This was one of the biggest pick-me-ups of 2016 so far. Back in January I was dying with a rotten head cold and my skin was suffering from it. I was also broke from Christmas, like most people, and had just run out of my favourite serum and moisturiser. The lovely folks at Revolve PR surprised me with an awesome delivery from The Body Shop, from the Drops of Youth range. Just to be clear, I did receive these items for free but I have not been paid to write or speak about them.
The first thing that struck me about this range is how luxurious the packaging is. I particularly love the serum that comes in a glass jar and features a dropper, I don’t know why but little touches like that make me giddy. It looks fabulous on my vanity, and feels more glamorous than standard plastic packaging.
So I embarked on a month-long skin challenge with this range, and it had a tough job. Winter and my cold had taken its toll on my skin, and I was totally dehydrated. I had also noticed that my skin was a little dull and lifeless.
I incorporated these items into my skin care routine as follows:
- Remove makeup with a micellar water
- Cleansed skin with oil cleaner
- Use exfoliation/ toning pads
- Apply Drops of Youth Essence Lotion
- Apply Drops of Youth Concentrate
- Apply eye cream, eyelash serum and blemish products if needed.
- Finish with Drops of Youth Cream.
There are more products in the range, but I will only touch on the three that I have put to the test myself. The idea of this range is to tackle the first signs of ageing and to give you more youthful looking skin, who doesn’t want that. This range probably with probably work best for people in their 20s and 30s, to prevent the development of lines and wrinkles, rather than more mature skin.
There are three plant stem cells that this range is built on, and I searched each of them online to see what made them so special.
- Christe Marine: From the coastline of North Brittany France, the stem cells of this flower is dubbed at the essence of youth by some as it gives the skin energy and healing capabilities. This ingredient is also found in many luxury and high-end serum and creams.
- Sea Holly: From the shore of Brittany France, the stem cells of this flower is said to strengthen the connection between the upper layer of skin with the deeper layer of skin. This improved texture, hydration and firmness.
- Edelweiss: From the Alpine mountains in Italy. The stem cells of this plant are said to prevent sun damage and collagen loss.
All of this sounds great, and all of these plants thrive in quite rough terrains and environments, so it would make sense that their stem cells can work to hydrate and structure skin.
“A unique gel-to-water liquid care, the essential first step after cleansing to prepare skin for the next steps of the routine. Skin feels instantly smoother and replenished with moisture.”
I would apply this to my face using a cotton pad, and wipe across the skin. I would immediately feel refreshed from this lotion and a little bit of tingle, especially in areas where I may have a break out or dry patches.
“This innovative concentrate helps to enhance surface skin condition, leaving it looking smoother, fresher and healthier. Helps enhance surface skin condition, smoothes, instantly moisturising and 99% of ingredients are of natural origin.”
This is my favourite product in the range, and I never skip serum in my skincare routine, as it is one of the most important steps in my opinion, as it usually helps put the rest of the products to better use. My skin drank this concentrate up and really loved it. Two to three drops is recommended, but I found a little goes a long way and I really only needed two drops for my face and neck. My skin felt smother and nourished after this step, and when I did have break outs or dry patches, this would feel quite soothing.
“A velvety air-whipped moisturising cream to leave skin feeling smoother, more supple and refined with a youthful-looking bounce.”
I am usually very picky about my moisturisers, I need something hydrating but light. My skin is combination and every so slightly oily, so anything heavy with clog my pores. At a glance this cream seemed to be heavy, it looks like a thing cream, but it melts into the skin and feels so light. It is absorbed into skin really quickly, and doesn’t leave a greasy or shiny layer.
I have been using these products for over two months. The first month I used them alone, now I have incorporated my usual skin care favourites, along with these products from The Body Shop. Depending on what my skin needs on a given day I will reach for different serums or moisturisers, but these 3 products have earned their space on my vanity.
My pores are less visible, red marks fade very quickly and my skin feels really hydrated. The texture of my skin softer and I no longer have a dull look to my skin.
My skin really likes this range, I have combination and slightly oily skin, so it does suits me but may not suit everyone.
These products LAST FOREVER! It is mid March now, so I have been using these products for about 2 months now and barely made a dent. The concentrate in particularly looks like it is still full in the bottle, so it will probably last me 6 month to a year, which can totally justify the €52.50 price tag.
There is a scent to this range, I find it fresh and it doesn’t bother me at all, but I know some people can be really fussy with smells, especially when on their faces!
Final note: when it comes to skin care, consistency is key. If you want to see benefits from any range or products, you must use in the manner they were designed. All of these products can and should be used twice daily. Start and end each day with a cleanse and follow with these three products and you should start to see an improvement within weeks.
I have my eye on a couple more products in the range, and have heard a lot of people RAVE about the bouncy sleeping mask, so that is now on my wish list!
Have you tried out of this range? or are there other products from The Body Shop that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below.