As you guys know (or definitely should do by now), I love The Body Shop, particularly for skincare –their camomile cleansing butter is hands down my favourite cleanser, and their Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (review here) has quickly become a morning staple of mine. Most recently I have been given the opportunity to try out and review The Body Shop’s new Drops of Light range, specifically the Pure Translucency Essence Lotion* and the Pure Clarifying Foam Wash*. While I haven’t been given a ton of information of this new range, what I can gather is that this Drops of Light range has been inspired by Korean whitening products, designed to lighten and leave skin looking translucent. They will also be available in stores and online nationwide in April.
Beginning with the pure clarifying foam wash, this product is beautifully creamy, very easy to use (just a pea sized amount massaged into wet skin, and washed off with cold water), and leaves skin feeling clean and fresh; it’s perfect to use as a morning cleanser to wake up your skin and prepare it for makeup. The closest product I have tried in the past that I can compare it to, is the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser (review here) which I also thoroughly enjoyed using.
The Pure Translucency Essence Lotion is a gel to water formula and you simply apply a few drops to a cotton pad, and apply to your face, much in the same way as you would use a toner. That being said, unlike some toner-like products which can sometimes cause a slight stinging sensation upon application, this pure translucency lotion is in fact incredibly gentle on the skin. However, while I don’t dispute that it’s nice to use, I’m not really 100% behind it yet as a product. It works great in combination with the foam wash, but I would struggle to find its purpose on its own as I’m not totally convinced it really adds anything to my skincare routine.
With my wedding fast approaching (only a little more than a month away now folks), I am now incredibly conscious of what products I am using, and trying where possible, to prepare my skin as best I can so that I look positively radiant on the Big day. While my wedding makeup is important, I don’t want more products than necessary to be used in order to cover bad skin or any last minute breakouts (which to be fair, with stress levels at breaking point, this can only be anticipated). But you know what I mean, I want a natural glow that is only enhanced lightly by a good foundation and other makeup, so the timing of this new Drops of Light range from The Body Shop couldn’t be better.
If you’re prone to bad skin, when you find a product that really noticeably improves your complexion you not only shout about it, but you stick with it too. I generally have normal skin with the occasional oily patch and in the mornings I do sometimes have a bit of redness which I try to improve before applying makeup. But on the whole, my skin is okay. My point here is that unless you have a noticeable problem area you want to improve, it can sometimes be hard to tell if a product has had a really positive effect on you. However, since using these two Drops of Light products, I do genuinely feel my skin looks brighter and feels fresher in the mornings following my routine cleanse so for now, I am definitely sticking with these products.
What do you guys think? Does the Drops of Light range sound like something you’d be interested in trying for yourself?
Until next time x