Happy Monday! Let’s jump in with a skincare review, of a product that’s been a daily essential for me. This is The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion, which I’ve been using since early January 2020. Now, I have had lazy days where I’ve skipped wearing sunscreen (naughty, I know!) but for the most part, I’ve used this very consistently and nearly every day.
You can purchase this from The Body Shop for £16.00 at full price. This product aims to be a combination of a moisturising emulsion and a sunscreen, claiming to “protect against both UVA and UVB rays”, as well as “help prevent premature skin ageing”. Like the rest of the Vitamin E line, it claims to suit all skin types.
I started using this after I finished up the COSRX Soothing Aloe Sun Cream, as I was curious to see how they compare. I don’t plan to do a straight comparison in this post, but I was motivated to see which of these two products I would prefer more, particularly as the COSRX sun screen is one I am considering repurchasing to use in winter time.
As far as the packaging goes, it’s very simple and easy to use. The main bottle is a light pink like the rest of the products in the Vitamin E line, with a hard plastic cap. I’m not particularly bothered by the design of packaging, as I care more about the practicality. On the topic of practicality: I do like that the bottle is quite slender and tall, as it takes up less space on my vanity. This is just short enough to fit in my makeup bag, so it can be contained safely for travel. With the lock-down and living close to my relatives, I haven’t travelled while I’ve been using this product, but this is something to think about for the future if/when we can travel freely again.
To dispense the product, the bottle has an applicator that you press down and it squeezes product out of the bottle. I quite like this applicator, as it’s easy to control how much of the emulsion you’re squeezing out of the bottle. I’ll explain a bit later why this is important to me.
The formula itself is a very watery and thin consistency. While it is white, I find that this doesn’t leave a strong white-case on my skin. The white colour blends out very easily and quickly, especially if you don’t apply too much at a time.
My preferred way to apply this formula is to apply to individual sections of my face, and dispense the right amount that works for each section. For example, I split my face into zones. One zone for my forehead, another for nose, and my chin. My cheeks are the largest zones for me, as this is also when I’ll pat any remaining products on my hands very gently over my eyelids and under-eyes.
Once applied, it does make the skin look very glowy and dewy. There is a slightly oily-feeling shortly after it’s on the skin, but this settles down very quickly as the emulsion absorbs into the skin. Using the application method I described earlier, it absorbs into my skin within a couple of minutes.
I do have oily-sensitive skin, and at first I was really intimidated by the slightly oily-texture and the dewy appearance on my skin. But I find it’s bothering me less and less, especially when on days when I’m wearing makeup. This wouldn’t be as much of a problem during autumn and winter either, so my timing with this being in my routine is a bit unfortunate.
Even during the summer time where it’s very humid here in the UK, and with periods of higher temperatures, this is still fairly compatible with my skin. While I prefer a formula that doesn’t make me panic, it hasn’t been unpleasant or uncomfortable on the skin. I find that giving it at least 10 minutes to just sit on the skin and fully absorb while my eye cream does the same thing, works really well for making sure my makeup will sit well on top of it. It’s not great for days when I’m hypothetically in a rush, but fortunately I haven’t had to worry about that yet.
Overall I quite like this emulsion. I think this is a better fit for normal and drier skin types, as there is a slight oiliness to it. However, oils on oily skin isn’t always a no-go, and really depends on what textures you’re comfortable applying to your skin. If I were to choose, I prefer the COSRX sun screen in terms of texture, but I like that The Body Shop is more accessible. I am considering repurchasing this again when the weather cools down and the air is drier, as I think that’s when it’ll truly shine for me. But I’ve also not had an unpleasant experience either.
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