“ Brand: The Body Shop / Texture: Cream / Type: Night Cream / Subcategory: Moisturiser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes / Product line: The Body Shop Vitamin E „
I recently bought the Bodyshop Vitamin E eye cream and liked it so much I decided to buy the day and night facial moisturiser creams in the same Vitamin E range. I have been using both the creams morning and at bedtime exclusively to see how they perform.
Since I had never used this night cream before I decided to buy the smallest size pot available. This is a 15ml tub. I have used 15ml sized tubs from the Bodyshop before and didn't find them too small. However, with this particular cream you'd get more for your money with the bigger size. This is because the consistency of the cream is quite thick. I'm using more of it and at a faster rate than I am of the day cream. I am going to run out of night cream well before I run out of day cream.
The packaging is a small plastic tub with a screw off lid. This is a lightweight pot which would be great for packing into a holiday suitcase. The lid is very easy to unscrew but remains secure when tightened up. Since I have the day cream as well as the night cream I often pick the wrong tub up. I keep thinking that the lighter coloured label is the night cream and the black label is the day cream but it's the other way around! So this one has a light pink label on the top of the tub. You can peel the top layer of the label back to uncover a list of full ingredients and product information. There is also a little bit of information printed around the edge of the pink pot. This includes contact information for the brand and product longevity information. You can also visit the web shop online where there is a little more information about the cream.
The Bodyshop say this cream "replenishes moisture" as you are sleeping. The product is enriched with softening shea butter and has a nourishing vitamin E formula. These act on skin to leave it feeling soft and healthy in the morning.
I have used other night creams regularly but I've never used one this thick before. I was very surprised by the consistency of the cream. It's so thick it reminds me of the body butters the brand also sell. The cream is a pale pink colour and is totally stiff in the tub. You have to dig in to extract some. A little bit of moisturiser on the end of my fingertip doesn't go very far due to it's thick texture. I therefore find myself returning to the tub to cover each section of my face. Since it's so rich the cream does tend to stick as you rub and it is not the easiest to apply. However, once rubbed in it dries up quickly and leaves skin feeling thirst quenched and healthier. The cream does tend to feel greasy when first rubbing in but it does not make the face look shiny or sweaty and it sinks in leaving the skin looking peachy and soft.
The cream has an interesting fragrance. It smells slightly medicinal at first but once it has warmed up on your skin it smells sweet and mildly floral and this counteracts any sharpness. I would describe the scent as being marginally feminine but men could get away with using this too.
I use this on my face and also on my neck at the front. I avoid the area around my eye sockets because I also use the Vitamin E eye cream which has a runny consistency ideal for the sensitive skin around the eyes. I find that the night cream fine to use on the face but a little more difficult on the larger space of the neck given that it doesn't 'spread' easily over the skin and therefore takes more working in on the neck.
In the morning after using this cream last thing at night and after cleansing, my skin feels soft and smooth. I'm quite pleased with how supple my skin feels and also with the way it looks. I would say that my skin is looking healthy and the overall texture slightly improved in areas that were slightly problematic for me such as a papery looking forehead which looks a little more smooth now. However, there has been no huge dramatic changes that I've noticed.
Overall I'm quite pleased with the performance of the night cream since it keeps my skin soft and feeling smooth until morning. However I know that this little tub isn't going to last very long. I also dislike having to pull on my skin due to the thick texture of the cream in case doing so stretches the skin and makes it wrinkled or saggy. I'm not certain yet if I would buy this again. Right now I'd probably say I wouldn't simply because I prefer the application technique of other night creams I've used. I would also have to see a more dramatic improvement in the condition of my skin to warrant buying this cream again. Right now I'd say that the results of using the cream are about average in comparison with other night creams I've used.
This cream costs £4 for the 15ml tub and £11 for the larger 50ml tub. You can buy in stores or online.
This review is also on Ciao!
