“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Toner / What it does: Smoothes, brightens / Product line: The Body Shop Vitamin C „
(This product is no longer called 'skin boost', the name is now 'skin reviver')
A few weeks ago The Body Shop had a fifty percent sale on and I took the oppurtunity to try out a few different products that I'd been wanting to try for a while.
One of the items that I bought was this - the Vitamin C Skin Reviver, which according to The Body Shop ' refreshes and smoothes skin and enhances its natural glow.' This appealed to me mainly because I have quite dry skin which can make it appear a little dull, so I was hoping that this would give me a natural looking glow on the days that I wasn't wearing foundation.
This retails at £13.00 per 30ml bottle, which I personally think is slightly overpriced considering just how small the bottle is and it's not like a little goes a long way either, meaning that you'd need to re-purchase a bottle every six weeks or so. I paid £6.50 for mine due to the sale and I feel that this is a much more reasonable price and I will not be purchasing this again until there is another sale on.
The product comes in a small cylindar shaped orange bottle which is quite basic in appearence and the packaging does not look very expensive at all - it actually looks quite cheap. The bottle has the brand and product name on it as well as lots of other information such as the ingredients, how to use etc. The bottle has a plastic cap which pulls off to reveal a little pump.
The product itself is not what I was expecting. I had expected a very lightweight creamy lotion, but it's actually a very thick, greasy feeling gel. It is awkward to spread evenly over my face as it is so thick and greasy and it kind of blobs up rather than spreads out if that makes sense. It feels heavy, gloopy and greasy and rather than sinking into the skin it just sits there.
My skin does appear nice and glowy without looking greasy and it feels nice and smooth. I can't say that this makes my skin feel any more 'refreshed' like The Body Shop claim but it does make my skin look radiant and feel better. This gives my skin a subtle boost which means I feel comfortable not wearing foundation, however when I do wear foundation I find that this makes the perfect base.
Smell wise, this has quite a strange fragrance - very artificial, almost like Sunny Delight. The smell soon fades though so this isn't a huge issue. Overall, I recommend this product but only give it 3/5 stars due to the consistency and smell.
I have quite clear combination skin, but it tends to look quite tired and lacklustre most of the time, so I decided to try out this product as it sounded like it would give my skin a lift with the Vitamin C. However, I have to say that this product unfortunately did not do anything for me.
The Vitamin C Skin Booster comes in a very small container with a dispenser head. Because it's so small, I would expect that someone who likes this product can easily carry this product around and re-apply whenever necessary. It's easy to dispense, and what comes out is a clear gel. How I used it was to dispense a small amount, dot it at five points on my face and gently massage the gel. The gel has a strong orangey smell, which I unfortunately do not like as it reminded me a bit too strongly of orange peel.
In my opinion, there are two main problems with this product. First, the gel doesn't seem to absorb well. Sometimes I found some white residue on my face, which I try to rub into my skin but instead I get even more residue. Secondly, instead of helping my skin look less tired, it gave me a permanent sheen - not the kind that makes your skin look supple and hydrated, but more like oily.
These two main problems deterred me from using this product for the long run, so I unfortunately can't comment if the Vitamin C contents could possibly help your skin become more radiant over long term usage.
I bought the Body Shop vitamin c skin reviver product at a friends Body Shop party after trying a tester. I have been after a skin booster item for the winter months when the weather becomes much harsher, especially walking dogs in the wind and rain.
The product currently costs £12.00 for a 30ml bottle. I don't think this is to bad a price considering it does last quite a while and the Body Shop is an environmentally friendly company, which does not test on animals and frequently provides good quality products.
The bottle is orange in colour, as with the rest of the range so is easily identifiable if going to a shop to purchase. The bottle has a pump action top which when depressed fully gives plenty of product for the entire face. The first thing I notice is the fabulous smell. It is a very sweet citrus orange that immediately brightens your morning. This smell stays only for a little while, which is nice as I don't really want to smell like an orange all day!
The gel is fairly thick in consistency with an orange colour tint to it, but is very easy to smooth in and absorbs almost immediately. At first I was a little concerned that it would be to greasy as it is made with brazil nut oil. However, it soaks into the skin and leaves no oily shiny trace which is great for dry skin.
My skin immediately felt softer from the gentle coating it gives and over time using it most days (sometimes I forget), my skin does feel somewhat revived.
