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The product I am reviewing is from The Body Shop and is part of their Vitamin E range. I am a huge fan of their products as I find them really moisturising and they make my skin feel and look so much better. This particular product is a Moisture Serum and works with the skin to help boost moisture levels. This is a pre-moisturiser treatment for enhanced moisturisation and protection. The serum claims to instantly smooth skin. The product is suitable for all skin types and is aimed to be used before applying your daily moisturiser. I have never used a serum on my face before but this sounded like a good product so I thought I would give it a try. Due to the cold weather I am suffering from dry skin on my face particularly on my forehead and this can become itchy and red. I was hoping using this along with my moisturiser would improve the skin in no time. The Serum comes in a tall pale pink colour which is the colour of the packaging for the Vitamin E range. On the front of the bottle it states what the product is and what it does. On the back of the bottle you can find a list of ingredients and how to use the serum. The bottle has a clear lid in which you can see the pump top through to dispense the serum. The bottle is small and only holds 30ml of the serum. The serum is quite pricey at £11.00; how-ever it is cheaper than some other serums that are available to buy in stores such as Boots or Debenhams.
Other Products in the Vitamin E range includes:
Hand and Nail Treatment
Illuminating Moisture Cream
There are also more products in this range but I have only mentioned a few.
Using the Product
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On the back of the bottle it suggests using the serum every morning and night before applying moisturiser. I cleansed and toned my face as normal before going to bed (I also do this every morning as well) and I got ready to apply the serum. The bottle is mall and slim so fits into your hand very easily. When using this product for the first time you will need to press down on the pump a few times before any of the serum dispenses. I only dispensed a small amount of the serum onto the tips of 2 fingers as I didn't want to waste any of the serum. The serum was a milky white colour and wasn't too thick but at the same time wasn't too runny. I start to apply this to my face. You don't need to use too much of the serum as a little goes a long way with this product. The serum was smooth and soft against my skin as I applied it and it also made my skin feel slightly cool. Although I have a few dry areas on my face the serum didn't irritate the dry skin or make it sting or feel sore. After applying the serum I looked in the mirror to see if there was any noticeable difference. I actually though that my skin looked much brighter after applying the serum and it looked more radiant than it had done before applying the serum. My skin also felt much softer and smoother than it had done before. I left the serum for approximately 1 minute before getting ready to apply my moisturiser. I use the Vitamin E moisture cream every morning and in the evening I use the Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask. I applied my moisturiser as normal using the same amount as I normally would and then I got ready to climb into bed and would assess the results in the morning. My face was already feeling soft and smooth so I wondered what it would feel like in the morning.
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When I woke up the following morning my skin still felt really soft and smooth. I used cleanser and toner on my face after washing it with some facial wash and then applied some of the serum again followed by the Vitamin E Moisture Cream which I use just during the day rather than at night. My skin again felt refresh as I applied the serum and it soaked into my skin quickly. After I had applied the moisturiser my skin feel and look bright and radiant. My skin also felt smooth and soft just like it did after applying the product the previous night. I had some dry patches on my face and this would sometimes get a little itchy. Ever since using this product along with a moisturiser I have noticed that my skin doesn't itch during the day and the condition of my skin has improved. My skin is no-where near as dry as it was before using this product and any dry patches I did have are now turning into smooth, soft skin just like the rest of my face. I was really impressed with this and was happy to have found a really good product that would help with the dry skin on my face and not irritate it.
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When I first purchased this serum I wasn't too sure on how to use it and if it would actually work, despite reading good reviews about it on The Body Shop website. I have to admit that the product worked a lot better than I thought it would and although I thought it might help my dry skin I didn't think it would help as quickly as it has. After using the serum followed by moisturiser after just 1 day the dry patches on my face had started to disappear and weren't itchy at all. Not only does the serum help the dry skin on my face but it leaves my skin feeling cool and radiant. In terms of value for money I do think that this product is expensive, how-ever it is really, really good and it does work. A little of the product goes a long way so I am hoping for this product to last me a least a month, if not longer. This is a product I will definitely be purchasing again and one that I recommend to others. I'm not going to give the product a full 5 stars due to the price of the product. Had the product been slightly cheaper it would have deserved the 5 stars.
(review also on ciao)
Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum - Disapointing!!!
I purchased this last month at a cost of around £10, in the past I have used the Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream - good value but I find the smell very sickly and it does not contain an SPF! Vitamin E Moisture Night Cream - fantastic results, smell not sickly but I feel these creams should come in sealed boxes to ensure when you buy them you are indeed the first user!!!!
Back to the Serum - if you are considering buying this then take my advice and don't bother! It comes in a tube with a pump dispenser, 30mls in total. Dispenses well but results unnoticeable, applies easily but when you touch your skin minutes later it feels like you have not applied it, then put on more but after using continually for one month I have noticed no difference at all and to be honest the 30mls lasts the month just and no more. Nice subtle smell, easy to apply but I personally did not feel an difference to the condition of my skin when using this serum, my advice just use the Vitamin E Night Cream, subtle smell, easy to apply, visable results, long lasting and the same price as the serum!!!!!!!!!
I havent bought anything from the Body shop for years (since I was a fan of white musk as a 13 year old!) so was interested in what it would be like. I was asked to visit the Bodyshop as a mystery shop and had to spend up to £10 on a product which I could keep.
Never one to give up an opportunity for free cosmetics I purchased this item.
It is described as a pre moisturisor serum and like all Body shop products is sourced ethically and made with minimal chemicals.
Price £9.95 for 30 ml which is a lot cheaper than comparable products from Origins or the other expensive brands.
It comes in a pump actioned bottle which is great as you cannot spill the products (always upsetting). The labelling is an interesting pink colour! The packaging is recyclable like all Body shop products.
The product is not supposed to be scented but has a nice floral smell which makes it seem very fresh and light.
It is a soft liquid / gel which is an off white colour. It is very easily absorbed to the skin and does not leave the skin greasy which is brilliant. The scent does not linger on your hands or face either.
How to use
After washing your face in the morning put a couple of small squirts in your hand and rub this into your face and neck. You really don't need to use much as a little goes a long way. Follow with your regular day moisturiser.
What does it do?
It provides extra moisture for dry skin - I get a peeling forehead when it is very hot or very cold and this stops this happening! It is also meant to reduce fine lines and provide a barrier between your skin and pollution / other nasties which will make it look dull and old.
Does it work?
I have used the Origins white tea guardian in the past which is a similar (if much more expensive product) and swear by these serums for keeping your skin soft and smooth. Given that the Body shop version is approximately £15 cheaper per bottle than the Origins I was impressed with its performance. My skin has been much softer since I use this products and it seems to make my daily moisturiser work better too.
I have a few fine lines on my forehead which seem to be reduced slightly although this could be because I am very relaxed at the moment!
Would I recommend this?
Yes I would, it is a great value product which seems to work and has the added benefit of being produced by a company which believes in Fair Trade and green issues.
Worth a shot if you have dry skin!
A pre moisturiser serum?!
The Body Shop have a large vitamin E range and this serum is a recent addition to it. I have always found the Vitamin E range hasn't worked as well as I hoped. It leaves skin rejuvinated and feeling fresh - but doesn't seem very active. This does actually seem to have some redeeming qualities!!
Not the price though - this is £10 for 30 ml!!!! I appreciate that that is not a high end brand price, but for something that isn't a cleanser, toner of moisturiser I think that's alot.
It comes in a little simple cylinder bottle with a transparent pump mechanism on top. The label is white, the serum itself is an off pink!!!
It does have a scent, I'm not sure what Vit E should smell like but this smells fairly floral - magnolia and vanilla mix!! The Body Shop have probably added this - there is a Citronell listed on the ingredients.
The product itself when squeezed out has a pearly tint to it. It feels quite like a moisturiser, but seems to have an effect of barriering the skin - it feels almost like a gloss over it protecting it. It does also seem to reduce bumps and dips (spots and lines) on the surface, but doesn't last more than half a day.
I have been having troubles with 'cracked' skin, fine lines and extremely dry, scaly spots for a while now which is extremely troublesome if you like me use mineral make-up. Though these troubles are paired with the classical oily t-zone, so you can imagine the problems I have finding the right balance between products.
I had tried the vitamin e range previously, but since it does not control shine I was not too keen on the daytime moisturiser in the range. So I decided to try the serum underneath my seaweed moisturiser.
With the vitamin e-serum added to my routine I think I actually might have struck gold. My skin is smooth and soft to the touch after I started using it in the mornings, mineral make-up glides on like a dream and my scaly spots are but a memory.
Just one pump is enough to smooth the skin and prime it for mineral make-up application. Thanks to the thin formula you don't need more and it sinks in almost as soon as you have applied it.
On its own I would not say it is all that moisturising, but I actually feel as if it does what it claims to do. Prime the skin for the real moisturiser.
The only thing I don't care for is the packaging, the smell and the price. I don't like pink. And it smells too artificial, too feminine. And I do think Bodyshop could have offered at least a 50 ml bottle for the same price.
Since it is such a small bottle, and the price is so steep, I am only going to use it as a primer for days when I wear make-up.
Vitamin E moisture serum is a relatively new product from the Body Shop. It is supposed to boost the moisture levels whilst smoothing skin and apparently using the product on a regular basis will ensure that your skin is protected.
*Why did I buy this product?*
Well with a description like that, who wouldn't? Plus a few years back when having a consultation with a Chanel advisor I mentioned that I was getting wrinkles but it was actually pointed out to me that it was more to do with the fact that my skin lacked moisture. Oh no! The panic alarms went off in my head and ever since then, if I find a good looking product with the word moisture in it then I must buy it! The last reason will be due to the diamond glowing reference that I have to the vitamin C facial range; surely the Body shop will strike gold again?
The product comes in a moderately sized 30ml pump bottle. In my opinion, the bottle looks quite cheap & would not entice me alone to buy the product. To use the product, the nozzle at the top needs to be pressed down in order for the serum to come out. Whatever you do though, do not press too hard. I learnt the hard way after pumping out a huge amount that I just couldn't rub away very well.
According to the Body shop website, this is a concentrated pre-moisturiser treatment for the skin, for continuous, enhanced moisturisation and protection. Vitamin E protects, while tara bush seed extract works within the skin to boost moisture levels.
*What did I think?*
Compared to other serums that I have used, I find this very watery, so much so that if sat on my hand for more than a few seconds it starts to dribble down my skin. Due to the fact that it is so thin, not much of the product is required for facial coverage though due to its thinness, I'm not so convinced with its working features. I also haven't seen an improvement in my skin either and honestly don't expect to either. I do have to mention though that it does rub in very well & doesn't leave any wet or greasy residue.
*Price & value*
This product was £10 per 30ml which if the product was good, I wouldn't think that the price was so bad but as the product isn't to my liking, I find it very expensive.
I would recommend keeping you £10 in your pocket for a while and search for a better product. I certainly will not be investing in this product again though I do have to say, please do not let it put you off the rest of the vitamin E products as some of them are great, I just feel that the Body Shop has lost its track with this product.