When it comes to the skin on my face I like to look after it. I cleanse, tone and moisturise twice daily in the hope my face will thank me for it twenty years' time and whilst my toners, cleansers and day creams change quite regularly I always stick to the same night cream. That night cream is this Vitamin E Nourishing one from The Body Shop which I first tried around eight months back and haven't looked back since doing so.
I've tried all the face care products in The Body Shop's Vitamin E range and now and, aside from the toner which I find is too harsh on my sensitive skin, I'm generally a big fan of these products. This night cream is definitely my favourite of the range though.
The circular pot of night cream comes in two sizes, 15ml for £4 or 50ml for £11. I naturally went for the cheaper 15ml version when I tried this for the first time but have since been purchasing the 50ml pots as I just can't get enough of this stuff. Whilst £11 may seem a little pricey it's worth noting The Body Shop website constantly have offers on and I've never actually placed an order on that website where I've paid full price for anything (and I order from there frequently). A 50ml pot also lasts a good five or six months with nightly use and the results are fantastic so I do feel it is worth the price.
The cream comes in a plastic circular plastic pot which has a pale pink colour scheme matching the rest of The Body Shop's Vitamin E range. The screw on lid holds a pink sticker containing The Body Shop's logo, product name and short description which states this is suitable for all skin types and provides 'antioxidant skin repair whilst you sleep'. The shape of the pot allows you to easily use up every last bit of the night cream which I really like as I really do want to use every last bit of it!
The cream contains community fairtrade shea butter and the benefits of doing so are highlighted on the inside of the lid of this pot of cream. The Body Shop don't test on animals and their packaging is recycled making this a beneficial product for bunnies, the planet and my face - perfect.
Upon unscrewing the lid you're presented with a white, circular sheet of plastic with The Body Shop logo engraved. This has a plastic tab attached to it allowing it be easily lifted off so you can get to your cream which is a very pale pink colour has a lovely subtle baby lotion type scent to it which is quite relaxing and enjoyable. The cream is thick in consistency, turning this pot upside still keeps the cream firmly in place and a little really does go a long way this.
After cleansing and toning my face I apply this cream before I go to bed. I literally dab my finger on this cream about three times and find I have a sufficient amount to cover my face - you really do only need a tiny amount of this stuff. Once I start to rub it into my face it just seems to spread out forever. I may take a couple more dabs to cover my neck too and one 50ml pots lasts ages. You may, of course, wish to apply more to your face than I do but I personally don't feel the need to. This is a really rich cream which is highly moisturising and I feel anything more than a thin layer is too heavy for my liking and said thin layer still gives plenty of wonderful results.
The results are beautiful. My skin is left extremely soft and supple immediately after applying this. The subtle scent of the cream lingers slightly on my skin and every now and again my nostrils are greeted with a waft of it which is lovely. It is intensively hydrating and absolutely perfect for the winter months when my skin is prone is becoming rather dry. This winter I've so far managed to be completely free dry patches which I entirely put down to using this cream. It absorbs into the skin instantly too meaning you don't wake up with any residue on your pillow, just beautifully soft, hydrated and moisturised skin. I do suffer with extremely sensitive skin so I'm pleased to report that this cream hasn't had any negative reaction to me nor have I suffered any break outs due to using this.
One thing I would warn about is wearing this in the day. I know most wouldn't intentionally with it being a night cream and all but there have been a few occasions where I've accidently put this on in the morning and it is far too heavy for daily wear, fine for sleep, but very uncomfortable for the day.
In conclusion, I swear by this as a night cream and think it's absolutely perfect particularly if you're prone to dry skin. It's safe for sensitive skin, extremely moisturising and hydrating and a pot lasts for ages. Thoroughly recommended.
As the blistering winds and bucketing rain batters us half to death, my skin is really suffering. I have combinational skin and this weather really makes each aspect worse.. my dry skin is even drier than ever especially around my cheeks, forehead and sides of my nose. I normally use Johnson's day cream at night because its light enough to nourish my skin for the next day but these days it just won't do. After a lot of searching, I decided upon the vitamin E range from the body shop. Now, normally I shy away from the body shop because I can barely afford to splurge on their products and also I think their shop smells so deliciously good that I want to buy it all! But since there was a sale on, I purchased the vitamin e night cream for £2.00 (for 15ml) and couldn't wait to try it out.
