Just Charlie G

People who have been with me since this blog started will know that my skin has been an ongoing battle for a long time. Plagued with dryness and spots, as well as natural ageing and reactive skin, has meant finding suitable skincare has been not easy. Products designed for spots tend to aggravate my dryness while products for dry skin nearly always break me out. It’s frustrating! There have been several rave reviews of brands/products over the years all of which still stand, but for some reason I tend to find that after a while (often months) everything goes back to normal (bad). I have no idea why that is, but it means the search is only ever over temporarily.

That’s why I am blogging today with some hesitance! But I’m here to share my love for the Body Shop Vitamin E Range. The Vitamin E range is extensive and I certainly don’t have all the products in the line, but I’ve added the products I am using, one at a time, slowly so I can see what suits me and what doesn’t.

The Body Shop Vitamin EThe Vitamin E range can  help to protect against pollution and is great for premature ageing. What I really love about it is that it seems to be deeply moisturising, without being too rich for my skin. Quick reviews of all the items I have, below

Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash  (£7.50 – 125ml) – This is brilliant stuff. I heard that foaming cleansers dry out your skin but I don’t think this one does. A little goes a long way and has no issues at all removing my make up. It’s lightly foaming, feels rich and creamy and doesn’t leave my face feeling tight and dry. Win!

Vitamin E Hydrating Toner (£7.50 – 250ml) –  Alcohol free toner that leaves my skin feeling ready to go!  Has a slightly thicker than water texture, as if it’s a gel maybe. I apply this twice a day religiously. Lovely stuff and a brilliant price. Actually the whole range is!

Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion (£10 – 160ml) – This was my latest purchase and I wasn’t sure what it was for and I’m still not. I love it anyway because it just slots into my routine. Again this is not watery, like a traditional toner, it’s slightly thicker than the Hydrating Toner and I’d describe it as a serum/gel. You add a couple of drops to your hand and pat into your skin after toner, before moisturiser. It absorb very quickly, leaving no residue on the skin and I think just adds another layer of moisture and protection against free radicals.

Vitamin E Intense Moisture Serum (£14 – 30ml) – It’s been a long time since I’ve used a serum. I found nearly everything I tried in the past caused me to break out, either too rich or too packed full of silicones. This one is so light in texture, it leaves my skin feeling amazing after application and isn’t at all greasy.

Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil (£16 – 28ml) – This is the product I was most nervous about using, my spot prone skin doesn’t get on well with oils, but I’m pleased to say I’ve had no problems with this at all! I use four drops massaged into my skin every night before bed and wake up to soft moisturised skin.

Vitamin E Moisture Cream (£13 – 50ml) – Out of all the products I have, this is the one I think of as my hero product. I use it daily, morning and evening, after all the other products and I think it works like a charm, Containing not only vitamin E but also hyaluronic acid this is the product that I really think stamps out my dryness. If feels so moisturising, but not at all rich, it is light and smooths in easily and quickly without leaving residue on my face. All the other products help my skin be plumper, and less dry, this is the one that the keeps it this way

Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream (£14 – 50ml) – This is the one product that doesn’t suit me too well. I kind of knew it wouldn’t be great for me when I bought it, but I was optimistic given my successes with the rest of the range.  It is just too rich for me, and applying all over my face definitely results in me waking up with blemishes, on my chin especially. I have however found it especially useful when my skin is really suffering. Like my nose was after a recent cold. I used this every night afterwards on my nose which was dry and red from constant nose blowing, and this really soothed and helped.

Vitamin E Refreshing Eyes Cube (£9.50 – 4g) – The name of this one annoys me because it’s not a cube! I know it’s supposed to be a play on Ice Cube, but still! Leaving that aside, eye cream is another product I’ve avoided for a while after two huge break outs under my eyes from creams that were too rich. Annoying because I know the skin around my eyes looks and feels so much better and less wrinkly when I use it. This one is fab! A twist up stick of cooling cream, although I’d describe it more as a balm, it glides on and cools. I use it morning and night and have had no issues so far. It’s worth mentioning that this has a tiny amount of sparkle, I find it very hard to spot, so you don’t need to worry about glittery eyes, but it’s worth knowing it’s there! My under eyes definitely feel plumper and smoother.

Finally, and not pictured is the Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist (£10 for 100ml). I don’t use this Face Mist as part of my skincare routine but instead keep it with my make up and use it as a finishing spray to set everything in place. I’m sure it’ll come into its own in Summer too!

So conclusions:

I read over on British Beauty Blogger that The Body Shop may be up for sale… this will just be terrible new for my face!

Anyway, I wholeheartedly recommend this range, so do head over to The Body Shop website and check it out!

*All Products purchased by me and opinions unbiased!

