Last year The Body Shop really seemed to up their game, releasing a stream of amazing new products and overhauling older ranges. From a company that hadn’t really been on my radar for quite a while they have leapt to one that I now regularly keep my eye on.
One of the ranges that received a revamp was the Vitamin E Range, with the introduction of the brand new Vitamim E Overnight Serum-In-Oil (28ml, £15). I’ve long been a huge fan of facial oils and always recommend them to anyone wanting to up their skincare regime and see better results, so I was really excited to see the launch of this early last year.
This product is said to combine the power of a serum with an oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight. With a really light and easily absorbed texture it contains the highest concentration of wheatgerm oil across the entire Vitamin E range. As well as Sunflower and Jojoba, its nourishing formula also contains Marula, Sesame and Soya oils, all of which are from Community Fair Trade farmers.
Although recommended for use at night, if skin is particularly dry or dehydrated you can use small amount of this in the morning too, layering it underneath your usual moisturiser. Either way it really does nourish and hydrate the skin, leaving it softer and more radiant.
Of course the Serum-In-Oil is an addition to the already popular Vitamin E Range, of which the Vitamin E Moisture Cream (50ml £12) has for years been a bestseller. Said to be suitable for all skin types its key ingredients are Vitamin E, a naturally powerful antioxidant, Sorbitol, which helps the skin to retain moisture, and Lanolin to moisturise and protect.
This cream reminds me of the classic Nivea cold cream, with quite a strong scent and fairly rich texture, and if I’m honest I expected it to cause my oil-prone skin to breakout. Surprisingly however my skin seems to enjoy this cream and it doesn’t make my skin feel too greasy or overloaded with product. I also find it leaves my skin looking brighter, plumper and – on lazy days when I can’t be bothered to use a seperate primer – it provides a lovely base for my makeup. Very oily skin types may need to proceed with caution when using this cream, using very sparingly or only during the winter months, but for combination or dry skins this cream is a good all-rounder.
If I had to criticise the Vitamin E range slightly it would be for the use of Parabens and artificial fragrance, which could render these products problematic for very sensitive skins. I’d love to see The Body Shop channel some of their enthusiasm for Fair Trade and environmentally friendly packaging into finding natural alternatives for some of the synthetic ingredients they use.
You can find the full Vitamin E range over on The Body Shop website.
I’d love to hear what your favourite Body Shop products are, or if you’ve tried this range what you thought, so please do leave your comments below!