Happy Monday, to kick off a new week, I want to talk about a skincare product that I’ve been using for the past month. This is The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion, which you can purchase for £10.00. I’ve been using this as part of my day time skincare routine for a little while, as part of a multi-step moisturising routine.
So in my skincare routine, this is the second step of three moisturising products. I use the Deep Action Shine Control PHA Solution as my first step, and I recently pulled out the Holika Holika Aqua Max Sebum Control Moisture Cream from my benched skincare box, which is the last moisturising step. All three of these steps are arguably overkill, but I plan to wait to start a new sebum control product until after I use up the Holika Holika moisturiser.
So between two products that aim to treat oily-combination skin issues, The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion is a step that’s aimed at being overall moisturising and for locking in moisture. So I have steps to combat my excess oil, and this essence for my dehydrated skin issues, which if untreated make my skin oilier and more sensitive.
As far as claims go, I’m going to quote The Body Shop’s product page for this product:
“The first essential skincare step after cleansing, this lightweight, gellified formula instantly feels non-greasy and comfortable on the skin, whilst providing 48 hours of moisturisation.
Skin feels instantly replenished with moisture
Skin feels softer, smoother and more supple
Penetrates quickly with a non-sticky feel
Antioxidant properties protect against free radicals
Powered with Biofermented Hyaluronic Acid”
I can see why this is tailored for all skin types, as regardless of whether you have dry or oily skin, it aims to keep the skin’s moisture balance in check. The key thing for me when it comes to moisturising formulas, is how it makes my skin feel when it’s on my skin. Particularly in the summer heat and the relatively high humidity indexes we get in the UK, my skin is even more oily and uncomfortable, and I want my skincare products to be comfortable to apply.
As far as the packaging goes, there is a cute light pink bottle with a hard plastic black cap. You twist the black cap off, and there’s a small hole to pour the product out of at the top. The overall look of The Body Shop’s redesigned packaging makes me think of lotions and potions, and as a fan of high fantasy, I get a little giddy with how aesthetically pleasing the packaging is.
Ergonomically speaking, the cap is easy to twist off, but robust enough that it won’t pop off if dropped or knocked. My only gripe, and this is very nit-picky of me, is that after pouring the product, it does gather around the hole. You can easily wipe this off with a finger and apply the excess to your face, which is why I acknowledge it as a nit-picky. Ideally I’d like to avoid wasting product where possible, so if the packaging let’s the product gather and go to waste, it’s unfortunate.
The formula itself is a clear watery-gel, and it’s this very slight gel texture that fits it as the second moisturising step in my skincare routine. When swatched like it is on the back of my hand, it glides over the skin luxuriously.
I typically pour this out into the palms of my hands, and I find that when it’s between my fingers that it has a slightly sticky texture. However, on my palms there’s no stickiness at all. I find this absorbs best when I pat it onto my skin, giving my skin a very short massage.
Over the past month of use, I find my skin feels moisturised and content from using this alongside my other moisturisers. I find that the balance of an oil-control moisturiser alongside this one is great for my oily-sensitive skin throughout the summer, and I suspect I can depend on this essence without oil-control moisturisers during the winter, when my skin isn’t quite as oily as it is at the moment.
My skin also hasn’t had any negative reactions to this product, even though there’s fermented hyaluronic acid in the formula. Some skin types can be reactive to some fermented ingredients, so I suggest that if you are able to, to swatch this on your skin from a tester in-store. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the luxurious texture just like I was.
Overall, I’m really happy with this product. I did have one minor gripe with the packaging that I described above, but it doesn’t outweigh the positives for my skin. I absolutely plan to use it up, and I accidentally bought a backup which is sitting in my backup drawer. So I’ll be using that one straight after I use up this bottle.
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.