I love the look of the vitamin e range. It's a very soft pink that really portrays the idea of the product which is nourishment and caring for the skin. The little pot really feels like its good quality and its a sturdy little thing that I can easily take with me everywhere I go. Even though the packaging looks great I've always had a problem with pots that you dip your finger into because of the transference of bacteria so ensure that your hands are clean before every use! The product smells very fresh and has a lovely thick (but not too thick) consistency and practically melts onto my skin that feels very luxurious.
I love what this has done for my skin. I only apply moisturiser at night after I lightly exfoliate my skin and take off my make up which is why I opted for the night cream and I don't think I'll ever go back. My skin feels supple and soft with a nice wee glow (especially considering the weather!) and the dryness has practically disappeared. At night I smooth some on, a little goes a long way, and wake up with beautiful skin and my foundation just glides on without any hassle and infact I don't even need to use so much foundation these days because my skin looks like I'm refreshed from 6am until I go to bed!
I would definitely recommend this product. After 2 weeks my skin looks like I've been religiously drinking 2 litres of water a day and have a light under my skin! Although the product can be on the pricey side I don't actually think I mind paying a little extra for such a great product. My skin feels and looks fantastic, just the winter fix that I needed!
I was in the Body Shop, I'd fancied trying a night cream and as I was in there and liked the look of it I bought it. Although pricey at £10 for 50ml I didn't really mind as I know from their other products that their stuff lasts ages. This is no exception I've been using for six months and there's still a bit left. Their animal and human ethics are also a good reason buy it.
The cream comes in a small pink tub, made from good quality plastic with matching screw top lid. The label looks simple and tells us what it is and what it's for and that he cream is for 'all skin types'. It claims to 'repair your skin whilst you sleep'. Underneath the pot is the usual Body Shop peel and reveal label with the list of ingredients. A quick read of it surprises me (again) as I can't believe how much stuff goes into Body Shop products as they're renowned for their natural ingredients, this is a novel!- Aqua, Glycerin, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil, Dimethicone, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Cyclomethicone, Stearyl Alcohol to name but a few.
On opening the lid I'm met with a plastic inner lid with a lift up tab, on removing this I find a pink quite solid looking cream. It smells like face cream, it's the only way to describe it. The whole thing, the pot and the smell remind me of my mum's face cream in the 70's, maybe this is the target market. Anyway after cleansing my face before bed, my skin feels really dry and almost tight. I apply a small amount of this cream a really tiny amount as a little of this goes along way. It's lovely and cooling and absorbs into my skin after a few minutes, although it leaves a slight residue which all night creams do. By morning my face feels smooth, it by no means helps my 'laughter' lines but it doesn't claim to. I don't think it particularly repairs my skin while I'm asleep but it certainly moisturises it. I've not had an adverse reaction to it and no more spots than usual.
My hands are really dry from the usual household tasks, since using this (I have a habit of rubbing my hands together after applying creams) they are much better.
This cream does what it's supposed to do- moisturise your face (and hands). The smell isn't over powering which is good for bed time and the pot lasts ages. Being open for six months hasn't made it stale.
During one of The Body Shop's online offer periods last year, I purchased a set of skincare miniatures from the Vitamin E range. I hadn't had a lot of experience with this range, or Body Shop skincare, before so was pleased to try it.
The Vitamin E range is designed for dryer and more mature skin. I'm only in my mid 20s and have combination skin, but I hoped this set would provide effective protection during the winter when I get occasional dry patches of skin. The range is packaged in plain but smart and distinctive pink packaging.
The set contained a miniature cleanser, toner, moisture cream and night cream. I used the set together, though I only used the cleanser and toner at night preferring a face wash in the morning (Lush's Buche de Noel, in case anyone is interested). This review will discuss my experience with the night cream.
