Ah, exfoliation. A dry skin’s best friend. I’ve used so many different types of exfoliators, I can’t keep track. Some are great, and scrub so hard you feel them working, such as Scrub Love scrubs. Some do nothing except rub a few soft beads on your face and call it scrubbed. Finding an exfoliator that works is a job more difficult and painful than actually exfoliating!
A few months back (yes, very delayed review!), I needed a new moisturiser. Most of my skin care regime is now products from The Body Shop, so I decided to head there. This was shortly after the Glossier debacle, and my skin was ruined and and in need of some pretty immediate first aid. Eyeing up either the Aloe or Vitamin E ranges, I asked a sales assistant for the best choice. Listening to my concerns (sensitive skin, dry skin, slight terror of all skincare products in pretty pink packaging thanks to Glossier…), she nodded and insisted I come with her.
I was a little taken aback to be led to the Drops of Youth range, though. Despite her insistence it was made for “people about my age”, I’m only 25. More importantly, I don’t look 25 – I still get ID’ed at most bars. I wasn’t planning on making the leap into anti-ageing skincare any time soon. I was mentally planning my polite getaway as she brought out the moisturising cream, and then told me to hold out my hand. At that point, she squirted some of the Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel onto the back of my hand, and told me to rub it in. A little unsure, I complied, convinced I could make some polite “hmm, yes” commentary and then move on.
As it was, I didn’t need polite commentary.
As I rubbed the peel into the back of my hand, and excuse the visual, clumps of skin genuinely began to detach and form. Once wiped away, the back of my hand that had just been peeled was smooth, soft, and even looked well moisturised, whilst the other hand suddenly seemed to have noticeable patches of dry skin due to the difference.
In other words – TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!
Once home, I used this on my face. It took a little longer for the clumps to form than on my hand, but only takes about 20 seconds to a minute to do so. It really effectively removes the dead skin and dirt from your face. Just dispense out two pumps of the product, rub it into dry skin in a circular motion for up to 2 minutes or until the clumps stop forming, and rinse away. It completely detaches dry skin and leaves no trace, without having to scrub your skin raw. Most surprisingly though, is how gentle this is. I’ve heard stories of some peels stripping skin, triggering sensitivity, and otherwise taking off dry skin whilst setting off a whole host of other problems. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel is a fantastic exfoliator for sensitive skin. It doesn’t leave my skin tingling, has no harsh chemical ingredients, and gently pulls away dead skin without stripping it.
I currently use this in my skincare regime about twice a week, but in my opinion it would be gentle enough for daily use if you need that kind of exfoliation. My boyfriend was so impressed he ended up buying his own! I’ve cleared out all my scrubs now – this is the only exfoliator I need!
Are you a fan of liquid peels? Which kind of exfoliators do you love? Let me know in the comments!
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