I’m an absolute devotee of the Body Shop and theirs are the only products I consistently pack to come along for the ride when I travel. And it’s a good thing I have them with me on the road, because traveling absolutely destroys my skin. The alternating hot and cold temperatures, the dry air in airplanes, and the crazy humidity when I land: it all combines to make a perfect storm of skin trouble. And that’s just how my skin feels, never mind how it looks! So suffice to say I was very eager to give the Body Shop’s Drops of Youth eye concentrate and skin concentrate a try.
The Drops of Youth eye concentrate (10ml) is made with Edelweiss plant stem cells renowned for skin renewal properties. It promises to instantly refresh the eye contour and smooth out the appearance of fine lines, bags, and fatigue and features a metal “rolling ball” applicator.
My first impression was how cool the metal rolling ball felt around my eyes – and that was a good thing. The cool touch was very soothing on my tired skin and I even contemplated storing it in the fridge for added refreshment. Unfortunately, the rolling applicator requires you to press on it to activate the pump mechanism. You cannot simply press the rolling ball firmly into your skin to start the process- it requires more pressure than what would be comfortable for around the eyes. You need to press on the edge of the pump with your hand and this seemed like an unnecessary step and a design flaw. The pump, rolling ball, and lid make up about 40% of the product’s size, which isn’t travel or environmentally friendly.
Once you have the pump activated, you then proceed to roll the eye concentrate around the skin of your eyes in a figure 8 pattern and then pat the skin for complete absorption. This last step is key. Without the patting, the concentrate just sits on the top of your skin like a film and, even with the patting, I was left a layer of the product on my skin. If I were to rub or starch near my eye, what remained of the product would come off on my fingertips. It reminded me of what happens when you have a peeling sunburn and an inadvertent rub results in peeling strips of flesh! I can’t imagine trying to use this product in conjunction with makeup and I would only advise using it before bed.
The Drops of Youth skin concentrate (30ml) is based on a similar premise. Containing plant stem cells from criste-marine to help skin renewal and babassu oil to nourish the skin, it offers similar promises to the eye concentrate, including smooth, firmer, more even skin. In the case of this product, the top of the bottle is an eye dropper style mechanism that you use to extract the concentrate. The design was simple enough but I found it difficult to use – I would get an inconsistent amount of product every time. It was a bit like using a broken turkey baster! And again, the product delivery mechanism and lid made up a significant portion of the product size; about 30%. While I found the concentrate absorbed better than the eye concentrate, the product felt slimy at first and my skin felt sticky even 30 minutes after application.
Both products were subject to small scale independent surveys in which a majority of female respondents reported noticeable improvements in skin smoothness and firmness and appearance. Unfortunately I can’t concur with the studies’ results. After two weeks of consistent use I noticed no visible appearance in my skin. The pores were just as large, the lines just as deep, with no improvement in my skin tone. Concerned that I have some kind of anti-absorption skin which is impervious to concentrates I continued using the products for a further week and I still observed no noticeable difference.
My best recommendation for someone interested in trying these products is to test them in the store first to see if they are right for you or, at the very least, just purchase one at time to see if you are more satisfied with the long term results. This would not deter me from continuing to use other Body Shop products and I think it’s simply a case that not every product is right for every person.
Happy shopping and Happy Holidays!
Disclaimer: I received these Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrates in order to write this review. The opinions are my own.
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