal and felt really soft, with any dead skin well and truly gone.
I’m slightly torn on this product. On the one hand, my skin felt pretty good the next day, but on the other I really don’t think it’s necessarily right for my skin. My skin is fairly easy to irritate, and I don’t want to continue to use a product which will do that. As I’ve only used it once, I think I’m going to have to take it back which is a real shame. If you don’t have sensitive skin though, this is a great product.
I am curious to try out the rest of the Vitamin C products, particularly the moisturiser and skin reviver. Check out the whole range here.
Have you tried The Body Shop Vitamin C range? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the products so feel free to comment down below!