As the bottle says you should use the product after moisturising and to be fair it may work even better if I used after the moisturisers from that range, but I still have some other to use up. I do use it with other products in that range which I will review at a later date.
It is a great product to use under your make-up as it helps to smooth on foundation and your skin feels much more evened out after using, helping to prevent any clumps of foundation patches.
As informed by the Body Shop the range is a vitamin c collection therefore is an antioxidant product which can help to counter balance the harsh chemicals found in our air like pollution.
Overall another winning product from the Body Shop.
I bought this on offer as my friend had it and I loved the immediate effect and the way it felt on my skin. At around £12 it isn't cheap and the bottle is relatively small. The product doesn't last long either, you do need quite a lot on your face but it is easy to control the amount that comes out the pump so you don't waste any.
The design of the bottle was lovely, it was a sturdy bottle that had an air of quality about it. However, the one I recieved was in cheap looking plasticy packaging which was quite disapointing. The pump is useful and dispenses the product well. It doesn't clog or get messy either.
The serum itself is lovely. It is so smooth and feels really velvetty when applied to your face. It creates a gorgeous satin-like layer over your skin, making a perfect base for flawless foundation. It is difficult to explain but once you try it you will see how lovely it feels. It is not greasy or oily so I like it for my oily skin as it doesn't leave it shiny or flare it up.
The smell is very citrusy but sweet. It is very refreshing and leaves your skin radiant and soft. I like that it is supposed to protect your skin from environmental elements as I feel this is a major cause of skin problems.
I've never heard a bad word said about this product. It needs to be tried to be believed but it is definately worth the money. I use this everyday and I love it.
When I was younger it was all about The Bodyshop. My friends and I used to compete over who could own the most products and I distinctly remember a phase in school during the 90's where everybody smelt of Dewberry. I stopped using Bodyshop when I hit my late teens and almost forgot about it until a few years ago when my friend talked me into hosting Bodyshop at home parties and effectively working for them. That didn't last very long as I couldn't commit to it but it did give me the opportunity to work with and sample lots of Bodyshop products and this was my absolute favourite. It's basically designed to give your skin a good boost .The bottle is a decent weight and makes the whole thing feel much more expensive than it actually is. In fact I've tried serums that have cost more than three times the amount of this and haven't even come close to rivalling the effects of this product. Vitamin C is great for skin and I always try to incorporate some into my skin care routine as it acts as a great antioxidant and also helps protect against free radicals. It smells lovely, very orangey and zingy and comes out as a clear liquid which has a really luxurious feel. A little goes a long way and with the pump action dispenser it's very easy to control the amount you expel - unlike sometimes with tubes where you can easily end up with lots more product on your fingers than you anticipated. It's incredibly easy to blend into skin and absorbs quickly leaving the surface of your skin feeling incredibly smooth and looking brighter. A really quick fix. This made my foundation literally glide on and stay on. A bottle generally lasts a couple of months so at £12.20 you're talking just over £6 a month to have incredibly soft and smooth skin. Bargain.
Skin Boost is such a wonderful product! You get a 30ml pump bottle for £12.20. I use this every day and it lasts me at least two months, usually more.
It is a very light gel which contains lots of vitamin C - an antioxidant which helps to protect by neutralising pollutants in the air which come into contact with the skin. It also contains grapefruit oil to tone and balance and sweet orange oil for the wonderful awakening scent.
To use, simply pump once on to the back of the hand then use the fingers to dot small amounts around the face evenly. Then lightly rub this in with the finger tips. The gel dissolves into the skin leaving it feeling like velvet. Skin Boost can be used under your usual moisturiser, however, I like to use this instead of my moisturiser as my skin is on the oily side anyway. It is not oily at all and not shiny, but it does exactly what it says, it boosts skin's natural radiance.
This product has to be tried to be believed. Once you feel it on the skin you will be hooked. The smell is wonderful too - it is sweet, a little sharp and very refreshing. The perfect thing to use to help wake you up in the morning.
*My view on the Bodydshop*
I find that Body shop products are generally of a very good quality. I have been using their products for nearly twenty years from bath products to body lotions. I have not however tried many of their facial skincare range. When I first became interested in the Body shop, I was substantially younger and it probably didn't even occur to me at that point of my life that I could ever have dehydrates skin or wrinkles! Another reason is that my skin has always been so sensitive to most skincare products and I usually stick to trusted brands such as Estee Lauder or Chanel as I know that they are quality products and suit my skin.
