18 May 2017

The Body Shop • Drops of Youth, The Anti-Pollution Revolution!


The Body Shop are a beauty brand that I have grown up with. I remember back in my teens, going shopping with friends on the weekend buying everything White Musk (because I was cool) and lots of bath pearls, remember them? I never used to use the pearls, just put them into pretty pots and scatter them around my bedroom because the smelt so good! Now bath oils are in pretty bottles and bath bombs have taken over so gone are the days of the bath pearl. As I have grown up I realise that I now have new Body Shop favourites like their body butters and the Camomile cleansing range but nevertheless, Body Shop is still a part of my beauty regime as it was all those years ago. I think this is the case for many of us, both male and female and is a strong testament to that brand when it has gone through life with you.

I have noticed over the past month's how Body Shop have really stepped up their game when it comes to skincare with the launch of some pretty impressive products that are becoming very popular on the skincare scene i.e. the face masks. I was very happy to be invited to join in on The Anti-Pollution Campaign as The Body Shop are on a mission to get us all on board! I was kindly sent a few items of skincare to try which had me very excited seeing as this is a line that has had everyone talking. Plus it's great to see how a brand has grown as I have grown (and got older, a lot older) too.

The Body Shop's Anti-Pollution Revolution invites us all to 'peel' and help protect our skin with the Drops of Youth Anti-Pollution 100% Vegan skincare duo

The Body Shop, Drops of Youth
Being 100% Vegan Skincare this a line that shall appeal to many of us. The Body Shop want to bring awareness about the damaging effects of pollution and how it is really is bad news for our skin. An alarming 80% of all our ageing is caused by environmental aggressors and with the beauty industry being as big as it is, is proof that we are all willing to try whatever we can to preserve our youth. 

With this in mind, they have come up with a pollution fighting team that is widely available to us all. The products that I have been trialling are Drops of Youth Liquid Peel and Drops of Youth Fresh Emulsion SPF20 enriched with three plant stem cells: Edelweiss, Sea Holly and Criste Marine as well as Community Trade Babassu Oil from Brazil. Ingredients that I have seen in many high end (pricey) skincare brands. 

The Body Shop, Drops of Youth
The Body Shop, Drops of Youth, Liquid Peel
The Body Shop, Drops of Youth, Liquid Peel
STEP 1 Peel of the Pollutants with Drops of Youth Liquid Peel, 145ml, £18 (buy here!)
A liquid exfoliator that gently peels off impurities, lifting dead skin cells and residues. This very unique gel-to-peel leaves skin super clean and purified and with regular use shall keep your skin smooth, fresh and more luminous looking. Apply 1-2 pumps (a little goes a long way) over cleansed skin 2-3 times per week and then massage it all over your face for about 20 seconds until the gel balls up and turns into white flakes that are busy removing all the dead skin, then rinse. It's that easy!

I personally love liquid exfoliators as they get to work more effectively and this gel texture is very unique. I did not know what to expect from this product but I was very excited to try it and turns out it's amazing, LOVE it. In fact it has been living next to my sink where I have been using it religiously 2x week and my skin does feel a lot smoother and looks fresher, this I know because my make-up sits on my skin better and looks flawless. This is a product for everyone to use; all skin types and all ages as it is very gentle. Who doesn't want fresher looking skin? Hence there is no reason you would not like this one. It is ideal for younger skins that want to safe guard their skin against premature ageing and for all others that want to do all that they can to keep the skin fresh and smooth which results in a more youthful glow. I did read up about this one prior to me trying it and the reviews were all 5* and now I see why; the hype is defineitely real. It impressed me a lot more than I thought it would and enough to say, this is a product you should try to see the results for yourself.
The Body Shop, Drops of Youth, Fresh Emulsion
STEP 2 Protect from Pollution & UV with Youth Fresh Emulsion SFP20 PA+++ 50ml, £22 (Buy here!) 
A hydrating gel emulsion that is ultra-lightweight and infused with Thyme and Buddleia extracts and SPF20 PA+++. It helps to hydrate and protect the skin against pollution and premature ageing to maintain that healthy glow. It can be used as a daily moisturiser or as well as. 

That is exactly what this emulsion does, hydrate and protect, very well too. It has a lovely cool feel making this perfect for the summer as it really refreshes your skin as you apply it and of course gives you a good level of sun protection. Make-up also sits beautifully over the top of this. I would say this emulsion is more for those who have first lines creeping in or oily/combination skins that need help with pores as this is designed to refine them. Having wore this a few times now on some make-up free days, I did notice my skin was glowing and I mean to the point where I kept looking at it in the mirror as it really did have a youthful glow! I don't quite know how The Body Shop have done it, but they have and this works and is a lovely product. In addition I would also recommend dry/dehydrated skins using this as a hydrating serum to hydrate and give you that glow back. 

The Body Shop, Drops of Youth, Liquid Peel
The two of these products go arm in arm and really do compliment each other to give great skin results. I for one was not expecting to fall for them or be so impressed by them as much as I have been, I hold my hand up and admit it, but Body Shop really have something with this line. If anything, the Liquid Peel is definitely a must try as we all can really benefit from this one. The packaging is also so much more grown up, yet still simple and appealing to both sexes.

If SPF20 is not high enough for you then you can layer up with their Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++. 

The Body Shop, Drops of Youth,  Skin Defence
The Body Shop, Drops of Youth,  Skin Defence
Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++, 40ml, £16 (Buy here!)
A milk-to-water essence containing Broad Spectrum UV filters (safe guarding against both UVA and UVB) Brightening Algae and Vitamin C to help protect against many skin aggressors whilst being comfortable to wear layered over your moisturiser. A strong multi-protection to help protect the skin daily.

This is a sunscreen for all. It is incredibly light so if you hate heavy feeling sunscreens that you shall love this one. The moment you apply it to your face it turns to water making it super easy to absorb and work along with your other skincare. I actually gave this to my husband to use for a day's game of golf in the French Riviera heat and he loved it. He always catches the sun and instead of coming home red and burnt (and then have me lecture him) he looked bronzed and healthy! Fair to say it works well but you must reapply it every few hours so that it is fully effective and your high protection lasts all day. FYI for under make-up, this is a total dream. You get no awful white cast and being so light it does not interrupt any of your other products. It also has this lovely brightening effect that makes the skin look luminous and healthy. My only issue was the scent; it does smell of alcohol when you first apply it which does dissapear almost instantly but I know for some this may be an issue. The fact that this is a really good product justifies any con for me.

The Body Shop, Drops of Youth, Liquid Peel
A big positive about this line is that these are very affordable products and very accessible to us all being a global brand and Body Shop are renown for having their mega promotions and sales which makes these even more of a great deal. They surely get my seal of approval making them a welcome addition to my blog. The Drops of Youth line is definitely designed in my opinion for 20's+ to safeguard against premature ageing but also beneficial to all ages as the protection and hydration factors make it possible for us all to have that 'youthful glowing' result

A great campaign by the Body Shop and one that I am fully behind! Whatever your skin type or age, protecting your skin and wearing SPF is the most important step we can do to help our skin. Please make sure that you do. 
The Body Shop, Drops of Youth, Liquid Peel
You can see the full Drops of Youth Collection online here or in stores as there are many other products in the line such as an Eye Concentrate, Day Cream, Sleep Mask for example, so definitely go check them out and get on board with this very important campaign. Thank you Body Shop for not only giving me a Youthful Glow but for the trip down memory lane! 

Have you tried this line yet? What do you think! 



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