This was going to be more of a first impressions post but as I’ve been using these products for over a month and some of them have run out, I’ll be reviewing them instead (read: I’m behind).
I like the Bodyshop when it comes to affordable skincare but have found it’s hit or miss as to wether something will suit my skin so I’m always a bit wary. My all time favourite is the seaweed range which I repurchase frequently, but after reading lots of positive reviews on blogs I decided to branch out and give the Vitamin A products a go.
Vitamin A is a popular skincare ingredient due to it’s ability to help repair and protect skin from premature ageing, sun damage and other environmental factors.
I’ll start off by stating some general observations about the products I tried; I don’t love this range.
All the products are quite heavily fragranced which isn’t something I would expect or want in skincare, especially when using ‘natural’ (Bodyshop products are not natural, they use lots of synthetic fragrances, preservatives and colours) ingredients, these products should have a lovely scent naturally without needing lots of added synthetic stuff. Lots of the products contain alcohol too and whilst these ingredients are fairly common in skincare products, including some others I use and love, I think it’s a bit rich that the Bodyshop push the whole natural thing so hard when really it’s little more than a strap line.
I’ve had no breakouts but I do feel these products leave the skin feeling slightly greasy at times. My skin-type is normal but I’ve noticed my skin looking shiny and left with a weird sticky residue, especially when initially using the products as instructed. I think those with oily / combination skin might have issues with this range.
I double cleanse each night and use a cheaper cream cleanser for my first cleanse, which is where the Bodyshop products normally come in. This cream cleanser is my favourite product from the range, it feels quite hydrating and is good for getting all the day’s crud and makeup off. I apply it with a cotton pad then rinse, before my second cleanse.
I’ve been using it daily for over a month and still have a good amount left, making this excellent value for money at £10.
Bodyshop suggest this should be swiped on and then wiped off with dry cotton wool pads, however I found that left a lot of greasy residue on the skin so rinse it off with water. When rinsed off, I can’t fault it but I dislike products which have to be fiddled about with to get a result when I could use a different cream cleanser from the same company with no issues.
I used to only acid tone every other night so would use a Bodyshop cleanser in-between, but now acid tone twice a day, every day. Even if that wasn’t the case, I would not repurchase this product as it’s strange for want of a better word. It’s got a very thick gloopy consistency which feels almost like a gel cleanser not a toner and it feels quite sticky to the touch. As with the cleanser it leaves skin feeling sticky and greasy.
Bodyshop suggest this should help get your makeup off which is bizarre, perhaps this is marketing as they’ve realised the gel cleanser which should be used before it leaves a residue? It contains fragrances and alcohol, so all in all as a toner it doesn’t have much going for it. I would definitely not recommend this product.
I used the moisturiser until it ran out. It had the same downfalls as the other products but it was easily absorbed and quite hydrating. Along with the cleanser this was one of the better products in the range.
I accidentally picked this up thinking it was the night cream and have to say it’s by far the worst product. For a start, skincare which claims to be mattifying … Big thumbs down emoji. Secondly, it’s horrendously thick and gloopy, stings slightly when applied and leaves your face feeling like you’ve just put PVA glue all over it.
It claims to work for 48 hours, which seems a bit far fetched unless you don’t wash each night. Personally I don’t want anything which is going to last that long when I double cleanse each evening, it’s just more product smothering my skin for longer.
Lastly I picked up the ‘protect emulsion’ day lotion containing SPF which is factor 30. This contains Hyaluronic acid although I can’t find any reference of it in the ingredients so not sure in what quantity. It has the consistency of an SPF and doesn’t absorb very easily but it doesn’t have the same sticky feeling as the other products, although as you would expect with an SPF it does leave a greasy residue. This is a good starting product if you’re concerned about SPF but forget to wear it, although I didn’t like how my makeup applied on top of this.
All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this range but didn’t mind the cream cleanser -when ignoring Bodyshop’s application advise- or moisturiser. Whilst it didn’t compare to the seaweed range I like from Bodyshop I think their price point and variety makes Bodyshop skincare perfect for someone starting out with a routine or on a budget.