***Price and Packaging***
A 50ml tub of this night cream costs £10. This is pricey but less so than many high end brands. I know some people dislike tubs as they see them as unhygienic, but I like them as they mean you can get every scrap of product out. Also, thick creams like this don't really transfer well to bottles.
The tub is pink to fit in with the rest of the range. It is plain but smart-looking.
***Product Ingredients and Claims***
As the name suggests, the product contains Vitamin E. This is an antioxidant and helps to prevent the development of free radicals on the skin. It also contains wheatgerm oil, which is moisturising and contains most of the Vitamin E, and Community Fair Trade cocoa butter. This comes from cocoa beans harvested by the Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative in Ghana. With over 50,000 small-scale farmers, it is one of the biggest fair trade co-operatives in the world. The Body Shop's trade has helped to fund education and medicine for members and their families. For more information, you can visit the store's Community Fair Trade section on their website.
The night cream is designed to replenish moisture levels while you sleep. It intensively hydrates, leaving skin soft and smooth while skin is at its most receptive during sleeping hours.
***Use of the Product***
I've never used a night cream before, simply using the same moisturiser morning and evening. My understanding is that they are designed to provide a more intensive moisturising experience overnight.
The night cream is pale pink in colour, with the same light floral smell as the other products in the Vitamin E range. It is quite thick in texture. To use, I cleanse and tone my skin then scoop some of the cream out, dab and blend into my skin. It blends pretty easily. It does leave my skin looking quite shiny, but then again it's a night cream so I don't mind so much about my skin looking matte. My skin certainly does look healthy.
It is claimed that the product intensively hydrates the skin leaving it soft and smooth, and it certainly does that. My skin feels extremely moisturised, smooth and silky-soft from first application until the next morning. I have been using this cream at night and the matching Moisture Cream during the day and have never had such soft skin in my life.
I have combination skin, which can be shiny and/or greasy but I also get dry patches sometimes, particularly in the cold weather. Despite the cold weather we've been having in the last few weeks, I haven't experienced a single dry patch on my skin, which has remained soft, smooth and moisturised even when it's been snowing. My skin also looks very healthy. I've experienced the odd spot, so I reckon both creams together are a bit heavy for me, but there's no other cream I've tried that would prevent dry skin so effectively.
Only a very small amount of the cream is needed at any one time, so it doesn't get used up too quickly. I tend to use a dab about the size of a finger. Of course, if your skin is very dry you may need more.
Like the other products from the Vitamin E range, I've been very impressed with this night cream. It is very effective at moisturising the skin and keeping it soft and smooth even in wintery conditions. I am slightly concerned that I've had a couple of spots since using this alongside the Moisture Cream. I don't think I'd use both together again as they are a bit much for my skin. However I would consider repurchasing this Night Cream for use during the colder months, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to those with dry skin. I will be recommending the Vitamin E range to my mam, as she has dryer, more mature skin and I think it would suit her.
Like other Body Shop products, the cream is a bit expensive, but I've seen much worse when it comes to skincare. Also, The Body Shop always has some sort of offer or discount code available so there's no need to ever pay full price.
In the winter I had quite dry skin and my normal moisturiser, which is part of the Clinique 3 step system, wasn't quite cutting it so I decided to look for something else. This is when I remembered the Body Shop Vitamin E items, I have use a few of these before and they have been very good for my skin in the past and the Vitamin E always seems to help with my dry skin. I decided to purchase the day cream and the night cream as I figured they may work better in conjuction with one another.
~~What is it?~~
This particular cream is part of the Body Shop Vitamin E range. It claims to be a nourishing night cream, which is suitable for all skin types and states that the antioxidant repairs the skin whilst you sleep. This sounded just what I needed as it meant I could use a thick, conditioning repair cream on my face to help to soothe it whilst I sleep, but in the day time keep to the lighter day cream.
After seeing what they have to say about this product on their website the claims are:
-Works when skin is at its most receptive
-Leaves skin soft and smooth
It came in a round small pink pot. The packaging looks very similar to all Body Shop products and the writing is clear to see and is presented in the same way as other Body Shop products. One thing that I think make the Vitamin E products stand out is that they are all in the same pale/ baby pink colour which is quite different from many of the other stand out brights (orange/ red/ yellow) that are in the Body Shop.
~~Price and Avaliability~~
As it is a Body Shop product it is avaliable in store and on their online store. You can sometimes pick them up cheaper on other websites such as eBay and Amazon, however, I tend to buy mine off the Body Shop website as they often have offers on here or codes are often avaliable to get a lot of items from the Body Shop for a very little cost! Also, if you do order online there is a delivery charge so you may want to keep this in mind, currently (3/03/2012) they are offering guaranteed Mothers day delivery for the following prices:
Standard Delivery - £3.49
Express Delivery - £3.99
Other than this normal standard delivery is £2.99 and express is £4.99, however if you spend over £25 you get free standard delivery.
For a 50ml pot it will cost £10.00, which I think tends to be a pretty average price now for a 'good' moisturiser, however, as I have said there is often lots of offers on so keep an eye out!
~~Appearance / scent~~
The first thing I noticed about the product is that the cream has an ever so slight pink tinge to it, though I must say this is very pale. The cream looks fairly thick in consitency and unline other creams that almost have a 'shine' to them, this cream looks very matte. The cream looks as if it will be very rish and will be quite heavy on the skin and will struggle to absorb into the skin.
The cream does not have a very distint smell and smells similar to other face creams I have used in the past. There was not a smell that I could particuarly pick up or recognise, though when looking through the ingredients there doesn't seem to be any ingredients in it in which you expect to be the top notes or be able to detect.
~~Using /Applying the product~~
To the touch the cream did seem very thick and rich, yet did seem very nourishing. When applying it, it did feel soft and smooth and did feel very moisturising on the face. I was expecting it to simply sit on my skin and not be able to absorb that well due to it being fairly thick, however, it did absorb much faster than I had expected it to. I applied the cream all over my face, paying particular attention to any dry patches on my face. On the very dry patches the cream did seem to absorb a little faster and sometimes I did find that I needed to put a little extra on, however I tend to do this with other creams I have used too.
The cream did feel very soothing on my skin and although it was quite heavy, I didn't mind as I was going straight to bed and it was not as if I needed to apply make up over the top. As soon as I applied the cream my skin felt a lot less tighter and as if it had become 'relieved', my skin felt a lot softer to the touch.
I did find that the cream was quite heavy / greasy on my fingers from where I had applied the cream, so I did need to wash my hands as I did not like this feeling, though depsite saying this, the cream did not feel greasy on face and instead felt very moisturing.
Over a few days of using this product at night time (in conjuction with the day cream) I definitley noticed a difference in my skin. My skin had become a lot softer and smooth to the touch and the dry patches on my skin had cleared up considerably and were near enough gone. Not only this, but the cream had also managed to even my skin tone a little and clear up some of my blemishes. My skin definitley looked brighter and overall was in much better condition. It felt very nourished and didn't have the same 'tight' feeling which can sometimes be experienced when you have dry skin.
Though, onw thing I did notice is that over 3 or 4 days of using the cream my skin did continue to feel a little heavier, which may be because the cream was building up. I especially noticed this when I woke up, as although my skin felt soft and subtle, it also felt fairy weighed down and I found that as long as I washed my face in the morning (which I always do) then the 'weightiness' would go.
I was very impressed with the results as there was certanily a huge difference in the smoothness and softness of my skin and the cream definitley left my skin feeling 'relieved'. I think that the product definitley lived up to its claims as after a week or so of using the prouduct and dry / slighty uneven patches on my skin had completley cleared up. This cream really works well as a night cream as it very rich, yet absorbs very easily, even if you have very dry skin I would still only use this as a night cream as it would be far too heavy to use during the day time.