 

 

 

First of all, a huge apology for radio silence on the blog at the moment, the Summer Holidays are proving “testing” and I’m struggling to find time to blog, and once the kids are in bed, there’s a lack of energy! Today however I’ve managed to snatch a bit of time to write 🙂

I didn’t really know anything about Lavera until recently, but I’ve learned that they are an award winning organic and natural skincare brand. Actually their products don’t just include skincare, there are cosmetics, body care, dental care products and much more.

All products are 100% natural with organic ingredients meaning there’s are no synthetic scents, parabens, silicones and other similar ingredients, products are also of course, cruelty free.

I received a couple of items from the Lavera Basis Sensitive Q10 Skin Care Range which has just launched.

Lavera Basis Sensitive Q10I was sent the Basis Sensitive Anti-Ageing Eye Cream with Q10 (£13.95)* as well as the Anti-Ageing night Cream Q10 (£14.95)* to try out.

The Eye Cream is proven to reduce wrinkle depth but also to smooth and firm the skin with the main ingredients being  Co-enzyme Q10 which is full of antioxidants, it also stimulates skin cell regeneration. Also included are Organic Mallow to nourish, soothe and soften, its especially good for sensitive skin, and finally Organic Shea Butter also smooths and moisturises.

It feels wonderfully rich when you apply it but magically isn’t greasy and heavy, I find it quick and easy to gently pat into my skin and I notice an immediate plumping effect which really when it comes to the eye area is half the battle, once the skin is plumped and moisturised it looks less wrinkly! Magic.

The Anti-Ageing Night Cream Q10, I have to confess I haven’t put this through a rigorous trial, simply because I’m so afraid of chopping and changing my skin care given how fickle my face is. The cream itself is light in texture and doesn’t seem to be greasy at all, while it promises to firm the skin as well as increase skin elasticity. It’s formulated with Co-enzyme Q10, as with the Eye Cream, along with Organic Jojoba and Shea Butter.

Both of these products are ideal for ageing skin, especially (but not exclusively) if your skin is sensitive. The soothing ingredients make these products ideal. Also in the range is a Moisturiser and Face Mask.

These products are available from Whole Foods, Holland & Barrett and selected organic stores, as of 1st August.

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You probably won’t know, unless you read my old blog, that I am a devout, even evangelical lover of all things Aveda.  I use exclusively Aveda skincare products finding they suit my skin perfectly and I have done for at least the last year, and for me who has notoriously chopped and changed my skincare, this is a miracle. It may even been closer to two years now. I’m sure products will come my way but I’d be very surprised if anything could pull me away from my beloved Aveda permanently.

That said, I recently ran into some issues with my moisturiser. I had been using the Aveda Outer Peace Blemish Relief Lotion which was helping to keep my skin (mostly) clear but as Winter set in and central heating turned up, it just wasn’t cutting the mustard, my skin was becoming dry and spotty. Sticking with Aveda I decided to try out the Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Cream but that didn’t agree with me too well either, it was just a touch to rich for my poor skin. The dryness disappeared but my spots increased. I was just wondering what to do when Aveda launched some new Botanical Kinetics products, and now I seem to have just the right moisturiser for me.

The Botanical Kinetics range are, as the name would suggest, plant based and are designed to support natural energy production in the skin cells,

I’ve got the Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme* and the Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye Creme*.

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Starting with the Eye Creme (£35), this is a 98% naturally derived light creme to help tackle dark circles and puffiness. Including  Licorice root (known for it’s soothing properties), plant derived caffiene (to energise the appearance of the skin and and reduce puffiness) and Cupuacu Butter to seal in moisture. You only need the smallest amount it blends easily without needing to rub and I feel that the area feels hydrating immediately and skin looks plumper. It’s not cheap, but if you’re looking for instant results, look no further.

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The Intense Hydrating Soft Creme (£40) is perfection. It’s just what I was looking for, where I was finding that during this cold winter my moisturers were either too light or too heavy, this one falls right in the middle and is perfect. It smells beautiful for starters, if you’re familiar with Pure-Fume then you’ll know the scent, Rose, Geranium, Olibanum, Sandalwood and Neroli a gorgeous combination. Although the scent is perfection, it’s the active ingredients that really matter and they are good too. There’s Salicornia Herbacea (a seashore plant prove to stimulate skin cells) and Cupuacu Butter (contains lips like the skin’s own helping to seal the skin’s barrier and prevent moisture loss). My skin is now adequately hydrated, all my dry patches (particularly my nose) are gone completely and I’ve not had any new spots, the old ones are fading and I couldn’t be happier.

The Eye Cream on the left and the Hydrating Creme on the Right. I’ve used enough eye cream there for about 10 eyes, you need so little!

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If your skin is in greater need of moisture, Aveda have also launched a “Rich” version of the hydrating creme to offer even more moisture.

The products are available now from the Aveda website and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I’ve not had a bad word to say about Aveda products yet. A hugely underrated brand in terms of everything they do outside of hair care.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes