The Body Shop Drops of Light Range is the most recent addition to The Body Shop collection. Consisting of 7 different products, these products are enriched with red algae and Vitamin C to help skin appear more brighter and luminous. Unfortunately we only got 6 of the products available in SA , the healthy brightening eye cream being the missing item. That’s a bummer because with the dark circles I’m struggling with (you can read my rant here), I definitely would have loved to try it. I picked up a few of the products in The Body Shop Drops of Light Range and incorporated it into my current skincare routine. I’ve been using a few other products from The Body Shop for a while now from the other ranges and thought I share my thoughts further down with you as well.
For reference, I have combination skin, dry forehead, oily nose and chin and mostly normal in the cheek area. My main skin concerns are dullness, occasional breakouts (from hormones and my bad diet), dark circles and enlarged pores. Even though I’m already 30, I try to incorporate some anti-ageing products without going overboard. Luckily I don’t have any sagginess or wrinkles to be concerned about at the moment although some of these products could help with that too.
Let me start off with The Body Shop Drops of Light Range and show you what there is and what I’ve been using. I’ve tested all the products in store and let you know why I personally decided to skip on them.
The Body Shop Drops of Light Brightening Cleansing Foam – R150 for 125ml
The cleanser is a rich cream that lathers the skin without over-drying or stripping the skin of moisture. I like a cleanser that helps remove all traces of makeup and when I swatched the liquid lippies in store, the cleanser didn’t remove it completely. I don’t want to struggle each day and worry if my pores are clogged from anything left behind.
The Body Shop Drops of Light Brightening Essence Lotion – R180 for 160ml
Since I only use my Pixi Glow Tonic at night because it is harsh and super expensive, I wanted to get something I could use in the mornings. I chose to use this gel-to-water formulation as a toner as it prepares the skin for better efficacy of the products that follow. It offers slight hydration and leaves the skin feeling fresh with no residue. It’s much thicker than you’d expect but I place it between two cotton rounds and it soaks it like a regular toner would.
The Body Shop Drops of Light Brightening Serum – R275 for 30ml
So if you read the claims listed below, this serum seems to do it all.
- Clinically proven to reduce the number and intensity of dark spots
- Lightweight texture, that quickly absorbs into the skin
- Leaves skin plumped with moisture
- Instantly skin looks brighter and more luminous
- With regular use, skin appears smoother, more healthy and translucent, with an even tone.
I’ve been using it for just about 3 weeks now and here’s my experience. My pores are practically non-existent. I kid you not. This serum, along with a few other products, have changed the game for me. I’ll do a separate post on all the pore minimizing products I use but this is one of them where I noticed a huge difference. I haven’t noticed much lightening with regards to my acne scars but my overall skin does look brighter.
I love the dropper because it lessens wastage and I don’t have to guess how much to use. I apply three drops day and night after toning, one to my forehead and one under each eye. I then massage it into my skin in circular motions. The consistency is very lightweight and runny and absorbs into the skin immediately. It is water based so there’s no greasy or sticky feeling afterwards.
The Body Shop Drops of Light Brightening Day Cream – R220 for 50ml
I really wanted to pick up this moisturiser to complete my regimen since it claims to hydrate, plump, soften and smoothen the skin. It also helps to brighten and diminish dark spots whilst clarifying the skin. One reason I didn’t pick it up, it doesn’t have SPF in it. I hate the greasy feeling sunblock leaves on my skin so I always opt to having it in my moisturiser.
The Body Shop Drops of Light Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 – R285 for 40ml
After reading my last statement, you would assume I picked this one up instead. Well I wanted to but the four stores I went to didn’t have it in stock.
“From the effects of the sun to the environment we live in – we’re constantly facing daily aggressors that can damage our skin. Introducing NEW Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF 50 PA++++, our strongest multi-protection to help protect your skin day after day. A feather light, milk-to-water essence with broad spectrum UV filters, brightening red algae and antioxidant Vitamin C, to help protect skin against multiple skin aggressors, while providing utmost comfort.
- UVA Protection: PA++++: Helps protect skin from UVA rays, including long UVA rays, which reach deep within the skin and accelerate the process of skin ageing.
