The Body Shop is possibly one of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to skincare shopping. I could easily spend hours trying to pick and choose what my next holy grail product will be. It also doesn’t help that they constantly message me through text and email about sales, discounts, or extra points on my membership card – I am such a sucker for those things! Plus, I’ve made friends with the sales assistants in all the stores I’ve been to, so they also serve as my enablers. Not good!
Thankfully, this time around, I did have a purpose for buying these items (and not just because their body butters were on 40% off). I actually did need to top up my skincare arsenal since I was quickly running low. I only picked up the necessities as well as things I’ve been wanting to try for a while, so let me show you:
1. The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost Instant Smoother
I’ve got a lot of pigmentation in my skin, and after doing research for my Rainy Day Skincare post, I realized that I needed something with Vitamin C in my routine. It’s meant to help with brightening the skin and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne scars – both of which I have an abundance of.
I use it as a serum, so I apply it before my moisturizer. It feels a bit like a silicone primer, except a bit more oily or slippy. It also has gold shimmer running through it which adds to the glow. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks so I can’t guarantee if it’s helping with the pigmentation in my skin, but it does make my skin feel really smooth, especially with a moisturizer on top!
2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Protect Emulsion
I purchased this item after being inspired by my research as well. I was on the hunt for a daytime moisturizer that had a built-in SPF since I didn’t want to use my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream everday. Besides, that only has SPF15, and I wanted something a bit higher. I was also a bit guilty that I skipped moisturizer in the morning and headed straight for the SPF, so I was hoping to strike a balance. When I saw this, I knew this was the perfect combination of what I was looking for. I remembered that Vitamin E really helps with giving moisture to the skin, and with the SPF, I wouldn’t have to worry about layering skincare products underneath my makeup.
Recently, I’ve been using this in place of a regular SPF since I’m usually at home these days, though I do also use it when I go out. It has a runny consistency when you pump it out, but it’s very light and thin when applied to the face so it absorbs very quickly. I haven’t had a problem with it interfering with the longevity of my makeup either.
3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist
I have to admit that there are nights when I just can’t be bothered to go through my entire skincare routine. I take ages to do it and sometimes, a girl just wants to hop into bed after a long day’s work. After getting into the habit of skipping the whole regimen completely and substituting it with a face spray (this was back when I was working on my thesis), I figured that this was the lazy girl’s way of keeping her skin moisturized without having to go through all the steps of a normal evening skincare routine.
When I’m feeling too lazy (which admittedly, is happening quite often these days), I just take my makeup off with a micellar water then spray this all over my face right after. When I wake up in the morning, my face doesn’t feel dry or flaky; I can still feel the oils in the spray on my skin, too!
When I’m feeling ‘extra’ on an evening where I go through the whole process, I add this as an additional step after my toner and before my serum. It really pumps up the moisture in my skin and leaves it feeling even more hydrated.
4. The Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Hand Cream
This is one of my favorite ranges they’ve ever come out with. Everything smells bloody amazing – sorry, I probably shouldn’t try to sound British. I figured I would pick this one up since I’ve been neglecting putting hand cream on, and my hands have been feeling like I’ve been doing carpentry again. It becomes a bit watery when you rub it into the skin, but this is a fast absorbing hand cream, though it’s probably not the most hydrating one I’ve ever used. Like I said though, it smells luxurious and I love using it right before bed. Is it weird that I love smelling my hands now?
5. The Body Shop Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Purifying Scrub Mask
Okay, I’m going to be honest. Part of the reason why I bought this face mask is because when I saw “blue corn”, I immediately sang Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas. I literally sang to myself while I was looking at a tub of face mask. In public. (Admit that you would do the same thing, or at least associate blue corn with Pocahontas. Please?)
Anyway, embarrassing scenario aside, I’ve been really liking this face mask! Think of it like if a clay mask and an exfoliating face scrub had a baby, this is what it would be. I use it when my pores feel clogged or my skin feels like it needs a deep cleanse – it works so well for both! It also has a bit of a minty scent and makes the skin feel tingly while it’s on, so I probably wouldn’t advise this for people with sensitive skin. They might also find it a bit too abrasive. For people with dry skin, it would probably work on certain areas of the face only, and not the entire thing. For oily skinned people, I’m sure you would like this a lot!
I love how The Body Shop is on the more affordable side and feels like it’s a lot more expensive. When I’m buying items in bulk like this, of course it does have the tendency to break the bank. However, they do have sales often and I think that those who are interested in trying them out should take advantage of those sales like I do. These items have been doing such a great job for my skin lately, and I’m happy I made those purchases, so you might be, too!
Do you love The Body Shop as much as I do? What products are your favorites?