I also tried using the night cream alone, without using the day cream alongside and although the results were still good, I believe that they work far more effectivley as a pair. This is because although using this cream alone was able to leave my skin softer and smoother, it was unable to actually clear dry patches or even out my skin.
~~Is it good value for money / how long will it last?~~
I personally think that this product is very good value for money, as not only does it work extremley well and meet expectations, I also find that you only need a fairly small amount of the cream! I have had my pot for around 3 or 4 months now and I have barley used a quarter of the tub, so although £10.00 may seem a little expensive for a night cream, especially if you buy the day cream as well, due to the time I can seem them lasting me, I personally think they work out very good value for money!
-Leaves skin softer and smoother
-Relieves skin from the 'tight' feeling
-Often offers on the product
-Clears dry patches
-Fairly widely avaliable
-Hyrdrates and repairs skin
-May be a little expensive for some people
-Can leave skin feeling 'weighty' or 'heavy' in the morning
-Works much better in conjuction with the day cream, meaning you have to buy two creams (though most people do this anyway)
-Too heavy / rich for use in summer (when skin isn't as dry)
~~Overall thoughts / would I recommend?~~
Overall, I really love this cream as it has done everything I wanted it to! I really love the Body Shop Vitamin E range and find this to be yet another great product from their range. It was really able to help with my dry winter skin and although I am not currently using it due to the fact my skin is no longer as dry as it was in the winter, it is a very handy product to keep in my drawer which I will continue to use should I experience dry skin again.
I think that there are very few negatives to this product and I know that it may be pricier than some people's normal moisturiser (especially if they use the same one for day/ night) I think the price is definitley worth it and if you are currently suffering with dry skin then it is definitley worth the investment! It is a really lovely soothing skin, which was a life saver for me in the winter and therefore I will definitley reccomend this product. Although I do think it is too heavy for daily use in the summer, when skin is often in better condition, it is definitley a must have for the winter!
I absolutely love this vitamin E night cream - it is a must have item in my beauty kit! I started using it a few months as I kept waking up with dry patches on my face. I had read some good reviews so decided to give it a go. Well, I'm so glad I did! I keep it next to my bed so I never forget to use it, when I wake up in the morning my skin is lovely and soft. The general condition of my skin seems a lot better too. I have also been using the vitamin E day cream too and think they are a great combination together. The night cream is quite thick, but is perfect for night time as it has plenty time to sink in. I have been using it every night for about 3 months now and there is still loads left so it is definately good value for money. I like the pretty pink packaging and I also like the fact that it is anti-ageing as I feel like I'm doing my skin some long term goodness, as well as the instant results of my skin being super soft! I would definately recommend to anyone - give it a go, I'm sure you will love it!
Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream 50mls.
I have been using the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream for about 6 months and 2 x 50ml pots have lasted that long! Two things put me off the day version of the Body Shop Vitamin E Cream. Firstly the smell - very intense and sickly and secondly the cream does not contain an SPF.
I have recently tried the Vitamin E Night Cream and I have been very pleasantly surprised. Smell a lot less intense and product really gives a lovely comforting feel to skin, have tried this on other dry patches like elbows and knees and it is really effective. It is applied really easily and is not too thick or too sticky. The first morning after trying this product my skin felt soft and supply, really good result. The one thing I dislike about this product is that when you buy it from the Body Shop the product is not sealed - you just take off the lid and there is no other seal, box etc. I think a seal would make a difference, it would be nice to know that there was no chance of it being opened before you buy it!
All in all well done Body Shop and I love the fact that you do not test on animals, AAAAAAAAAAAAA
I really like the Bodyshop ethos - not tested on animals, support fairtrade and communities but generally I find their products over priced compared to similar products by different brands.
However, I think that this particular moisturiser is not only really effective but good value for money because it lasts for such a long time. I use this moisturiser after having cleansed before I go to bed. It is too rich (I think) to wear during the day but is great for overnight. It does need rubbing in quite well to make sure that it is all properly absorbed but this is what I want from a night cream - something rich and nourishing. As it is vitamin e based with wheatgerm it has a lot of ingredients necessary for healthy skin - and it really does show!
