Personally, I find it really hard to find products that suit my skin. My skin is super sensitive, I have combination skin and to top it all off, I am prone to blemishes. A lot of the products I have tried in the past are either too oily for my skin or are not hydrating enough for the dry areas on my face.
So, when The Body Shop contacted me to do a review of their new Drops of Youth range, I jumped at the chance to work with them. Just to clarify, I was not paid for this blog but I was sent these goodies to review. Which isn’t a bad trade-off, considering how big of a fan I am of their products! I tried and tested these products for an entire month and these are my thoughts..
The Drops of Youth collection is described as a Youth Enhancing Skincare routine, aiming to tackle the first signs of ageing, giving smoother, bouncier, and more youthful looking skin. The products from this range contain stem cells from three plants: Criste Marine, Sea Holly, and Edelweiss.
I did a quick google search to find out more about these key ingredients:
Criste Marine has skin toning properties and is said to be both anti-oxidant scavenging and firming. It’s great for stimulation circulation and is often used as a treatment for cellulite.
Sea Holly is a seashore plant that is native to Europe, it is used to help boosts epidermal cell activity, skin firmness, hydration and texture.
Edelweiss is said to be a powerful ingredient in anti-aging skin care and contains compounds beneficial to the skin. These include chlorogenic acid, luteolin, bisabolane derivatives, and beta sitosterol. If you would like to read about these compounds in dept you can do so here.
Here are my honest thoughts & opinions on some of the products from this range:
Youth Essence Lotion (£14.00/€23.95) 160ml
This lotion is by far my favourite product from the range. I will most certainly be repurchasing it myself in the future and keeping it as a part of my daily skincare routine. This gel-to-water formula is really easy to apply, I use a cotton pad to swipe the product across my face and neck, right after I cleanse my skin. Unlike most lotions, it doesn’t leave my skin looking greasy or oily. My skin looks refreshed and hydrated whenever I used this product and it is great for removing dirt and any pesky makeup that just wouldn’t budge during cleansing. It leaves my skin looking refreshed and youthful, I am so impressed by this product. It has become my favourite face lotion!
Youth Day Cream (£20.00/€35.00) 50ml
Like I said before, I find it really hard to find skincare products that suit my skin. A lot of lotions are too heavy for me but this day cream is light and airy, it blends into my skin easily without leaving a shiny residue. It has a light, refreshing scent but the scent disappears as soon as the product blends into the skin. As I do not like heavily scented products, this is fine by me! It’s recommended that you apply a pea-sized amount to the face and neck, every morning and evening.
Youth Concentrate (£25.00/€52.50) 50ml
Out of all the products I was sent, this is the product I used most sparingly. For obvious reasons, including the fact that is the most expensive skincare product I have ever owned and for the fact that a little goes a long way with this product. It is recommended that you dispense 2-3 drops onto fingertips and pat gently over the face and neck.
This product is very hydrating and left my skin feeling smooth after each use. The product itself is silky and has the texture of a serum, while having the cooling effect of a gel. Since I am being completely honest, the only reason I might not repurchase this product in future, is because of the price, which is a little pricey for my budget. However, I will say that it does it’s job well and drys matte on the skin, which is a big plus for someone like me, who suffers with an oily t-zone.
Pro’s of the Drops of Youth range:
- The products are hydrating while leaving the skin looking matte.
- Drops of Youth products have helped make my skin look noticeably smoother.
- A little goes a long way with all of these products! So you get great use out of them.
Con’s of the Drops of Youth range:
- Products might not suit everyone’s price range, depending on your skincare budget.
Is The Body Shop cruelty free?
According to their website, Body Shop products are endorsed as cruelty-free by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The Body Shopdoes comply with the Humane Cosmetic Standard which is dictated on products by a Leaping Bunny. However, The Body Shop supplies its products to different countries and the Humane Cosmetic Standard is currently only used within the UK, which means we are unable to place this label on our products.
Overall thoughts on the products:
After using these products for a month straight, I did notice a significant difference to my skin. There is an area on my forehead that is scarred and uneven from previous skin problems and I found that using these products reduced the redness in that problem area and made my skin appear a lot smoother overall. I suggest using these products straight after a bath or shower, to really get the best use out of them. The steam from the bath or shower will allow the product to really lock into your skin. I really enjoyed testing out this range and would recommend these products to anyone who wants a product that hydrates the skin wonderfully and drys on matte.