*How did I hear of this product?*
I would probably have never tried this product had I not attended my friends Body shop party. I cannot recall a time that I have ever been into the Body shop to look at facial skincare products and I don't think I ever actually would have before this. However, in this setting, you all sit around whilst a Body shop representative demonstrates products and passes them around for us to try. This is quite a good atmosphere in which to try out these products as it is in a friendly non rushed and relaxing environment rather than a brightly lit shop.
As soon as she picked out the Vitamin C skin boost, there was an instant chorus of positive comments from a number of the other guests in the room. Personally myself, I have never actually heard of this product though it seems that it must be quite popular as many of them had heard of it or used it.
The product comes in a 30m bottle with an applicator nozzle to pump out the serum. The applicator is very easy to use and is of a relatively high quality and designed in such a way that there is no messy build up of serum around the nozzle or neck which in my personal opinion is always a plus point.
According to the Body shop website vitamin C is a naturally powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin against damaging environmental elements, such as the sun, pollution and cigarette smoke. Ithelps neutralise free radicals, which are destructive molecules that attack cells and harm the skin. Helps to invigorate the skin and promote skin radiance and smoothness with regular use.
*What did I think?*
I was advised to squirt a very small amount, about the size of a pea, onto my finger tip and try it on my skin. Initially based on the appearance of this serum, I expected this product to feel cold, wet and greasy. Due to my suspicion of this product and my lack of belief that this product would suit my sensitive skin, I decided that I would try it on my hand. As I applied it onto my skin I found that this small amount spread easily and evenly across a large surface area. The serum rubbed in well with very little effort and left no greasy residue, just very satin like smooth skin. I left the product on my hand for the next hour and found that it had no irritation and judging by how silky it had made my skin feel I decided to invest in a bottle.
I have now used the product most days and apply before my make up and find that my skin looks smooth and silky along with feeling it! I found that after application, it gives my skin a very soft, silky but matte finish and removes the appearance of any oily looking areas. All in all, I am very happy with this product and do feel that it does revive my skin on a daily basis.
*Price & value*
The price is £12 for the 30ml bottle which does appear quite high. However, if you take into consideration the small amount that is required per application then this can last quite a while.
This is a very good product which in my opinion could rival a few of the higher priced rivals, I believe it is actually very good value for money.
To summarise, I am very happy with this product and use it on a daily basis. When my bottle has ended, I will certainly be purchasing another.
A handbag sized bottle, this product is a miracle in a bottle. It contains Vitamin C, an antioxidant which helps the body to fight free radicals such as pollution and smoking. This product is a concentated form of all the other Body Shop Vitamin C products, I have tried the capsules and found them quite greasy so this is a better form of the product.
I use this after using toner and before using moisturiser. I love the smell of this product, it smells like oranges! It makes my skin feel soft and smooth and after a few days of using it my skin looked a lot brighter and healthier.
A little bit goes a long long way. I use a bottle a year and you don't need to use as much moisturiser as well. My skin feels firmer and I feel protected from the elements.
It costs £12 but I feel this is cheaper than some of the serums on the markets but this one offers a lot more value for money and is far far better than the others.
A must for anyone whose skin needs a pick me up.
Firstly, may I say that I work as a Body Shop consultant and so I have insider knowledge of most of our products! I like to think that I am an honest person and there are certain products I am not so keen on. However, Vitamin C Skin Boost really does live up to the hype and is a must-have for busy people. This little pot of magic not only smells amazing (like oranges!) but gives a wonderful shot of intense moisturiser whilst mattifying and providing a silken feeling to the skin. Quite how this works I don't know, but next time you are passing a Body Shop, pop in and try some, you will be amazed! It honestly leaves your skin feeling like velvet and it sinks in so quickly, unlike a normal moisturiser which will need a few minutes before a foundation can be applied. A pot is around the £12.50 mark and will last for a good 2-3 months as you only need a small squirt.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals so the whole Body Shop Vitamin C range is designed to rejuvinate the skin and protect it from the effects of these free radicals. This product claims to 'tend to the skin, it revives, replenishes, protects and preserves'
Definitely worth a try, you won't be dissapointed.
