It’s been a while since I last reviewed some skincare, but today I am bringing it back with a vengeance. Because today’s review is all about one of my favorite skincare items. The Body Shop is one of my favorite brands for skincare to begin with and the Aloe Vera line by them especially. The line is formulated specifically for sensitive skin and was the first skincare line I ever found that worked for me. I have reviewed several products from the line, but one of my favorites I had not yet gotten round to. So today a closer look at The Body Shop Aloe Calming Foaming Wash.Read more
A good moisturizer is a must for me year round, but especially in the fall and winter when my skin gets drier I need something that works on my dehydrated, sensitive skin. Sadly, my favorite moisturizer of all time, the Olay Total Effects moisturizer for sensitive skin has been discontinued and so I’ve been on the hunt for a worthy replacement. Will this be it?
The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF 15 PA++
Helloow! I’m back after a busy weekend filled with social gatherings and lots and lots of me time. Especially the latter was something I desperately needed so I didn’t have the energy to post anything over the weekend. But today is Monday: a new day, a new week, so let’s get started!
I have sensitive skin and I went into TBS after having tried many different cleansers and toners from the drug store. All to no avail: anti zit stuff gave me dry patches, stuff for dry skin made me break out or it did both at the same time. I went through it all: itches, rashes, redness, burning sensations, you name it. I went into TBS quite desperate and ready to give up hope. The lady in the shop was very nice, heard me out and told me I’d most likely have sensitive skin (no one had been that savvy yet up until that point) and recommended the Aloe Vera line. The range is fragrance, color, alcohol and preservative free, meaning it has as little in it as possible. That, to me, sounded great. I tried it, loved it and have been using it ever since. I’m confident I’ve been using this range of products for more than 5 years now. My two favorite products in the line: the calming toner and calming facial cleanser.
The Body Shop: Aloe Calming toner & facial cleanser
What I love about these two products is that they are great at doing what they are supposed to be doing: cleaning your face. Yet, at the same time they do not irritate your skin or leave it feeling dry or tight. These products are very gentle and have even been recommended by Dutch dermatologist Jetstke Ultee. Moreover, some of the ingredients (the Aloe Vera for one) are Fair Trade. If you have sensitive skin, this is definitely worth a try.
Let’s have a look at the two products. First up: the cleanser.
TBS Aloe Vera calming facial cleanser
A thick white substance that is fairly gloopy comes out of the bottle. Don’t be fooled by however much you think is left in the bottle: this stuff lasts you a long long time. Whenever I think my bottle is nearly done I still manage to squeeze out enough for it to last a good few months. Just make sure you shake it up well enough and it will keep coming out. And that is the only dislike I have about this product: the packaging. You cannot see how much is left because the bottle is opaque, but take it from me: it goes along way.
What I like about it is how you dispense the product: through a little nozzle which is hygienic and doesn’t give you too much product. The texture of the product is rather thick, but feels very nice on the skin. TBS claims it feels refreshing and I think it does. It also has a nice neutral smell. Plus as you can see from the list of ingredients: Aloe Vera is very clearly part of this product as it’s second on the list.
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) (Skin Soothing Agent), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Elaeis guineensis (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Sorbitol (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Orbignya oleifera (Babassu Oil) (Emollient), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Disodium Phosphate (pH Buffer).
I personally use this cleanser to take off my make up by putting some on a cotton wipe and wipe my make up off my face like that. I don’t use it as a face wash, as water can be too drying for my skin. Too ensure all of my make up is gone after a long day, I finish off my nightly skin care routine with a bit of the Aloe Vera toner.
TBS Aloe Vera calming toner
Not everyone is a fan of toner, but I honestly cannot live without it. It makes my skin feel clean without it being irritated and I really like having this step before I put on my night cream. Even if I haven’t worn make up throughout the day and I spent my day indoors, I will still clean my face with at least the toner before putting on my cream. Not only because it’s a habit, but because I feel it helps my skin to absorb the cream and actually make it work.
This product has no disadvantages. It does what it is supposed to do and the packaging is easy to handle. The toner comes in a clear bottle which is great and the list of ingredients is very very short.
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) (Skin Soothing Agent), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Sorbitol (Humectant), Glycerin (Humectant).
Like the cleanser, I put a bit of this on a cotton swipe and use it to wipe any excess dirt of my face and neck. It feels very refreshing, does not have that typical ‘after-toner’ feel to it at all yet cleans my face sufficiently. It does leave my skin slightly red, but not to an extent where it is problematic. I went through a patch a few months ago where it did give me a bit of a ‘burning’ sensation, but I only had it once or twice and it went away again. My skin must have been irritated by something else for the product to react with that other product to have caused that reaction.
Price wise, I also think these products are quite reasonable. Yes, you will shell out more money than when you go to a drug store: these products cost around 10 euros each. To me however, they are well worth the money.
What skincare do you use?
For some reason, beauty products and other health products containing Aloe Vera seem to really work for me. I don’t exactly know why, but I just thought I would write a post on some of my favorite products containing this ingredient.
Aloe Vera is actually a plant and whether it is actually a beneficiary ingredient in any product is debatable, but hey whatever works right? According to many health & beauty product manufacturers, Aloe Vera soothes and moisturizes and is therefore used in many products: from baby wipes to drinks. It apparently even helps the treatment of wounds and illnesses such as herpes. To me, it smells nice, it makes my skin silky smooth and last but not least: it’s in the only skincare line that I can use.
Here are my favorite products containing Aloe Vera:
Products from left to right:
Weleda Rhinodoron nose spray with Aloe Vera. This nose spray is homeopathic medicine which I bought at my local pharmacy a few months ago. It’s supposed to moisten, clean and soothe dry nasal glands caused by chronic colds and hayfever. I use it every night before bed time and it works really well. It’s not a ‘real’ medicine and it especially helped when my hayfever was giving me lots of problems in April
Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF 15 (The Body Shop). I use the entire Aloe line from TBS for my face. It’s the only skincare line that works for me. Cheap drug store brands give me pimples and expensive brands such as Dior, Lancome etc give me rashes or makes my skin itch. This line however, has never given me any problems. I can use this every single day without fail and not get any problems. Also in this picture: Aloe Protective Restoring Mask & the Aloe Calming Toner.
Lloyds Pharmacy Hand Cream with Aloe Vera. My favorite hand cream! My mom gave this to me, because she didn’t like it and I’ve been using it ever since. I had tried so many hand creams already, but most made my hands feel sticky for too long, were too thick or smelled horribly. This one has a very thin formula, that is absorbed quickly and leaves your hands feeling soft & silky. Plus I really like the smell.
Rexona Aloe Vera Fresh Deodorant. I’ve been using several Rexona deodorants in the past year or so, but so far this is my favorite one. Most deodorants give me redness or a pins & needles sort of feeling after putting them on. Rexona ones don’t, but this one is the best so far: it smells nice & fresh, lasts pretty long and it seems to be better for my skin than any other I’ve tried. By the way, you can find this same brand in UK drug stores under the name Sure.
Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera. My favorite lip balm (together with Rosebud Salve) to use before I go to bed. I like to apply a nice thick layer of it on my lips and let it soak in over night. The next morning my lips feel so soft it’s ridiculous! It makes for easy application of lipsticks and lipglosses and again, I really like the smell.
Is there a beauty ingredient or smell that you are really into or that simply works for you?