Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment
Member Name: cyberem78
The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment
Advantages: Good for oily skin.
Disadvantages: Not nourishing or moisturising.
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.
Summary: Not for me, but may be helpful for those with oily skin.