When it comes to flawless makeup application, the most crucial step actually occurs before even picking up a brush. Your skin care, or lack thereof, is a major influencing factor of how well your makeup applies and lasts on your face.
If your skin is dry and dehydrated, or oily and textured, you will not be able to achieve a plump and seamless base.
Putting makeup aside, maintaining your skin will also prevent ageing and damage to the skin from harmful environmental factors such as the sun and pollution.
As someone who is prone to breakouts, dehydrated skin and an oily tzone I try my best to keep on top of a skincare routine that gives my skin what it needs to be on top form. I don’t wear makeup every day so I want my skin to look healthy and radiant naturally and not have to rely on makeup to provide that.
I’m only 22 so whilst my skin isn’t ageing now, I’m conscious of preventing premature aging in any way I can!
Drops Of Youth
I love The Body Shop products and one of the ranges that works the best for me is the Drops Of Youth skin care range. I use the Drops Of Youth Concentrate every day at night and it really has changed my skin for the better. My skin is a lot smoother and naturally radiant without being greasy or breaking me out.
Because I love the concentrate so much and have been wanting to try a liquid peel for a while now, I recently did an online order and purchased the Drops Of Youth Liquid Peel.
For £18, it’s not cheap but is fairly middle of the road for good skin care; you get 145ml of product and only need to use 2 pumps per application so I feel it will last a while. I feel some of the beauty community have different priorities than I do as I would much rather invest in good skincare and buy £5-15 foundations than a £45 foundation!
Before I proceed with the review, let’s have a look at the product claims according to The Body Shop website:
The Drops of Youth™ Youth Liquid Peel exfoliates and gently peels off impurities from your skin, lifting dead skin cells and residuals. Infused with a blend of three plant stem cells, this revolutionary gel-to-peel leaves skin clean and purified from the day’s pollutants. Continued use will leave a fresh, smoother and more luminous youthful-looking skin.
- 100% vegan
- With three plant stem cells: edelweiss from the Italian Alps, sea holly and criste marine from the Brittany Coast
- Instantly feels like dead skin cells are lifted
- Peels off impurities and pollutants
- Skin feels cleansed from day’s pollution
- Dermatologically tested
One of my main skin complaints is that despite moisturising and exfoliating regularly, the top layer of my skin always feels quite rough and textured. The reviews for this product are also very positive and say the Drops Of Youth Liquid Peel is good for removing the top layer of dead skin cells – sounds perfect!
When you dispurce the product into your hand it has a similar scent and consistency to the Drops Of Youth Concentrate but the colour slightly shifts to a more pearlescent white rather than clear the longer you leave it sitting.
The directions state you should apply to your face in circular motions for up to 20 seconds and you see clumps forming. I followed these instructions and I will spare you any gross images but I can confirm that dead skin cells did start to clump and come away from the skin.
You then rinse it away which is very easy as it is not sticky or thick, the consistency is more of a gel serum/moisturiser.
I am astounded at this product. After only being on my skin for 20-30 seconds my skin feels so soft and clean after just one use! I honestly don’t think my skin has ever felt so soft and renewed.
I am definitely going to continue to use this product and see how much of a difference it makes to cell production 🙂