Occasionally I suffer with patches of dry skin on my face, we all know how annoying that is and how difficult it can be to get rid of as well as how awful it can look, don't we?!
I have found something that I find really helps and thought that I should share my discovery so that others can use this little miracle in a bottle too.
When I get dry skin I try and buff if off with exfoliator and moisturise to try and rehydrate the skin but it always stays looking unsightly, especially when I put on foundation which just makes it even more visible. Not any more!
This is a very small pump action bottle, it feels like it is actually made of glass rather than plastic but I am not 100% sure. It is bright orange with plenty of information on the sticker surrounding it.
This is called Vitamin C Skin Boost, not you understand why the bottle is orange don't you.
The bottle says that it is for smoothing and radiance lift, that doesn't really explain it though does it. As this wasn't enough information for my liking I looked it up on the Body Shops website. Basically this is a pre-moisturiser. You put it onto cleansed skin then after that you seal in it's moisturisation but applying a moisturiser. It smoothes out the skin and gives your skin a... boost!
As this is for all skin types it is a handy product to have for little dry skin emergencies but at £12 for a small 30ml bottle it certainly isn't cheap! You do only need a small amount and unless you really badly suffer from dry skin then you wont need to use it too often.
Just one pump is more than enough to do my face and neck with a thin layer of this gel, yes I said gel not cream but I will get to that shortly.
This gives instant results, straight away any flakiness is gone, you cannot feel any dry skin nor see any. This smoothes skin so well it almost feels like you must have coated your skin in something rather than used something that is sinking into it.
To touch my skin feels amazing! Babies bottoms don't even come close!
This is a gel not a cream and it feels very different to anything I have ever used before, unlike a thick cream this is easy to apply evenly and unlike a thin lotion it gives you more control.
This is a clear gel, which looks a little like shower gel when first pumped onto my fingers.
What comes to mind when you think of vitamin C? Oranges right? Well this even smells like them! Only slightly and not the sweet scent but a subtle and not a lasting whiff of them is certainly present.
This does take a little while to sink in, I know this is a drawback but not enough for me to say it is a problem, I just wait two or three minutes before applying moisturiser. If you are in a hurry just do something while you are waiting.
To me I don't really feel like moisturiser is absolutely necessary after this as it makes my skin feel so great but I do to get as much benefit from it as possible. I certainly don't need as much moisturiser after using this as I do without it, I guess my skin can only soak up so much of anything.
It is meant to give you more radiant skin too, but can't say that I really notice any difference in that but I don't use it for that anyway.
After using this and moisturiser my skin stays looking great all day and my skin looks perfect under my foundation too, which is why I hated the dry skin so much. I do find when I wash my face that the dry skin is still there, hidden from the world but it is certainly improving.
I don't use any other products from the range and tend to use the Seaweed moisturiser after this product. I have the retexturings mask which I really like too, I will look into other products from the range at some point as I think they are very good quality products and from what I have tried already the results are very good.
Do I recommend this? You bet I do, it is a miracle in a bottle! I know it is a bit pricey but it really does have excellent results and anyone with dry skin will really notice the difference!
I can't take stars off for any of its slightly bad points (price and the fact it takes a couple of minutes to sink in) it is as close to perfect as it gets!
The Body Shop do a whole range of Vitamin C products (listed below) although they are good alone they work really well when combined with their range of Vitamin E products, they boost each others effectiveness.
Also in the range are;
Vitamin C Skin Boost (as reviewed) 30ml £12.00
Vitamin C Cleansing Face Polish 100ml £8.00
Vitamin C Energising Facial Spritz 100ml £8.00
Vitamin C Micro Refiner 75ml £12.00
Vitamin C Re-Texturising Peel 50ml £12.00
Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF 15 50ml £9.50
Vitamin C Intensive Night Treatment 30ml £12.00
Vitamin C Eye Reviver 15ml £8.50
Vitamin C Plus Time Release Capsules 28 capsules £15.00
The Body Shop doesn't test on animals and are involved with charities and foundations. If you would like more information on the charities that they are involved in then please see this website, www.thebodyshopinternational.com and look at the values and campaigns section.
The Body Shop has stores all over the place, if you would like to find your nearest store, shop on-line (the delivery is reasonably priced and usually very quick) or for more information on this or any other product then please take a look at their website, www.thebodyshop.co.uk
A light, refreshing gel that boosts the skin's smoothness to give you more vitality /