I wouldn't recommend this moisturiser if you have very greasy skin, you may need something lighter but dry, normal, combination (which I am) types will probably find it really good.
I am a huge fan of the Body Shop's products as you will see from my other Body Shop reviews.
A product that I use often by them is Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream.
This product costs £10 for a 50ml tub which may seam expensive but it is worth it for such a luxary product.
The body shop is very eco-friendly and uses all natural ingrediants to produce their products, they do not test on animals and they actively support recycling so these reason alone are enough to pay that little extra.
The cream comes in a nicely packaged little tub that is pink in colour.
It has a very nice smell to it and is suitable for all skin types.
It contains wheat germ oil to nourish skin, Cocoa butter to leave skin silky smooth and vitamin E which os one of the best antioxidants. This helps protect you skin from all the damge it has to undergo during a day.
The minute you put this cream on your face it feels fantastic. Your skin is left hydrated and soft.
I have been using this every night for several weeks and It keeps my face beautifully moisterised all year round.
Its worth every penny as it's one of the best night creams I have used.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Night moisturiser is described as being good for all skin types, an easily absorbable, nourishing night cream. It is a very pale pink in colour and has quite a thick creamy texture - almost like the body butters that the Body Shop does, rather than a lighter cream. It contains wheat germ oil and vitamin E to 'revitalise' skin overnight. I think the scent is predominantly the wheat germ in the cream as it smells quite mildly wheaty I would say and appears to be otherwise unperfumed - it certainly doesn't smell fruity or floral in any way.
I have quite dry skin and need a moisturiser that will really replenish my skin, at the same time though I do suffer from spots from time to time and there are some products that seem to make this worse. Unfortunately this moisturiser is one of the worst I've come across when it comes to that!
The Body Shop claim that the cream is easily absorbable, and indeed it will spread out easily enough until you cant see it on your skin anymore. It doesn't seem to fully soak in though, meaning that I can actually feel an oily layer over the top of my skin once I've applied it. I guess that this is supposed to be absorbed overnight, but it annoys me that they make a point of claiming how easily it is absorbed - I certainly wouldn't say that about this cream, it clearly needs hours to sink in! I think it's this layer that stops my skin from 'breathing' and ends up giving me more spots. A rich cream that soaks in and then leaves the skin feeling smooth and not oily is much better for me.
In terms of its claims of moisturising richly I would say that the Vitamin E night cream does live up to its promises. Because the cream is so thick and oily it really would be impossible to wake up feeling like you've got a dry face. The problem is though, I have dry skin and I sometimes wake up after putting this cream on feeling as though there's a layer of oil over my face - what must this be like for people who don't have dry skin I wonder??
You can probably tell by now that this product hasn't overly impressed me. It might be nice for my hands or something but it's just way too thick and greasy for my face. Strangely enough the day cream that I bought with it works pretty well, so who knows what's going on there.
The first time i came across this product was last summer when i was onholiday in Ibiza. i was having real trouble with my skin as it was extremely dry due to the sun and the water. Aftersun was doing nothing at all to my skin, so i had to find something better quickly as i didn't feel comfortable sunbathing with very dry skin showing. i came across a body shop and thought it was the best place to try, even though it might be a bit expensive. I saw the vitamin E cream and knew it was supposed to be good for the skin so i bought it even though as i guessed it was expensive.
After trying the cream for a few days there was a dramatic improvement. My skin was beginning to feel smooth again, and even the little white patches on my stomach were covering up to match the rest of my tan.
After returning from my holiday, i continued to used the vitamin E cream, which worked extremely well in preventing me from peeling. i continue to use the cream now as every now and then my skin becomes dry, and within a few days there is a significant improvement.
What else is good about this cream is that it has a nice smell, theres nothing worse than rubbing something into your skin that doesnt smell nice! It is also easily absorbed into the skin, and doesnt make it greasy, which is an added bonus.
