I went into the Body Shop looking for a moisturiser which would be good for a holiday. It needed to have a decent SPF and would keep my skin soft after days spent in the sun. The sales assistant recommended the Vitamin C range, which happened to be on a 3 for 2 offer at the time.
When I tried a small amount in the shop the first thing which surprised me was how far such a small amount went. It didn't feel particularly heavy on my skin (which is something I appreciated). The SPF sealed the deal for me as I needed something which would give a good amount of protection.
At the time of purchase, the store had a 3 for 2 offer on all skincare products. This, paired with a voucher for £10 off when £25 was spent and my Body Shop card, made for an amazing buy! I managed to get quite a few products (including the moisturiser) and it ended up being about £2 more than the price of the cream itself. The price tag of £10 is very reasonable and I had no problem paying that in the first place. Because you need to use so little of the product, the relatively small bottle goes a very long way, even if you're using the product every day/twice a day.
I found that the cream allowed my skin to stay moisturised all day, even with going in and out of the sea. I very rarely had to put extra suncream on as it was sufficient for me. Of course this may not be the same for everybody, however. I used the cream in the evenings, and it kept my skin soft even after using the Body Shop Seaweed face wash, which has a tendency to make my skin dry.
I would thoroughly recommend this product as an everyday moisturiser which is also perfect to take on holiday!
My recent student bursary resulted in a bit of a shameless spending spree at one of my favourite stores, The Body Shop. All sense of what you already have at home goes out of the window, when confronted with gorgeous aroma's and sales assistants putting products on you with persuasive lingo. One of the item's I purchased, was the Vitamin C daily moisturiser SPF 30, setting me back £10 for a 50ml tube.
I was first introduced to the Vitamin C range when I purchased the eye reviver cream (previously reviewed), and I found that to be very impressive and effective, so I was expecting the same from the moisturiser. Admittedly, this range is a little expensive for the amount you actually get, so it's not something I would consider buying on a regular basis.
"Hydrate the skin while enhancing its natural radiance. With UVA/UVB protection, Amazonian camu camu berry, known to have one of the highest contents of vitamin C in nature, and Community Trade sesame seed oil. For dull skin"
The moisturiser looks similar to all the Vitamin C products from the Body Shop, in that it comes in bright orange packaging, and the entire range is stocked together in the shop so you really can't miss it! I think the packaging has changed slightly in design recently, but it's still the same bright orange colour. The tube is like a little squeezy tube of paint, and is light enough to go in your handbag as it doesn't have a heavy lid.
Time for the all important testing, and for this I applied the moisturiser to my hands and face. The cream is white, with a sharp citrus scent, thankfully more reminiscent of a bowl of fruit, rather than cillit bang. With a little massage into the skin, the cream melts beautifully into my skin and does not feel sticky or concrety afterwalls. I found that a little certainly goes along way, as I continue to accidently put too much on my face, as it really does distribute across the skin very easily.
I left it to settle in for a couple of minutes. What I was not expecting, is the almighty kick this gave my skin (due to the zingyness of the Vitamin C). After applying it to my face I thought I was undergoing a chemical peel the first time, after experiencing a bit of a stinging sensation. Due to my sensitive skin I was worried this cream had seriously agitated it, but thankfully I found it hadn't, apart from a slight redness which eventually goes down (but this doesn't happen if I apply to my hands etc).
I especially wasn't expecting the zingyness given the Vitamin C Eye cream was so very gentle and soothing on my eyes. Some users on The Body Shop website, have commented that this particular moisturiser didn't used to give such an effect. Personally, I feel it's not a total loss, and is brilliant for waking tired skin up in the morning, however it's really not a product I would suggest for when you simply want a soothing, calming moisturiser.
On the flip side, what I would say is that unlike many moisturisers I have tried, this product is one I would say is fairly unisex. I recently was asked by a male friend if I could recommend any moisturisers to him, as I think it's a common misconception amongst some men that moisturising is just for women, well I tell them skin is skin, and you need to look after it! In this case, I would say this moisturiser would cater for skin particularly a little sore and sensitive after shaving, and would certainly wake you up in the morning.
This moisturiser also has a UVA/UVB protection of 30, which I think is pretty impressive as I've certainly never seen a moisturiser with such high protection before. Of course, it also contains "rich Vitamin C Amazonian camu camu and community trade sesame seed oil", which no doubt is a benefit the skin.
After using this product for a just over a week, I would say it is a product best suited for non sensitive skin, and works best when left on it's own rather than using it as a base for foundation. I have been using it underneath my make-up, and although it does provide a smooth, moisturised base, I find that because of it's intensity, it's something best left for when you are not going to apply make-up over it, as again it's quite citrusy and therefore feels odd to slap make-up over the top of it.
Oddly, after thoroughly reading the label and the website product description, there is simply no mention that this product does have a zingy kick to it, due to the vitamin C content, and perhaps the high UVA/UVB protection level. I definitely think The Body Shop should be a little more informative, as I'm not sure I would have purchased it if I had known, even though I think it's a fantastic product in the long run after it's melted into my skin.
