Friday, March 26, 2010

Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum

Hi folks! After a week of blessedly balmy spring-like weather, we're getting hit with some chilly, depressing winds today. But this cold snap DID remind me that I wanted to talk about my new skin-saviour, The Body Shop's Vitamin E Serum. (See? I told you there was a reason I kept harping on about Body Shop sales!)

Normally I'm not much for serums. I mean, I love them and all their luxe goodness, but I don't tend to see them as a necessary part of a skincare routine. Well that all changed when my skin started flipping out for no reason last month. Red splotches, irritation, dryness... and don't even get me started on how difficult it was to put on SPF in the morning (yeeowtch!). I was baffled... I hadn't changed anything, wasn't trying new makeup, my makeup brushes were clean... and yet there I was. I even started breaking out a bit (which rarely happens anymore). I switched up my moisturizers... stopped using silica powder... I even bought a new "sensitive-skin" night cream, but nothing worked.

Then I remembered that I had tried TBS' Vit. E serum a while back (when my skin was normal), and how soft and supple it made my face. So I dashed out in a hurry to buy another bottle, and God, it's like a cool drink of water. Within days (like, overnight, really), it soothed the red splotches and irritation, and started to take care of the dry flakes. I still need to use moisturizer over it (the new one I bought from Nivea seems to be working well), but now I can bear to wear sunscreen again. Plus, my skin's stopped breaking out, which is a big relief.

For $20 CAD, this baby's a bargain. (Of course, it's even better when there's a sale!) The airless pump is sanitary, and a tube lasts about 2 months for me with daily and nightly use. It sinks in fast, with a light, clean, slightly floral scent that I like. This isn't your fancy-ass, peptide-collagen-transfolipid-speed-of-light kind of serum. But for adding a soothing boost of moisture to your skin, you can't ask for much more!

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At 7:55 PM, Blogger Cowgirl Warrior said...

I love this myself, I quite often buy Origins serum but it's like 3 times the price and this does a very similar job for far less.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger The Glitterati said...

Yeah, I was astounded at the prices when I went skincare shopping! Not sure if I've just been using the same cheap stuff forever or what, but to buy a serum from Sephora is to forgo food for a week. Crazy!

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At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Angela said...

I had a bad experience with a Vitamin E serum product several years ago, which has made me very wary. Thank you for reviewing this serum, I'll definitely have to give it a try! I love your blog, keep it up. :)

At 11:37 AM, Blogger The Glitterati said...

Angela, sorry for the late reply to this, but if you're still reading, TBS staff have been really great about giving out samples lately. Just ask the sales associates, and you can grab a little tub of the serum to try out before shelling out the cash! :)

At 5:07 AM, Anonymous Eyes said...

I'm enjoying reading your point of view here in your posts.....I'm a new reader but will be back to check out more!

At 8:07 PM, Blogger makeupbyjem said...

I have a vitamin E serum already but I love the body shop and I think I might try this one!

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Jacqui MacNeill (Escents Aromatherpy Essential Oils) said...

Sounds like this skin serum really did the trick! It's nice when you find exactly what you need. Thanks for sharing!

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I used it myself i must say it is one of the good product my Bodyshop

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At 11:25 AM, Blogger Carol Lee said...

Are serums supposed to be oily? And if it is oily, i assume that this might trigger pimple, please do correct me as i want to try some skin care products before consulting an acne doctor in NYC. Thanks!


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