Overall even though this cream is quite expensive, it is worth buying, as at the end of the day you get what you pay for, and ive not found a better cream to moisturise that is cheaper than the Body shops Vitamin E cream.
Worried about wrinkles? Summer skin left you feeling a bit flaky? No fear, Body Shops Vitamin E moisture cream is here!
But why is it so good? Well, Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant, which protects your skin from harmful free radicals (pollution, wind etc), in the environment. Its also a natural anti-aging vitamin (great if your budget doesnt stretch to a face-lift!) which when the skin is exposed to the sun, helps reduce the UVB damage and thus reduces wrinkles. Most importantly it contains wheat germ oil, a fantastic moisturising ingredient that is so rich, it is used to treat scars. The best thing about it is everyone can use it, even babies! (Its particularly good for sensitive skin because its light) Oh and its not tested on animals. Have I sold you already? Keep reading, it gets better!
The moisture cream is very easy to use. For maximum effect, implement a skin regime. Cleanse (clean the skin) tone/freshen (get rid of the last traces of dirt) and moisturise the skin every morning and before you go to bed. Its best to use the same range of products so your skin gets used to it. Theres a 2 in 1 Vitamin E cleanser and night cream to go with the moisture cream. If your skin is still feeling dry, use the moisture cream after exfoliating (which gets rid of dead skin cells) so there is no barrier preventing the moisturiser from accessing the new skin. Pop a small amount onto a cotton pad and dot on the forehead, cheeks and chin. Then rub in circles until all is absorbed.
Although very quick to absorb because its so light, it still leaves the skin feeling silky smooth. If your skin is very dry, theres a Vitamin E night cream which is much thicker (designed for night use only to be used in conjunction with the moisture cream because the skin needs more moisture at night).
Although all of the Body Shops moisturisers are fantastic, Vitamin E is my favourite because of the smell. Although its quite light, the smell tends to linger for a while. Vit E has a very light, fresh, flowery aroma, not at all heavy, leaving you smelling gorgeous as well as feeling great! Its a bit of a girly smell, although I have seen men buy this quite often!
Because it is good, it unfortunately doesnt come cheap. Its gone up by £1 since Ive been at the Body Shop, although customers tell me they used to pay £3 at one point! Its now priced at £6 for 30ml.
One large tub lasts about 2 4 months depending on how often and how much you use. Ive had mine for 3 months - I use it twice a day and Im nearly finished. But then Ive had customers come in and say that they by one every month because they smother themselves in it!
The packaging hasnt changed in years! It comes in a pink coloured tub with a black label on top. So it will match most colours in your bathroom! The Body Shop also do a range of other Vitamin E products to complement the moisture cream, including:
Vitamin E 2 in 1 cleanser/toner to clean the skin before moisturising
Gentle Face wash an alternative to a cleanser
Cleansing bar a soap free glycerin based bar for use on the face or body
Tinted moisturiser a one colour moisturising alternative to a foundation
SPF 15 lotion same ingredients as the moisture cream but with a sun protection factor
SPF Lip balm A lip balm with a sun protection factor, great for skiing.
Illuminating cream same ingredients as the moisture cream but with light reflecting particles to give a healthy glow
Moisture Mask can be used once or twice a week with the moisture cream as a treatment
Face Mist - great as a top up of moisture during the day, or for freshening the skin on hot days
Have I sold you then? I must also mention that it has been the top-selling product at The Body Shop for years. Lots of customers tell me how great it is compared with other Vitamin E creams on the high street, (The Body Shop use a higher quantity of the ingredient than other outlets) and although its quite expensive, it really is fantastic quality at a reasonable price.
If you have dry or flaky skin, or if your skin just needs re hydrating then buy The body shops vitamin e cream. It may be quite expensive for just a little tub but it goes a long way and helps keep your skin looking fresh, moist and beautiful. It is well worth the money and really works to re hydrate and freshen your skin!!! Also it smells great! its not too scented and it is good for sensitive skin.