Although I'm getting used to the feeling of this moisturiser on my skin, and I really love how well it sinks into my skin, I don't feel I will be buying it again. I need a moisturiser which will not in the slightest irritate my skin, and will quench it's thirst as it's often dry too. Although this particular moisturiser does help with that in part, I'd rather have something which is a little calmer. Everybody's skin is different, and The Body Shop really do sell some amazing products, my recommendation is you try before you buy to ensure the product is right for you, as unfortunately this one is just a little too wild for me.
I usually use the Body Shop Vitamin E range, but when I was instore looking for a moisturiser last summer, I noticed the Vitamin C range and decided to try it out for a change. The product is available for purchase from Body Shop stores across the UK and Europe, including airports, or online at the body shop website. The Vitamin C range includes several other products including toner and serum.
The Vitamin C range attracted me initially with the sunny orange bottles on the display. It stands out more than the pink Vitamin E range on the shelves. Trying the sampler bottle, I enjoyed the orange fragrance and thought the moisturiser light and suitable for summer skin.
The moisturiser comes in a 50ml tube for £10.00. It used to be SPF 15, but is now SPF 30. It is suitable for all skin types and claims to provide antioxidant and UV protection. It is suggested as a light lotion to smooth and soften the skin.
The tube container allows you to get out as much product as you need but a little goes a long way with this moisturiser. It is white in colour and smells strongly of oranges. It smooths in to skin quickly, leaving it soft and protected from the sun. Due to its SPF protection, smell and lightness, it is my moisturiser of choice in the summer and when I am on holiday. A 50ml tube goes a long way although the packaging suggests you use it within 6 months of opening.
My one gripe is that it is made in the USA. I think it is unnecessary to ship products around the world, so in future I will be sticking to products made closer to home.
I recently had a Body Shop at home party which I will be reviewing shortly and managed to purchase a great few products as recommended by the Party Organiser, the Vitamin C Skin Moisturizer was one of these fantastic items.
*~*~What is this and what does it offer?~*~*
The Vitamin C Skin range are exotic scented products that claims to boost the skin and make it more supple. At 25 I should really be in a skin care routine but I am ashamed to admit that I am not and have never really looked after my skin...until now.
The Skin moisturiser comes in an orange tube and there are a fair few products in this range to work in conjunction with one another.
I have only been using this product for 2 weeks but have noticed a great different my skin is more radiant and is definitely much softer and I have found that this product is great as a base underneath foundation and helps it stay put for a lot longer.
The Skin moisturiser is in a gel format which on first appearance it appears to be a greasy gel, however once applied to the skin the greasiness disappears leaving no build up as it is easily absorbed into the skin.
*~*~How much is it and is it good value?~*~*
Here was the shocker, well for someone like me it was who has no skincare regime a tiny 50 ml tube was £9.50!! Now I have come to realise that it is only a small amount that is actually used so it does prove to be a valuable asset in my toiletry collection.
Since its first use my skin has improved a great deal I have a great complexion and my skin looks naturally pink as I am generally quite pale this magic potion really does enhance my skin and people have commented on how I look different but they cannot explain how I look different.
As you would expect with Vitamin C advertised products it comes in an orange tube even the label is orange which peels back to reveal the full list of ingredients.
There are many other products that you can purchase and use as part of your skin care routine however this has got to be one of those essential items that you should have.
The Vitamin C Skin range contains Orange Oil which provides a sweet citrus scent which is not overpowering but is certainly a pleasant aroma to apply to your skin, it also includes Grapefruit essential oil which relaxes the senses whether this is true I cannot comment as I haven't noticed too much difference in this area.
*~*~My Opinion on the product~*~*
Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that helps to protect the skin against everyday damaging elements such as Air conditioning, and other forms of pollution that can damage the skin, and this product helps to protect against these elements and I find this great my skin definitely has taken a turn for the better and is looking much more radiant even if I do say so myself!!
When applying to my face I put a small amount on the tip of my finger and rub into the skin in a circular motion this ensures that I boost the circulation adding a little colour to my face naturally. Once I have applied I leave for a few minutes before adding some Vitamin E moisturising cream which helps to keep my face protected and my make up in place.
This product is great and it is also light and non greasy which doesn't make my face feel loaded up with products.
I had previously been prone to spots however these seem to be disappearing even after a few hours my skin still feels soft and my make up is still in one place.
A make-up bag must have!!
I love this moisturiser - it's the only one I've ever found that is light enough for my sensitive skin, but does the job of moisturising. I find the ingredients in most products irritate my skin, so I was delighted when I came across this. And it has the added bonus of providing SPF 15, so I'm all round happy.
I've just started using the night cream as well, which leaves the skin feeling lovely and silky, and again is not too heavy.
Reasonably priced, the vitamin C range is definitely worth a try.