Saturday, 10 August 2013

The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 (review)

The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF 30

The review on The Body Shop Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder Mix is one of Beauty Insignia's most viewed posts, which took me by surprise, but it encouraged me to explore other products in the collection. As summer is in full swing, the temperatures have risen and the sun is at its most dangerous, so I wanted a high-spectrum face cream to protect my skin from UVA and UVB rays, and low and behold, The Body Shop has one in the Vitamin C range that offers SPF 30.

The Body Shop claim that this moisturiser will give you protection from UVA and UVB. They do not, however, specify how comprehensive that protection is. An SPF rating is only one aspect of sun screen; star ratings for UV-rays should be included so a consumer knows exactly what protection they're getting. I've been using this for a couple of weeks now, and while I have been outside a lot, where I have applied this cream I have hardly tanned at all. Comparing my arms to my face reassures me that my visage is protected from the sun, whereas I've obviously been neglecting my body! Oops!

The cream is pure white and a bit thicker than some moisturisers. While it isn't the smoothest cream, it still blends in very easily. I'd comment that a little goes a long way, but when it comes to sun protection, you want to use a lot. Tests have shown that we don't apply enough sunscreen to our skin and therefore don't get the full benefits of the product we're using. Laboratories use far thicker layers of their sun creams to get the official SPF rating – so slather it on!

However... I found that after even after a light application my skin started beading sweat. The effect was rather strange and not something I've ever experienced before, and my night time moisturiser doesn't cause a similar reaction. It doesn't seem to be an allergy, either, and does stop after a couple of minutes, but I can't really explain why – perhaps it's just too thick for my skin type? It's certainly a heavier feeling cream than other day moisturisers I've used before.

As for the other benefits, The Body Shop say this targets dull skin, and while that isn't an issue for me, it is a nourishing cream that should tackle dry patches if you're so afflicted.  I would be wary if you have sensitive skin, though - The Body Shop make other products for that skin type.  This is, unfortunately, quite highly fragranced and could cause a reaction.

I do like the bright orange packaging, it's very summery and distinctive. OK, it's not the last word in luxury design, tubes are never glamorous, but overall it's functional and effective. It's easy to squeeze out the contents, too, and while there are two languages on the front of the tube, they're clearly separated and unlikely to confuse. The font size is a bit small, though, especially on the back.

As for the issue of value, it works out at £24 per 100 ml, which doesn't seem too bad until you take into account the outstanding value (and excellent performance) of the Boots Botanics moisturiser mentioned as an alternative below.  That benefits from 5-star rated UV performance, and is less fragranced, too.  While the SPF 30 of this Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser is good, neither that or the nourishing properties are a big enough sway to make me want to repurchase this day cream again.

Encouragingly high SPF protection
Writing is hard to read
A good moisturiser, but nothing outstanding
No UV star rating is disappointing
Bright, cheery packaging
Seems to temporarily block my pores


Brand: The Body Shop

Size: 50 ml
Price: £12.00 (£24.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Aqua, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Isododecane, Octocrylene, Octyl Salicylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Caprylyl Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Parfum, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Polyisobutene, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Linalool, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol

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