Ash’s new skin faves – Body Shop Vitamin C

In high school I basically bathed in The Body Shop White Musk perfume oil. Like, actually. I since outgrew that phase and haven’t spent much time at The Body Shop in years.

A few months ago a friend gave me a couple of products from the Vitamin C line. She found that her sensitive skin didn’t agree with them and she was having a small reaction on her face from using them. It took me a while to give the products a try as I was worried about the reaction. But, I am pleased to report that not only was I all clear, but they actually improved my skin.

You may have noticed that Vitamin C is super popular in skincare these days. Vitamin C provides antioxidants to the skin that will protect it from damaging environmental factors like pollution and sun. It also boosts collagen production and reduces inflammation and irritation. Sign me up. I have now added three products from the Body Shop’s Vitamin C line to my everyday beauty regimen:

Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30

Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisture

This is my favourite of the Body Shop Vitamin C products that I have tried. If you want to try one product to begin with, go with this one. If your skin likes this stuff, chances are the rest of the line will just compliment it. This moisturizer is best for those who are looking to hydrate and enhance skin’s natural radiance while protecting it from damaging UV rays with a lightweight, easily-absorbed lotion. A little reminder to you all that I am an oil slick ( although I have been able to dial down my oil slick status a bit through the use of some great products) so I love a lightweight moisturizer that leaved my skin hydrated but not saturated. I hate heavy moisturizers that feel as though they are sitting on top of my face after applying. The quick absorption of the Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer gives it two thumbs up from me. The lightweight formula is creamy without being too rich and has a subtle citrus fragrance. The scent is light and fresh and makes applying it a pleasant experience. All of the products in the Vitamin C line have this refreshing scent and I really enjoy it, especially in the morning as it is so fresh and so clean, clean, clean. *dance break*

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I digress, back to the moisturizer. The product is made with the Amazonian camu camu berry. This berry grows on small trees in the Peruvian Amazon, and is known to have one of the highest contents of vitamin C in nature. This ingredient encourages collagen production, improves elasticity and protects against damaging environmental aggressors. The moisturizer also contains fair trade sesame oil. The silky sesame seed oil in Body Shop products is cultivated in Achuapa, a community nestled in the hills of northern Nicaragua. The Juan Francisco Paz Silva Cooperative (JFPS) sow and harvest sesame seeds by hand, then carefully press and filter them to produce a rich, high quality oil. The Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer also contains sunscreens providing medium-level, broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection. Sometimes, products with sunscreen are thick and messy to apply as they do not absorb well into my skin. That is not the case with this product and it does not leave a white cast on my face in person or with flash photography as SPF is also often guilty of. Score! Not only is it lightweight and hydrating for my skin. I truly feel like the ingredients have added a healthy radiance to my skin with continued use.

Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturizer

At $20 this is an affordable moisturizer that is an easy and welcome addition to my skincare routine.

Vitamin C Skin Boost

Body SHop Skin Boost

This product promises to create instant smoothing radiance with a silky smooth finish. Recommended for dull skin, it is an ideal skin pick-me-up to enhance your glow. It is a bestselling product from the Body Shop Vitamin C line. Although it is marketed as a skin boost product, but I would call it a primer. It shares the same wonderful citrus scent as the moisturizer. The product itself feels a bit like some popular silicone based primers, except a bit thicker and less slippery. It also has a subtle glow to it without being full of sparkle or shimmer.

Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost

The Vitamin C Skin boost contains the same nutrient packed camu camu berry. It also contains community fair trade Brazil nut oil from Peru. It is cold-pressed from wild harvested Brazil nuts from the Madre de Dios rainforest.

I really feel like applying the skin boost after moisturizer and before makeup provides a really smooth, even base. It also works to blur imperfections and minimize the appearance of pores under foundation. The only complaint that I have about this product is that it takes a fair amount to cover my giant face. #giantfaceproblems So, I find that I go through this much more quickly than I do the accompanying moisturizer. At $27, I would hope that I could stretch it a bit longer. Still, an excellent product and I highly recommend it.

Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

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I love a good facial scrub. My skin is not sensitive to them at all and I can get away with using them daily. Saying sayonara to the dull top layer of my skin with a scrub really helps to keep my skin bright and pores clear. So when I found out that the Body Shop Vitamin C line contained a microdermabrasion, I knew it was the next product I has to test drive.

The Body Shop says that this product will treat skin to a professional spa-inspired exfoliating facial. It promised to smooth dry, dull skin away for a bright, refreshed complexion! The suggested use is weekly. Yeah, no. Not gonna lie. I use this sucker every day. Please know, I am not suggesting that you try this, it just works for me.

I adore the texture of this microderm scrub. Ultra-fine exfoliating garnet particles stimulate cell renewal and leave skin incredibly soft and smooth. The granules are fine enough that they are not harsh on the skin, but gritty enough that they get the job done. Perfect for the face. I hate scrubs with granules that melt away like sugar when exposed to water. I like to have a chance to work with them before they disappear.

Microdermabrasion

I apply the Vitamin C Microdermabrasion to my face after washing with cleanser to remove makeup. I massage it in small circles for a few minutes and then rinse away. I also tote this with me when I visit the sauna a few times a week and use it right in there. My face thanks me for this experience.

The microdermabrasion contains the same camu camu berry as the other mentioned vitamin c products. It also contains community fair trade shea butter that has been sourced from northern Ghana, where it has been used for centuries to protect skin from harsh Saharan winds.

At $20 The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion is an excellent scrub that truly leaves skin bright and smooth.

I am very impressed with the Body Shop’s Vitamin C products. They all seem to complement each other very well so I look forward to adding more to my skincare regimen in the near future. They all contain high quality ethically sources ingredients that are very beneficial to the skin. The products are all reasonably priced and The Body Shop often has sales like the current “Buy 3, Get 2 Free” promotion that make the products even more affordable.

The Vitamin C line has really made me take notice of The Body Shop once again. I know I will be spending more time there having a closer look at more products…and maybe picking up a bottle or two of White Musk!

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Ash’s new skin faves – Body Shop Vitamin C

  1. I used to use the Aloe Vera skin care line religiously but have since switched to a cheaper option from Nivea. The Body Shop has great products and I love that they are fair trade!

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