Why the Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel?
Face masks are the latest hot product on the beauty scene. From high street to designer, plenty of brands are jumping on the face mask bandwagon. Beauty bloggers in particular are singing the praises of multi masking. Using different masks on different parts of your face to target different areas.
The concept is, you’ll tackle all of your individual problems and get the ultimate end result every time. Having seen so many positive reviews on face masks I decided to take a look into some of the latest products on the market.
I like for my skin to feel soft and smooth, full of glow and plumpness. As a result, I tend to find clay masks which tighten your skin and dry your face out incredibly uncomfortable. Whilst a lot of clay masks promise exceptional results, I personally just don’t like the feel of them on my skin, so I’m always keen to avoid these.
I wanted a face mask that would help to cleanse my skin, keep my complexion fresh and bright and give me a bit of a glow. It was quite difficult to root through the masks to choose one with a texture that I thought I’d like, and by a brand that I thought I’d like too!
Why The Body Shop?
One product which caught my eye was The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel. The Body Shop has always been one of my favourite brands. I absolutely adore their ethos and branding, as well as the incredible results I’ve always associated with their products. I had actually had a sample of the Drops of Youth concentrate which I absolutely loved using, so when I saw this peel I was interested.
This peel exfoliates and gently peels off any impurities on your skin. It’s supposed to lift the dead skin and leave your face feeling smooth and fresh. It’s a gel to peel formula that glides on and peels off, which sounded quite satisfying to be honest!
The Body Shop’s website claims that continued use of the Drops of Youth Liquid Peel will ‘leave a fresh, smoother and more luminous youthful-looking skin’. This is quite the claim, but if it’s true, these are all properties I look for from my skincare.
The product retails at £18 and claims to do absolutely everything I’m looking for from my skincare. I thought that price is really reasonable and I was looking to implement a mask into my routine and so I decided to give it a go!
My Expectations of The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel
When you purchase a product from a brand you absolutely love, it’s incredibly difficult not to have high expectations. I didn’t want to hold too much hope out for the Drops of Youth peel because face masks were something completely new to me. I couldn’t wait for the product to arrive.
With The Body Shop I always expect clean ingredients that are completely natural, products which smell great and lovely packaging. I was looking forward to trying something new, but expecting the results to be pretty special.
Product Delivery And Unboxing
I ordered this face mask from The Body Shop directly, because I’ve always had fantastic customer service from them and I knew that the product would arrive quickly.
The packaging of The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel is really quite lovely. It’s a gorgeous and bright bottle green that will stand out and look luxurious on your shelf.
It has a silver label and the classic The Body Shop logo which is classic and stylish. There’s a handy and sleek black pump which fits into the bottle, allowing you to choose exactly how much of the product you want to distribute.
The bottle is quite tall and sleek which means it looks great on your bathroom shelf. I was very excited to try this unique product!
Health hazard Analysis – Drops Of Youth Liquid Peel
Something that immediately jumped out to me amongst this list of ingredients was the number of ingredients registering on the level of hazard. Each ingredient is assigned a level of hazardousness, from 1-10, 10 being the highest. 7 of the ingredients for the Drops of Youth peel fell between 3-5 on the list, which is a medium level of hazard.
One ingredient actually registered as an 8, which is obviously quite concerning. That ingredient is ‘parfum’ or fragrance, which seems to be a pretty vague ingredient, but nonetheless an 8 is not great. I was particularly surprised to see ingredients with a level of hazard featured in products by The Body Shop, because their entire brand ethos focuses around natural ingredients.
The ingredients list certainly dampened the first impression somewhat, but after paying £18 for the product I was keen to test it and see what the results were.
Testing the Product
The bottle recommends you use two pumps and rub it all over your face, before wetting your hands and continuing to use your fingers to rub circles into your skin until the product starts to peel. I complied with the instructions and found two pumps to be the perfect amount to cover the face.
The product has a lovely sweet smell which feels great on the skin at first, incredibly sticky and hydrating. As you continue to work the product into your skin with your fingers, it gradually starts to crumble and peel off in small sections.
This is incredible, because you can literally see your dry skin coming away with the peel. Whilst not the nicest thing to be experiencing, it’s undeniably satisfying that’s for sure.
The Good & The Bad
The one thing I wasn’t too keen on was how the product peels off your face. It comes away in little bits, meaning removing this mask isn’t quite as smooth and easy as you’d hope. It takes quite a few minutes of scrubbing and continuously wetting your face to ensure you get every little bit off your face, and even then – you’ll still be picking little bits of peel off your face!
Despite the annoying removal of the mask, the results are instant. When you’ve dried your face after removing the product, you can immediately see more of a glow and a fresh complexion. The product really does lift any impurities from your face and get rid of any nasties.
After popping my moisturiser on and going to sleep, I woke up with a clear complexion that felt smooth, dewy and fantastic.
I continued to implement this product into my routine up to 3 times a week as specified on the bottle. Each time, I got frustrated taking the product off. On the other hand, viewing the results each time was immediately pleasing. After a couple of weeks’ continued use, I am confident that this product has had a great impact on my skin and my complexion.
The Verdict: A-
I think that if the mask were slightly easier to remove, I would have given this product an A. The hazardous ingredients also bother me, and I’m glad this isn’t a product you need to use in your routine every day.
I would happily recommend The Body Shop Drops of Liquid Peel to a friend, as long as they were mindful of the potentially dangerous ingredients within the product. It’s a good mask to work into your routine, requiring use only 2 – 3 times a week and offering instantaneous results that will make your skin glow.