Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturiser
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The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturiser
Advantages: high UVA/UVB protection, smells wonderful and melts into skin easily
Disadvantages: Has the marmite factor with it's zingy sensation
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.
Summary: Try before you buy, not a product for everyone.