Friday, January 29, 2016

Essence Comes to The Body Shop

The Body Shop Drops of Youth, Youth-Essence Lotion

I've said it before and I'll say it again (one more time for those at the back), that essence (as in the skin care product) is something I truly believe everyone should use, and a new beauty category that will take the industry by storm. My guess is that by the end of the year a bottle of essence will adorn beauty shelves globally. Maybe I am wrong but if you are looking for a little extra skin hydration that is light,non-greasy and won't break the bank - you need to a bottle of skin essence. The good news is that it couldn't be easier to embrace the trend, with many UK accessible brands adding their own version of skin essence to the market. One I fully recommend trying out is The Body Shop Drops of Youth, Youth-Essence Lotion - a snip at just £14.

With most of us only just getting to grips with Korean beauty products (myself included), it is very easy to become overwhelmed, so let me briefly explain just what skin essence is. Essence more often than not, particularly in the traditional sense is a light, weightless liquid (think similar to Micellar Water) that you apply before serum or moisturiser. I must stress that essence lotions are not cleansers nor toners; rather think of them as a quick, splash-on additional step within your beauty routine. A step that refreshes the skin, adds a gentle and additional layer of moisture, as well as helping fight the visible signs of ageing. Sold yet? You will be.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth, Youth-Essence Lotion

To use and this is true of just about every bottle of essence, you simply dispense a few drops into the palms of your hands and gently massage onto freshly cleansed skin. Afterwards you can then apply your serum and/or moisturiser of choice; a lot like most skin care products for optimum results you should use daily, ideally both day and night. As essence is so easy and enjoyable to apply, I promise you will become hooked in no time.

Now that we have that cleared up, let me share my thoughts on The Body Shop Drops of Youth, Youth-Essence Lotion - a little different from its Korean counterparts due to it's almost gel-like texture. This doesn't hinder application nor skin absorption, if anything it adds an additional cooling element which is rather enjoyable. Texture aside, this does all you want an essence lotion to do and then some, as you'd expect this gentle water-weight moisturiser hydrates the skin, plumps, smooths and soothes. However as this is part of anti-ageing range, aimed at the first signs of ageing to smooth out fine lines using plant steam cell technology.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth, Youth-Essence Lotion

Fairly impressive ingredients aside, I would recommend The Body Shop Drops of Youth, Youth-Essence Lotion to anyone concerned with the signs of ageing: be that fine lines or deeper set creases - this is the additional anti-ageing step you need. A few quick drops of this gel-lotion applied both night and day, will visibly soften the appearance of any lines and encourage your other anti-ageing products and general skin care for that matter, to work a little harder. As a little goes a long way, the large 160ml bottle will last forever and a day.You really couldn't ask for more and if like myself you are in your twenties, the entire The Body Shop Drops Youth range is a great investment - effective, gentle and entirely affordable.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth, Youth-Essence Lotion £14/160ml via The Body Shop -link.
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  1. Oh this sounds really good! Moisture, light-weight, non-greasy, honestly sign me right up haha! I'm oily but I still want hydration. I'll definitely look more into Essences! x

    Katina |

  2. Oh wow haven't seen this at the body shop yet!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  3. I've tried their oils of life essence and it's really good!

  4. This sounds like something Women Of A Certain Age would benefit from!

  5. LOVE essences and cool to see TBS catching on - Kiehls do something similar but contains alcohol which can be a bit iffy, but love the process of using this between toner and serum

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  6. I need this! I'm seeing it everywhere but at least this one is more affordable! I saw some for over $100!

    Mel |

  7. Really intrigued by this! No doubt I'll have tried an essence before the year is up! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  8. Intetesting products these essences are proving to be but I wonder if they are worth it if say your serum delivers all the same attributes i.e hydration peptides that help combat the signs of aging and lightweight? it could be an unnecessary layer! As enticing as they sound I think it's worth checking what you really want out of your products! Because you may already have all you need, that said you may discover it's just what you've been looking for.
    Rosie x

  9. I'm really quite excited about this product and can't wait to pick it up (I'm just waiting until after my next credit card statement is produced!). My skin is dry/dehydrated but often refuses to absorb products and I think this would be the perfect product to get some additional lightweight moisture into my skin x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty


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