- UVB protection: SPF 50 helps protect skin from UVB rays that trigger redness and damage the skin’s surface.
- Anti-oxidant: Helps protect skin from external aggressors such as environmental pollution that weakens the skin’s ability to remain healthy.
- Anti-dullness: With red algae extract and vitamin C to brighten skin for a more luminous complexion”
It’s also not available online so when I do find it, I will get it. For now I’ll think about the protection and brightening I’m missing out on.
The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel – R200 for 145ml
After hearing people rave about the Drops of Youth and Vitamin C liquid peels that got launched a few months back, I decided to get some samples. I tested it out and didn’t like them very much. They were ok but did nothing amazing for my skin. After trying the Drops of Light liquid peel, I was surprised by the results. It definitely looked as if I had removed the topmost layer of dead skin cells, dirt and pollution built up on my skin. I looked lighter, cleaner and younger. I’ve been using this two to three times per week and love the glow it’s given to my overall appearance.
I was so skeptical about this liquid peel and thought it was formulated in such a way that it would ‘clump up’ and seem like it was removing ‘dead skin cells’ whilst it was doing nothing. So I put it to the test. I cleansed my face, dried it and went in with two pumps of the liquid peel. I felt the clumping and the sloughing as the little bits of dirt fell into the sink. I rinsed my face, cleansed it again and went back in with the liquid. I had to rub harder to try to get it to start clumping and what fell off into the sink was white instead of looking dirty. For me that was proof enough that this was no gimmick and something that truly rids the skin of the extra dirt.
So now on to a few other products I use from The Body Shop along with what worked for me and what didn’t float my boat.
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask – R320 for 90ml
This is in my list of top 5 products from The Body Shop. The cream-gel formula is one of the most hydrating formulas I have ever tried. It’s a leave in mask so it doesn’t get washed off before jumping into bed. Overnight it moisturises and replenishes skin for a youthful-looking appearance. It contains cell-renewing Edelweiss stem cells to plump the skin. The bounce-back, memory texture is also pretty awesome so dip the spatula in the next time you’re in store. I use this once a week but with winter coming up I might need it some more.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash – R95 for R250ml
The gel promises to lift impurities and makeup while helping to control shine and blemishes. I just recently started using it and I was impressed from the first wash. I had on a full face of makeup and went in with a pea sized amount of gel. It lathered slightly, nothing too crazy and didn’t burn my eyes or sensitive skin. I massaged it in for about 30 seconds and then rinsed it off. When I went in with the glow tonic and cotton rounds, my skin was 100% clean. No trace of mascara, lipstick or foundation, something all previous cleansers failed to do. So far I can’t really tell if it helps with oiliness but I’m happy to keep on using it. It does have a super strong medicinal odour that takes some getting used to.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser – R180 for 50ml
Another one in my top 5, this moisturiser has knocked my socks off for months. It brightens and boosts the skin’s radiance while refining, cooling and smoothening the surface of the skin. I used this when my skin is looking dull and fatigued especially when I don’t get a wink of sleep. If it wasn’t for the fact that it doesn’t contain SPF, this would be my everyday go-to moisturiser. I’m no fan of citrus fragrances but this has a slight scent that gets me feeling giddy and ready to take on the world. Sounds crazy but try it and you’ll understand.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF30 – R200 for 50ml
So since I love the glow boosting moisturiser so much, I decided to pick up the Vitamin C SPF one too. I thought it would do the same thing just with extra protection. Big mistake. It has the same light citrus scent but that’s about where it stops. It didn’t cool or refresh the skin and I guess I was too upset to notice any radiance boosting etc. It felt like a greasy film on my skin like I was sweating after running. The does eventually absorb completely but when I’m wanting to apply makeup in the mornings, I don’t have time for that. This is definitely one I won’t be repurchasing.
So that’s it bellas. A roundup of skincare products I’ve got from The Body Shop. I’ve also tried a few of the products in the Vitamin E range. The eye cube, aqua boost sorbet and face mist. I used them up completely because they were good but didn’t repurchase because none of them were great. I also did a review on the face mask range here if you’re interested in giving that a read.
Hope you have an awesome weekend!
What are your favourite products from The Body Shop?