Happy Monday! As the new week begins, I want to start off with a review of a skincare product I’ve been trying out for the past couple of months. This is the The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Eye Mask, which as the name implies, is from the Drops of Youth range.
This product retails for £18.00 at full price, which is definitely on the pricier side when it comes to my skincare routine. You get 20ml of product in this little tub, which fits comfortably in the palm of my outstretched hand.
As this is from the Drops of Youth range, it’s worth bearing in mind that this range aims to:
“Tackle the first signs of ageing with our exclusive Drops of Youth™ range. Make sure you’re tackling wrinkles and fine lines head-on. Give your skin a helping hand before the signs of ageing become clearly visible. Our Nutriganics™ Drops of Youth™ concentrate helps to leave skin looking smoother, fresher and healthier with instant moisturisation. While our Drops of Youth™ Eye concentrate, enriched with Edelweiss plant stem cells, focuses on the delicate eye area to instantly refresh the eye contour.”Quoted from: https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/range/drops-of-youth/c/c00084
So this is a range aimed at tackling the early signs of ageing, which I assume a little bit ahead of my current skin-stage. I’m in my mid-20s now, so while it is possible I might develop signs of ageing prematurely, I assume the intended age is for early-mid 30s. However, I also assume that with moderation, you aren’t likely to do your skin major damage by using these products preemptively. But please don’t quote me as fact, as I’m not qualified to give that kind of advice. It’s simply what I do for myself.
So I was drawn to this specific eye cream type of product, as my eye area is simultaneously oily, prone to dryness and quite sensitive. One of my eye’s area has scarring, and both eyes are prone to redness on the outer corners. So while keeping my eye area hydrated is usually fairly simple, tackling the redness and irritation that likes to reoccur can be a huge obstacle for me.
So this product caught my attention as it claims on the side of the box to:
“Enriched with cucumber extract and plant stem cells, our Youth Bouncy Eye Mask can be applied to instantly give tired eyes a powernap*, or used as an overnight mask to wake up with skin that looks younger and feels healthier. This refreshing, non-sticky formula helps address the first signs of ageing to help skin bounce back to a more youthful appearance.
Bouncy, memory-shape texture
Enriched with cucumber extract and Community Trade organic babassu oil from Brazil
With 3 plant stem cells: edelweiss from the Italian alps, criste marine and sea holly from the Brittany coast
Instantly cools down skin around your eyes by -1.5°C*
Skin feels replenished and appears healthier**
Dermatologically & Ophthalmologically tested
Formulated without mineral oil, paraffin and petrolatum *Clinical test on 24 womenQuoted from: https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/face/eye-care/drops-of-youth-bouncy-eye-mask/p/p002720#
*The product helps to depuff bag under eyes, signs of fatigue appear reduced, dark circle under my eyes are faded
**Self-assessment on 50 women”
Specifically this included the claims that it helps soothe the skin, but also help encourage the skin to look healthier, brighter, and generally less-fatigued looking. As the appearance of my eyes, -redness and irritation included- are such a big concern of mine, I was prepared to spend a little extra money if the product works.
Before I get carried away, let’s address the packaging: there’s a beautiful sleek glass tub, with a hard-plastic cap. In between these spaces, there’s the smaller white plastic partition which has a small portion to put your finger under to lift it up. I just happened to photograph it upside down, because I’m really smart.
I really like that the plastic partition is there, as it helps protect this expensive product from the outside air, as well as any potential spillages. I’ve yet to experience any issues with spillages, and that’s because the formula itself is such a bouncy, viscous gel. Which I’ll explain a bit further in a moment.
The glass jar does make me nervous to travel with it, as it might be prone to shattering. I have yet to travel with it, but it will be coming with me when I spend the night at my parent’s the night before our upcoming move. This is the sort of packaging I’d want to wrap in clothes just to give it some padding in a suitcase.
In terms of the formula, the ‘bouncy’ texture is a fairly new experience for me. One of the things I found really fun and interesting, is that after each time I dip a (clean) finger into the tub to then apply to my skin, any evidence I had dipped it into will be gone by the next day. It’s a formula that ‘evens’ itself out in the tub, so you’ll see your progress as you work through it, not based on the dent you’d look to make, but on the height it sits at inside the jar.
Perhaps I’m a little strange to enjoy that, but that’s been really fun to monitor. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’ve been using it for a little while now, and it barely looks like I’ve made progress through this bottle. But I started using it September 20th 2019, and have been using it almost every night. The only times I didn’t, are on nights I used a sheet mask and an under-eye sheet mask with it. So it’s almost every day, with a handful of exceptions.
The formula itself is barely noticeable on the skin, but it’s one I advise to build up as you go. As I mentioned before, this is a very viscous-gel formula, and while it’s very easy to spread over the skin, this also means that in larger quantities on the skin, it can migrate a bit. I’ve learned that less is more for my eyes, as this prevents experiences where it’s slowly moved towards my eyes and caused stinging.
When applied very lightly, I don’t experience this, which is why I want to suggest caution. I also like that it means my beloved policy of “a little goes a long way” applies to this product, especially for the price tag.
So this is what I use as my daily night-time eye cream, and it does make my skin feel pampered. One of the things I have noticed from using this product for the past couple of months, is that my instances of my eyes having redness, irritation and so on, is significantly reduced. That’s not to say it’s gone entirely, as that’s not true, but it’s definitely less frequent since I started using this eye cream. So I’m really happy with that.
The claims about reducing puffiness and so on, are a little tricky for me to measure, as I am a chronic insomniac. So I’ve accepted that I will always look at least fairly tired, with eye puffiness, dark under-eyes and so on, simply because I do have issues with a regular sleep pattern.
So while I’m not singing praises regarding these factors, I think it’s worth reading other reviews online from people who don’t struggle with sleeping issues, if you also don’t struggle with sleep. If you do happen to have issues sleeping (you have my sincerest condolences, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone), bear this in mind as well, as it won’t hide all of the symptoms of lack of sleep.
Would I repurchase this product? For the time being, yes. While it’s on the more expensive end of my preferred budget, this is a product that has helped make a significant difference for the texture of my eye area. My scarring is slowly healing or may never fully disappear, so I will likely have this texture for a long time (or always), but it helps hydrate and nourish my skin. It also reduces the number of instances where my eye area appears and feels irritated, which I’m really happy about. I’ve also barely made a ‘dent’ in this tub, so while it’s £18.00 at full price, this is a product I expect to last a very very long time. So long as it doesn’t expire before I can use a good amount/all of it.
So if you’ve been eyeing up this product but been unsure whether it’s worth the money, I would suggest thinking over how much product you typically use for your eyes and how quickly you typically work through a product. I also really advise going to your local The Body Shop store if you can, and use their tester to give the formula a feel for yourself.
If you think this product will last you a long time, I suggest taking the plunge, as the cost will make itself stretch for a long time. I don’t regret buying this product, and I will keep you guys informed when I eventually use it up. However, I don’t expect that to be any time soon.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.