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I absolutely love this product. I am a fan of lots of the seaweed range, as I have oily/combination skin which is usually difficult to cater for - products typically either over moisturise me or dry me out. This product does neither!
It goes on as a gel - it is easy to dispense just the right amount and it spreads easily although has a slight stickiness to it. It doesn't tighten the skin but feels quite refreshing and nice.
After starting to use this product, I found that my oiliness and blemishes were significantly reduced. My husband even had a spot one day and I told him to put this on and it started to reduce the spot straigntaway although this isn't supposed to be one of its skills!
If I forget to put it on at night, I simply substitute it for the seaweed moisturiser and use it in the morning instead. It works best when used regularly. If you have oily/ combination skin it will reduce the oiliness without drying your skin out. It seems to condition too, and even helps with blemishes. Fab!
A little goes a long way - these pots last ages and I think they are great value as they outperform more expensive products.
This Bodyshop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment is the second item I'm reviewing which I got inside a special gift pack which I acquired several months ago. I have tried many of the different ranges at The Bodyshop and had really wanted to try this one as I've never heard of any other product range that uses a seaweed base. I basically started using night creams and serums as soon as I started to worry about my ageing skin and have been doing so for a few years now. I have been using this night treatment alongside the toner in the same range.
The products you get in the gift packs at The Bodyshop are usually a smaller size than the regular products. This is the case here. I have a 15ml sized bottle whilst if you buy this on it's own it's a 30ml sized bottle. However, the bottle and contents of my mini product are identical to the larger product.
The bottle is transparent plastic and through this you can see a dirty yellow colour gel which, to be honest, doesn't look all that pleasant. It looks a lot like grime, mucus or gunge. The bottle is fitted with a pump button dispenser on the top which is not removable from the bottle. This also has a protective lid. The bottle design is quite good as it keeps the gel fresh. I imagine if this was in a pot or tube it would dry out. The dispensing pump also allows you to press out as much or as little gel as you would like.
There is a label on the bottle which is printed with information about the item. The product is marked as being suitable for combination and oily skins. I wasn't aware of this when I bought it and don't have problem skin as far as excessive oiliness goes. I do sometimes suffer from a little bit of greasiness on my T-zone though and so I decided to go ahead and use the product. The brand state that this gel "balances excess oil as it moisturises".
You can peel back the outer label to reveal full ingredients underneath. The product uses bladderwrack seaweed which is found in coastal waters near Ireland. The formula is also oil free.
The gel itself feels more watery than sticky and although it comes out in a formed globule as soon as you touch it the gel melts and becomes loose and wet. You are supposed to apply in upward circular motions on the neck and over the face. It feels very cool and damp as you do this. The coolness is nice and refreshing and it doesn't take long for the gel to dry once you rub it in. Once on the skin it feels invisible. It makes my skin feel very marginally more moisturised and soft. It doesn't change the appearance of my skin upon first applying.
The gel has a pleasant fragrance which smells more like prunes and florals than it does of the seaside. It lingers on your skin and you can detect this after application and after it dries into the skin.
The gel works as you sleep so when you wake up the benefits are supposed to be most obvious. What I notice when using this product is that it doesn't nourish my skin rather more it just corrects the balance of oils. So whilst it dries up the greasiness, for example on my chin, it doesn't leave that area particularly soft or looking that healthy. I would say it is obvious that this gel is effective in reducing oiliness but I think that's ALL it does. My skin doesn't feel great or look great in the mornings. If anything my skin looks a little dull and dry. I have used many other night creams, serums and treatments and I honestly don't feel like I get much out of this one. I haven't had any reactions from it though and my skin is at least clear and clean in the morning. It doesn't reduce things like blackheads (yuck!) either though. There is also the matter of how the gel feels on the skin during the night. Whilst it is comfortable on the skin upon first applying in this hot weather my face does start to feel a little bit dry during the night and it doesn't feel like there is enough protection there.
Ultimately I think this Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment might only be suitable for people who have severe oiliness problems with their skin. I think the difference then might be amazing. Since I only have marginal combination skin problems the gel is not that suitable or effective for me. As a result I would not buy it again although I'd recommend it to anyone with VERY oily skin.
You can buy this product in stores or online and it costs £11 for a 30ml bottle. I think it's a little overpriced too though so would recommend getting a gift pack to trial it first.
When I bought the miniature Seaweed kit, I got a 15ml tube of the Claryfying Night Treatment. Keep an eye on these kits as The Body Shop often has great offers where they reduce them from £25 to £10! A bargain buy when you want to trial a whole new skin care system. For those who read my reviews often, you know how my skin is extremely oily / combination, especially around the t-zone and chin area. This night treatment boasts to help control oil production and reduce shine, exactly what I am looking for in a product. I'm a big fan of overnight treatments too as I prefer to wear less products during the day. A full sized bottle (30ml) will set you back £10.
The Seaweed collection comes in clear plastic containers with a blue/green label around it. The miniatures will be found in a really cute blue mesh zip wash bag - which I have found as the perfect storage solution for my perfume samples! It also makes a great little overnight / work toiletries bag. The tube is pump action v2.0. Conventional pumps have that straw like tube down the middle, so you always have products left over, clinging to the sides. The pump action with this product is very different. There is no tube! Instead, the base of the tube moves up a little every time you pump. I love this! No product left behind at all!
The product is an almost clear gel with a slightly green tinge to it. I find that gel based products are fantastic for oily skin, as they are absorbed easier and leave little to no residue behind unlike some cream based products. It claims to be non-clogging and I have to say; it's true! It's moisturising too, so the drier areas of my face get treated just as well as the oilier areas. It does smell quite strongly of the seaweed, but I find its not to over powering and does not linger at all on the skin.
After cleansing and toning (though, I have since stopped using toner all together), pump the tube once onto your fingers. Rub your hands together and apply in circular motions to your face, upwards and outwards. It does feel a little 'wet', but I find this goes away quite quickly. Then apply half a pump in the same fashion to your neck area, working from the base upwards. I find my skin feels very fresh, with no 'damp' patches or dry patches. My skin instantly looks mattified - even in the morning after a full nights sleep! I always try to apply the product when my skin is still feeling slightly damp from cleansing as I find the gel is absorbed easier into the skin.
For the last few weeks, I have taken to only applying it on my t-zone and neck and have experienced amazing results. My overly large pores have a much more minimised look, and breakouts in these areas have become quite rare. I have had a dramatic reduction in shine and I feel as though I am finally getting the oil under control. My skin feels very balanced, with an even tone all over. I do think this is because of a combination of products I am using at the moment, but the night treatment is playing a big part. I have very sensitive skin and have had no reactions to the product. Win! The 15ml tube you get in the miniatures kit lasted me well over a month and after seeing such amazing results, I splurged on the full sized version. I'm looking to get 2+ months from the 30ml, and so far so good!
My only complaint - it seems to have little, to no effect on the acne on my chin. I have been suffering with some really bad breakouts in the chin area and the night treatment hasn't changed a thing about them. I'm still trying to determine the cause of the breakout as it was very random. Spots in the area are usually linked to hormones. Note, I had been using the product well over 2 months before the breakout occurred so I do not link the breakout to this particular product.
I'd probably say this is one of the best night treatments I have come across in a long while, and given its price tag it's definatly one of the more affordable too! For those of us who suffer with oily skin it's worked a treat, but I have noticed if you come away from using it for just a few days, the oil production does seem to increase some what - which isn't a good thing if your waiting to replace an empty bottle! Overall it's well worth the investment to try out and I would consider it one of my bargain beauties!
Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment is one of the skincare products from the Body Shop Seaweed range which I didn't initially purchase - I later decided that it may be a good idea to have it.
It comes in a clear plastic container with a pump action dispenser at the top - which makes it very easy to use; the pump always dispenses the exactly right amount of the serum and I can also see how much of the serum is left. The bottom part of the container lifts as I use the serum up. The container has a turquoise sticker which contains all the necessary information.
This treatment smells exactly like the rest of the range: nothing like seaweed. It has a lovely, subtle and mild scent which I would think is slightly feminine (but that may be just my impression) though I am sure it is suitable for both sexes. It disappears really quickly. The serum itself is see-through and the texture isn't very rich - it is quite runny (not quite like water though). Therefore I am glad it has a pump dispenser as otherwise I would apply way too much of it.
I usually applied the treatment after washing my face with the seaweed cleanser and using the toner. It is very easy to apply: you need to press the pump which will dispense the exactly right amount of the serum on your fingers and then spread it evenly across your face.
This serum is suitable for oily and combination skin (mine is the latter) and the producer promises that it will clarify the problem areas and hydrate dry zones. It is also oil free. Unfortunately, I found that the product didn't work very well for me. Within minutes of applying it, my skin (especially the dry zones as they say - mainly my cheeks) felt really tight and dry whilst my nose was shining even more than before the application! This persisted until the morning (even though it didn't feel as bad as it did in the evening) but I need to admit that my skin felt much softer and smoother.
As such, I don't feel the serum has really worked for me and I won't be buying it again. One container costs £10.00 and contains 30ml of the serum which does go a long way (it took me three months to finish mine and I used it every night hoping it eventually start working).
Thank you for reading my review.
I have used the Seaweed Range from The Body Shop for around 6 months now after recommendation from a Body Shop staff member for my combination skin. And, although I love every product from the range this product is my least favourite.
The bottle states it:
♥ Provides moisture where needed
♥ Helps to balance excess oil
♥ Leaves skin hydrated, clear and shine-free
The bottle itself is of the Body Shop's standard high quality and makes you feel like you are using a premium product. The pump action allows for controlled application so you don't use too much. The gel itself is light a quite thin which makes it easily spread.
Although it does leave my skin feeling soft the morning after I have used it it also leaves the area around my nose slightly oily which it says it's not supposed to do. I has the moisture aspect right but seems to have the 'balancing excess oil' just off.
I would advise any users to avoid putting this product on their T-Zone.
As I have had blemish prone skin in the past I have always looked for products to help this and the seaweed range has. I would recommend this range to anyone with skin like mine but probably tell them to be careful using this product.
Price: £9.75 for 30ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Purifying, balancing and moisturising skin while you sleep
The packaging looks very nice and has that typical Body Shop high quality feel about it. It's in a handy pump action dispenser which gives you a controlled amount, so it's not easy to use too much which is very good as you only get such a small amount in the bottle.
It has a thin gel texture which is really smooth and feels cooling on the skin. It is absorbed almost instantly into the skin so you do need to be quick when applying it to make sure you cover your whole face. The scent is very light and I can't really make out any particular scent, it's just quite a natural smell.
It leaves my skin feeling instantly softer and a whole lot smoother. It's really light so it doesn't feel like it's clogging the pores or coating the skin. At the same time though because it's so light it doesn't really feel as though it's moisturising my skin. A few minutes after applying it my skin feels a little dry and tight and I have to apply a proper moisturiser, and I don't have dry skin.
Waking up in the morning my skin still feels fresh and clean, and it certainly feels less oily than it usually does. After using this regularly my skin does seem to have become clearer and more even in tone, and feels really smooth to touch. It's also lasted a lot longer than I thought it would because you really don't need to use much at a time.
All in all this is a good night treatment for combination skin, but I wouldn't recommend it as a moisturiser.
Thumbs up from me.
A light, easily absorbed, non-clogging, oil-free moisturising gel /